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Has many pavilions, lots of climbing, handicapped accessible areas, large restrooms, water fountains, tennis courts, a skate rink, a soccer field, a gaga ball area, three playgrounds, restrooms, and a real airplane displayed at the front of the park. One of the large playgrounds is for younger children and the second is for older. *Dogs are not allowed.
A 234-acre park with an 18-Hole Championship Golf Course, a lake for fishing, a clubhouse for rent, picnic areas, a ball field, three children’s playgrounds, restrooms, shelters, woodland, and open space. There is a one mile paved walkway around a lake that is stroller and pet friendly with benches to sit near the water.
A park with lots of shade trees, several pavilions, about three miles of paved walking trails which are good for strollers, a boat ramp, a soccer field, barbecue grills, picnic tables, benches, a community garden, a workout area, playgrounds, drinking fountains, and restrooms and a seven-acre lake with fish, turtles, and ducks. Has 2 playgrounds for younger and older kids. Pet friendly.
Emerick Sports Complex (Wood River)
This 8-acre complex is located on the North End of Sixth Street at Park Lane. Has the Surf’s Up Playground, three lighted softball diamonds, one baseball diamond, a concession stand, a lake for fishing, a socce
120-acres with playgrounds, 2 ponds with fish and frogs, concession stands, restrooms, rentable pavilions, a rentable gazebo, soccer fields, and 3 miles of walking trails with lots of shade. There is a peaceful bridge across one lake, a large tube suspended in a field, and a bounce pad that was not open when we visited. It is also home to the Great Godfrey Corn Maze, a little free library, and it is pet friendly.
704 acre park with tennis courts, a lake for fishing, ball diamonds, soccer fields, football fields, a 27 hole golf course, oriental garden, picnic area, nature trail, and rose garden. Also has restrooms, an interactive fountain, several playgrounds for all ages, a rose garden, bell tower, and oriental garden.
Glik Park (Highland)
A park with restrooms, playgrounds, lighted fields, soccer fields, a football field, a basketball court, and a skate park. Also has paved stroller-friendly walking trails with sculptures, plants, and flowers. Trails do not have much shade. Park is next to Korte Center. Has fenced in dog park with shade.
This park has three rentable shelters, a restroom facility, playground, and a demonstration garden provided by the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners program. I was impressed by the creative playscape that allowed my kids to climb and try however they were comfortable.
5.8 acres of land within the local historic district. The small park features a bandstand gazebo, a picnic pavilion, three children's playground areas, a pond with turtles and ducks, restrooms, a lighted fountain, a waterfall, and a two-acre fishing lake. There is plenty of trees and shade. Pet Friendly.
This site has a splash pad, workout area, large pavilions, bathrooms, barbecue grills, a concessions area, large playground, and younger children's playground. The splash pad has features for young and older kids, and shaded benches.
Several acre park with a small playground in between two baseball fields, basketball courts, swings, pavilions, a large sledding hill, barbecue grills, a stroller friendly walking path, a walking/biking trail, restrooms, and red caboose at the entrance. Pet friendly/home of dog park. Undergoing construction for a new playground.
Trails open 8am- 8pm Tuesday-Sunday. Approximately 300 acres of forest and grassland habitats with educational programming, a large playground, ample parking, and unpaved well marked trails. Open to the public year-round. Located along the bluffs of the Mississippi River. Restroom are closed at 4pm on weekdays and on weekends. *Dogs are not allowed.
Park has a large pavilion, a small path, an area for bags, a large playground with an area for younger and older children with lots of swings.
Ray M. Schon Park (Glen Carbon)
A park with new playground equipment (best for older kids), a toddler swing, a pond with geese, turtles, and fish, a pavilion a walking\biking trail, stroller friendly paths, restrooms, pet friendly.
Park designed to remove barriers so ALL children can play side by side with their peers and families. Includes a glider, slides, musical elements, wheelchair-accessible teeter totter, lots of climbing equipment, and unique swings. There is also a stroller friendly walking trail with some shade, a dog park, a veteran memorial, and restrooms. Has a dog park with obstacles.
Park runs along the shore of a lake with a 4+ mile wooded trail that is not stroller friendly. Has a frisbee golf course, (small) climbing wall, archery range, man made waterfall/creek area, restrooms, ponds, sand volleyball court, playground, picnic shelters, fishing, and a boat ramp. Leashed pets are welcome.
This park has a one mile paved stroller friendly walking trail/bike path with exercise equipment, fishing lake, 2 large shelters, and a playground. Throughout the walking trail there are exercise machines with workout suggestions for each type of equipment. Pet friendly.
A wooded nature area on 10.4 acres that winds through a quiet neighborhood. Springer Woods Park includes a children’s playground, exercise trail, two small picnic table shelters, and a barbecue grill.
This park has some of the most to offer in Madison County! It has a large pond with fish, ducks, and swans. There is a small zoo near the playground with swans, quail, and other animals. It also has 4 playgrounds. Younger kids will enjoy the toddler sized playground on the south side of the lake while older kids may prefer the playground north of the lake or next to the skate park. The play structure has slides, stepping stones, a webbed climber, and various bars and poles. The Northern playground is mostly new with green and yellow equipment. It has a great rock wall and swinging hammock! This park also has fishing, a pedestrian bridge, shaded benches, covered picnic areas, BBQ grills, paved stroller friendly walking trails, baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, sand volleyball, a gaga ball area, frisbee golf, a remote control car park, restrooms, and the skate park.
A 30 acre farm with rest rooms, picnic shelters, a large garden, and four hiking trails. Trails are not stroller friendly. There is an intricate play area with ride on toys, a wheel chair accessible swing, kids' wheelbarrows. Also has cows, goats, ponies, bunnies, chickens, tractors, and a farm house.
Wilson Park (Granite City)
Park with a stroller friendly paved walking trail around the park with lots of shade. Also has a pavilion, restrooms, small playgrounds for younger children, tennis Courts, baseball fields, a skate park, and a fountain. Pet friendly.
Woodland Park (Collinsville)
This large park has 3 playgrounds, a lake with wildlife, ball fields, a disc golf course, a lake with ducks and geese, restrooms, and a disc golf course. There are plenty places to sit either on benches or in pavilions. The park has lots of pretty hills and neat bridges, but trails are not very easy with a stroller.
Worth the trip
Outside Madison County
Indian Camp Creek Park (Foristell, MO)
The playground offers features that were built to unleash sensory-rich inclusive play. The is 3 leveled playground has cushioned turf, large climbing towers, a large spiraling slide, stand-out climbers, an extended rope swing, a spinning climbing net, a general storefront with braille alphabet, and a paved water play area.
O'Day Park (O'Fallon Missouri)
Nestled in the countryside just off Highway DD. The 57-acre park offers the area's first adventure playground. Kids can climb an obstacle course with netting, swings, rock walls, and much more. There is a creek with a movable damn and stepping stones. There are also miles of paved and natural paths.
Queeny Park Playground (Ballwin, Missouri)
This park is a great fit for lower elementary aged children. (Young children may pick try to eat pea gravel ground cover. My 3 year old took a bit to warm up, but loved it.) The park's main feature is a pyramid made of stone and concrete. There are tunnels, mountains, and slides. The ground cover is pea gravel, so make sure to have closed toe shoes. There is also not a great deal of shade. An overcast day is a perfect fit for this playground. Around the playground, you can find 564 acres of parkland with a huge dog-park.
Suson Animal Park (STL, MO)
Has a large working Animal Farm with horses, cows, geese, and more. Nearby is a nice playground with creative pieces. It is small and often crowded with very little shade. There are lakes for fishing, year-Round Restroom, and Reservable Shelters. It was a nice place for our kids to see and pet animals while learning about a farm.
Veterans Tribute Park (Weldon Spring, Mo)
The playground is divided into a motion-activated water play area, a music area, an adventure playscape, swings, and a hillside slide. There is also a 1.6 mile trail, two lakes for fishing, play fields, a dog park, shelters, and a raised boardwalk. The two lakes are stocked for catch-and-release fishing.
Wildwood Community Park
Shaw Nature Reserve
Highland Park in Richmond Heights
Zachary's Playground at Hawk Ridge Park