When our friends told us that we MUST check out West Park, I had no idea what to expect. We spend a significant portion of our free time exploring but no matter where we end up, if there’s something to slide on or climb on or swing on, my kids are thrilled!
We packed our swimsuits and a lunch. When we arrived, the butterfly gardens called out for the girls and off the ran, making their way through flowers and greenery, surrounded by butterflies, grasshoppers and buzzing bees that were pollinating the flowers.
There were so many swings for the kids to play on but they had to try all of them out. The slides were tall and there were many, many places to climb and explore.
The best part? The splash park. It’s a beautiful, welcoming space with splashing areas, spray areas and lots of rocks to leap and climb upon. It looks like a creek with a waterfall and it’s perfect for all ages.
After lunch under the covered eating area, take a stroll through the wetlands on the boardwalk or climb the hill just beyond the playground. There’s a drinking fountain near the hill, take your water bottles for a refill before your climb. You’ll even find a special drinking fountain for your dog!
During the winter, West Park is a popular location for sledding.
TIP: Bring your sunscreen. There are shaded spaces to sit but not really near the action. Most of the play spaces are out in the open and leave you exposed to the sun.
2700 W 116th Street