How to Find Parks, Playground and Outdoor Recreation Near Your Home

Posted by Laine Smith on 3/31/15 9:10 AM

Topics: Home Buying Home Ownership

With the weather warming up, you may be looking for new activities for you and your family to take part in. Whether you are adventurists or outdoor lovers or simply in need of a new playground for the kids to enjoy, here are a few ways to find fresh-air recreation near your home.


Discover the Forest

This website locates national and state parks, playgrounds, visitor centers, wildlife and wilderness refuges within a specified ratio of your zip code. You can even narrow your search to include any of the activities your family enjoys, such as:

  •          Hiking
  •          Camping
  •          Fishing
  •          Biking
  •          Water activities

Kids Play Parks

Kids Play Parks offers a comprehensive directory of parks, playgrounds and other kid and family friendly recreation recommended and updated continuously by a growing community of parents. Their interactive map allows users to explore nearly 5,000 parks and playgrounds with parent ratings, open hours, site information and photos.

This site prides itself on providing a selection of safe, well-maintained parks and playgrounds with endless amenities for kids of all ages.

National Park Service

Search by state on their website for a list of national parks, monuments, sites and trails. The National Park Service offers historical information, operating hours, kid-friendly activities, directions, contact info, and fees and passes for each site.

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