Park and playground reviews
Tired of the same old swing and slide routine? Then check out the reviews for some of these parks and playgrounds across the Triangle.
This list will grow over time, so be sure to check back.
You'll find a large indoor pool, along with the outdoor wading pool and sprayground, at Millbrook Exchange Park in north Raleigh.
The playground at Brier Creek Community Center in north Raleigh is perfect for toddlers.
The Wake County park sits along Falls Lake and includes an environmental education center, large playground, trails and more. Its Songbird Celebration is always on the last Saturday in April.
The 6.5-acre garden near Cameron Village in Raleigh has 60 beds of roses, an amphitheater and open spaces that make it perfect for gatherings or just regular visits.
The Raleigh park features a unique slide that's built along the slide of a hill.
The 160-acre park, a centerpiece of Apex's parks system, includes two playgrounds, paved trails and a 50-acre lake.
North Hills Park in Raleigh isn't a major park, but it includes a nice playground about a mile from the North Hills shopping area.
The east Raleigh park features four miles of paved trails, lots of open space and a playground with some unique slides.
The North Wake Landfill in Raleigh was turned into a park last year. Take a look.
Lions Park in Raleigh got a new playground last year thanks to a community effort. It's also home to the area's only BMX track.
The 117-acre park features old farm buildings, three miles of paved trails, gardens and lots of open space to run.
The first thing I noticed on a visit to Duke Park in Durham the other week was the height of the play structure. This isn't some simple steps and slide set up.
The park's more than 4,000 acres and 25 miles of secluded wilderness trails offer plenty of places for families to explore.
Community Center Park might not be Chapel Hill's biggest park. But it's probably its most popular.
The 174-acre park just south of Raleigh features trails, an education center and a working gristmill.
Durant Nature Park features trails, lakes, a playground and lots of activities for families in the heart of north Raleigh.
Take a tour of the park near downtown Raleigh or just pack a picnic and relax for a bit.
There's a lot to like about Cary's Ritter Park.
Anderson Community Park sits on the outskirts of Carrboro. And that may be why it wasn't exactly teaming with people the other week when I was there.
The environmental field station for the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences sits in busy west Raleigh and features a prairie, pond, arboretum and more.
Shelley Lake Park features more than two miles of paved trails, a good-sized playground and Sertoma Arts Center, featuring all kinds of programs for kids.
Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville sits not too far from Durham and not too far from Raleigh. The park offers plenty for kids to do. Watch the video and click on the headline for details.
Chavis Community Park is home to Raleigh's other carousel. But few people make the trek to ride it. See the park in this video and click on the headline to read more about Chavis Park.
Raleigh's newest playground includes lots of noise makers and equipment for kids of all abilities in mind. The community center features a gym, workout room and more. Watch the video and click the headline to read more about the park.
Another one of Raleigh's major playgrounds is set for demolition this year. All Children's Playground at Laurel Hills Park will be open until September when its scheduled to be razed.
Kelly Road Park in Apex features the castle-like KidsTowne, which is not your normal slide and swing stop. Click the headline for more information.
Holding Park doesn't offer a fancy playground. But what it does have makes up for that.
Cary's Kids Together Playground is one of the best playgrounds in the Triangle, we think. Click on the headline for more details on a planned misting station.
Headed to Pullen Park? Don't bother. The playground, carousel, train and lake are closed through summer 2011.
Judging from the number of parents and kids at Raleigh-Durham International Airport's Observation Park over the last week, plenty of you know about this place. But judging from the number of people I mention it too, plenty of you don't.
Raleigh opened a new park late last year in an old Dollar General store in a North Raleigh strip mall. The result is a one-of-a-kind (at least for the Triangle) indoor public playground that's now drawing hundreds of kids a day.