Marin's Five Favorite Playgrounds for Family Fun

April 24, 2017

Pioneer Park Novato

One of the questions we often get asked is "What's the best playground in Marin?" Rather than give our opinion, again, we decided to put that question to our readers via social media, and to let you choose the top five playgrounds in Marin County. So, without further ado, here are the five best playgrounds in Marin, as chosen by Marin Mommies readers, along with the five runners-up. Thanks to all our readers and followers for your input!

Number 1: Memorial Park, San Anselmo

San Anselmo Memorial Park  

San Anselmo's Memorial Park, also called Millennium Park, comes in first this year in our in our readers' picks. Memorial Park has long been a favorite with Marin County families, and features a tot lot with a train theme and an awesome play castle and dinosaur for imaginative playground adventures. This wonderful playground was built by a small army of volunteers in the amazing time span of just two days! Location: 1000 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo 94960

San Anselmo Memorial Park

Number 2: Pioneer Park, Novato

Pioneer Park in Novato  

Pioneer Park is a perrenial favorite of families in Marin. This large park has a recently improved playground with tot lot and equipment for older kids, as well as plenty of lawns, picnic areas, and shady trees. There are also tennis courts, restrooms, a bandshell, and even an historic cemetery to explore on the hill adjacent to the park. Location: 1007 Simmons Lane, Novato 94945

Pioneer Park in Novato

Number 3: Peri Park, Fairfax

peri park fairfax

Nestled under the redwoods in downtown Fairfax, Peri Park offers two separate playgrounds in a spacious shaded setting. We love the cute little houses that provide for0 wonderful opportunities for imaginitive play. There's a large picnic area adjacent to the playground that's perfect for birthday parties, a BBQ area, and even a stage for concerts and performances. Location: 142 Bolinas Road, Fairfax 94930

peri park fairfax

Number 4: South Hamilton Park, Novato

South Hamilton Park, Novato  

Also known as Palmisano Community Park and Airport Park, this playground in Novato's Hamilton Neighborhood has an aviation theme, in keeping with its location's former role as a US Air Force base. There's plenty to do here, with a plane-themed tot lot and great newer playground equipment for the bigger kids. It's adjacent to baseball and soccer fields, and right down the hill from the wonderful Hamilton Community Pool. Location: 251 Hangar Avenue, Novato 94949

South Hamilton Park, Novato

Number 5: Hal Brown Park at Creekside, Greenbrae

Hal Brown Park at Creekside Greenbrae

This recently upgraded park lies right across from Marin General Hospital, and is home to a fantastic play area and even more amazing views of Mt. Tam. Both the tot lot and older kids' playground have naturalistic designs that harmonize with the park's site along Corte Madera Creek. The large red climbing structure is a favorite with our kids. There are plenty of picnic tables, too, as well as a a marsh overlook with benches and shade. Location: Bon Aire Road, Greenbrae 94904

Hal Brown Park at Creekside

The Runners Up

Of course, we had a lot of great suggestions for favorite parks. We thought we'd also list the five runners-up, since they're all well worth a visit, too. The runners up for favorite Marin County park are: 

  1. Boyd Memorial Park, B Street and Mission Avenue, San Rafael 94901
  2. Corte Madera Town Park, 498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera 94925
  3. Santa Margarita Valley Park, end of De La Guerra Road, San Rafael 94903
  4. Maria B. Freitas Park, Montecillo Road at Trellis Drive, San Rafael 94903
  5. Belvedere Park, San Rafael Avenue and Community Road, Belvedere 94920