Best Playgrounds In St. Louis According To Me

St. Louis Playground Comparisons

Because we're only one family and can't visit every small playground in the city, we visit as many highly-rated playgrounds as possible while sticking to recommendations from friends and long-time St. Louis residents.

These rankings are based on the quality of the playground and not the overall park. Parks like Tower Grove Park are amazing, but the playgrounds in the park objectively stink. If you want more adult friendly playgrounds, check out my best parks in St. Louis list.

I take into account both my take on the playgrounds and, more importantly, my now four and eight-year-old kids' take on the playgrounds. You can read more details on my playground review philosophy, but remember, I don't make the rules; I just think ‘em up and write ‘em down.

Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

  1. #1 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Tilles Park

    Tilles Park Takeaway. My favorite park in Saint Louis so far. Top-notch playground equipment. Splash pad, music equipment, and fields to round out the experience. Ideal for kids 3.5 and up. You can easily spend one hour plus with kids. Clean bathrooms. Plenty of parking. Adjacent walking path to the playground. Tip One: There are two Tilles Parks, so make sure you set your map to the one in Brentwood off of 64. Tip Two: Bring a tennis ball for creative ways to play and have a catch.

    Tilles Park
  2. #2 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Deer Creek Park

    Deer Creek Park Takeaway. The "Rocket Ship Park". Great park for three-year-olds to ten-year-olds. Themed around space with the rock ship jungle gym, space rover platform, and space shuttle rocker. Good way to spend one to two hours with the kids. Big pavilion for parties. Easy parking. Clean bathrooms. Many ball fields, including volleyball. It's worth experiencing once if you have kids in Saint Louis.

    Deer Creek Park
  3. #3 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    O'Day Park

    O'Day Park Takeaway. The "Basically A Free Adventure Park Park". Incredibly high-quality apparatuses, layout, and design. Playground complete. While every apparatus is awesome, they are mostly all single-use. Limits kids' creative freedom, so they get bored quicker than you would expect, given the quality. Bring a bathing suit for the splash pad in Summer. Easy parking in a giant lot. Brand new bathrooms. Located way out west across the river in O'Fallon. Not worth the 32-minute drive from my house, but definitely worth sub ~15 minutes if you live closer.

    O'Day Park
  4. #4 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Stacey Park

    Stacey Park Takeaway. My homefield park and a major reason we bought our house. Olivette's "premier" park. Has a little bit of everything - playgrounds, fields, and even a "hike". Playgound complete. Big pavilion for parties. Easy parking. Clean bathrooms. Hosts all major Olivette events and intramerial sports. It's a swiss army knife of parks that stands out for being above agerage in every category conceivable, without having a specific highlight.

    Stacey Park
  5. #5 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Francis Park

    Francis Park Takeaway. The "South City Place To Be Park". A great all-around park with things to do for people of all ages. From playgrounds to beer gardens to real gardens and everything in between. Doesn't excel in anything, but above average in everything. Home to pickleball, racquetball, and tennis courts. Solid set of walking paths bisects the half-mile-long park. Easy parking around the perimeter. Bathrooms at the playground and beer garden.

    Francis Park
  6. #6 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground

    Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground Takeaway. The "Forest Park Playground". A strong playground that anchors the biggest, most famous park in St. Louis. Playground complete. Unique spinning gazebo / mary-go-round. Several solid slides. Fun main two-story playground. Small splash area. I've been coming here since before we moved to the area. Parking is easy across the street. Next to the information center with bathrooms. Small covered area for adults to sit.

    Dennis & Judith Jones Variety Wonderland Playground
  7. #7 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Villa Park

    Villa Park Takeaway. Villa is the middle child of Olivette's three southern parks. Post renovation, it's the best playground for older kids. Features a splash pad. A great neighborhood park, it lacks all of the amenities and size of Stacey Park down the road. Dedicated parking. Standard park bathrooms. Pavilion with picnic tables for lunch or parties. Playground complete - can keep kids busy for at least an hour. Tip: Watch out for blackberries at the base of the crow's nest slide.

    Villa Park
  8. #8 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Creve Coeur Lake Park

    Creve Coeur Lake Park Takeaway. The "Twisty Green Slide Park." Super diverse park with things to do for any and everyone. Playground complete. Two-story twisty slide and splash pad anchor the playground. Plenty of small additional features to keep kids busy. Awesome hiking around the park will be the subject of future review. Additional amenities include ropes course, disc golf, and the lake. Plenty of parking. Bathrooms around, but not always convenient. Tip: Finding the playground can be hard, so make sure to enter it into your GPS correctly. Always turn right.

    Creve Coeur Lake Park
  9. #9 Best Playgrounds In St. Louis

    Lewis Park

    Lewis Park Takeaway. The "Big Pond Park". Small, community-based park. Some of the best sledding in town. Two playgrounds with basic slides. One for older kids. One for longer kids. Not "Playground Complete," I don't think your kids will make it an hour. Standard swing set. Kids like to run around in the woods and fields. Parking is inconvenient at best and difficult when sledding. The biking frog in the bog is baller. No pavilion. No bathrooms except for the woods, which we've used a lot. Tip: Be careful with younger kids near the pond.

    Lewis Park

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Playgrounds That Didn't Make The Cut

  1. Berra Park

    Berra Park Takeaway. The park that made me pivot. It's where my friends helped me decide to get in shape and start this blog. Not particularly interesting, shiny, or different, but quality equipment. Located in The Hill across from Gioia's and Gian-Tony's. Parking is easy all around the park. Not playground complete. Comes with a statue of Midge Berra.

    Berra Park
  2. Irv Zeid Citizen's Park

    Irv Zeid Citizens Park Takeaway. The "Obstacle Course Park". Fun, neighborhood park on the way home from school. The obstacle course playground nets you a twenty-minute visit. Dedicated dog park. Pavilion and bathrooms for parties. Small park that is not Playground Complete. Parking is available on Old Bonhomme.

    Irv Zeid Citizen's Park
  3. Lafayette Park

    Lafayette Park Takeaway. The "Old Person Park". Great park for adults, not so much three-year-olds to ten-year-olds. One of the oldest parks west of the Mississippi, dedicated in 1851. Playground is not Playground Complete. Features unique 20-30ft climbing net. Fantastic walking paths around the park reminiscent of Tower Grove Park. Highlights include a central pond, a walking bridge, and historical pavilions and buildings. Parking is easy around the perimeter at a 45-degree angle. Bathrooms were closed when we were there in early November. Note: The playground looked to be going under renovations soon, so could be better soon.

    Lafayette Park
  4. Tower Grove Park

    Tower Grove Park Takeaway. The "Pavillion Park". A great park for adults. Not so great for kids. Excellent 3-mile loop for walking or running. Playgrounds surprisingly meh. Haven't been, but heard the Farmer's Market is great. So many little things to see add up to a really fun experience. Baseball fields, soccer fields, and even a clay tennis court. Parking is everywhere. A park worth being the neighborhood namesake.

    Tower Grove Park
  5. Kellogg Park

    Kellogg Park Takeaway. Small community park. Clean pavilion located right next to bathrooms and a small playground works for birthdays. Members-only dog park. Big open field. Ample parking. Community garden. Probably the weakest park I've been to in St. Louis. Fine birthday party spot for little kids.

    Kellogg Park
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