Memphis: Home to One of the Most Unique Playgrounds in the U.S.

Who doesn’t love a playground? Kids get to run their energy out, see friends, and explore, while parents get to hang, watch their kids be wild, and sometimes even sit down. Playgrounds are also free (for the most part), making them a great spot for downtime whether you’re at home or on vacation—especially when they go beyond a good old-fashioned play structure or were created by designers who are pushing the boundaries of what a playground can be.

With an eye toward spring break, below are 11 of the most innovative playgrounds, which could be worth putting on your itinerary during your next U.S. road trip.

11 of the Most Innovative playgrounds

Life on the River Playground // Memphis, Tennessee

Most unique playgrounds: Life On The River Playground sturgeon is pictured.
This sturgeon-themed play structure is just one of many delights at Memphis’s the Life on the River playground. / Courtesy of MONSTRUM Playgrounds

Crafted by leading artsy playground creators Monstrum, Memphis, Tennessee’s Life on the River playground is both functional and beautiful. It’s situated in the city’s Tom Lee Park and celebrates the Mississippi River ecosystem with oversized otter slides, a climbable salamander surrounded by a turreted trio of faux-cypress trees, a caterpillar to crawl through, and a sturgeon-themed play structure.

There are also bridges to traverse, places to hide, and slides a-plenty, and parents will find that the structures aren’t just fun to play on: They’re extremely photogenic, too. So make sure to take tons of pics, because no kid stays small for long.

This article was originally featured in “mentalfloss. com” 

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