There is no shortage of fun parks and playgrounds in Carmel. The nature adventure playground — tucked into the woods behind Jill Perelman Pavilion — is another great addition to that list. This playground is truly a unique playground, and it has a zip line!
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Exploring the Nature Adventure Playground
This nature adventure playground is a great place to take an adventurous kid to play because there are many challenges to conquer.The playground features multiple structures for older kids to test their strength and dexterity. These structures include cargo nets for climbing, poles for sliding, obstacles for parkour, and a rock-climbing wall for scaling.
And did we mention: There’s a zip line here! Kids can hop onto the zip-line seat and careen from one side of the park to the other, zipping by just a few feet from the ground.
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The playground has a designated play area designed specifically for younger kids. Children aged five and under can enjoy activities such as hopping onto the insect-shaped spring riders, playing pretend on the wooden house platform, and testing their balancing skills on the balance beams.
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A playground with SHADE!
The playground is shaded by mature trees that provide cool breezes in spring and summer when the leaves are present. Parents can sit and relax while they watch their children play on the park’s many benches.
A true hidden gem
The Nature Adventure Playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion is a hidden gem you could easily miss if you’re not looking for it. It’s situated on the west side of West Park and can be accessed in two ways. You can park your car at the Jill Perelman Pavilion’s parking lot on 116th Street, across from University High School, and find the playground towards the back of the pavilion. Alternatively, when the West Park trails are open again, you can walk west through the woods to reach the nature park.
The nature playground is open to the public year-round. During the summer months, day campers use it frequently so that it can get crowded during that time. The best times to play crowd-free are early in the morning or in the early/late evening during the summer. Pretty much any time during the cooler-weather months is also a great time to enjoy the playground without the crowds.
Where is the adventure playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion located?
The nature adventure playground at Jill Perelman Pavilion is located at 3000 W. 116th Street in Carmel, across the street from University High School and west of West Park. For more information visit carmelclayparks.com/parks.