Visiting Prague with kids? Here are the best playgrounds in Prague to add to your itinerary to help keep everyone in the family entertained while you explore the city!
When you travel with kids, especially if you’re visiting a city, it’s a good idea to know where the best local playgrounds are. Playgrounds are a great way to take a break from sightseeing, let the kids have some fun and give them a chance to burn off some energy.
No matter where we visit, we always try to plan a stop at a playground or park into our day. I find this makes for a much more enjoyable experience for both the kids and myself.
And Prague is full of parks and fun playgrounds that are perfect for kids of all ages. From large open spaces with paths and trails to smaller spots with play equipment that are tucked away in residential areas, there are plenty of places to take a break and let the kids have some fun.
Here are some of the best playgrounds in Prague.
Best Playgrounds in Prague In the City Centre
Prague’s city center is full of well-known attractions, but it also has several playgrounds throughout the area. These are great for when you need to take a break from sightseeing but don’t want to venture too far out of the city centre.
Franciscan Gardens (Františkánská zahrada)
Just a few steps from Wenceslas Square, this is a perfect spot to take a break while exploring the Old Town or one of the best Christmas Markets in Prague on Wenceslas Square. This peaceful garden with a play area is a bit of a hidden gem, as it’s surrounded by buildings on all sides and if you didn’t know about it, you would never see it.
There are entrances on either side of the garden, with hedge-lined paths leading from one side to the other.
On one side of the garden is a small play area that’s popular with locals. It’s not the largest playground in Prague, but it’s a good break when sightseeing and exploring in Old Town.
There’s plenty to climb, including a large climbing net which my kids loved, as well as slides and a smaller play area for toddlers.
Another favourite was the platform in the sand pit, where you could fill a bucket with sand, lift it up with a chain and then (if it wasn’t too wet) pour the sand down the tube back to the sandpit.
There’s also café just steps from the play area so grab a coffee and relax while the kids play!
Children’s Island (Dětský Ostrov)
As the name suggests, this island is a great spot for children, located right in the middle of the Vltava River. It’s a few minutes walk from the Dancing House and near the bottom of Petrin Hill, making it a great spot to stop on your way to the top of Petrin Hill.
It’s the biggest playground in Prague with plenty for kids of all ages. One side of the play area has smaller slides and equipment, as well as a sandpit, perfect for toddlers and small children. The other end has larger climbing and sliding equipment, as well as slides and even a mini zip-line.
In addition to the play area, there are also tennis courts, basketball courts and a small soccer field, which are free to use.
Children’s Island is reached by crossing a short bridge from the riverbank, so it’s easy to access and nearby is a boat lock, which is exciting for kids to watch after burning some energy off at the playground.
Petrin Hill (Dětské hřiště Seminářská zahrada)
Petrin Hill is one of the most popular attractions in Prague, with stunning views over the city. But if you’re travelling with kids, stopping for a break at one of the playgrounds here is a great idea. Petrin Hill has plenty to amuse kids, from the Mirror Maze to climbing the tower, but it was the playground that my kids saw as we were riding the funicular up that was the highlight here.
The playground is only a short walk from Ujezd Street or Hellichova Street, or if you take the funicular up, there are paths that lead down the hill to the play area.
The Petrin Hill play area has plenty of climbing equipment, as well as swings, slides and equipment to sit and balance on, all within a large area covered in sand.
The playground is fenced in and there are benches along one side for parents to relax on.
We spent well over an hour there and in warmer weather, you could easily spend an afternoon, watching the kids play and picnicking on the grass.
Slovansky Island (Slovanský ostrov)
Another great playground in Prague near the City Center is the one on Slovansky Island, which is commonly known as Žofin by locals.
Just opposite the National Theatre, Slovansky Island is one of three easily accessible islands on the Vltava River (the others being Children’s Island mentioned above and Shooters’ Island mentioned below).
The island is home to Žofin Palace, one of Prague’s most important social and cultural centres, but is also a great spot to walk around, rent boats or spend some time at the playground.
The playground isn’t huge, but it’s fun nonetheless. It’s in a fenced area, with swings, slides, things to balance on and plenty of opportunities to climb, including a suspended rope bridge and beams to balance on.
There are also lots of benches for parents to sit and relax on, a beer garden and paddleboats in the summer, as well as a small and inexpensive train ride for kids right next door.
While kids have fun at the playground, parents can enjoy views of the river and the beautiful buildings on the river bank.
Charles Bridge (Dětské hřiště Pod Karlovým mostem)
Another hidden gem of a playground in Prague is the one that’s found right underneath the Charles Bridge.
If you’re crossing the bridge, and who doesn’t, as it’s one of THE things to do in Prague, this play area makes for a great stop.
After crossing the Charles Bridge from Prague’s Old Town, turn right and follow the street underneath the bridge to find the playground.
It’s a small park, but my kids enjoyed it and I got some fantastic photos of the iconic Charles Bridge!
As with most playgrounds in Prague, this one has a sand pit with toys, slides, swings, bouncing seats and a climbing web. It’s also fenced-in, which provides some comfort, as the play area is right on the river’s edge.
In addition to the play equipment, the highlight of this park is also the fantastic view of Charles Bridge.
Shooters Island (Střelecký ostrov)
The third easily-accessible island on the Vltava River, Shooters’ Island, also has an excellent playground.
Rather than a traditional playground with swings and slides, this one features obstacle-style courses made of ropes.
There are lots of trees to provide shade in the summer and benches to relax on while the kids play, as well as fabulous views of Kampa and Charles Bridge.
In the summer, there are also public restrooms and a restaurant on the island.
Best Playgrounds in Prague Outside City Centre
Letná Gardens (Letenské sady)
Located in central Prague, Letna Park is located on the opposite side of the Vltava River from the city centre and offers spectacular views of Prague’s skyline. One of the largest parks in Prague, it has lots of walking paths, which are also great for kids on scooters or bikes, and offers one of the best views in the city.
There are several playgrounds for kids throughout the park, with slides, climbing equipment and a zip line – always a highlight for my kids!
The park is also home to a beer garden, Prague’s metronome and Hanavský pavilón, a unique cast-iron building with a restaurant and a fantastic view of the river and Prague’s bridge.
Vyšehrad (Hřiště Ze starých pověstí českých)
Created with the help of kindergarten children, the playground at Vyšehrad is one of the most unique playgrounds in Prague.
It’s a beautiful wooden playground set inside the Vyšehrad fortress.
The children drew pictures of how they envisioned the playground and incorporated the legendary heroes of the Cosmas Chronicle, from the Ancient Bohemian Legends. While visitors may not know of the legend or the heroes, they are sure to appreciate the colourful and creative playground.
The playground features slides, swings, seesaws, tunnels and a lot of other fun things to explore. There’s also plenty of green space to run around, lots of trees for shade, picnic areas and restaurants and cafés nearby.
Vyšehrad is one of the oldest existing fortifications in Prague and according to legend, it’s the very place where Prague was born. It’s definitely worth a visit for its unique playground and the beautiful views of Prague.
Folimanka Park (Hřiště folimanka)
Set underneath a busy bridge, this park is a few blocks from Vyšehrad. It’s a smaller and quieter park beside a river and part of Prague’s impressive old city walls.
It’s not a huge playground but there’s plenty to do with slides, swings and climbing nets, as well as activity courts next to it for playing basketball and soccer.
There’s also outdoor workout equipment for adults, although kids usually love to try them out too!
Benches surround the playground for parents to sit and relax on, and there’s a coffee shop next to the park so be sure to pick up something to drink on your way!
Playground U Vodárny (Dětské hřiště U Vodárny)
Outside the city centre in the residential area of Vinohrady, Playground U Vodárny is a large wooden playground that’s great for kids of all ages.
Instead of having a sand base like many of the other playgrounds in Prague, this one is set on top of a rubber-like material that’s soft and safe, but doesn’t fill shoes and boots up with sand! There are several climbing structures, including a wooden climbing castle, swings and slides, as well as a ball court to play a game of basketball.
It’s a 30-minute walk from Old Town Square or about 20 minutes past the National Museum and makes for a good detour on the way to the Žižkov TV Tower.
Commonly known as Grébovka, Havlíčkovy Sady is not too far from Rieger Gardens or Folimanka. It’s Prague’s second largest park and only 20 minutes walk from the National Museum.
There’s a small but great playground for kids of all ages, and plenty of places for parents to sit in the shade. The playground has slides, swings, and a shaded sandpit, as well as plenty of opportunities for kids to climb. There’s also a basketball court beside the playground, which is perfect for older kids.
In the park, there’s a child-friendly cafe to grab a meal or snack at, with outdoor tables in the summer and a grass area in front for kids to play on.
Rieger Gardens (Riegrovy Sady)
Rieger Gardens is a large park in the Vinohrady district near the Žižkov district, and one of the more popular parks in Prague.
Built on a hill there are two levels, featuring climbing ropes, swings, slides and a sandpit. It’s also known as the Dragon playground, as the play equipment is supposed to resemble a dragon, with a tunnel for the body and a wood shape of a dragon head on the top of the slide.
Besides the playground, Rieger Gardens is known for its iconic view of Prague Castle and a much-loved beer garden, which is near the playground.
Conclusion: Best Playgrounds in Prague
Prague is full of beautiful parks and great playgrounds, each with their own unique features and fun activities. Whether you’re looking for a large park to explore or a small playground in the city centre, there’s a lot to explore in this city!
If you’re planning to visit Prague with kids, be sure to add some of these playgrounds to your itinerary!