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Eureka 2 Playground at South Lakes Park in Denton

Location: 556 Hobson Lane in Denton, near the intersection with Teasley Lane; the park entrance is just west of Trinity United Methodist Church.

What makes it noteworthy: Royals of all ages and abilities can rule the roost in the expansive, castle-like Eureka 2 playground, built last year to replace an aging wooden play complex. In addition to running (or rolling) up and down ramps to explore the castle, kids have no end of play options to keep them occupied for hours: zip lines, rock climbing walls, educational built-in toys, trampoline and rope bridges, music stations, spinning toys, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, and slides and swings galore. In the Tot Lot area, preschoolers can play pretend in an Old West town, and babies and kids who need extra back support will find a row of swings just for them.

Extras: The 187-acre park contains a picnic pavilion, fishing pier, basketball and volleyball courts, paved trails and plenty of open space — but restrooms and water fountains are only a short walk away from the playground.

Safety: A clear A* on the Playground Safety Report Card, this deservedly popular playground is fenced-in and clean, with park benches lining the perimeter for easy supervision.