I-20 playgrounds

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Have you ever had the “pleasure” (if that’s what you want to call it) of driving I-20? It’s, um, how do I put it? Pretty darn boring (as is most highway driving, to be perfectly honest). Let’s just say that you could fall asleep (if you’re the passenger, though I’m sure the driver will want to as well) for several hours, wake up, and the terrain will pretty much look exactly the same. Throughout my lifetime I’ve driven multiple sections of I-20 and it’s essentially lots and lots of shrubs and trees that ultimate disappear into tumbleweed, dust, and dirt (if you’re heading West).

However, don’t let this seemingly barren landscape fool you. There is actually so much more than initially meets the eye. Especially if you are traveling with kids, you will need to stop from time to time and I-20 has a ton of playgrounds that are just a short drive from the highway. They are a welcome oasis in the stark, endless drive along the highway.

Below, I have put together an extensive list (though I’m sure there are even more) of playgrounds well worth visiting all along I-20 from start to finish. I provide the exit numbers, mileage to the park, and approximate time it will take to get there. Where available, I have also provided a link to the complete playground profile on www.playacrossamerica.com.

I promise, you will be so happy you made the detour to let the kids get out of the car, play, and get some much needed fresh air!

Moving from East to West along I-20: 

Ebenezer Park (click for review)
788 Old Ebenezer Rd,
Florence, SC 29501, USA
Exit 157, 2.5 miles, 4 minutes


Hampton Park
310 Hampton Park,
Camden, SC 29020
Exit 98, 3.2 miles, 6 minutes


Kershaw County West Complex (all-inclusive, click for review)
519 Whitehead Rd,
Lugoff, SC 29078
Exit 92, 7.8 miles, 13 minutes


Polo Road Park (click for review)
730 Polo Road
Columbia, SC 29223
Exit 76B (I-20W), exit 76A (I-20E), 2.5 miles, 4 minutes


Meadowlake Park (click for review)
524 Beckman Dr,
Columbia, SC 29203
Exit 71, 1.1 miles, 3 minutes


St. Andrews Park (click for review)
920 Beatty Rd
Columbia, SC 29210
EXIT 65, 2.6 miles, 5 minutes


Virginia Hylton Park (click for review)
224 S Lake Dr.
Lexington, SC 29072
Exit 55 (I-20E) or 55B (I-20W), 1.9 miles, 4 minutes


COL Leroy Hammond Park (click for review)
Knobcone Ave & Curtis Dr.
North Augusta, SC 29841
Exit 1, 2.1 miles, 4 minutes
**no restrooms but closer to the interstate**


Riverview Park (click for review)
Riverview Park Dr.
North Augusta, SC 29841
Exit 1, 4.2 miles, 8 minutes
**further off the interstate but well worth the trip**


Brookfield Park (click for review)
2740 Mayo Rd.
Augusta, GA 30907
Exit 199, 2 miles, 5 minutes


Pitt Street Park
209 Pitts St.
Thomson, GA 30824
Exit 172, 4 miles, 8 minutes


Rockdale County Earl O’Neal Sports Complex
2709 Old Covington Rd NE
Conyers, GA 30013
Exit 84, 2.1 miles, 4 minutes


Rawson-Washington Park
364 Kelly St SE,
Atlanta, GA 30312
Exit 58B (I-20W), .8 miles, 3 minutes.  Exit 59A (I-20E), 1.5 miles, 5 minutes


Rosa L. Burney Park
468-504 Windsor St SW
Atlanta, GA 30312
Exit 56B (I-20E), .5 mile, 2 minutes, exit 55B (I-20W), 1.4 miles, 4 minutes


Hunter Memorial Park
8830 Gurley Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
Exit 34, 1.5 miles, 3 minutes


Choccolocco Park (coming Summer 2016)
Leon Smith Pkwy
Oxford, AL 36203
Exit 188, .9 miles, 1 minute


Zinn Park
101 West 14th Street
Anniston, AL 36201
Exit 185, 4.5 miles, 10 minutes


Greenwood Park
3940-3946 16th Ave N,
Birmingham, AL 35234
Exit 128, 1 mile, 2 minutes


Railroad Park
1600 1st Avenue
Birmingham, AL 35233
Exit 124A (I-20W), 2.6 miles, 6 minutes.
Exit 125A (I-20 E), 1.3 miles, 5 minutes.


J Oviatt Bowers Park
1600 James I Harrison Jr Pkwy E
Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Exit 73, .9 miles, 2 minutes


Harmon Playground
2901 Greensboro Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Exit 71B (Westbound), Exit 71A (Eastbound), 1.6 miles, 3 minutes
Highland Park
1725 39th Ave
Meridian, MS 39307
Exit 152, 2.9 miles, 7 minutes 


Battlefield Park
953 Porter St.
Jackson, MS 39205
Exit 43B, 1.5 miles, 4 minutes


Riverfront Park
4100 Washington St
Vicksburg, MS 39180
Exit 1A, 1 miles, 3 minutes


Forsythe Park
2300 Sycamore Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Exit 117A (I-20E), 117C (I-20W), 2.5 miles, 7 minutes


A.C. Steere Park
4009 Youree Drive
Shreveport, LA 71105
Exit 19A, 4.9 miles, 10 minutes


Betty Virginia Park
3900 Line Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71106
Exit 17B (I-20W), exit 17B (I-20E), 2.8 miles, 7 minutes


Broughton Park
1000-1198 El Paso St.
Longview, TX 75602
Exit 596, 3 miles, 6 minutes


Stallings Park
411 Runnells St.
Terrell, TX 75160
Exit 501, 2.8 miles, 6 minutes


Armstrong Park
315 E Wheatland Rd.
Duncanville, TX 75116
Exit 462, 2.2 miles, 6 minutes


Dutch Branch Park
Cary Conklin Dr.
Benbrook, TX 76126
Exit 429A, 2.6 miles, 6 minutes


Grover Nelson Park
Grover Nelson Park
Abilene, TX 79602
Exit 290 (I-20W), 2.9 miles, 4 minutes
Exit 292A (I-20E), 4.2 miles, 6 minutes (not sure why you can’t take exit 290)


Washington Park
1803 E. Indiana Ave.
Midland, TX 79701
Exit 138, 2.1 miles, 6 minutes


Sparks Park
1500 E. Golf Course Road
Midland, TX 79701
Exit 138, 3.8 miles, 9 minutes


McKinney Park (click for review & also has a free splash park!)
625 W Pool Rd,
Odessa, TX 79763
Exit 116, 1 mile, 3 minutes


Comanche Trail Park (click for review)
973 S County Rd W,
Odessa, TX 79763
Exit 115, .9 miles, 2 minutes


Floyd Gwin Park (click for review)
1015 N. County Rd. West
Odessa, Texas  79763
Exit 115, 2.5 miles, 7 minutes


Pecos City Park
Tolivar St.
Pecos, TX 79772
Exit 40 (I-20 E), .6 miles, 2 minutes. Exit 39 (I-20W), 1.4 miles, 4 minutes

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