The BEST Parks and Playgrounds in Washington County and Surrounding Areas!
One reason we absolutely love living in Washington County is that there is an overabundance of wonderful parks to visit all year long. Below, we’ve put together a list of parks we’ve personally visited and loved so much so that we needed to share them with you. If you have a park you love in the area, please let us know so we can share with others!
Kinderberg – Buckthorn Drive & Cherry Lane in Germantown
Kinderberg (Children’s Hill) Park is a 23-acre neighborhood park located in Germantown. Kinderberg is home to many recreation programs/events throughout the year, including kids workshops, Awesome August, Movie in the Park, and the Family Campout. There is also an awesome Sprayground at this park making it the perfect one stop shop for summer fun!!.There are 2 separate play areas, one for the preschool set and one for older kiddos. There are bathrooms available right at the playground as well. Like many parks, there is no shade, so bring your sunscreen or even your beach umbrella. Plenty of room for parents to set up a space and let the kids play. In the winter months you can also enjoy a very large sledding hill sure to keep your whole family entertained all day long.
Alt Bauer Park – W165 N10749 Wagon Trail, Germantown
Alt Bauer (Old Farmer) Park is a 21-acre neighborhood park located in south-central Germantown. The park is noted for its large natural woodland and grass areas. Come take a short hike through the woods and cross over a wooden bridge to the play equipment. This park includes a wonderful large playground, basketball courts, pathways, tennis courts, picnic tables and Port A Johns. There is so much open space at this park. I love to take my three children to run around and fly kites, kick soccer balls or play tag. You will find some shade under the mature trees at this park but as always recommended bring some sunscreen and bug spray if you plan to walk the pathways through the woods.
Spassland Park – W160 N10000 Colonial Dr, Germantown
(Photo Credit: Germantown Rec. Dept.)
Spassland (Play Land) Park is a 20-acre recreation area located adjacent to County Line Elementary School. This neighborhood park was developed as an active recreation area. They have an awesome playground along with 2 beautiful basketball courts, sand volleyball courts and 2 tennis courts. Also located at this park is a shelter (perfect for eating lunch under!) and restrooms. After you’re done playing at the park, enjoying a walk or bike ride around the pathway (asphalted) nearby.
Hickory Lane Park – Splash Pad – N165 W20290 Hickory Lane, Jackson
(Photo Credit: Jackson Parks and Rec.)
The Splash Pad is open everyday in the summer from 10am-7pm (weather pending) and is FREE for everyone to enjoy.
There is a sensor that needs a dry hand to swipe across to activate the splash pad and the water will cycle through. The last day to enjoy the Splash Pad is Labor Day. There is also play equipment at this park. For hours, please check here.
Glacier Hills County Park – 1664 Friess Lake Rd Hubertus
(Photo Credit: Washington County)
I’ve been visiting Glacier Hills County Park ever since I was a child. 25 years later, I bring my children on a regular basis. This park consists of 140 acres of land and includes approximately 1200 feet of frontage on Friess Lake. It truly is a hidden gem in our area. They have a nice play structure with picnic tables and a shelter with restrooms nearby. We enjoy hiking the trails and checking out the beach area at Friess Lake also. If you plan on a visit in the summer, we would suggest bug spray.
Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center – 777 S Main St, Hartford
(Photo Credit: Hartford)
Incredibly fun pool to take your family to during the summer months. For admission prices and rules please visit here. In addition to the pool, there is also a sand play area for little kids and shaded benches for eating lunch!
Possibility Playground – Upper Lake Park just north of downtown on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
(Photo Credit: Possibility Playground; TripAdvisor)
This park is in nearby Port Washington and comes with a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. Possibility Playground is truly made for everyone, all ages and abilities. There is so much nice equipment to play on and after you’re finished you can take a walk right down to the lake nearby. There is also a separate section for kids under 2 which is a huge plus for families with kids of varying ages. We highly recommend putting this park on your “must do” list.
Regner Park and Beach – 800 N Main St, West Bend
(Photo Credit: City of West Bend)
Regner Community Park is a mecca for outdoor recreation. The natural landscape is interwoven with activity. Playgrounds, nature trails, open play area, swimming, tennis, soccer, softball, and baseball serve the many recreational interests within the community. In summer, the beach, pond, and bathhouse bustle with activity. In winter, the area is transformed into a winter wonderland with ice-skating, hockey, and warming house. Among woodlands, ponds, open grasslands, and scenic Silver Creek are the Camp Lodge, Centennial Shelter, and Pavilion, Concessions, Bandstand area, as well as numerous picnic groves. As rental facilities they cater to special events, family gatherings, and other group activities. Park entrances are located on North Main Street and Park Avenue. (City of West Bend)
Our friends at Postfit Fitness and Wellness Center in Hartford, WI put together a great blog post about Stranger Awareness. You can find it here. We love our local parks and find them to be very safe but it’s always good to remember to teach your children to be aware of their surroundings. This post offers some very helpful scenarios to share with your kids. Check back to learn other topics from Postfit on keeping your children safe when out and about!
Think our list is missing something? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you so we can share your experiences with others! E-mail us at wcbusykids(ay)gmail.com.