Spotlight Thursday- Destination Worthy Park Playgrounds in the San Francisco Bay Area

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Last Thursday we highlighted parks in the Seattle area that are some of the regions best.  This week, we are traveling down the coast and visiting some of the best that San Francisco Bay area has to offer.  These are the kind of places residents hold dear and are willing to hop and in the car and brave bay area traffic for.  These are also the parks that parents should bookmark for their future Bay Area vacations because there is no better way to end a day of sightseeing than letting the kids run off their excess energy on at an amazing playground.  Here a few of my favorites from the list:

Howarth Park Playground

Photo Courtesy City of Santa Rosa

Pony rides, the train, and paddle boats  are all part of the fun at Howarth Park in Santa Rosa.  The playground is both unique and fun with its Land of Imagination theme.  The large playground is broken up into prehistoric, Native Americans, Rancho Santa Rosa, Old West settlers, and modern times sections. The dinosaur dig and water play areas are especially popular.   Read reviews on Howarth Park Playground here.

Koret Children’s Quarter

Photo Courtesy Trekaroo Member yangthemen

I could write an entire post touting the many great sections of Golden Gate Park (and probably will some day!) but we couldn’t have a list of destination worthy playgrounds without including one of America’s first.  Built in 1887, families have been visiting Koret’s Children’s Quarter (formerly known as Children’s Playground) for generations.  There are play structures, swings, and sand boxes, but our favorite will always be the long cement slides.  Read reviews of Koret’s Children Quarter here.

Adventure Playground

Photo Courtesy Trekaroo User cheeriofamily

This amazing Berkeley playground is both fun and eco-friendly.   This playground will be permanently under construction and the visitors couldn’t be more pleased.  Here kids and volunteers can build the playground using scrap wood, old nets, and lost of imagination. Work tools and safety gear are donned as kids hammer, sand and paint away.  In order to earn a tool to use, kids must pick up five pieces of trash.  Forts, tunnels, bridges, pirate coves, and towers all brought to you by the power of imagination- this is many kids’ idea of what heaven must be like. Read reviews on Adventure Playground here.

I hope these three playgrounds perked your interest and that you will check out the other seven on the list.  If you know of some Bay Area playgrounds that you think the rest of us should be aware of, add a review!  Without your knowledge and insight, Trekaroo wouldn’t exist.

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Sharlene Earnshaw (aka doubleadventure) is Blogger-in-chief for Trekaroo and the blogger behind Double the Adventure.

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About the author

Sharlene Earnshaw is Trekaroo’s Editor in Chief. She lives in sunny Orange County, CA, with her husband and 10-year-old son and daughter (twins!). She is a self-proclaimed National Park junkie and has the goal of visiting each and every one with her kids. When she isn't traveling to places like Norway, Peru, Disney World, and Hawaii with her family, she enjoys hiking, beach days, obsessively rooting for the San Francisco 49ers, and planning her brood's next trip.
3 Responses
  1. Erin Kirkland

    Happy Spotlight Thursday! Check out our latest and greatest visit to gorgeous Valdez, Alaska. Switzerland of the North. Or something like that.

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