Updated: Feb 18, 2019
I love getting outside and exploring new places, especially parks! Parks offer our children the opportunity to get hard muscle work, explore, create, work on their social skills, grow their curiosity.. the list goes on and on. I've gathered a list of parks that my kiddos loved growing up and I wanted to share them (plus a few new parks I've discovered) with you. Here you go!
Stone Mountain Park
If you've lived in Georgia very long, I'm sure you have visited Stone Mountain before, but if you haven't- you need to go! You can climb all the way to the top (great way to get some hard muscle work in!), have a picnic in the field in front of the relief sculpture, attend one of their summer attractions, or hike around the grounds. It's a great destination for a day trip!
Webb Bridge Park
I used to take my girls to this park all the time when they were little. The park has a decent playground, but what I love most is the large sand area that sits along a small man made creek that runs through the playground. It's a great way for your kiddos to cool off after playing in the playground and provides an opportunity for some sensory input.
Island Ford Park
Last summer we came here for a Children In Motion meet up and I wanted to make sure you all knew about it. Island Ford runs right along the Chattahoochee River and is great for the whole family. The trails are wide and relatively flat with multiple rock outcrops and plenty of beautiful trees. There is also a small creek bed towards the start of the trail, providing the perfect little swimming hole for your littles.
Chastain Memorial Park
I pass this park all the time on my way to one of my schools & it looks like so much fun! This park has a lot of different and innovative types of play equipment (like a treehouse!) & the park has a lot to offer outside of the playground like trails and places to picnic. The environment is really neat to experience and is definitely worth a trip.
Brook Run Park
Here's another park we met at last year for a CIM meet up! Here's why you're going to love it: There's a water attraction similar to Webb Bridge. There's a nice level area that is perfect for learning how to ride a bike. Last but not least there are a lot of climbing opportunities on the playground.
Morgan Falls Park
Located south of Island Ford Park, Morgan Falls is also located along the Chattahoochee River. Sandy Springs is in the process of expanding and sprucing the park up a bit, but the park is already really awesome. There is a large covered playground, a handful of swinging benches, a dock, and a dog park. It's one of those parks where you wouldn't even guess it was there had you not been told about it before. Unlike some of the other parks on this list, you could easily fit in a visit to this park within a few hours. At the same time, if you really wanted, you could make this a day trip, it's up to you!
I challenge you, go out and venture to at least one of these parks this summer- I'd love to hear what you think! Which one was your favorite?