Masterfully Planned Playtime

Summertime is a great time to rediscover the fun of Shelby Farms Park with young children. The park offers a variety of attractions that are guaranteed to capture your tikes' attention for hours. Old standbys include the Buffalo Range: home to a herd of American Bison.

If a simple walk is in order, parents can take children on one of the many trails within Shelby Farms. The scenic routes are bound to offer opportunities for conversations, will lead to questions about the world around them, and are a great way to burn energy in the fresh air.

Another attraction that will most definitely spark their interest is the Woodland Discovery Playground, "an innovative play landscape" that is winning international attention.1 With six "play nests" and beautiful scenery, it is an engaging environment that encourages play, as well as fosters social learning.

The Woodland Discovery Playground and many new trails are results of a carefully planed future for Shelby Farms Parks. As that plan unfolds, it will include a larger Patriot Lake and even more extensive trails lacing together the different areas of the park.

Parents and children are at the heart of the master plan. With fun activities for kids, and opportunities foster engagement between child and parent, Shelby Farms is a treasure for families: supporting child development by providing a safe and exciting place to explore the great outdoors.


Shelby Farms Park Conservancy. “Master Plan + Vision for Shelby Farms Parks.” Accessed May 15, 2013. Available here.