I had no idea how many fenced in playgrounds the DC area has until I started to compile! Here are 50 as of Spring 2022 and I am sure I am missing more. Fenced in playgrounds are the type of things you only appreciate once you have a toddler! I’ve linked to my in-depth reviews for the playgrounds that we’ve visited and to the Google Maps link to those we haven’t yet. Huge thanks to the moms of Insta for helping me compile this list last July…sorry it took so long to publish!
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Fenced In Playgrounds DC
- Rosedale Recreation Center – NE
- Lovejoy Park – NE
- Stanton Park – NE (older playground but fenced!)
- Joseph H. Cole Recreation Center – NE
- Macomb Recreation Center – NW
- Takoma Playground – NW
- Chevy Chase Recreation Center – NW
- Kennedy Recreation Center – NW
- Palisades Recreation Center – NW
- 11th and Monroe Street Park – NW
- Newark Park Playground – NW
- Kalorama Playground – NW
- Friendship Recreation Center (Turtle Park) – NW
- Westminster Park – NW
- Harrison Playground – NW
- Mitchell Park – NW
- Forest Hills Playground – NW
- Eastern Market Playground – SE
- Marion Park – SE
- Stead Park – NW (under construction)
Note: I didn’t include Beauvoir and Georgetown Day School playgrounds because even though they are technically fenced in, there is not sight lines to all the play areas because of the size and hills etc. Epic playgrounds tho!
Fenced Playgrounds in Northern Virginia
- Chestnut Hills – Arlington (near East Falls Church Metro)
- Westover Playground – Arlington (East Falls Church Metro is closest)
- Quincy Park – Arlington (near Virginia GMU Metro)
- Bluemont Playground – Arlington (Seven Corners)
- Rosslyn Highlands Park – Rosslyn
- Lincoln Park – Falls Church (East Falls Church Metro is closest)
- Hayes Park – Arlington
- Lyon Village Park – Arlington
- Potomac Yard Park – Alexandria (2 large fenced in playgrounds with a small splash pad)
- MLK Jr. Playground – Fort Hunt Alexandria (new and fun!)
- Patrick Henry Recreation Center – Alexandria (amazing new toddler playground completely fenced!)
- Armory Tot Lot – Alexandria
- Windmill Hill Park – Alexandria
- Hidden Pond Park – Springfield
- Garfield Elementary School – Springfield (Toddler area is completely fenced and astroturf! Weekends and holidays only)
- Jones Point Park – Alexandria (Under 495)
- Annandale Community Park – Annandale (Behind Hidden Oaks Nature Center)
- Pohick Bay Playground – Lorton
- Hyland Hills Park – South Riding (Fenced but a couple of entrances and no gate just FYI)
Fenced In Playgrounds in Maryland (mostly Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties)
- Caroline Freeland Playground – Bethesda
- Candycane City at Meadowbrook Park – Chevy Chase
- Ray’s Meadow Local Park – Chevy Chase (partially fenced, field on 3 sides)
- Ken-Gar Palisades Park – Kennsington
- White Oak Community Rec Center – Silver Spring
- South Bowie Community Center – South Bowie
- Bowie Community Center – North Bowie
- Blandair Regional Park North – Columbia
- Blandair Regional Park West – Columbia
- Western Regional Park – Woodbine
- Canton Crossing – Canton (Baltimore County small but close to shopping)
And finally, the 5 Things I Never Go to a Playground Without…
1) TICK REMOVER
Unfortunately, we live in an area with lots of ticks and tick-borne diseases. We have had experience with them and so now I always keep this cheap tick remover in the car. The important thing is to properly detach the tick and save it for testing. This little kit has great instructions on how to remove and send it away for testing. Plus your local county may have a place to send it off to.
2) UPF HOODIE
If you’ve seen me on Instagram over the past 12 months, I always wear my UPF 50 Hoodie on at playgrounds! I love that it is breathable and 50 UPF. I don’t have to worry about applying sunscreen to my neck and arms when we are out exploring! They have lots of sizes and colors.
3) SUN HATS!
I haven’t found the perfect hat for me (looking for wide coverage but not frumpy!) but I have found one for my kids! After trying out tons of types, these Sunday Afternoon hats have been my favorite for the last 6 years. Baby and Toddler version here and my son’s 5-year-old Adventure Hat here. (5 full stars on Amazon) I love the UV protection, safety chin strap, and neck portion.
I really like the ThinkSport Kids Safe Sunscreen 50 SPF. It is a little white casting but I like that it is water-resistant but still a mineral formula. There is also a ThinkBaby version for 6 months and up.
Ok not glamourous but this little Unisex Potty Urinal has saved my life more times than I can count! It works for all of us (don’t ask me how I know!) and we took it on road trips earlier in the pandemic. Now, I just use it for my daughter and son if the porta potties are too dirty.