Summer Play Plans :: 10 Playgrounds to Visit on the South Shore

South Shore playgrounds - Boston Moms Blog

One of the perks of having the entire summer off from work is spending the entire summer with my babies. Last summer, I was pregnant and chasing a 2-year-old. I decided our summer adventure would be watching every Disney princess movie available on cable, Netflix, Amazon, and from our local library. It was a productive summer, and I got to relive the stories of my childhood. 

This summer, my 2-year-old is now 3, and I have an infant in tow.

This summer will be the summer of playgrounds.

My toddler loves all things climbing and swinging. For a kid who struggled with sensory issues (and graduated from Early Intervention two months before turning 3), a playground is a welcome wonderland. So while counting down the school days, I compiled a list of playgrounds to visit on the South Shore. Here are all the great places we’ll visit this summer — join us!

1. Friendship Park :: West Bridgewater

Located in the town where we live, Friendship Park is a simple playground that we will visit frequently. Similar to a high school senior’s safety school, it’s our safety playground. Tried, true, and local. (In the picture below, my Addie is swinging at Friendship Park.)

2. Marathon Park :: Bridgewater

If you’ve never been to Marathon Park with your little ones, you are missing out! This playground has structures for the littlest of angels to the biggest of kids. The structures are separated by size, and there’s even a paved walk around the perimeter of the park to get your steps in if you are so inclined.

3. Ali’s Park :: South Easton

My mother took my two girls to this park and said it was amazing. There are structures for kids of all ages, in addition to grassy areas for picnic lunches! (Above, my Ceci is pictured on her favorite slide at Ali’s Park.)

4. World War I Memorial Park :: Attleboro

This is a smaller playground, but it also includes a small zoo! My oldest daughter loves animals, so this park is always a hit with her.

5. Imagination Station :: Randolph

We haven’t visited this park yet, but the reviews are awesome. It boasts amazing structures and a free splash pad — you will definitely find us here on hot days this summer!

6. Dr. Walter A. Griffin Playground :: Sharon

This is another playground we haven’t visited, but it looks like fun! It has climbing structures of various sizes, swings for all ages and abilities, and space designated for my younger playground visitors! One of the structures is even shaped like a pirate ship. Ahoy, matey!

7. Nelson Memorial Park :: Plymouth

This park also boasts a splash pad. I have friends with little ones who rave about how great this place is (but I have yet to venture there myself). I’m looking forward to keeping cool there this summer!

8. Lessa Memorial Playground :: Stoughton

Like similar playgrounds listed here, there are a variety of climbing structures and swings for kids of various sizes. Unlike the other playgrounds listed here, there is a storybook trail. It is described as a “unique opportunity to walk in the woods and read a story at the same time.” The English teacher in me is so excited for this!

9. Noah’s Place :: New Bedford

This playground is for children ages 2–12, and it does not look like it will disappoint. It is designed for children with varied abilities, accessible to all. The pictures online lead me to believe that my toddler will be requesting it by name on a regular basis this summer!

10. McKinley Park :: Brockton

Sponsored by the New England Patriots and boasting a variety of climbing structures decked out in red, white, and blue, McKinley Park was recommended to me by a dance mom friend. Her 3-year-old loves it and I can’t wait to hit up another local playground paradise this summer!

South Shore playgrounds - Boston Moms Blog

These are the playgrounds on our to-do list this summer! Where do you plan to be climbing, jumping, spinning, and swinging?


Sarah grew up in Rhode Island and now lives in West Bridgewater, making brief stops in Quincy, Fall River, and East Bridgewater, along the way. She made the leap from Rhode Island to Massachusetts way back in 1999 when she decided to pursue a teaching degree at Boston University. She chose her career in 1987, and is currently teaching High School English to 10th and 12th graders, fulfilling a six-year-old’s dream at the age of 22, a proclamation that often brings forth snickers from her students. She became a mother for the first time in 2016, to her daughter Cecilia, and doubled-down most recently in late 2018, with the birth of her second daughter, Adelaide. She currently lives with her husband, Jason, their dog, Nanook, their cat, Lanky, and six chickens. They share a home with her parents, who live above them, and also provide the most amazing childcare for Ceci and Addie. Sarah couldn’t live without her family, her insulin pump (shout out to other T1D mamas), and Starbucks Iced Chai Lattes. She could live without angry people, essay grading, and diaper-changing. She is looking forward to embarking on her maiden voyage into blogging with Boston Moms Blog and hopes you are too!