Fall has always been my absolute favorite season, but now with kids it’s taken on a whole new level of awesomeness. Right now our favorite crisp afternoon past time is a trip to the park, so in case that’s also on your agenda, here are our top three in the Annapolis/Washington D.C. area that are perfect to visit in the fall.
- Located in Millersville.
- The playground is three levels, offering equipment for various ages, largely covered by a canopy, and it’s pretty easy to keep an eye on your child without having to move all over.
- Close to the playground are small bathrooms, various covered benches, shady spots under trees, and a pavilion.
- A short walk will get you to their farm area, which has multiple barns with cows, sheep, pigs, goats, chickens and bunny hutches.
- There’s lots of farm equipment to ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ over.
- Located in Bowie.
- Two playground areas. The larger one next to the parking lot is shaded by trees and broken into two sections, one for 2-5-year-olds with fun train sounds and small equipment and swings, and the other for those over 5, with long bridge/ramp areas that they can run up and down. (What’s up with that? Ramps are constant entertainment for a toddler.)
- The playground allows parents to keep an eye on children while staying around one spot.
- A smaller, older playground is around the side of the pond. It doesn’t have any shade but is open with train-like equipment for climbing and has a small jungle gym with slides and a bridge.
- The pond has a nice path around it with lots of places to feed the geese and ducks.
- There are multiple pavilions and picnic areas to rent for parties.
- There’s a large skate park, basketball courts, an indoor ice skating rink and lots of ball fields.
- There are fun activities throughout the year like the summer concert series.
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- Located in Upper Marlboro.
- There is a large playground with multiple sections for various ages. (James loves the blue slide made out of rollers. It cracks him up as he slides down it. I love the soft padded base in case little ones trip, as Luke does often.) It can be difficult to keep an eye on your child as the playground is spread out.
- There is so much to do here including a small train for rides around the park, miniature golf and an indoor carousel. A large farm area has unique animals such as peacocks and giant bunnies, and a nature center has a fish pond and aviary cages outside and lots of hands-on activities and creepy crawly animals inside.
- Public covered picnic area and indoor restrooms are available.
- There are lots of great events like the drive-through Christmas lights.
- Check out a listing of other great playgrounds in the area.
Mandy Watts is a stay-at-home mom who lives in Crownsville with her husband, Justin, who runs their family business, and their two sons, 2-year-old James and almost 1-year-old Luke.