The best playgrounds in NH

Here's a roundup of some of our favorite outdoor playgrounds in the Granite State

One of the best (not to mention most inexpensive!) ways to spend some quality time with your family is to head to a local playground and enjoy an afternoon on the swings, slides and climbing wall. But, sometimes, finding a local playground can be easier said than done. To help our readers, as well as out-of-starters, we’ve compiled a handy list of our own (and our readers’) favorite playgrounds in New Hampshire.

Playgrounds are listed in alpha order by town name. Please note that this list does not serve as a complete listing for every playground in the state.

Amherst, NH playground

Joshua’s Park playground
31 Courthouse Road in Amherst, NH
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Auburn, NH playground

Circle of Friends Playground
1 Bunker Hill Road in Auburn, NH
You can find this playground right across from Lake Massabesic at the very bottom of Bunker Hill Road, where it meets Route 121 (aka Chester Road).

Bedford, NH playground

Ann DeNicola Memorial Playground (aka TimberTown Playground) at Selvoski Field
20 County Road in Bedford, NH

Bow, NH playground

Sargent Park playground
10 Grandview Road in Bow, NH
In addition to a great and clean playground, visitors can enjoy picnic tables, walking trails and baseball/softball fields.
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Candia, NH playground

Moore Park playground
High Street in Candia, NH
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Chester, NH playground

Wason Pond playground
586 Raymond Road in Chester, NH

Claremont, NH playgrounds

Barnes Park
9 Bernard Way in Claremont, NH

Monadnock Park
190 Broad Street in Claremont, NH

Moody Park
152 Maple Avenue in Claremont, NH

Veteran’s Park
25 Veterans Park Road in Claremont, NH

More info about Claremont’s playgrounds and parks >

Concord, NH playgrounds

Keach Park playground
7 Newton Avenue in Concord, NH

Monkey Around Playground at White Park
1 White Street in Concord, NH
White Park is also home to walking and biking trails, an outdoor ice skating rink and an outdoor swimming pool.
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Rollins Park playground
116 Broadway Street in Concord, NH

Derry, NH playgrounds

Alexander-Carr Park playground
28 Pierce Ave in Derry, NH
You can find this park behind Parkland Medical Center. This is also a popular sledding hill during the winter months.
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Don Ball Park playground
14 Humphrey Road in Derry, NH
You can find Don Ball Park off of By Pass 28 and this land is home to several baseball, football and soccer fields, as well as Derry’s splash pad.
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Dover, NH playground

Dover Adventure Playground
Henry Law Park (next to the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire)
Washington Street in Dover, NH
The playground has nautical features like a life-size gundalow boat and fish sculpture, as well as playground staples like swings, climbing nets and slides. We recommend stopping here before or after a fun day at the Children’s Museum.
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Durham, NH playgrounds

Jackson’s Landing playground
10 Old Piscataqua Road in Durham, NH
In addition to a playground, boat launch and trails, Jackson’s Landing is also home to the Durham Farmers Market.

Woodridge Park
4 Fogg Drive in Durham, NH

Epping, NH playground

Mary Folsom Blair Park natural playground
Route 27 in Epping, NH
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Exeter, NH playgrounds

Kid’s Park
At the corner of Front Street and Winter Street in Exeter, NH

Park Street Common playground
Park Street in Exeter, NH

Planet Playground
4 Hampton Road in Exeter, NH
This local favorite is a wooden playground that was built in the late 1990’s. It’s also home to a seasonal outdoor pool, splash pad and bathroom facilities.

More information about Exeter playgrounds and parks >

Gilford, NH playground

Imagination Station playground
Gilford Elementary School
76 Belknap Mountain Road in Gilford, NH
This is located at the Gilford Elementary School, so you’ll probably want to play your visits for weekends or school vacation weeks. There are also some great nature and walking trails here.

Goffstown, NH playgrounds

Barnard Park
9 Barnard Lane in Goffstown. NH

Roy Park
31 Rosemont Street in Goffstown. NH

Hampton, NH playground

Hampton Beach playground
Ocean Boulevard in Hampton, NH
If you’ve been to Hampton Beach with the kids, then you’ve probably spent some time at the playground located across from the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom. This large play area is busy, even during the off months.
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Hanover, NH playgrounds

Etna Playground at Costello Field
226 Etna Road in Hanover, NH

Tenney Park
Brook Road in Hanover, NH

Hooksett, NH playground

Arthur Donati Playground
35 Main Street in Hooksett, NH
Donati Playground is right down the street from The Brick House (ice cream and food drive in), so make sure you fuel up after an afternoon on the swings and slides.

Hudson, NH playground

Benson Park playground
27 Kimball Hill Road in Hudson, NH
Parents and grandparents may remember when this land was home to Benson’s Wild Animal Farm (1920s to the 1980s) and filled with gorillas, giraffes and elephants. After years of remaining dormant, the land has been cleaned up and visitors are invited to walk the nature trails, enjoy a picnic and play in the gorilla cages.
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Jaffrey, NH playground

Humiston Field
Howard Hill Road in Jaffrey, NH

Keene, NH playgrounds

Robin Hood Park and Forest playground
Reservoir Street (off Roxbury Street) in Keene, NH

Wheelock Park playground
101 Park Avenue in Keene, NH

More info about Keene playgrounds and parks >

Laconia, NH playgrounds

Leavitt Park playground
334 Elm Street in Laconia, NH

Opechee Park playground
915 North Main Street in Laconia, NH

Sanborn Park playground
Mechanic Street in Laconia, NH

Tardif Park playground
Crescent Street in Laconia, NH

Weirs Community Park playground
14 Lucerne Avenue in Laconia, NH

Wyatt Park playground
22 Champlin Street in Laconia, NH

More info about Laconia’s playgrounds and parks >

Lebanon, NH playgrounds

Colburn Park playground
51 North Park Street in Lebanon, NH

Littleton, NH playground

Remich Park playground
165 Pleasant Street in Littleton, NH
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Londonderry, NH playground

Funway Playground
Nelson Road in Londonderry, NH
This playground is located behind the Londonderry Fire Station on Route 128.

Manchester, NH playgrounds

Derryfield Park playground
Bridge Street in Manchester, NH

Livingston Park playground
156 Hooksett Road in Manchester, NH
Livingston is a local favorite for many reasons: its playground area is mostly shaded, the Dorrs Pond walking trails are right there, and most importantly, its proximity to Puritan Backroom’s chicken tenders and ice cream. Livingston is also home to Manchester’s largest seasonal swimming pool.

Stevens Park playground
376 Mammoth Road in Manchester, NH

Meredith, NH playgrounds

Child’s Park
Meredith Center in Meredith, NH

Leavitt Beach playground
Leavitt Park Road (off of Route 25) in Meredith, NH
This is also a great spot for swimming, canoeing and kayaking during the summer months.

Prescott Park playground
Daniel Webster Highway in Meredith, NH

More info about Meredith playgrounds >

Merrimack, NH playground

Kids Cove Playground
471 Daniel Webster Highway in Merrimack, NH
The Kids Cove play area is located at the Twin Bridge Park which also has walking trails, baseball fields, basketball courts and picnic tables.
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Milford, NH playgrounds

Keyes Memorial Park playground
45 Elm Street in Milford, NH
In addition to the playground area, Keyes Memorial Park has a seasonal swimming and wading pool, ball parks and fields, bbq grills, picnic tables and street hockey court.
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Shepard Park playground
418 Nashua Street in Milford, NH

Milton, NH playground

James Culverhouse Playground at Milton Town Beach
852 White Mountain Highway, Milton NH

Nashua, NH playgrounds

Greeley Park playground
100 Concord Street in Nashua, NH

Legacy Playground
2 Cleveland Circle in Nashua, NH

Roby Park playground
Spit Brook Road in Nashua, NH

More info about Nashua playgrounds >

New Castle, NH playground

Great Island Common playground
301 Wentworth Road in New Castle, NH
If you’re thinking about heading to Great Island Common (and you absolutely should visit), then you should know that there is a fee associated with the park from May through September.
Kids under 5 are free and ages 6 and up are $4. The park is essentially located at the beach, so bring your bathing suits, picnic lunch and plan to spend the day.
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North Conway, NH playground

Harvey Dow Gibson Playground
Located in Schouler Park, near the Conway Scenic Railroad
Route 302 in North Conway, NH

North Hampton, NH playground

Dearborn Park
Exeter Road in North Hampton, NH

Peterborough, NH playground

Adams Park playground
64 Union Street in Peterborough, NH

Plymouth, NH playground

Fox Park playground
4 Langdon Street in Plymouth, NH

Portsmouth, NH playgrounds

Pierce Island playground
99 Pierce Island Road in Portsmouth, NH

South Playground
9 Kent Street in Portsmouth, NH

Rochester, NH playground

Hanson Pines playground
4 Yeagley Way in Rochester, NH
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Rye, NH playground

Odiorne State Park playground
570 Ocean Boulevard in Rye NH
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Please be aware that there is a fee associated with entering the state park ($2 for kids ages 6-11 and $4 for ages over 12). That being said, Odiorne has nature trails for hiking, biking and walking, fishing spots and picnic areas. Plan to spend the day here.

Salem, NH playground

Field of Dreams Playground
48 Geremonty Drive in Salem, NH
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Somersworth, NH playgrounds

Jules Bisson Park playground
79 Depot Street in Somersworth, NH

Millennium Park playground
99 Stackpole Road in Somersworth, NH
New playground equipment and features were added in 2017.

Noble Pines Park playground
45 Grand Street in Somersworth, NH
Noble Pines is also home to a seasonal splash pad.

More info about Somersworth’s playgrounds and parks >

Windham, NH playgrounds

Griffin Park playground
101 Range Road in Windham, NH
Griffin Park also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including summer concerts and the annual Town Day.

Wonderland Planground
Ministerial Road in Windham, NH

Wolfeboro, NH playground

Foss Field Recreation Area playground
Lehner Street in Wolfeboro, NH

The Nicholas J. Pernokas Recreation Park (aka “The Nick”)
Center Street (Route 28) in Wolfeboro, NH
The Nick is dog friendly, so feel free to bring Fido along for a day of fun.
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