OUR FAVOURITE KELOWNA PLAYGROUNDS

There are so many amazing parks and playgrounds in Kelowna, but it’s hard to know which ones are best for your family. Do you need open green space, or an accessible play structure? Beach access, or washrooms?

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite playgrounds in Kelowna, including why we love them and what you can expect when you get there! Now, go have fun!

The tube slide of your kids’ dreams

Amenities: Beach βœ– | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ” | Splash park βœ” | Picnic tables βœ–
Ground: Wood chips

+ Why we love it

It’s worth the drive to Kettle Valley! This huge, modern, inclusive playground high up in gorgeous Kettle Valley is one of our kids’ faves. There are tons of play structures, appropriate for toddlers all the way up to big kids. We love the giant tube slide, and that you can get out of the sun by sitting under lovely, mature trees. There's a coffe shop in Kettle Valley in case you need snacks, but it's not super close to the park by foot.

+ Parking

Small-ish parking lot. Street parking available if lot is full. Short walk to get into the park - if you're coming with lots of stuff, consider bringing a wagon. FREE.

+ Address

5636 Jasper Way, Kelowna (see map below)


Come for the playground, stay for the stunning walking trails

Amenities: Beach βœ– | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ– | Splash park βœ– | Picnic tables βœ”
Ground: Wood chips

+ Why we love it

This may be the best playground in the city! Nestled under a canopy of mature trees beside beautiful Mission Creek, and adjacent to the Mission Creek Greenway (a favourite spot for trail running, walking and cycling), this playground is a fave among local families. The accessible play structure includes ramps, making it an ideal park for early walkers and children with limited mobility. And the giant rope climber is always a hit with thrill-seeking little people. Note: Not walking distance to snacks or amenities, but Orchard Park Mall is a only a minute away by car.

+ Parking

Large parking lot with ample space adjacent to the playground. FREE.

+ Address

2363 Springfield Rd, Kelowna (see map below)


A playground right on the water - with a zip line? Yes please!

Amenities: Beach βœ” | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ” | Splash park βœ– | Picnic tables βœ–
Ground: Sand (it’s literally on the beach)

+ Why we love it

Where to begin? This awesome play structure is right on the beach, at the water's edge. Mature trees keep the nearby grassy area (and parts of the sandy beach, itself) shaded. You can also rent paddle boats, canoes kayaks, or try stand up paddled boards. It's a quick drive to shops and cafes on Lakeshore Dr if you need supplies.

+ Parking

Parking lot near the beach, but it can fill up in the summer. Street parking nearby-ish. We recommend bringing a wagon on busy days. FREE.

+ Address

23400 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna (see map below)


Playground fun in the heart of the city

Amenities: Beach βœ” | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ– | Splash park βœ” | Picnic tables βœ–
Ground: Pebbles

+ Why we love it

Spacious playground in beautiful City Park, right downtown. Burn some energy on the play structure, or head to the adjacent splash pad or gorgeous sandy beach. Bring a towel to have a picnic on the grass, or walk to a nearby downtown cafe or ice cream shops. Keep in mind that the play structure is older, and isn't designed for early walkers. Bonus: There are often food trucks parked nearby.

+ Parking

Parking lot that fills up quickly in the summer and on weekends. Downtown street parking available, but we recommend bringing a wagon if you have lots of gear. CITY RATES apply.

+ Address

1600 Abbott St, Kelowna (see map below)


Lovely grassy park with amazing splash pad

Amenities: Beach βœ– | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ” | Splash park βœ” | Picnic tables βœ–
Ground: Rubber

+ Why we love it

This often-overlooked playground in Rutland is a great spot to spend a few hours. The accessible playground is great for littler adventurers. There's a large grassy area for rolling and running, and arguably the best splash pad in the city. Not walking distance to snacks, but an easy drive to all the amenities along Hwy 33 North. Note: Great park to host large groups or Bday parties.

+ Parking

Parking lot right next to the playground. It fills up on summer weekends, although there's ample street parking around. FREE.

+ Address

900 Houghton Rd, Kelowna (see map below)


PARKINSON REC PLAYGROUND

Best park for early walkers and younger adventurers

Amenities: Beach βœ– | Bathrooms (inside the rec centre) βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ” | Splash park βœ– | Picnic tables βœ”
Ground: Rubber

+ Why we love it

Centrally located outside of Parkinson Rec Centre, this large, barrier-free playground is our favourite spot for toddlers and young kids. There are no slides, but the easy-to access climbing structure and low swings make it the perfect park for little kids. There's also a sandbox and picnic tables. Bring food, as there are no amenities within walking distance.

+ Parking

Large parking lot right next to the playground. FREE.

+ Address

1800 Parkinson Way, Kelowna (see map below)


ROTARY BEACH PLAYGROUND

Another epic play structure on the beach!

Amenities: Beach βœ” | Bathrooms βœ” | Shaded grassy area βœ” | Splash park βœ– | Picnic tables βœ–
Ground: Sand (it’s on the beach)

+ Why we love it

Another great playground right on the beach, this one often doesn't get as busy as Boyce-Gyro, and it's also smaller, which makes it easier to keep track of littler kids. There's grass right alongside the sand, so you can lay out a picnic blanket and snacks. Bring a shovel and spade for digging in the sand, and pack snacks (although it's a short drive to shops and cafes along Lakeshore).

+ Parking

Small-ish parking lot alongside the beach. It can fill up, although the spots closest to the playground often fill up last. FREE.

+ Address

3736 Lakeshore Rd, Kelowna (see map below)


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