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4 Playgrounds Worth Exploring

There are just days when you need to take a break from the kids but can’t. When in doubt, wear them out! Here are four great playgrounds that will keep them busy for hours on end.

Sinclair Lewis Park Playground – Sauk Centre

This is a well rounded smaller park with lots of amenities. In addition to the playground, you’ll find a beach, band shell, picnic areas and modern bathrooms complete with water refill station.

Modern Bathrooms

Where: 101 Hickman Dr, Sauk Centre, MN 56378

Brophy Bay Park Playground – Alexandria

Brophy Bay Park is newer to the area. The park has several including a fishing pier, modern bathrooms, and a beach. Know that because the park is so new, there isn’t a lot of shade yet so little ones will need to take a break now and again and stay hydrated.

Modern Bathrooms and water refill station available

Where: 4521 Brophy Ln, Alexandria, MN 56308

Community Playground – Smith Park, Montevideo

The Community Playground in Montevideo is a treasure. Great size so the kids stay busy, but small enough so that you can keep a close eye. The playground has has two key areas. One for larger kids with lots of climbing opportunities and three slides and a second area for “the little ones” This area is called Tot Land and is fenced off. It feels like a little town with store fronts to walk in and out. Do know that there is no age limit posted for this area. It’s simply designed for smaller people. There’s also a separate swing set in this area.

The playground is found in Smith Park in Montevideo which is across the street from the police department. The turf is wood chips and the decking throughout the playground is made of modern tech decking so, no slivers. Bathrooms are modern and open June to October.

Bonus fun: the Montevideo Farmers Market is across the parking lot from the playground on specified days June-October.

Where: Smith Park, Canton Avenue, Montevideo, MN 56265

Wilson Park Playground – Sauk Rapids

Wilson Regional Park has been around since the 30s and the Parks board has done an excellent job of keeping the park current and fun. Found next to the river, this park offers a dog park, tennis, fishing, horseshoe pits, outdoor kitchen and boat launch. The playground offers a wide variety of play for all ages, but the thing that makes it different, is that the playground is set on AstroTurf. The fake grass means no pea rock or sand. So if staying a little cleaner during play is important, Wilson Regional Park is your playground.

Modern Bathrooms, but during Covid these doors have been locked and porta potties have been deployed.

Where: In the St Cloud Area at 625 Riverside Dr NE, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379