13 Indiana Playgrounds Worth-the-Drive

With state-of-the-art play structures and lots of space to run, these Indiana playgrounds will bring out the inner child in everyone.

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Meadowlark Park

Meadowlark Park in Carmel has now reopened to the public, and features a completely reimagined playground experience! The new playground at Meadowlark Park features three big play structures for kids of all ages to enjoy. The structure for big kids includes geometric domes that kids can climb up to and through, and metal slides that send you back to the ground. There’s also a play structure for climbers and parkour enthusiasts that features bridges to cross, monkey bars to swing from and other obstacles. The play structure for babies and young kids also invites tiny tots to climb, slide and explore, but everything is scales smaller for the youngest adventurers.

Meadlowlark Park Playground

PLAYoli Playground

Paoli Community Park – 1999 W Main St, Paoli

If you’re traveling through southern Indiana, make sure to add PLAYoli Playground to your list of stops. When you step onto the playground, you will feel transported into a tiny replica of Paoli, Indiana. Every detail has been carefully crafted to recreate the town’s charm, making PLAYoli Playground a fascinating space for children and adults to explore and play.

PLAYoli Playground - Paoli Community Park in Paoli, Indiana

Old City Park

304 S Meridian St, Greenwood, IN

Old City Park includes an 18-foot wide promenade next to Pleasant Creek, seamlessly integrating into the creek’s natural landscape; a custom climbing wall and, for younger children, a custom climbing net; extensive open space for non-structured developmental play; a new pedestrian bridge, urban porch swings, bocce ball courts and more.

Old City Park

Finch Creek Park

16233 Boden Road, Noblesville, IN

There is something for all ages and abilities at Finch Creek Park, the newest Noblesville park with an amazing, all-inclusive playground. Located on the east side of Noblesville, this 200-acre Wayne Township park opened in the spring of 2020, and the playground is truly a sight to behold.

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Finch Creek Park
Finch Creek Park

Lawrence W. Inlow Park

6310 E Main St,  Carmel

The Carmel’s newly remodeled Lawrence W. Inlow Park is something out of a child’s wild imagination. The playground’s crowning feature is a “skywalk” that is so massive and tall that it can be seen from the street. The skywalk includes an enclosed, 32-foot long and 16-foot high rope walkway, banked by slides and numerous rope climbing structures on either side.

Lawrence W. Inlow Park

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SIA Playground at Columbian Park

 1915 Scott St, Lafayette, IN.

SIA Playground at Columbian Park is a must-visit for families looking for a unique and fun play experience. This special playground was designed for kids of all abilities, with ramps and special surfaces so everyone can play together. Kids will love the tall climbing towers, exciting slides, and interactive features. The hillside slides blend right into the natural landscape, making it extra fun to play. There’s even plenty of shade to keep everyone cool. Plus, the playground is part of the larger Columbian Park, so families can also visit the zoo, ride the train, or have a picnic.

SIA Playground at Columbian Park in Lafayette

Possibility Playground

Corydon, Indiana

Spanning 32,000 square feet, Possibility Playground is now Indiana’s biggest playground accessible to everyone. It’s filled with fun features that kids of all ages and abilities can enjoy. Showcasing 18 different slides, swings, and climbing equipment, the playground seamlessly combines fun and accessibility.

Possibility Playground: Indiana's Largest Accessible Playground

Daleville Town Hall Park

Located an hour northeast of Indianapolis, Daleville Town Hall Park is a hidden gem between Anderson and Muncie. Despite the town’s small size, the park has one of central Indiana’s coolest playgrounds and splash pads. The playground seamlessly blends into the natural surroundings, featuring bridges, ropes, slides, stairs, and rocks for active kids to enjoy. Soft Astroturf covers both playgrounds for added comfort and safety. Experience the fun and adventure waiting for you at Daleville Town Hall Park!

Splash Pad at Daleville Town Hall Park
Playground at Playground Splash Pad at Daleville Town Hall Park

Lower Cascades Park

2851 Old State Rd 37, Bloomington, IN

On the northern edge of Bloomington off Old State Road 37, Lower Cascades features a huge, fully accessible playground with swings, slides, climbing apparatus, and a toddler play area. The main play structure is over 2 stories high, with twisting slides.

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Mickey’s Kingdom Park

Mickey’s Kingdom Park is a 21,000 square foot Disney-themed playground located along the Ohio River in downtown Evansville, Indiana. This exciting play area offers a unique experience for families with its whimsical Disney theming and diverse play structures. The park’s prime location near the Evansville Museum, Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage trail, and other downtown attractions makes it a perfect destination for a fun-filled family outing.

West Park

2700 W. 116th St, Carmel

West Park has recently undergone a transformation as part of CCPR’s Reimagining Parks initiative, making it a must-visit destination. The park, which is one of the largest in the area, has received significant updates, including a newly designed playground complete with separate areas for young and older children, swings, a merry-go-round, and musical instruments. Additionally, visitors can enjoy the open green spaces, walking trails, picnic tables, and shelters. Explore the newly renovated West Park, and discover all it has to offer!

Blast Off Playground at Williams Park

 940 S. Locust Lane, Brownsburg

You might have heard Williams Park in Brownsburg called by a different name: Blast Off Playground. This is because the towering, wooden, fort-shaped playground equipment looks like a rocket ship and is the park’s crown jewel. But whatever you want to call it, Williams Park is a great place to play!

Blast Off Playground at Williams Park
Blast Off Playground at Williams Park

Kephart Park

3936 West County Road 144, Bargersville

This beautiful park and playground spans over 18 acres and boasts of a wide range of activities and amenities. The centerpiece of the Umbarger Family Playground is a towering structure featuring several giant tube slides. Children can climb to great heights and experience the thrill of winding down these exhilarating slides. This iconic feature is sure to be a favorite amongst kids of all ages, fostering excitement and unforgettable memories.

Photo of Umbarger Family Playground, playground at Kephart Park

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