It seems that right now is a pretty great time to be a kid, considering the abundance of innovative playgrounds that are popping up around the world. Gone are the typical plastic slides, normal swings and metal monkey bars. Instead we are seeing huge tire structures that you can actually climb, pirate ships that feature hidden nooks and crannies, zip lines, trampolines and slides that require helmets! From Japan to Nashville, Tennessee, to down under in Australia, here are 15 playgrounds that we wish were around when we were a kid.
15. Jungle Gym -Nashville, Tennessee
Not only is this playground located inside the incredible Nashville Zoo, but it features over 66,000 square feet of total fun! This primitive wooden playground looks like something right out of Pirates of the Caribbean and features the infamous snake tunnel, a huge net to climb that connects the bridge and tower and a huge hippo to chill out on. The numerous nooks and crannies throughout provide perfect shady hiding spots for a fun game of hide and seek. Kids love to climb to the top of the 35 foot tall treehouse and slide down one of the super slides. With its accessible swings, soft padded floors and smack dab location in between the African Savannah and the Jungle Loop; Nashville’s Jungle Gym playground is the perfect spot to let the kids run out some of their energy.