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13 Parks in Columbus, Ohio to try this Summer

These 13 Columbus Parks and Playgrounds will keep your kids from being bored this summer in Columbus!

Change up your playground routine by picking one of these fun parks and playgrounds around the Columbus area! Most of these playgrounds have areas for various ages and stages. We have enjoyed exploring all of these playgrounds! Feel free to share any of your favorites in the comments below!

13 Columbus Parks to Try this Summer:

1. Friendship Park, Gahanna

  • 150 Oklahoma Ave., Gahanna, OH 43230

This park has a play area for younger kids and older kids, and the Gahanna Story Trail, where a story is on display for reading as you follow a path through the woods. Restrooms are available on site.

Playground at Friendship Park in Gahanna, Ohio
Friendship Park, Gahanna
Playground area at Friendship Park outside Columbus, Ohio
Friendship Park, Gahanna

2. Carriage Place Park, Columbus

  • 4900 Sawmill Rd., Columbus, OH 43235

This park is part of the Carriage Place Community Recreation Center and has a play area for older kids and younger kids. There is also a path around the park for walking, jogging, etc. Restrooms are available inside the Rec Center.

Playground at Carriage Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Carriage Place Park, Columbus
playground area at Carriage Place Park in Columbus.
Carriage Place Park, Columbus

3. Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

  • 3375 Kioka Avenue, Upper Arlington, OH 43221

This park has play areas for all ages, including toddlers. There is a shelter house with restrooms close to the playground. This park is also shady, which is nice! This is the site of several festivals in Upper Arlington throughout the year!

Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington Ohio.
Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington
Kids playing on playground equipment at Fancyburg Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Fancyburg Park, Upper Arlington

4. Planet Westerville Playground, Westerville

  • 362 Huber Village Blvd., Westerville, OH 43081

This playground is part of the larger Huber Village Park and has a lot of opportunity for climbing and sliding for all ages! This park is fenced in, which is really nice. There is a restroom nearby and a shelter with picnic tables.

playground area at Planet Westerville Park.
Planet Westerville Playground
toddler play structure at Planet Westerville Park, columbus Ohio.
Planet Westerville Playground

5. Whetstone Park, Clintonville

  • 3923 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214

The park pictured here is not the park next to the Whetstone Community Recreation Center, though there is a playground there as well! This play area is further into the park, past the Park of Roses. There is a super high slide here for your daredevils and a metal fire engine for climbing on.

Fire Truck Play Structure at Whetstone Park, Columbus, Ohio.
Whetstone Park, Columbus

There are port-a-potties near the park, but to get to an indoor restroom you’ll need to go back to the Rec Center or Library which is close by, but not within walking distance. There are picnic tables here and a pond nearby.

play structure at Whetstone Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Whetstone Park, Columbus

6. Wyman Woods, Grandview Heights

  • 1520 Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights, OH 43212

This park just opened a few years ago and offers a lot of space for rock climbing! This park isn’t the best for toddlers (it’s recommended for ages 5-12), but there are some toddler swings and a small tunnel slide.

Wyman Woods Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

Seasonal restrooms are available at the shelter house and there are sand volleyball courts on site. Several picnic tables are also available. Another bonus here: free Wifi! Check out my list of fun things to do in Grandview or this list of restaurants in Grandview to plan your outing!

slide and swings at Wyman Woods Park in Grandview Heights, Ohio.
Wyman Woods Park, Grandview

7. Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

  • 400 W. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43215

This playground is part of the Scioto Audubon Metro Park. There is a play area for older and younger kids and a mister for really hot days! There are several picnic tables with umbrellas overhead. The closest restrooms are at the nature center, which is a bit of a walk from the playground.

playground area at Scioto Audubon Metro Park.
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

There is a rock climbing wall and an obstacle course nearby, not to mention the gorgeous views of downtown from the park!

Rock Climbing structure at Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio.
Scioto Audubon Metro Park, Columbus

8. Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

  • 7180 Walnut St, Westerville, OH 43081

This metro park opened in 2015 and the playground here is simple, but unique. It’s mainly a slide and a wooden bridge, but it was fun for my kids to run around on. There is also a rope climbing area.

slide at Rocky Fork Metro Park playground near columbus, Ohio.
Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

If you visit this park, make sure to check out the large shelter area nearby where there are big wooden chairs for sitting and watching for wildlife! Restrooms are right by the playground.

boy running on playground area at Rocky Fork Metro Park.
Rocky Fork Metro Park, Westerville

9. Henceroth Park, Grove City

  • 2075 Mallow Lane, Grove City, OH 43123

Henceroth Park was remodeled in 2023 and these pictures were taken at the new playground!

Henceroth Park in Grove City, Ohio.
Henceroth Park, Grove City

The playground has a lot of options for climbing including ropes and nets! The wide slide is a fun addition and something my kids were drawn to in this park! Though this playground is geared towards kids 5-12, there are two baby swings next to the playground!

Two boys playing on the playground at Henceroth Park near Columbus, Ohio.
Playground at Henceroth Park

No restrooms on site. (Someone please visit this one just to make it worth all the times I had to stop auto correct from making this Henceforth Park!) 😉

10. Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

  • 2405 Wickliffe Rd, Upper Arlington, Ohio 43221

Here’s a unique park to check out this summer! This park is the playground for Wickliffe Progressive School and is only available during non-school hours. Rumor has it this playground’s days are numbered so check it out while you still can!

Playground at Wycliffe Elementary, Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

This park made up of a large, wooden structure also known as the Castle Park, and my kids love running around in here! There are also swings and, on the other side of the school, another play area set up like a little town. Restrooms are not available.

Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington
play structure at the Castle Park in Upper Arlington, Ohio.
Wickliffe Playground (Castle Park), Upper Arlington

11. Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

  • 4265 E. Dublin-Granville Road Westerville, OH 43081

This playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park is on the west side of the park near the Natural Play Area. My kids loved the tunnels to climb through. While you’re at the park, be sure to check out the Nature Center, too!

Playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Ohio.
Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

There are restrooms at several locations in the Metro Park. You can also read about more things to do in the park in Exploring Blendon Woods Metro Park!

boy at playground at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Columbus, Ohio.
Blendon Woods Metro Park, Westerville

12. Westgate Park, Columbus

  • 455 S. Westgate Ave. Columbus, OH 43204

This fun playground is part of the Westgate Community Recreation Center. There are two playgrounds here, a pond, two murals and a small shelter with picnic tables. Restrooms are available in the Rec Center.

playground at Westgate Park, Columbus Ohio.
Westgate Park, Columbus

This is also the location for the large letters A, B, C that were moved to the park from Westland Mall.

Columbus Bluejackets Playground at Westgate Park in Columbus, Ohio.
Westgate Park, Columbus

13. JFK Park, Reynoldsburg

  • 7232 E Main St, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

This is a really fun park in Reynoldsburg, just east of Columbus! The whole park has multiple structures and a skate park! There is a small natural play area with tree trunks to climb on and there is access to Blacklick Creek on the east side of the park.

Playground at JFK Park in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.

There is a smaller play structure for toddlers, too, plus swings and rock climbing elements! This is a great park if you’re on the east side of Columbus and are looking for some place to play! There are restrooms here, too!

Play structure at JFK Park near Columbus, Ohio.

If that’s not enough for you, I’ve also got more parks listed in these posts: 6 Columbus Area Parks for Toddlers and Coffee + Park: 3 Parks Within Walking Distance of a Coffee Shop. Happy park hopping! 🙂

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