Union Square Playground

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Union Square Playground

Union Square

Though using many of the same materials and equipment as other city playgrounds, Union Square went out of its way to be extra creative, and the result is a quirky, mold-breaking kid mecca. The playground is best known for its gleaming hemispherical dome, which challenges kids to scale its enormous gleaming surface, but other features—checkerboard rubber flooring, various stainless-steel slides, spiral climbers and horns sticking out of the ground that are redolent of Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who—deserve props too.

Venue name: Union Square Playground
Contact:
Address: Union Square Park
New York

Cross street: between 16th and 17th Sts
Transport: Subway: L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq