Top 5 Playgrounds in Northern Kentucky

It’s officially playground season and we’ve rounded up our Top 5 Playgrounds in Northern Kentucky! Everyone loves a good playground and spring is the best time to head to your favorites or even try out a few new ones. It can be a little nerve-wracking to head to a park or playground that you’ve never been to, especially if you’re bringing a pack of little ones along with you. If you live in Northern Kentucky – or even if you don’t! – this list will have you covered.

Over the river, we’ve rounded up the Top 5 Playgrounds with a few honorable mentions in Northern Kentucky for the kids to play:

Boone County Arboretum | Union, KY

Located about 30 minutes south of Cincinnati, there is a fenced in playground and over 2 miles of paved trail to utilize. A day out at the arboretum gives kids the comfort of a regular playground and while offering plenty of beauty from the lush grass and beautiful plants and flowers for the whole family to take in. *The arboretum has free admission and free parking.

Boone County Arboretum

South Fork Park | Florence, KY

A highly rated favorite of local families, South Fork Park offers a playground with a softer ground for kids to run and play safely. There is a sand volleyball court, walking trail, and plenty of grass and wide open space. There is also a lovely creek in the back of the park, perfect for even the tiniest explorers.

south fork playground

President’s Park | Edgewood, KY

This is your traditional park, located in a beautiful, quiet neighborhood. They offer two playgrounds, a full basketball court, two tennis courts, two baseball fields, a sand Volleyball court, and a pavilion (open to the public).  

presidents park edgewood ky

England-Idlewild Park | Burlington, KY

Located centrally in Boone County, this park has a large fenced in playscape for your littles. Outside of the play area are multiple baseball fields, picnic shelter, 3 ponds with fish, a bike park, a 2 mile hiking trail, and a basketball court, making this a top playground in Northern Kentucky! 

england idlewild park

Giles Conrad Park | Hebron, KY

This park is recommended by locals because of its proximity to the Ohio River.  There is a paved trail over a mile long that offers river views. You can also see the river from the playground. They have a large shelter available by reservation equipped with electricity and a grill.

giles conrad park

Flagship Park | Erlanger, KY

Well-loved by NKY families, Flagship park features a climbing wall, fishing pond, grassy play areas, grills, paved walking trail, picnic tables, playgrounds, sand volleyball court, shelters, swings (including two adaptive swing seats) and an unpaved walking trail!

Flagship Park

One more, because, wow! Look at that COOL playground!

Kentaboo Park | Florence, KY

Opened to the public in 2020, Kentaboo Park is the newest active park in the City of Florence parks system. This 3.06 acre, neighborhood park has a tropical theme and is located on Kentaboo Ave. Park hours are dawn to dusk.

Find out more about these parks and more playgrounds in Northern Kentucky by visiting Kenton County Parks  and Boone County Parks.

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