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19 of the most Awesome Outdoor Playgrounds near me

Help me find a new Outdoor Playground near me in Plano

Windhaven Meadows Park Plano TX

Whenever we have nice weather it’s fun to take kids to a great outdoor playground. This can really benefit you as a Mom!

More: Our Guide to the Best Parks and Playgrounds

The kids can run off some steam and then hopefully sleep well that night. Isn’t that what we have always wanting?

Lucky for us we have so many wonderful playgrounds around our area. Here’s a look at 19 of the most awesome outdoor playgrounds near me in Collin County. We have Indoor playground options for you to check out too.

More: Our Huge Guide to Playful Things to Do with Babies Near Me {and Toddlers}

Haggard Park

Address: 901 E 15th Street, Plano, TX 75074

Located in downtown Plano, this park has so much to offer.

They hold so many family-friendly events throughout the year here as well. On-site, they also have a gazebo, and pond, and it’s also home to Interurban Railway Museum. 

Restrooms are on location next to the playground area with picnic tables and the DART station is within walking distance from this park too.

This area also makes it one of our top places to take outdoor photos!

Big Lake Park

Address: 3800 Rainier Road, Plano, TX 75023

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Image courtesy of Plano Mom Katie Foster Call

Located near Christie Elementary, this is a great area to see nature, play on playgrounds, fish, or just walk the trails!

Jack Carter Park

Address: 2800 Maumelle Drive, Plano, TX 75023

Jack Carter Park

It’s an all-abilities park meaning it’s great for kids all types of kids- even kids in wheelchairs.

There are several tables that are covered, a sand volleyball court, and nice trails nearby. The restrooms are on location.

Bob Woodruff Park

Address: 2601 San Gabriel Drive, Plano, TX 75074

This is a great place to pack a picnic and spend several hours. This outdoor playground nearby has a nice play area and a large pond with a bike trail around it. This makes a great place to watch the fireworks in the summertime!

Arbor Hills playground

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve

Address: 3800 Rainier Road, Plano, TX 75023

Another great place to go and spend the entire day. If you love to be outside with the kids this is an awesome place to be!

This park has over 200 acres of land for Jogging, biking, hiking, and more, this is a beautiful spot in Plano.

Take a picnic or go spend a few fun hours in nature.

More: Check out these 23 Great Places to Hike on Nature Trails in the area

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image courtesy of Plano Mom Alegra Reich

Russell Creek Park

Address: 3500 McDermott Road, Plano, TX 75025

Best accessed by going west on Russell Creek from Independence and parking near to Skaggs Elementary. 

Russell Creek is a large community park with dedicated athletic complexes for soccer and baseball. In 2022, it has been completely renovated by the Plano Parks and Recreation Department!

The new play area and outdoor playground near me, has been designed to be accessible, but please note the flooring choice is wood chips, so be sure to check your kids don’t take them home stuck in the bottom of their shoes.

We do love the fence around it, which makes it perfect for toddlers, and the addition of multiple shade structures to protect us from the sun.

The park also has:

  • Hike/bike trails
  • Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Restrooms
  • Small lake

Where are the best Shaded Playgrounds in Plano?

Cheyenne Park

Address: 2501 Mission Ridge Road, Plano, TX 75075

Liberty Park

Address: 1200 Mill Valley Drive, Plano, TX 75075

Liberty Park is a neighborhood park with an M41-A3 Walker Bulldog tank which weighs 23.5 Tons, is 26.9 feet long and is 8.9 feet wide. It has a 76-millimeter gun and can travel at 45 miles per hour.

These tanks were produced in the 1950s by the Cadillac Plant in Cleveland, Ohio. This model of the tank was provided by the United States to the South Vietnamese and used very successfully against the North Vietnamese T54/55 tanks in the Republic of Vietnam during the 1950s and 1960s.

Liberty Park Plano Tank
Photo Credit: Raul Rivero Photography

Buckhorn Park

Address: 3601 Mission Ridge Road, Plano, TX 75023

Buckhorn Park features a pavilion, basketball court, volleyball courts, playground, backstops, practice fields, and a walking trail loop to the interior of the park.

Copper Creek Park

Address: 1500 Copper Creek Drive, Plano, TX 75075

Arrowhead Park

At Arrowhead Park, you’ll find:

  • Baby Swings
  • Basketball
  • 2 Grills
  • Hike/bike trail
  • Multi-use court
  • Picnic tables
  • Playground
  • Open sports practice fields (first come, first served)

Address: 2500 Millington Drive, Plano, TX 75093

W H Buzz Razor Park

Address: 8942 Rockledge Ln Plano, TX 75024

This neighborhood park is one of those hidden treasures that only true locals know about. It has a playground, picnic tables, and hike/bike trails.

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W H Buzz Razor Park, Plano 75024

For Toddlers, we suggest these awesome outdoor playgrounds with shade

Liberty Playground – Inside Windhaven Meadows Park

Address: 5400 Windhaven Pkwy, Plano, TX 75093

Recently opened inside the new Windhaven Meadows Park in West Plano near the intersection of Windhaven Parkway and W. Spring Creek Parkway.

The new park includes Liberty Playground, a 20,000-square-foot playground designed to be accessible for children of all abilities. There is also a dog park nearby.

Windhaven Meadows Park Plano TX

There is also a sensory garden with wooden elements, water features and ample shade structures & 50 new trees to give us shade in the heat.

The park itself spans 123 acres with multiple amenities in addition to Liberty Playground.


  • 1.9 miles of Walking trails
  • A pond
  • Natural open spaces
  • A 5 acre Dog Park including shade, seating areas, drinking and rinse stations and pet waste and litter cans.
  • Spray Ground
  • Restrooms
  • A Reservable Pavilion
  • 320 Parking spaces including 12 accessible spaces

Our Favorite Outdoor Playgrounds in Collin County

Celebration Park Allen TX
Photo Credit: City of Allen

Celebration Park (Allen)

Address: 701 Angel Parkway, Allen, TX 75002

Awesome large playground and fun splash pad when it’s open! Great for a family get-together or party!

Kids Kingdom (Rowlett)

Address: 5300 Main Street, Rowlett, TX 75088

Located by Rowlett High School, this looks to be a newer park that is gated for safety. It looks like so much fun!

Kids Corral Playground (Carrollton)

Address: 2320 Heads Lane, Carrollton, TX 75006

Looks like a fun park with lots to do: including some great climbing structures. They have astroturf ground which would help when/if kids fall.

Harvest Run Park (Carrollton, Just West of Plano at Park and Hebron)

Address: 4334 Spurwood, Carrollton, TX

Heritage Park (Flower Mound)

Address: 600 Spinks Road, Flower Mound, TX 75028

Breckinridge Park (Richardson)

Address: 3555 Brand Road, Richardson, TX 75082

Hope Park (Frisco)

Address: 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco, TX 75034

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This is an awesome park that is perfect for a party too! Just FYI, the tables book up fast so if you do want a party here then reserve it months in advance! There’s so much to do here with a great playground that is gated, a splash area, a pond, and places to ride bikes too.

These are the 12 most talked-about outdoor playgrounds in Plano Moms. We have so many great playgrounds all over the place!

More: Check out these Shady Playgrounds for Toddlers nearby

Leave us a comment and tell us your favorite one!



Thursday 12th of March 2020

The Little Elm Park!

Melissa Beaumont

Friday 13th of March 2020

We will definitely look at that one to add in too! thank you for the suggestion.

Jason Congleton

Sunday 7th of July 2019

Do any of these parks have shaded playgrounds? I feel like that is critical in Texas, yet most of the parks I've been to don't.