I-95 Playgrounds 16

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Written by: Amy Rowland

Ah, the joys of driving I-95 on a holiday weekend: the heavy traffic, lengthy delays, and endless hours of highway driving. Before kids, when driving from Washington, D.C. to Orlando, Florida, the only notable landmark along this drawn out journey was South of the Border. After seeing signs for this dilapidated destination for hundreds of miles, I finally felt like I made progress once I passed it. Then, the signs for Cocoa Beach would begin.

I’ve always found this drive long and boring and my goal was to make it to my final destination as quickly as possible while testing my bladder’s limits in the process. A “good” trip was one where I only stopped once or twice for no longer than 10 minutes each time. Now that I have four children, attempting such feats would result in a car full of soiled and apoplectic kids.

The aim these days is to keep the natives from getting too restless and hope that by the end of the trip our sanity, and clothing, are still intact. Because of this, my goal has shifted away from South of the Border and towards playgrounds that are just a short detour off of I-95. Making these playground pit stops along the way has had a remarkable effect on the overall mood of not only our tiniest of passengers but also on us, the parents, as well. Somehow, stopping at a park instead of just a gas station or rest stop, really helps break up the long drive in a positive way. The fresh air and exercise recharges all of us and even helps make the trip (gasp!) enjoyable! Yes, I actually said that the I-95 drive has now had some enjoyable moments.

Below, I have compiled a list of I-95 playgrounds from Pennsylavania down to the I-4 intersection in Florida to help other families embarking on the dreaded I-95 holiday commute. And, should you find yourself looking for ideas on how to keep your kids entertained during the long drive, click HERE for a great article that provides some tips!

I have listed the name of the park, the physical address, the exit off I-95, and the approximate drive time from the exit to the playground.

    1. Franklin Square Playground (click for review)
      200 6th St.
      Philadelphia, PA 19102
      Exit 22 (both directions), 1.2 miles, 3 minutes
    2. Can Do Playground
      4401 Weldin Road
      Wilmington, DE 19803
      Exit 8 (Northbound), 1.8 miles, 3 minutes
      Exit 8B (Southbound), 1.4 miles, 2 minutes
    3. Brandywine Park(click for review)
      Monkey Hill N Van Buren St.
      Wilmington, DE 19802
      Exit 8 (I-95E) 4 minutes, 1.3 miles
      Exit 7B(I-95W) 2 minutes, .7 mile.
    4. Honeygo Regional Park
      9033 Honeygo Blvd
      Perry Hall, MD 21128
      Exit 67 (both directions), 2.8 miles, 5 minutes
    5. Huntington (Kings Contrivance) Park
      Clocktower Ln.
      Columbia, MD 21046
      Exit 35B (both directions), 4.6 miles, 8 minutes
    6. Walker Mill Regional Park
      8840 Walker Rd.
      District Heights, MD 20747
      Exit 13 (both directions), 1.9 miles, 6 minutes
    7. Chessie’s Big Backyard Playground/Special Harbor Sprayground (click for reviews)
      6601 Telegraph Rd.
      Alexandria, VA 22310
      Exit 176A (both directions from I-495), 2.8 miles, 5 minutes
    8. Barcroft Park
      4200 S Four Mile Run Dr
      Arlington, VA 22206
      Exit 7A (towards Shirlington), 1.5 miles, 5 minutes
    9. Locust Shade Park
      4701 Locust Shade Dr
      Triangle, VA 22172
      Exit 148 (Northbound), 1.7 miles, 4 minutes
      Exit 150A (south bound), 2.3 miles, 4 minutes
    10. Three Lakes Park and Nature Preserve
      400 Sausiluta Dr
      Richmond, VA 23227
      Exit 82 (both directions), 3.4 miles, 8 minutes
    11. Lee Memorial Park
      1602 Defense Rd.
      Petersburg, VA 23805
      Exit 50, US 301S, 2.1 miles, 5 minutes
    12. Sunset Park (click for review)
      550 N. Taylor Street
      Rocky Mount, NC 2780
      Exit 138 (both directions), 4.8 miles, 7 minutes
    13. Clarence Lee Tart Memorial Park
      S Elm St,
      Dunn, NC 28334
      Exit 72, 1 mile, 3 minutes
    14. Arnette Park
      2233 Wilmington Hwy
      Fayetteville, NC 28306
      Exit 42B, 3.7 miles, 4 minutes
    15. Jerry Giles Park
      Corner of Walnut St. and Roberts Ave.
      Lumberton, NC 28358
      Exit 20, .8 miles, 2 minutes
    16. Northeast Park
      Linkhaw Rd.
      Lumberton, NC 28358
      Exit 20, 3.5 miles, 8 minutes
    17. Ebenezer Park (click for the review)
      788 Old Ebenezer Road
      Florence, SC 29501
      Exit 160A or 157 (Southbound), 2.8 miles, 4 minutes
      Exit 157 (Northbound), 2.8 miles, 4 minutes
    18. Pinckney Park
      109 N. Miller St.
      Walterboro, SC 29488
      Exit 57 (Southbound), 2.9 miles, 7 minutes
      Exit 53 (Northbound), 4 miles, 8 minutes
    19. Harold Turpin Park (click for the review)
      Smith St. and Logan St.
      Ridgeland, SC 29936
      Exit 21, .9 miles, 2 minutes
    20. YMCA Community Playground (click for the review)
      165 Isaac G Laroche Dr.
      Pooler, GA 31322
      Exit 104 (both directions), 2.2 miles, 6 minutes
    21. Pooler Recreation Complex (click for the review)
      165 Isaac G Laroche Dr.
      Pooler, GA 31322
      Exit 104 (both directions), 2.2 miles, 6 minutes
    22. Pooler Recreation Park (click for the review)
      900 S Rogers St.
      Pooler, GA 31322
      Exit 102, 1.4 miles, 3 minutes
    23. J.F. Gregory City Park
      Cedar Street
      Richmond Hill, GA 31324
      Exit 90, 2 miles, 5 minutes
    24. North Glynn County Sports Complex (click for review)
      622 Harry Driggers Blvd,
      Brunswick, GA 31525
      Exit 42 (Southbound), 5.7 miles, 8 minutes
      Exit 38 (Northbound), 4.5 miles, 7 minutes
    25. Howard Peeples Park (click for review)
      Exit 6, (Southbound)3.9 miles, 6 minutes 
      Exit 3, (Northbound) 2.4 miles, 6 minute 
    26. Southside Park
      Lasalle St. and Minerva Ave.
      Jacksonville, FL
      Exit 348, 1.3 miles, 4 minutes
    27. Losco Regional Park
      10931 Hood Rd S
      Jacksonville, FL 32257
      Exit 337, 6.1 miles, 9 minutes
    28. Greenland Park
      11808 Fayal Dr,
      Jacksonville, FL 32258
      Exit 337, 2.6 miles, 5 minutes
    29. Holland Memorial Park
      Fawn Lane
      Palm Coast, FL 32137
      Exit 289, 2 miles, 5 minutes


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16 thoughts on “I-95 Playgrounds

  • Katie

    I’m so happy I saw this! My husband and I are driving from Boston to Orlando in May with our four girls ages 5,4, 2.5 & 1. We are looking for easy (and cheap!) stops along the way. Thank you!

    • Amy Rowland Post author

      Yay!!! I’m so happy that this helps! It’s been a lifesaver for us. The North Glynn Recreation Complex is further off the road but so worth the detour!!! Have a wonderful trip!!

    • CBram

      I am with you! We’re driving from Boston to Orlando in April and I’ve been looking for something like this! If you don’t mind me asking, are you stopping along the way and where have you found the best hotels? We’re thinking of stopping in Rocky Mount or Wilson.

      • Amy Rowland Post author

        So, we usually drive from NC to Orlando and make it in one, long stretch. Rocky Mount is definitely more “built up” than a lot of areas and you should be able to find some good hotels in that area. I hope you have a safe and fun trip!!

  • Becky

    Thank you so much for putting this list together and sharing. It has been a life saver for my husband as we traveled from Maryland to Florida with our 5 year old, 2&1/2 year old and 18 month old. I don’t think we would’ve survived the trip with out it. 🙂

    • Becky

      I would also like to share that we stopped in Savannah to spend the night. We stayed at the spring hill suites which had a pool and free breakfast. But what we liked best was we went to Forsyth park which was a mile away from hotel and had no problem finding parking. The playgrounds at Forsyth park were great- really nice! And they worked great cause our kids were totally worn out after playing and napped well in the car (yay!). 🙂

      • Amy Rowland Post author

        Thank you for sharing that! We’ll have to check out the ones at Forsyth Park one of these days. I just love Savannah and use to live right off Forsyth Park long before kids. 🙂 🙂

    • Amy Rowland Post author

      I’m so happy to hear that it helped! I really wanted to put this together to help other families out. It’s been so great for us and I hoped it would help others, too. If you come across any playgrounds you really like, we’d love for you to add them to our database on http://www.playacrossamerica.com! 🙂

  • Amy Battaglia

    So excited you wrote this! I’m driving from Philadelphia to Jacksonville next week, this will be a great help with my 2 year old!

    • Amy Rowland Post author

      Yay! I hope it helps! Our free, Playground Finder, iPhone app should be available to download next week and several of the playgrounds are in our database making it easy to find them when they are within a specific distance of your current location. If you like our PlayAcrossAmerica Facebook page, I’ll be letting everyone know as soon as the app is ready for download. That should make your trip even easier, I hope!

  • Amy

    Your number 8, Locust Shade Park is on the same exit as another. There is a great shaded playground with picnic tables at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The only negative is that the bathrooms are located inside the museum (which has free entrance).

    This list is a great idea!

  • Sabrina D.

    Thank you for this post! We will be driving from Delaware to Florida with two small children. That being said, I am so happy that you have 2 DE stops on your list! We have some great playgrounds in this small state. I highly recommend the Can Do Playground. The 2nd mentioned is OK as well, however, it is in the city and personally I would go with option 1. Hope this helps!

  • Heather

    Thank you so much for sharing this list and information. We are driving from upstate NY to S.C. with a toddler. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!

    • Amy Rowland Post author

      Yay! So glad we can help! I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip and if you discover any great playgrounds along the way, feel free to share them on playacrossamerica.com!