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Now that the summer heat has dissipated, its time to get outdoors and enjoy the cool weather. And with the kids excited to get a break from the classroom, playgrounds are the place to be this season. While there is most likely a playground at the nearest park or elementary school, I’m curious about those playgrounds around the world catering to a child’s imagination and sense of wonder. No sand boxes or monkey bars here; these playgrounds are unlike any others. From Japan to New York, it’s time to live it up like a kid at the top five coolest playgrounds around.
Sunbird Park in Vail, Colorado
Colorado architecture firm Tres Birds Workshop designed Sunbird Park to have three large bird nest structures, each made of wood and shaped like classic wood skis. The park also features a climbing wall, rope bridges, slides and a nearby ice skating rink.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens, Austria
Get ready for four floors of fun at Swarovski Crystal Worlds! Connected by a large vertical net, this playground features areas for kids to climb, swing, bounce and run with brilliant views of the Alps.
Woods Of Net in Hakone, Japan
This hand-crocheted playscape, also known as Woods of Net, is located at the Hakone open-air museum in Japan. The vibrant art piece not only is open for children to play with, but the interaction is also an integral part of the installation itself.
Imagination Playground in Manhattan, New York
Designed by NY-based Architect David Rockwell, Imagination Playground inspires creativity among children by letting them build their own play structures from large foam building blocks. Depending on the season, the park offers water options, sand areas and found objects that encourage kids to run wild.
Bounce Below in Llechwedd Slate Caverns, Wales
The underground trampoline playground, Bounce Below, is a group of trampolines and slides suspended 180-feet above the ground in an abandoned mine. Adding to the experience of the playfulness, this playground has a technicolor light show to woo visitors in the darkness.
Know of any awesome public playgrounds that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!