Not all playgrounds are created equal. Parents know all too well the ambiguity of facilities at any given “playground.” Is there shade? Bathrooms? What about water features?
If you’re visiting Long Beach with little ones, there’s a good number of playgrounds within a small radius to take advantage of. Want to know what you’re getting into? Here’s the scoop on the playground scene.
> Playground in the sand, good for all ages
Pacific Boulevard & Shore Road
This playground on the sand has lots of sun and two playgrounds for toddlers and big kids. It’s located right on the boardwalk with benches and shady spots to seek refuge from the sun. There are no restrooms, but there’s usually a port-a-potty.
> Water features, sunny picnic area
100 Clark St.
The Clark Street Playground is an excellent outing for a sunny day. It’s located on the Reynolds Channel toward the northeast part of the island. It has great views of the water, a lush green field, and playground and sprinkler components. There isn’t much shade, so make sure to pack hats and lather the kids up with sunscreen ahead of time. Restrooms located near the spray area.
> Water features, great for toddlers
Georgia Avenue & Beech Street
Located in the thick of the West End, this playground offers water features that toddlers can enjoy, jungle gyms, and an awesome tree-themed playground. Little kids will especially enjoy the features at the Georgia Avenue Park. Shaded tables are plentiful, only porta-potties available.
> Skate park, swimming pool, great for all ages
880 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach
Nickerson Beach Park is a 155-acre recreational park complete with a skate park, swimming pools, and a tree-house playground. The playground is fenced-in and expansive. Nickerson is county-run, and as of 2019 charges a $14 for Leisure Pass holders and $35 for non-Leisure Pass holders.
> Located near the beach, sandless platform
170 W. Broadway
Little pirate-enthusiasts will delight in this small playground located on the beach. Its centerpiece is a large ship, and a rubber ground takes sand out of the picture. There’s no shade at this playground by the beach, so go early and pack water. Afterward, head to the beach and cool off in the water.
You’ll want to check out upcoming events as part of Family Fun in the Park, which features fun, free activities for kids in rotating parks throughout town during the summer. See the calendar here.
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