You don’t have to give up daily trips to your favorite playscapes just because temperatures are rising. Mature trees and shade sails offer relief from the sun at these 50 shaded playgrounds in and around Austin.

50+ Shaded Playgrounds in and around Austin


  • Alderbrook Pocket Park | This shaded fave even has a butterfly garden! Street parking available (12444 Lamplight Village Ave, Austin, TX 78758)
  • Bartholomew District Park | This park offers a few options to get out of the sun: the younger playscapes and the splash pad. (5201 Berkman Drive)
  • Brentwood Park and Pool | Complete with playground, tennis and basketball courts, picnic tables and a pool! A recently added pavilion adds even more shade (6710 Arroyo Seco)
  • Alliance Children’s Garden | An incredible 2-acre multi-generational recreational and cultural space within Butler Park. Multiple shaded spaces and splash pad. (1000 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704)
  • Circle C Ranch Metropolitan Park | The shaded playground at this park make this one a local favorite. The park also has lots of trails and soccer fields. (6301 W Slaughter Ln)
  • Dick Nichols District Park & Neighborhood Pool | Parking lot access available off of Beckett Road (8011 Beckett Rd, Austin, TX 78749)
  • Dittmar Park and Recreation Center | Both the playground and the basketball courts are covered at this park. (1009 W Dittmar Rd)
  • Dottie Jordan | Dottie Jordan has several playscapes and swing sets that are all shaded under large trees. There is also a trail that runs alongside a creek on the park’s western edge and a pool. (2803 Loyola Ln.)
  • Earl J. Pomerleau Pocket Park | Open play area, wildflower meadow, shaded playground, picnic areas, pavilion and more! (1906 Patton Ln)
  • Eastwoods Park | This park is tucked away in Hyde Park, and is surprisingly large. Many spots are shaded, including the playground and splash pad. (3001 Harris Park Ave)
  • Garrison Park | This park is covered in shade! It has trails, sand and a pool. (6001 Manchaca Rd)
  • Katherine Fleischer Park | A large, heavily shaded playground can be found at this park, along with a community center, gazebo, pool, and courts for almost every sport. (2106 Klattenhoff Dr)
  • Little Stacy Park | A nice shaded park for kids with a free wading pool, a nice playground, and restrooms. (1400 Alameda Dr)
  • Lost Creek Park | Nice, shaded park with new playscapes, a gazebo, and water fountains. It is surrounded by a gate offering full enclosure. Note: It is small and can get crowded quickly. (1305 Quaker Ridge Dr)
  • Mary Frances Baylor – Clarksville Park | This quiet park has a shaded play area, picnic tables, and a splash pad. (1811 W. 11th St)
  • Mountain View Park | Great playground and lots of shade, this is a neighborhood favorite. (9000 Middlebie Dr.)
  • Mueller Park | Large park with lots of trees and much to explore. Parking is free. The new Thinkery offers another escape from the heat and brain games for your little ones. If you get hungry, food trucks are often nearby to satisfy any craving. Note: folks say it can get crowded and there are only porta potties here. (4550 Mueller Blvd)
  • Nature Play at Armadillo Neighborhood Park | Climb, jump and balance across reclaimed logs and rocks in the shaded, whimsical space. (910 Armadillo Rd)
  • Northwest District Park | Large playscapes that are partially shaded, along with picnic tables, make this a great park for family gatherings. Ample parking is a plus here, too. (7000 Ardath St)
  • Olsen Meadows Park | (4200 Brushy Creek Road)
  • Oakview Neighborhood Park | Well maintained trails with lots of shade, make this a favorite for neighborhood families. Insiders say this one tends to stay quiet and not as crowded as others. (10800 Oak View Dr)
  • Patterson Neighborhood Park | Well-shaded playscapes, nearby pool and picnic tables, which are designed by local artists, make this a great park to take a break from the sun. (4200 Brookview Rd.)
  • Pease Park | Celebrates the diverse ecology and history that make Austin’s first public park valuable and unique. The Conservancy works to restore, enhance and maintain this 84-acre public green space for the sustainable use and enjoyment of all. (1100 Kingsbury St.)
  • Perry Neighborhood Playground Park | This playground has two separate areas, both of which are shaded. The wooded trails allow visitors to explore the geological beauty of the area, which was once a limestone quarry. (4900 Fairview Dr.)
  • Rattan Creek Park | Covers and ample trees over the playscapes offer lots of shade. (Tamayo Dr & Elkhorn Mountain Trail)
  • Ricky Guerrero Neighborhood Park | This park has a playscape and a shaded splash pad, along with creek access and restrooms on site. (2006 S 6th St, at Johanna St)
  • Robinson Playground Park | This park has lots of trees. Note: The large playscape is not shaded, but the smaller one is. (13300 Humphrey Dr)
  • Springwoods Park | A local favorite! This park has tons of trees, a large playscape, picnic tables and BBQ pits, and lots of places to explore. Insiders claim this one has CLEAN restrooms – definitely a perk. (9117 Anderson Mill Rd)
  • Windmill Run | A cozy neighborhood park located in Oak Hill, is the perfect spot to picnic and play. (8100 Kirkham Drive)

Cedar Park

  • Brushy Creek Soccer Field Playground & Main Playground | (2310 Brushy Creek Road)
  • Champion Park | This park has a covered play area and a sand pit where kids can dig for dinosaur bones, as well as a large blue whale that spouts water to cool off the kids and some boulders designed for climbing. There is also a small water play area and a large pavilion with picnic tables and grills. (3830 Brushy Creek Road)
  • Elizabeth Milburn Park | Offers a playground, rock-climbing walls, picnic tables and grills, and much more, all with lots of shade. (1901 Sun Chase Blvd)
  • Heppner Bend Park | What did we do before sun shades at playgrounds? This bare bones playground gets the job done. (1208 Heppner Dr, Cedar Park)
  • Heritage Park | Heritage Oak Park is a charming 1 acre park containing Cedar Park’s beloved 400 year-old oak Tree. This tree stands a lofty fifty-seven feet tall with a spread of eighty feet. Come to the park in December to see it illuminated with thousands of lights for the holiday season. (875 Quest Parkway)
  • Olsen Meadows Park | Along the Brushy Creek Trail system, this park offers tree shaded playscapes, practice fields and a jogging trail. (4200 Brushy Creek Rd)
  • Park Place Park | (101 Vale Dr)
  • Quest Village ParkThis shady neighborhood park has a walking trail, too! (614 Stallion Dr, Cedar Park)


  • Lakeway City Park | Large park with lots of shade. You will find two play areas for the little ones, as well as lots of areas to walk and explore. (502 Hurst Creek Road)


  • 1849 Park | Both playgrounds have brand new shade structures. (16430 Cameron Road)
  • Bohls Park | This 10-acre park has lots of trees that cover the playground. (200 Immanuel Road)
  • Creekside Park | Less crowded than other parks in the area, this park offers a playground surrounded by trees. (418 Settlers Valley Dr)
  • Geneva’s Park | This park offers a shade covered playground, as well as a basketball court and picnic tables. (1624 Royal Ascot)
  • Heritage Park | A large canopy shades the playground here. (901 Old Austin Hutto Road)
  • Mountain Creek |  Simple playscape under shade featuring a beautiful walking trail (1108 S 10th Street)
  • Northeast Metro Park | Ok, this is the boss park. You can find FOUR playgrounds, a skatepark, bmx course and more! (15500 Sun Light Near Way)
  • Pfluger Park | This large park has a gazebo and nicely shaded playground area. Note: word is that this park can get crowded during the summer months (515 City Park Rd)
  • Royal Pointe Park | (18712 Candace Loop)
  • Windermere | A canopy covers this playground, as well, providing lots of shade. (16800 Gower)
  • Wuthrich Park | Shade sail coming in clutch! ( 99 Mountain View Dr)

Round Rock

  • Creekside Park |  Large Pecan trees and Walnut trees shade the playground. (4300 Brushy Creek Rd, Round Rock)
  • Play for All Abilities Park This one is EVERYONE’S favorite. This large gated park includes a variety of play opportunities designed to stimulate and encourage the development of several skill sets such as gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity and strengthening exercises. We love the “Nature Pod” section for exploration and shade! (151 N AW Grimes)


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