Lancaster County is a haven when it comes to its family friendliness. You've got the science center, museums for kids, pools, trails, and playgrounds. Today, it's all about the latter, and I am highlighting some of the playgrounds Manheim Township has to offer.
The playground at Stauffer Park
The playground at Stauffer Park is a spacious, well-kept playground that includes swing sets and slides suitable for both toddlers and older kids. Also a plus, with large trees surrounding the area, there's plenty of shade. There are a handful of picnic tables and benches allowing you to bring food and snacks to enjoy, eating in a comfortable setting. The park has a clean restroom facility.
Address: 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
The playground at Manheim Township Community Park
This is a popular gathering spot for sports & recreation, featuring a playground and 34 acres of tree-lined fields. The park has two playgrounds, both a grassed and skinned softball field, two restroom facilities, two sand volleyball courts, and plenty of common grass areas.
If you decide to make the trip to Manheim Township Community Park, know that there's not too much shade, so the best time to visit would be during the morning or early evening. Bring plenty of water!
Address: 209 Petersburg Rd, Lancaster, PA 17601
The playground at Overlook Park
This one is especially fun for older kids. They have a climbing set, a giant fake rock kids can climb on, and several fun areas to run around. Also - an interactive gaming system!
The park itself is about 140 acres with walking trails and athletic fields offering a variety of fun outdoor activities, from soccer fields, baseball fields, walkway paths, natural areas, and ponds.
Address: Overlook Park is located between Fruitville Pike and Lititz Pike, with access drives from Fruitville Pike, Lititz Pike and Basset Drive. 301 Golf Dr, Lancaster, PA 17601
A reason as to why I chose to highlight these three parks is that they all have high back full bucket toddler swings. These types of swings can be hard to find and it is disappointing arriving at a playground where they don't have them if you come with younger kids.