Best Local Playground and Splash Pad at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton

We headed up to Patch Reef Park Playground and Splash Pad in Boca Raton, on our last day off from school.  Wow!  That about sums it up! Oh and it is free.  That never hurts either! This park definitely deserves to be on our best list!

Pirates Cove Playground

The Pirate Ship
Let’s start with the playground, well play grounds really.  Pirates Cove Playground has several different sections that are sure to make the kids happy!  The giant climbing structure is a pirate ship. My daughter quickly made somPlayground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Ratone new friends and they played Jake and the Neverland Pirates.  It was really cute to see this whole group of kids singing the theme song as they played.

Splash Pad Playground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton
The Splash Pad
The pirate adventure is continued onto a splash pad with water spraying out of the fake palm trees and water cannons to spray at the “bad pirates” (because my daughter is always a good pirate, according to her).


The Electronic PlaygroundPlayground at Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton
If the kids get bored with these two areas (yeah, right) then there is the Electronic Playground.  Each piece of equipment is designed to challenge the kids strength, speed, climbing, and reflexes.  This section is very challenging and for slightly older kids in general.  I honestly didn’t really understand how the electronics worked, but the kids seemed to have a great time with them.

There are picnic tables and benches available, but they can not be reserved.  There is a fair amount of shade, in the summer it may be really a bit too much but in the winter it will be perfect!

Fitness Trail at Patch Reef Park in Boca RatonThe Fitness Trail

This is the nicest fitness trail I have ever seen!  We walked part of it, with me walking quickly and my daughter riding her razor. The equipment is brand new and you can scan the QR codes to see on your phone how to do each exercise.  I couldn’t figure out how long the fitness trail is, but I am guessing it is at least 2 miles.

All in all, this playground gets top marks!

2000 West Yamato Road (1/4 mile west of Military Trail)
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Best local playground: Bayview Park

This hidden gem of a playground is located on Bayview Drive in Fort Lauderdale.  It is immaculate and
offers something for just about everyone.
The playground has several different partially shaded climbing and
sliding structures. Each structure is designed for different age levels and
abilities, there is one for toddlers and the others are for varying
abilities.  This playground is
particularly nice because it has rubber flooring which can give a nice cushion
to the inevitability of tumbling children.
The playground is partially fenced in along Bayview Drive and is blocked
only by bushes on the side street so children must be supervised carefully on
the parking lot side.
Bayview Park has one sheltered picnic area that is available
for parties; however it must be reserved well in advance and it is very popular.  There are additional picnic tables, benches,
basketball court, restrooms and tennis courts.
The park and playground are so well maintained that even the bathrooms
are clean.
The baseball fields are a fabulous place for kids to run off
some extra energy when they are not in use in use for organized games.   Parking can be difficult on peak hours like
weekends or when school is out.  All in
all this is a quiet, clean and beautiful park that is sure to be a favorite
place to get a little fresh air, exercise and sunshine.
Bayview Park
4401 Bayview Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
Tel: 954-828-PARK
Hours: 8 am to 9 pm