We love making a daytrip to Franklin, since it is just a hop and skip away, no jump necessary. The city has that small-town feel, with tons of charm and plenty of surprises. Check out some of the great parks and playgrounds we found, to run off some energy for whenever you are in town.
389 E. Monroe Street, Franklin
Province Park is a lovely and large park in Franklin, park of a city complex. It features 2 playgrounds, the smaller of which is fenced in, for your own peace of mind and to keep littles from running off. There is plenty to do here, with basketball courts, a stream and man-made waterfall, paths to explore, shelters and gazebos to rest under or eat a packed picnic, skate park for your little thrill seekers, and even a dog park, for your furry BFF. Province Park is full of beautiful, tall trees and incredible scenic sights. This park is conveniently located near the downtown area and the Franklin Family Aquatic Center.
Blue Heron Park
Intersection of US 31 (Morton St) and Franklin Lakes Boulevard, Franklin
Blue Heron Park features a newer playground, featuring accessible equipment to give all kids the chance to play. There are restrooms on the grounds. This park has walking trails running throughout it, and includes a protected wetlands area, which provides great animal views. There are basketballs courts, and the park is one of several connected to the Historic Greenway Trail. An impressive 25-hole disc golf course is also located at Blue Heron Park, if you would like to give the game a go!
353 N. Water Street, Franklin
Built on the site of the former P. W. Payne School, Payne Park is a quaint neighborhood park, perfect for kids to get their energy out. Basketball courts, a playground, and grassy areas for running are available here. This is a great park to bring a book and relax on a bench while the kids are playing, or join in on the fun, too.
2016 Younce Street, Franklin
At Scott Park, you will find Franklin’s Little League baseball and softball fields, with five diamonds at the location. There is also a small playground, basketball court, and jogging trail. During Little League season, the parking lot fills quickly, but is quiet most other times. Restrooms are located on the premises, but may be locked in the off season.
1501 Younce Street, Franklin
This is another small neighborhood park. There is a playground with benches. The real star of this park is the adjacent large field, which would be great for playing old-school recess games like freeze tag, Red Rover, or Simon Says. Even better, bring along a kite to fly on a good wind day, because this is the perfect spot for it!
434 W. Madison Street, Franklin
This park is a great place for a family outing. You can find big picnic tables, grills, and plenty of space to run around. There are nice playgrounds and the facilities are all very clean. You can rent the community center here for events.
E. King Street, Franklin
Community Park has a bridge with a creek running under it which is great for creek stomping and feeding the ducks. There is also a playground with newer equipment, as well as basketball and tennis courts. This park is also connected with Morgan Park directly across the street. Morgan Park has 2 practice T-ball Fields. Both sides of this park will connect with the Greenway Trail.