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Other Popular Area Parks on my “To Review” List:
Clemyjontri 6317 Georgetown Pike McLean, Virginia 22101 (703) 388-2807
A you’ve-got-to-see-it-to-believe-it mega playground, designed to be accessible for children of all abilities. Four “quadrants” of play areas and a carousel. Limited parking and little shade, but otherwise a fantastic facility.
Friendship “Turtle” Park 4500 Van Ness Street, NW (202) 282-2198
One of the best playgrounds in DC, with plenty of slides, swings, tunnels, and climbing structures. There is a fenced area with plenty of shade, benches and picnic tables. Other amenities include a sand box with turtles, basketball and tennis courts, softball/soccer fields and a recreation center.
Hadley’s Playground at Falls Road Local Park Falls Road, Potomac, MD
Themed play areas include a castle, fort, pirate ship, and two-lane road, all of which include ramps and other features to accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. Plenty of open space for kids to run, play ball or ride bikes. Limited shade.
Lake Accotink Park 7500 Accotink Park Rd. Springfield, VA – 22150 (703) 569-0285
Its 493 acres include a 55-acre lake with boating, fishing, hiking, miniature golf, a carousel, snack bar, tour boat rides, trails, picnic areas and playgrounds. Boats powered by electric motors, sailboats under 15 feet and kayaks are allowed on the lake. Pay $2 launch fee at marina. Swimming and windsurfing are prohibited.
Seneca Creek State Park 11950 Clopper Road Gaithersburg, MD (301) 924-2127
Beautiful park with a huge playground made with recycled tires. Kids love the zip line, ‘Bouncy Spider Hammock,’ and the ‘Dragon’ Lots of climbing equipment. Park has a lake, boating, fishing, hiking tails, a disc golf course, pavilions, bathrooms and lots of shade.
Wheaton Regional Park 2000 Shorefield Road, Wheaton, MD (301) 946-7033
Great park with more play areas than you can imagine. Play equipment includes endless climbing structures, swings, giant slides, a sand castle and much more. Children especially like the old fashioned carousel and a train ride that goes through the park (only open in the summer). Other amenities include picnic areas, Brookside Nature Center, Brookside Gardens, a lake, ice rink, indoor/outdoor tennis courts, lighted ball fields, trails, and Wheaton Stables. Plenty of shade.