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A Visit to the Playground: Our 4 Favorite Playgrounds in Novato

A Visit to the Playground: Our 4 Favorite Playgrounds in NovatoWe are fortunate in Wine Country to have easy access to such amazing natural beauty. From rugged coastline to majestic redwoods and rolling hills, there is so much to explore outdoors. In my family’s hometown of Novato, there are many great places to play (including hiking trails, parks, open space, ponds and lakes, etc). But between nap time, dance class, tantrums, and soccer, sometimes the only thing that fits into our schedule is a quick trip to the local playground.

Here are our top four favorite playgrounds in Novato:

Pioneer Park

1007 Simmons Ln, Novato, CA 94945

Pioneer Park is our go-to because it’s near our house and there’s something for everyone there. Plus, the playground is a popular spot and my kids can always find someone to play with (in case mama needs to just relax and finish her coffee).

  • Two separate play structures for different age groups, plus swings for babies and kids
  • Large grassy area for playing soccer, catch, or for flying a kite, plus newly renovated tennis courts
  • Picnic tables and pavilions available to reserve
  • Paved path perfect for learning to ride a bike or scooter
  • Shaded walking paths that meander up a hill through a historic cemetery
  • Restrooms with running water

Miwok Park

2200 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947

Miwok Park is a lovely shady park set among redwoods and oaks, making it a perfect playground for Novato’s hot summer days. It’s also home to the small (but very interesting) Museum of the American Indian, which features our area’s native Miwok people (very limited hours – check their website for more info).

*Note: There’s also a toddler play structure at the other end of the park, but I don’t like how close it is to the street.

  • Small play structure, sand box, and swings (plus separate toddler play area)
  • Large grassy area
  • Shaded picnic tables, plus large bbq area available to reserve
  • Paved path perfect for learning to ride a bike or scooter
  • Bocce courts and horseshoe pits
  • Restrooms with running water

Josef Hoog Park

558 Marin Oaks Drive, Novato, CA 94949

An easy five-minute drive from Highway 101, Hoog Park is an expansive park nestled in a quiet neighborhood, with lovely views in Ignacio (Southern Novato).

  • Large play structure
  • Acres of expansive lawns
  • Volleyball and basketball courts
  • Picnic and bbq facilities, some available to reserve
  • Restrooms with running water

Stafford Grove Park

1035 Seventh St., Novato, CA 94945

This tiny playground is the perfect place to stop if you need to kill some time, or the kids need to let off some steam, while shopping or dining near downtown Novato’s Grant Avenue. Plus, it’s right across the street from a great deli and our favorite local bakery.

  • Small play structure plus swings for babies and kids
  • Small gazebo with bench
  • No restrooms

More info on Novato’s city parks here

Local parents, does your family have a favorite playground in Novato? Share it in the comments!

A Visit to the Playground: Our 4 Favorite Playgrounds in Novato

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