My children enjoy a great wooden playground! Check out some of these places where locally created BEARS Wooden playgrounds are located in and around Rochester. The BEARS playground company was established over 15 years ago and is located in Lima, NY. They are a family run business who wanted to create the best outdoor experience for children and has grown in popularity over the past couple of decades. Looking for other wooden playgrounds? Check out these Old School Castle Playgrounds and Natural Playgrounds!
Mark Tubbs Park
7384 Ziegler Dr, Lima, NY 14485
This beautiful park is a wonderful spot to get away and play. Along with the track around an open field there are hiking paths through the meadow with a beautiful view. There are two Bears Playground Structures (one wooden, one plastic) with swings including an adaptive swing. There is an open air pavilion and gazebos on site making this a wonderful spot for a gathering or birthday party.
214 N Main St, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472
This playground in unlike most other Bears playground you will come across. There is a fun tunnel rock for the climbers, swings for all ages and abilities and a plastic play structure. The play structure is great for all ages with various sized slides and a bridge! The Zebulon Norton hiking trail is also nearby.
Jack's Place, Rothfuss Park
1648 Five Mile Line Rd, Penfield, NY 14526
Jack's Place is a unique dinosaur-themed playground that features a large sandbox filled with shovels, brushes and other toys to dig for dinosaur bones. The Bears Structure here is very large and unique. There are many ladders and bridges making this a challenging yet fun playground to visit.
Jack's Place, Webster Park
Intersection of Lake Rd & Holt Rd, Webster, NY
There's another dinosaur theme Bears Playground in Webster! You will find that there is ample space even when this park gets busy. You can dig for large bones in the sandbox, and the best part? It’s actually rubber pieces not sand! There is a large set of swings, walking structures, slides and two bridges within this play structure. You will notice there are a few different levels to this one, so it is perfect for many different ages. The playground is near the lake, so it does have a nice breeze.
Avon Driving Park
350 Spring St, Avon, NY 14414
Avon Driving Park is a gem! With two Bears Playground structures (one for younger kids, one for older) and a natural play area, this park is unique and endlessly entertaining. It is surrounded with nature so kids can explore around the playground as well as hike through the woods, play in the creek and try out the fitness trail. On the playground, you will also find a digger, 4 person teeter totter and plenty of swings! The playground is away from the road and parking lot so kids can play and explore safely.
Letchworth Octagon Playground
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427
This is a beautiful playground to visit in the fall or anytime of year. It is also a great spot to pair a playground with a hike. To get here, we drove to the Castile Entrance to visit the lower falls area (which is a little over an hour from Rochester). After entering, turn right and drive until you see a sign for Lower Falls Rd. Take this down the hill and you will see the new playground behind the rec center! This playground is unique but my kids had more interest in the traditional playgrounds, one of which is right near by. After playing on both playgrounds we hiked the beautiful path to the lower falls. There are lots of stairs but overall it's a quick and simple hike. Along the way you will find the octagon playground (Bears playground pictured) which is shaded and great for climbers! Continue on the hike and eventually you will get to a set of descending stairs and soon a sharp left turn. Take that for the wide open views, bridges and lower falls view.
Sodus Elementary School
6264 NY-88, Sodus, NY 14551
This is a brand new wooden playground just established in the last year! (2019) This playground is amazing for all age groups and has so much imagination to it! It is great because its set back from the road and there are picnic tables in the shade to enjoy some respite from the sun. Bring a ball there is ample space to run around as well as a baseball field nearby.
Letchworth State Park
1 Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY 14427 (Mt. Morris Entrance)
Another Bears Playground can be found right after entering the Mt Morris Entrance at Letchworth State Park. This Playground can be found tucked behind the Highbanks Recreation Area. Despite being one of many Bears Playgrounds in the area, it has some fun and unique features including a little wooden "house", wooden ride on equipment and a disc swing! If you hike the paths directly behind the playground you will find beautiful overlooks of the gorge. The Harvey Swimming can be found right near by and is open to the public for swimming.
The small falls pictured can be found if you drive just a bit further into the park at 42°42'06.0" N, 77°56'17.1"W. It is a short but semi steep downhill hike to the creekside and falls.
Notes: There is a seasonal fee to enter the park and the playground has a sign indicating it is closed during the winter season.
Al Lorenz Park
Al Lorenz Dr, Mt Morris, NY 14510
This hidden gem is tucked away in Mount Morris right outside of Letchworth State Park. Al Lorenz Park boasts a huge Bears playground with year round restrooms and open air pavilions near by.
The park consists of several flat meandering trails that intertwined with one another which was perfect for wandering children. There is an impressive amount of bridges and a little island with bridge access. All this was walking (hiking) distance from the playground.
Notes: The park has various hours throughout the seasons. We were able to access the playground and hiking during the off-season without issue.