Park playgrounds are the perfect outing. They are free, offer kids a chance to run and play, and also provide a great lunch or play-date locations. We have tried to visit as many playgrounds in the Greater Greenville area as possible, and these are my family’s Top park playgrounds in Greenville. I chose these park playgrounds based on unique play structures, imaginative themes, and scenic surroundings.
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Best Playgrounds Near Greenville, SC
Century Park: Kids Planet
Century Park and its accompanying playground, known as Kids Planet is often listed as a local favorite. After a complete remodel, the playground reopened in the summer of 2021.
There are some amazing play features at the new playground like a zip line, hillside slides, and ground-level trampoline. Parents will love the two age-appropriate play areas that are enclosed with a fence.
Kids of all ages will enjoy the musical instrument station between the playgrounds, and we can’t wait to check out the new misting station when the weather warms up.
IMPORTANT: The playground will be closed for maintenance every Wednesday from 7 am – Noon.
What do you love most about the new playgrounds at Kids Planet?
Kids’ Planet at Century Park – 3605 Brushy Creek Road, Greer
Herdklotz has two playgrounds separated by a fence and a walking path. The smaller playground is one of the best playgrounds in our area for young children with not just a fun set of play equipment but also an overlook with a sidewalk area perfect for chalk drawings. This playground area also contains a small picnic shelter within the fencing making it easy to eat lunch while watching your child.
The larger playground is one of the largest play structures in Greenville with tall slides and climbing structures.
Perhaps my favorite reason to list Herdklotz is the play area is shady and cool. The elevation is also a little bit higher than most of Greenville allowing you to have a great view of the city. The shaded benches and natural styled landscaping also adds to the natural beauty of this park.
Nearby to the playground are also a volleyball court, horse shoe court, open walking trail, and large fields.
If you have both older children and young children, note that it is difficult to see the upper playground from the lower one. You may want to go with a friend, or prepare your children ahead of time to split times on the two playgrounds.
And, by the way, did you know that Herdklotz is also known for being a historic ghost sighting spot?
Herdklotz Park – 126 Beverly Road, Greenville
Cleveland Park is not just one of Greenville’s best playgrounds but also is conveniently located downtown beside the Greenville Zoo. The playground is hot in the summertime with its black soft surface but has two shade tents that help deflect the heat.
My kids love the unique play structures that incorporate balance, arm strength, and climbing skills, into play. This playground does a great job of encouraging active hard-working play and is advanced enough for older children while still providing plenty of fun for younger kids.
Also, Cleveland Park adjoins several nice sections of the Swamp Rabbit Trail. You can walk just a little bit down the trail to see an additional small train replica playground and the Vietnam War Memorial. The trail also connects into the scenic area of downtown Greenville, making this park a great starting place for an afternoon walk or bike ride.
Cleveland Park –East Washington and Cleveland Park Drive, Greenville
Check out this our review of Cleveland Park next to the Greenville Zoo!
We’ve watched this park grow into a popular play space, known for being one of the most unusual and fun playgrounds in Greenville. Located right beside the Greenville Downtown Airport, kids love watching the planes fly in and out while playing on aviation-themed equipment. My kids also love running down the small runway in the center of the park while pretending to be planes.
Currently, the park has two playgrounds inside a fenced in area with play spaces for both small and older children. A plane hanger-styled picnic shelter sits to the side, and a real Cessna 310 aircraft flies over the park positioned on a pole to the side.
We’ve noticed on visits that kids also walk and ride more at this park due to the runway-themed walkways being positioned inside the fence where parents can easily watch from a distance. At the edge of the fence, kids can sit at a small amphitheater where they can get a front-row view of the planes taking off and landing.
The park has a restroom and benches with a little shade, but don’t forget the sunscreen as the play spaces of this park are not shaded.
Note: While the entrance to the park is a super neat fuselage of an actual plane, the gate doesn’t latch and opens directly to a parking lot. Your kiddos might require an extra level of supervision to ensure they don’t run out into the parking lot.
Runway Park – 21 Airport Road Extension, Greenville
The Runway Park (is our favorite) because it is fenced in and has a younger and an older section. It also has a track and a case next to it. And of course you get to watch the airplanes!Sarah A.
It’s a battle every time we need to leave. They love it thereKendra T
Learn more about the Downtown Greenville Airport’s Runway Park, from this local mom’s review.
We love the playground at Conestee Park. But, if you have never been to the adjacent Lake Conestee Nature Park then you are really missing out. Its Nature Walk Trails are amazing and perfect for the whole family. Plus, the park is known for its wide variety of wildlife, especially birds.
Beyond the amazing nature trails and large ball fields, Conestee Park also has one of the best newer playgrounds, featuring imaginative elements such as “trees” to climb and a toadstool table and benches. The playgrounds are hot with little shade, but do provide large safe spaces for running and play.
I love this playground for its scenic location and wide-open spaces. If you are looking for the perfect place to enjoy both a view of the blue sky and a shady exploration of nature, this is the park for you.
Also, don’t miss this article on bird-watching at Lake Conestee complete with some lovely photos!
Conestee Park – 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville
Simpsonville City Park
The City of Simpsonville recently spent around $200,000 of dedicated recreation funds to totally revamp the playground. Additional private money was raised to create the Simpsonville Sensory Playground, an area dedicated to providing kids with sensory disorders a place of their own to enjoy play, although all kids are welcome to use the equipment.
There are several climbing structures and balancing equipment, which definitely lend themselves to kids who are practicing to be little ninja warriors. There are plenty of swings, including two for children who are disabled, baby swings, and regular swings for bigger kids. The zip line is pretty awesome, too. Kids (and I imagine adults – truth be told, I really wanted to try it out) line up for their turn to sit on the seat hanging by a thick rope and zip on the line to the other end of the playground. This is a popular feature and certainly a favorite activity for my own kids.
Simpsonville City Park – 100 Park Drive, Simpsonville
Check out our review of this modern park in Simpsonville’s Downtown!
Which of these Greenville area playgrounds is your favorite?
I’m sure that you may have other favorite playgrounds that I missed. Please share in the comments!