Best Playgrounds in and around Louisville


What are the best playgrounds in Louisville?

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Caryn: We like Waterfront Park with the Ohio River fishing/walking, Big 4 Bridge, and Tumbleweed for lunch/dinner to make a day of it! The park on the Jeffersonville side is also really nice and never crowded!

Nicolle: I might get in trouble for this……but someone introduced me to the KCD (Kentucky Country Day private school) playground a few years back. I don’t think it’s considered public, but it’s an awesome playground designed like a maze-like castle. There aren’t too many scary fall through spots, plenty of slides, swings, monkey bars and just room to run!  Oh no she didn’t!!

Lauren: Hounz Lane Park. It’s smaller so it isn’t so crowded, but with plenty to do. There’s also a creek to explore and great picnic places!

Stephanie: I’m going with Iroquois because the playground is big but also has a smaller contained kids area and it’s near the spray ground and hiking trails.

Maggie: Robsion Park in Lyndon has a really great walking trail (for little ones learning to ride bikes too.) Their playgrounds are great, but be sure to wear sunscreen since there’s no shade. And, there is a sprayground.

Maggie take 2 – she can’t make up her mind: I might want to change my answer. We like Wendell Moore Park because there’s a great Lake for fishing, picnic sheds, and a nice playground.

Erin: For playground only purposes, our fave right now is the Don Fightmaster Playground that’s by UofL. It’s huge, lots of great ramps to explore (making it very accessible for disabled/handicap children), and enclosed with a fence so my active toddler can’t escape! Hard to park, but if you eat at McD’s right next door you can park in their parking lot.

Brandy: We recently discovered Briar Hill Park. There is a playground, sand volleyball, paved walking path and some hiking trails we’ve yet to explore. Also, real restrooms. We’ll definitely visit again soon.


I’m going to say Douglass Hills park. Play equipment is great for my aged kids, walking loop is right there, great for picnics. Yep. Love it.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve – Harmony playground. It’s so close to our home and has a playground, gardens and trails. The kids love it! And, they have phase one of the new playground complete.

Riverview Park in south Louisville. Great sprayground, lots of neat playground equipment for various ages, and a great view of the ohio river!

Always Beckley. Why? Because my kids can do most everything and if we get tired of playing we can go on a walk.  We have a review here.

Crescent Hill by Mary T Meagher Aquatic Center – it is TINY, but has both a play structure and a splash area. We have never been when it is crowded. The aquatic center is right there so you have access to bathroom.

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