We all tend to have our favorite parks, those go-to fun zones for the kids that aren’t too far away and have good equipment for our child’s age group. But there are so many awesome parks in our area, why not surprise your little one with a fun trip someplace new? We rounded up the best outdoor play spaces that you might not know about yet, so now that the weather is starting to warm up, grab your kiddos and check out one of these fun-filled secret (shh!) parks of Bergen County.
Clark Field in Township of Washington: Have a swashbuckling pirate in the family? Take ’em to this playground where the play structure looks like a pirate ship! This is a great playground for all ages, with some tall slides on one side for bigger kids and half the structure geared toward younger kids age 5 and under. In addition to the pirate ship, there’s a firetruck, a hippo and a dinosaur that kids can play in and climb through, and there are plenty of swings for high flyers. It’s mostly shaded, which is great for those hot summer months, and never seems to get crowded. Although it’s not fenced in, it’s on a quite side street, so it feels safe. (Willow St. and Cleveland Ave.)
Wyckoff Community Playground in Wyckoff: This playground tucked behind the Wyckoff Municipal Complex features two separate but adjacent play areas, one good for toddlers with a smaller climbing structure with slides, and one for older kids with a bigger climbing area and several very tall (and fast!) slides and a small rock wall. But our favorite part is the huge sandbox with tons of sand toys and trucks to play with, which keeps the kids entertained for ages, so you can sit and relax and don't have to chase them around! Parking is a breeze with a paved lot right at the playground. (340 Franklin Ave.)
Overpeck County Park: While this park is not-so-secret, there are some areas you may not be taking advantage of. For example, did you know Overpeck has a boating area (with great rates), tennis courts, bike and running trails, massive open field, and a gigantic playground for the kiddos with tons of features. Spending the day there? Not a prob thanks to very clean bathrooms and a concession stand. Mommy tip: Don’t forget the sunscreen bc this park doesn’t have shady areas.
(Challenger Rd., Ridgefield Park)
Veterans Field Park in Edgewater: Looking to cool off this summer? You’ll want to check out the brand new splash playground at Veterans Field Park in Edgewater, which is also super-fun the rest of the year. It's clean, wide open and has a lot of different play options with new structures for littles that are safe and low to the ground and great options for older kids too, such as swinging structures that they can stand and even exercise on. The views are gorgeous, thanks to its location right on the Hudson river, and the park features several tables so you can bring a picnic and make a day of it. (1167 River Rd.)
Continental Soldiers Park in Mahwah: If you have a runner, we feel your pain, and we love a fenced-in playground too! This one across from Ramapo College is completely gated and features plenty for kids of all ages to do, including monkey bars, climbing rings, swings and a cool dinosaur they’ll have to climb to get up to the top of the main play structure. Outside of the play area there’s a skate park and a large pavilion with picnic tables, but if you don’t want to bring your own snacks, there’s a cute cafe called Field of Creams next to the playground that has ice cream, burgers, hotdogs, bubble tea and more, complete with outdoor seating. At press time, it wasn’t yet open for the season but should be open soon. (550 Ramapo Valley Rd.)
Habernickel Family Park in Ridgewood: Multiple sports fields, a handicap-accessible playground and a bridge overlooking a tranquil pond can be found at this hidden gem that was formerly a 10-acre horse farm in a peaceful residential area of Ridgewood. There are paved walking trails that are good for biking and scooting and a wooded wildlife trail as well. (1037 Hillcrest Rd.)
School No. 6 in Cliffside Park: In addition to the regular fun playground offerings like slides, swings, monkey bars and climbing structures, there’s a new spray park at No. 6 School in Cliffside Park that’s tons of fun for littles during the hot summer months. There’s also a bathroom facility and vending machines available. (440 Oakdene Ave.)