Category Archives: Alexandria City Playgrounds

Welcome to the Alexandria VA Playground listing! We would love to see you at one of these wonderful playgrounds- why don’t you stop by the Little Lambs of Alexandria Playgroup page and find out how we can get to know you?

Jones Point Park

Jones Point Park Alexandria VA The Joy Troupe NOVAThe Jones Point Park playground (100 Jones Point Dr, Alexandria VA) is compact and to the point. Lots of pathways allow little beginning riders to loop the park without interfering with play,  soft rubber surfaces under play structures cushion falls, and interesting, sturdy, safe equipment will be the perfect foil for any imagination. The play equipment is challenging enough to encourage running, climbing, and jumping, but accessible to even the littlest children. The swings are on one side of the park and the play area is on the other, allowing you to catch your toddler before he walks into the moving swings. Ample seating is provided by benches that are close enough to supervise play. There is absolutely NO shade on the play area. In a few years, the trees will get some height on them, and you’ll be able to find shady spots, but for now, it’s hot. Time your visit accordingly, so nobody gets burned on the equipment. The play area is completely enclosed by chain link with a gate. There is ample parking right outside the playground area, for bikes as well as cars. You can access area hiking routes from within the park or via a short hop within the walkable neighborhood at the park entrance.

The park surface and the access is level and smooth, and clearly you can’t beat the view. If the eqipment gets too hot, you can cross the parking lot and run, picnic, or ride bikes under the shade of the overpass. There is a breeze off the river that makes this park cooler than places farther inland, even on really hot days. It’s unbelievably refreshing.

Jones Point Park History for Wiggleworms The Joy Troupe NOVA

There are also level, stroller friendly trails at Jones Point Park. The surface is mostly gravel and there is not a lot of cyclist traffic- most cyclists stick to the bike path that also runs through the park, leaving the pedestrian paths to slower traffic. Most of the trail is shady and there are a bunch of educational stops along the way.

Kids trail hike at Jones Point Park The Joy Troupe NOVA Family trail guide

Jones Point Park Family Hike Stroller Trail Info

Trail surface: Mix of paved, mulch, and gravel
Freedom Coded: Mostly yellow, but red near the dock area. There is a steep drop off at the river edge that deserves appropriate caution, since there are pieces of broken concrete with twisted metal bars sticking out of them visible in the shallows nearby- probably wreckage from the old shipworks, and certainly dangerous enough to harm someone who fell in.
Double stroller accessible: Yes, very! Broad and level.
Stroller type: The gravel may be tough on some regular strollers, but most should be able to handle this trail just fine.
Distance: .7 miles of total trail distance, in a shape that allows for a figure 8 loop with a higher total walking mileage.
Loop: yes. (Figure 8 style)
Shade cover: Mostly shade, but some areas of full sun.
Restrooms: very nice ones in a building under the bridge, opposite the big playground.
Parking: ample, near the playground. Use caution with the pedestrian crossings, as not all drivers obey the posted speed limit.
Getting There: 100 Jones Point Dr, Alexandria VA

Also along the walking trail is a second, smaller playground and some cute, embedded wildlife footprints, and historic boundary markers. (Stand in Virginia and the District at the same time! Fun!)

Jones Point Park Small Playground The Joy Troupe NOVA

Windmill Hill Park

If you’ve got a kid who likes to run up the slide, take them to Windmill Hill Park to have a go at the climbing hill. In fact, climbers, clamberers, and shinniers of all descriptions will love this playground. The climbing hill separates the enclosed playground into two areas- one suitable for toddlers, and one meant for pre-K and up.

If you are trying to supervise more than one child at this playground, your best bet will be to encourage the youngest (or the one most in need of your supervision) to stay on the upper section of the playground. The top part is high enough to give you a good vantage point for the lower play structure, so you’ll be able to keep an eye on your kid and to see the lower exits to make sure they don’t leave without you.

There is a “back gate” to this playground that leads to the outside of the wall and also some bushes that keep you from being able to see what’s going on behind them, so you’ll want to be alert to that, since it’s a way for your kiddo to get out of your sight. (Check there before you panic if they do this to you.) There is also a low wall my kid HAD to walk across, and a giant hill leading down the to field that just screams “roll down me” in a frequency only children can hear.

There are no restrooms actually at Windmill Hill Park, but if you go through the “spooky tunnel” you will find a grocery store with a bathroom. I always feel obligated to buy something when I do that, but your mileage may vary.

Park surface is mulch. Playground is not shaded. Lots and lots of green space for running outside the playground area. There is also a sand volleyball area and what my kid dubbed “the spooky tunnel” in the park. All in all, Windmill Hill Park made a great family outing. Parking is on-street.


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Brookvalley Park

The play equipment in this park is not gathered together into a single playground area, but scattered on either side of the Holmes Run Trail throughout the park. This is either a totally brilliant idea or a totally awful idea, depending on how likely your kid is to dart out in front of oncoming cyclists when they get bored and want to move on to the next piece of equipment. Each piece of equipment has mulch underneath. Most are shaded. There is no parking- your best bet is pedestrian access- nor are there restrooms.


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Tarleton Park

If you haven’t visited Tarleton Park lately, it’s time for another look. The park’s previous, safe if a bit seedy, play equipment has been demolished. In its place is a fully enclosed off-leash exercise area for dogs, and a brand new, train themed, play area has been installed nearby. New walking paths connect the park with the Holmes Run Trail and with the street. The playground has a rubber surface and is in partial shade, depending on the time of day.

Baby swings, teeter totters, climbing fun, and benches for the adults make this a cute spot to meet for a playdate or to take a break from a stroller walk!
Tarleton Park Play Structure Alexandria VA


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Helen Miller-Bernard Hunter Park

224 North Fayette Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Playground has rubber surface underfoot and is completely fenced. No restrooms. The equipment is appropriate for young toddlers on up. Parking is on-street, no meters. Not shady.


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Armory Tot Lot

During the 1940’s the National Guard Armory Building was built on this site and a portion of the building was used to operate recreational leagues. The building was destroyed by fire soon thereafter and never re-built. The City developed the site into a children’s playground in the early 1950s and has been maintaining it as such up to the present time.

The Armory Tot Lot in the City of Alexandria is a favorite.  It’s perfect for the 0-4 age group.  Also great for those with multiple children.  It’s small, sandbox, bucket swings and climbing structure.  Best part is that it’s fenced in, so no losing kiddos or chasing two in different directions. -By: Candi

208 S Royal Street  Alexandria, VA  22314

Playground is enclosed. Partially shaded depending on time of day. Parking is on-street. No restrooms. Lots of ride-on toys appear to have been donated by the community. My little digger loved the sandbox and the excavation toys.


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Fort Ward Park

FtWardParkFort Ward Park is located at4301 West Braddock Road, Alexandria VA.

Well away from any roads or traffic, this playground offers plenty of fun equipment and is shady during the hottest part of the day in summer.

 


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Goat Hill Park

Goat Hill Park

Goat Hill Park
33 Kennedy St, Alexandria VA

Rubber surface, mostly enclosed, cute, cute cute! The kids had a great time here. It’s a smallish place with a soft rubber surface and some shade. Parking is on neighborhood streets.

There are some gaps in the enclosure, so you’ll want to watch out, but the fence is sufficient to keep the kiddos from taking off toward the street.


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Holmes Run Park Playground

Holmes Run Park Playground

This playground is completely fenced in and has lots of space to run and climb. The playground surface is mulch and the sign says it’s for older children, but the little guys had a great time here, too.

Although on the surface it’s not quite as toddler friendly as the nearby Ben Brenman Park, it’s not as busy, which makes it a great bet for kids who are easily overstimulated.

Don’t forget your camera, snacks, water, and sun protection! The Holmes Run scenic walkway goes right by here, so if you’re looking for a fun stop on a family walk, keep this playground in mind.

Your best bet for parking is to park at Ben Brenman and walk across the bridge. Here’s a map: http://tinyurl.com/holmesrunpark

(Ben Brenman’s address is 4800 Brenman Park Drive. The bridge you want is the one that goes right from the parking lot at this address.)


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Ben Brenman Park

4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria VA 22304Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria VA 22304) tot lot is completely enclosed and features a soft rubber surface. The park is beautiful and has paved walking paths, where you can see wildlife such as geese, herons, turtles, redwing blackbirds, fish, and more. (Do watch out for goose droppings!) The park is not shaded, and there are public restrooms in a building near the playground.

To park in the lot near the Tot Lot at Ben Brenman, use this address for directions: 5205 C St, Alexandria, VA 22304 and keep going until you get to the parking lot. Here’s a map: http://tinyurl.com/benbrenmangooglemap

The tot lot is near the baseball diamond. The official street address of the park is 4800 Brenman Park Drive, Alexandria VA 22304.


Hey! Looking for more playgrounds? Be sure to visit our NOVA Playground Map to find them by location! If your favorite is missing, please submit it! Have you stopped by the Little Lambs of Alexandria Playgroup page lately to see what’s new? We also have a Toddler Playgroup!