I-5 Playgrounds 2

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Written by: Amy Rowland

While living on the West Coast, my family became well acquainted with I-5 and drove it daily. We also grew quite familiar with the traffic patterns and gridlocks that frequently occur, which could leave one stranded on the highway for hours (if not most of the day) should a major accident occur on any stretch where there is no alternate route (Tacoma, WA, through Olympia, WA). So, when we made our epic I-5 trip from Olympia, WA, to Monterey, CA, for Christmas we made sure to plot out good I-5 playground pitstops along the way.

To my pleasant surprise, we not only found a lot of places to stop, we discovered some truly remarkable I-5 playgrounds that are absolutely worth the diversion because, honestly, many of these playgrounds are just awesome (I may or may not have had more fun playing than my kids).

If you find yourself driving any stretch of I-5 for a lengthy period of time with kids, consider making a stop at one of these playgrounds. Many of these parks also have splash parks, which can be a great way to cool off and take a break when you’re stuck in the long line of Summer traffic heading home on Sunday after spending the weekend at the beach (at least in the Pacific Northwest where everyone flees to the South every weekend in the Summer).

Also, if you are looking for ways to keep your kids entertained on the long drive, check out our article that discusses 5 successful ways to keep kids entertained!

P.S. Even if it’s winter when you are traveling (note the snow in some of our pictures), it’s still worth the stop. Our kids didn’t mind one bit.

Cornwall Park (click for review)
3424 Meridian St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
Southbound, exit 256 (.8 miles, 2 minutes)
Northbound, exit 256A (.8 miles, 2 minutes)

Kiwanis Park
500 S 18th St
Mount Vernon, WA 98273
Southbound, exit 226 (1.1 miles, 3 minutes)
Northbound, exit 226 (1 mile, 3 minutes)

Jennings Memorial Park
5315 64th St. NE
Marysville, WA 98270
Both directions, exit 199 (1.5 miles, 4 minutes)

Jefferson Park
3801 Beacon Ave S,
Seattle, WA 98108
Southbound, exit 163A (1.1 miles, 3 minutes)
Northbound, exit 163 (1.1 miles, 3 minutes)

DuPont Powderworks Park (click for review)
1775 Bobs Hollow Lane,
DuPont, WA 98327
Both directions, exit 118 (1.6 miles, 4 minutes)

Tumwater Historical Park (click for review)
777 Simmons Lane SW, 
Tumwater, WA 98501
Southbound, exit 103 (1.1 miles, 3 minutes)
Northbound, exit 103 (1 mile, 3 minutes)

Lake Sacajawea Park
Between Nichols and Kessler Blvds
Longview, WA 98632
Both directions, exit 39 (3.5 miles, 9 minutes)

Williamette Park (click for review)
7100 SW Macadam Ave 
 Portland, OR 97219
Southbound, exit 297 (1.7 miles, 7 minutes)
Northbound, exit 298 (1.5 miles, 5 minutes)

Riverplay Discover Village Playground (click for review)
E. Cheshire Ave., 
Eugene, OR 97401
Southbound, exit 194B (2.7 miles, 5 minutes)
Northbound, exit 194B (2.9 miles, 6 minutes)

Lithia Park  (click for review)
59 Winburn Way
Ashland, OR 97520
Southbound, exit 19 (3 miles, 7 minutes)
Northbound, exit 14 (3.3 miles, 11 minutes)

Kids Kingdom at Enterprise Community Park (click for review)
4300 Victor Ave,
Redding, CA 96002
Both directions, exit 675 (1.8 miles, 4 minutes)

Morse Park
5540 Bellaterra Dr.
Elk Grove, CA 95757
Both directions, exit 506 (3.6 miles, 8 minutes)

Lost Hills Paramount Park
Intersection of Lost Hills Rd. and Paso Robles Hwy (46)
Lost Hills, CA 98249
Both directions, exit 278 (2.3 miles, 5 minutes)

Kellogg Park Children’s Playground at La Jolla Shores (click for review)
8200 Camino del Oro
La Jolla, CA 92037
Southbound, exit 28 (2.8 miles, 9 minutes)
Northbound, exit 26A (2.7 miles, 8 minutes)

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