Ancient Playground

Ancient Playground

Just north of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ancient Playground was inspired by the museum’s collection of Egyptian Art, and features climbing pyramids, an obelisk, and a sundial. Plus, a sandbox, swings, and water features for children of all ages.

Ancient Playground was one of the “adventure playgrounds” built in the 1960s and 1970s. An alternative to the often-uniform playgrounds with standard equipment built in New York City at the time, adventure-style playgrounds were especially made to encourage kids to explore, think creatively, and use their imaginations.


East Side at 85th Street

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Age Groups

Pre-school, School-age


Climbers, slides, tunnels, concrete bridges, sandbox, and bucket, tire, and strap swings.

Water Features




Open 7:00 AM to dusk. Wheelchair accessible.


Accessible surface, water feature, and transfer to sand area; ramped play structure; adaptive swings

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