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Swing High, Zip Fast: Most Adventurous Playgrounds Around Seattle

Where to find the highest climbers, fastest zip lines and tallest swings

Published on: March 20, 2023

Kids play on the Artists at Play playground at Seattle Center on a sunny spring day. The Space Needle and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) are visible behind
Play in the shadow of the Space Needle at Seattle Center’s phenomenal Artists at Play playground. Credit: Nancy Chaney

Catch a thrill!

A topic of debate in recent years has been whether we are giving kids enough opportunities to take physical risks in their free play. One way for parents and caregivers to encourage kids to safely test their limits is to seek out local parks that offer more challenging playground equipment.

Playground design continues to evolve, and today’s risky playground elements are more likely to include tall rope climbers than super-high swings or steep slides. We’ve gathered up some old and new favorites offering a variety of elements, all sure to thrill adventure-loving kids.

Read on for some top Seattle-area playgrounds with steep slides, tall climbers, high swings and zippy zip lines. (Note: Of course, use your judgment and read signage at parks for safe play guidelines to make sure your child is playing within his or her limits.) Now, let’s go!

First up: Othello Playground

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