Down the Shore

5 Great Playgrounds for Kids at the Jersey Shore

Tire out your tyke at these five awesome spots.


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Image of Sandcastle Park in Ocean City via Google Maps.

Another reason to love spending time down the Shore? Because your kids aren’t yet bored with these playgrounds. Here are five of the best.

Sunset Park

Harvey Cedars (Holly and Salem avenues)

There’s a cool wooden ship that kids obsess over; goodies like a fishing dock, a gazebo and bathrooms; and, as one devotee notes, “an ice-cream truck that comes basically on the hour.”

Shark Park

Brigantine (26th and Brigantine)

A beloved and sprawling go-to with tons of stuff to climb on, plus tire swings, rock walls, swings, shark bouncies and more.

Cape May Ferry Terminal Playground

Cape May (1200 Lincoln Boulevard)

This petite, under-the-radar play area is especially fun for the preschool set. It’s a parent favorite, too, thanks to a great deck, lovely scenery, and spots to grab a drink all around it. Bonus: mini-golf!

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Photograph courtesy Cape May-Lewes Ferry.

Sandcastle Park

Ocean City (34th and West)

The local hang boasts equipment for toddlers and bigger kids alike, adjacent basketball and tennis courts, loads of swings, a crazy-steep slide, a public bathroom, and even a couple of shade trees for parents fighting off sunstroke.

Dealy Field’s Play By the Bay

Sea Isle (63rd and Central)

The place is a Sea Isle point of pride, with tons of climbers, swings, slides, bridges, and a covered picnic area, too — not to mention Dealy’s many playing fields, street hockey court, skate park and walking path.

Published as part of “The Shore” in the June 2019 issue of Philadelphia magazine.