With the heat wave still at its height and kids keen to get out of the house, playgrounds with water features are a godsend. Here are five of the best around town – don’t forget the sun hats and sunscreen!
Bikás Park was completely renovated for the construction of the metro 4 station of the same name alongside. In addition to sports courts, a small lake and statues, the pirate playground is the most most popular feature. Kids can splash about, play in the sand, cycle or bounce on the trampolines sunk into the ground. If they get thirsty, the Soleil Bistro is nearby and the Erdős és fiai ice-cream outlet is a short walk away.
Kispesti Vizes Playground
In 2018, the largest water playground in Budapest was opened amid the residential blocks of Kispest, where kids will find nine different features. The mini-stream beds can be diverted with small sluices, but there is also a squirting octopus, a pirate ship and a lighthouse climber. A few sails have been placed over the creek bed to provide shade and there are toilets on site.
There are two playgrounds at Óhegy Park in Kőbánya. The water
section was designed for older kids, with a digging theme to it. Although there
are no dams here, you can play in the sand, even find a huge dinosaur skeleton
if you dig deep enough. The big advantage here is the abundance of shade, including
above the tube slides. The climbing castle is also popular, along with the
surrounding park lined with shade-providing trees.
Újpest Szilas Park
have been many changes at the Szilas Park in Újpest in recent years. You’ll now
find an outdoor gym, sports courts and a course for driving tests, next to
which is the water playground. Here, the little ones can control the water
flowing in the creek bed with dams, but there are also nest swings, little
cottages and sandy features. There are no toilets, so this is probably best
recommended for locals. Shade is also a precious commodity but the nearby Farkaserdő woods are a handy escape when the heat is hottest.
In our recent selection of Budapest’s best playgrounds, we sang the praises of this major attraction but now the heat is on, it’s time to celebrate the mini-stream beds, water circulators, dams, shower gates and water bubblers – and the toys that go with them. Big ship’s sails provide shade or you can cool off under the wide sycamore trees.