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The 20 Best Swing Sets For Kids Of All Ages

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There’s something about the pure joy of swinging that transcends the decades and fills kids of all ages with a sense of glee. But in case you weren’t aware, backyard swing sets have undergone a major transformation since we were kids. In addition to swings, they often include a whole lot of other fun features like slides, climbing walls, monkey bars, forts, trapeze bars and more.

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It’s like having a park in your own backyard! And they also come in a variety of materials and sizes to fit your space and meet the needs of your kids and family. Our list of the 20 best swing sets will fill you in on the latest and greatest when it comes to backyard playsets. 

Not only will they keep your kids active and entertained, but they’ll also help you skip the trip to the park by bringing the playground to you! And as an added special bonus, we’ve included some swings that adults will love too!

Let’s start the fun!

Editor Favorites:

Little Tikes Real Wooden Adventure Bobcat Ridge Outdoor Playset

Little Tikes Real Wooden Adventure Bobcat Ridge Outdoor Playset

Backyard Discovery Caribbean Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Caribbean Swing Set


Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Swing Set

Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Swing Set

Treekassy 40” Saucer Swing Set with Metal Swing Stand

Treekassy 40” Saucer Swing Set with Metal Swing Stand

Wooden Swing Sets

Wood swing sets are a great option because of their durability and overall appearance. The wood material elevates them past traditional playground equipment. And with a little maintenance, they age well and come in every configuration you can think of. 

When choosing a wooden swing set, look for cedar or redwood, which are more resistant to the elements as well as bugs. And be sure to maintain the stain on your set in order to increase its durability and longevity. 

1. Creative Playthings Spring Hill Swing Set

Creative Playthings Spring Hill Swing Set

Dimensions: 15 x 14 x 11 ft

Ages: 2 months to 15 years

Overview

We love that this swing set is made from dense yellow pine and treated with Sherwin Wiliams water repellent stain for extra protection from the elements. It also has nice safety features like non-slip ladder rungs and Plastisol-coated swing chains.

But your kids will love it because of all of its variety of fun features like two swings, a trapeze, a slide, a picnic table and a covered clubhouse up top. The company also offers attachments that you can add or swap over time, like a standing swing, steering wheel and more. 

Pros

Extremely sturdy and quality swing set

Good safety features

Variety of attachments that can be swapped out

Things to Keep in Mind

Yes, it’s a quality set, but it comes with a hefty price tag. 

2. The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II

The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II

Dimensions: 16.6 x 22.6 x 12.4 ft

Ages: 3 to 10+

Overview:

With its crow’s nest lookout, sandbox, wave slide, monkey bars and rock climbing wall, it’s easy to see why everyone is losing their mind for The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II. It’s an all-in-one playhouse with an extras situation. 

However, it is a beast, so you’ll need plenty of room to accommodate it. And assembly is understandably challenging, so you may want to check out the interactive assembly instructions and bring in reinforcements. 

Pros

Tons of features will keep kids of all ages entertained

Made of attractive and durable cedar wood

Things to Keep in Mind

Assembly could be challenging

Taller features are a safety concern, so supervision is recommended.

3. The KidKraft Andorra Cedar Wood Swing Set

The KidKraft Andorra Cedar Wood Swing Set

Dimensions: 10.25 x 9 x 7.75 feet

Ages: 3 to 10

Overview:

Featuring a sandbox, chalkboard, shaded canopy and two belt swings, the Andorra Swing Set will keep your kids happy without taking up the whole backyard. 

Pros

Multiple features

Smaller footprint

Things to Keep in Mind

This design needs to be staked into the ground, so it’s not suitable for hard surfaces

Some buyers found that the vinyl chalkboard is difficult to tighten

4. Little Tikes Real Wooden Adventure Bobcat Ridge Outdoor Playset

Little Tikes Real Wooden Adventure Bobcat Ridge Outdoor Playset

Dimensions: 26.5 x 15.9 x 10.5

Ages: 3+

Overview:

With its multi-tiered clubhouse, suspended rope bridge, rock wall, cargo net and monkey bars, the Bobcat Ridge Swing Set is ready for some serious adventure play. It also includes two classic rope swings, a nest swing and the cutest picnic table you’ve ever seen. 

Pros:

With tons of features, this swing set offers endless entertainment for kids

Buyers like the solidity and quality of this set

Things to Keep in Mind

This set is gargantuan, so you’ll need lots of space

Due to its size, assembly is a big job (be sure to check out the interactive instructions)

5. KindKraft Falcon Ridge Swing Set

KindKraft Falcon Ridge Swing Set

Dimensions: 20 x 11.4 x 11

Ages: 3 to 10

Overview:

If fun features are what you’re looking for, the Falcon Ridge Swing Set should be on your shortlist. While it does have two belt swings and a glider swing, what we’ve got here is essentially a clubhouse with a deluxe kitchen, dormer, shiplap and lots of windows.

Throw in the coveted Twist ‘N Ride Tube slide, a rock climbing wall and two wave slides, and this backyard set has basically every accessory known to swing sets. 

Pros

The unique clubhouse and features make this swing set super entertaining.

Things to Keep in Mind

All those features come at a pretty heavy price.

Assembly can be a bear, so you’ll need to set aside some time and help from a buddy.

6. Backyard Discovery Beach Front Wooden Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Beach Front Wooden Swing Set

Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.7 x 3.9 ft

Ages: 3+

Overview

Hello, beachfront property! Okay, more like kiddie pool adjacent property, but that’s how you’ll feel under the striped canopy umbrella in the Backyard Discovery Beach Front Wooden Swing Set. A steering wheel and telescope mean your little ones can set sail on the high seas and still be home on time for dinner. And the swing beam holds two belt swings and a trapeze bar. 

Pros

This swing set comes in at a lower price point than many on our list but still provides a good amount of entertainment. 

Things to Keep in Mind

Although the manufacturer states this set is suitable for kids up to 10, many parents claim it’s too small for taller kids (so you may want to think more like 3 to 7 years).  

7. Backyard Discovery Caribbean Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Caribbean Swing Set

Dimensions: 16.4 x 20.5 x 12.3 ft

Ages: 3+

Overview

This swing set gets extra points for style with its adorable Caribbean style clubhouse. Kids will also get a kick out of the extra-long 10-foot slide, the rock wall, two belt swings and a trapeze.

But perhaps what sets this model apart is that there are actually some fun places to chill, like the hammock underneath the clubhouse where kids will have it made in the shade. And even parents will enjoy the two-person bench swing.

Pros

A good combination of both fun and relaxing features

Cons

The large footprint makes this set unsuitable for small backyards. 

Like many sets on the list, assembly can be time consuming.

8. Ranger Wooden Swing Set

Ranger Wooden Swing Set

Dimensions: 8.8 x 7.8 x 6.10 ft

Ages: 2 to 10 years

Overview

Coming in it at just over $200, this classic A-frame swing set is made of durable cedar and comes with two swings and a trapeze. And to avoid pinched fingers and rust, the chains are coated with plastisol. No, there aren’t any added features, but this set’s simplicity makes it a great budget buy.

Pros

Great Price

Plastisol-coated chains 

Things to Keep in Mind

No extra play features

Best for younger children

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9. Cedarworks Frolic Swing Set

Cedarworks Frolic Swing Set

Dimensions: 15 x 14 x 12

Ages: 1 to 12 years

Overview

If you want a super high-quality swing set that you can customize for your kids and your backyard, be sure to check out Cedarworks. These sets are crafted from extremely durable and low maintenance cedar that is splinter-free. 

Customize a set to your space and budget with features like swings, trapeze bars, rock walls, forts and much, much more. The sets can even be updated as your little ones get bigger. 

Pros

Made from extremely durable and splinter-free cedar

Customizable

Sets can be updated over time

Things to Keep in Mind

Although the price will vary depending on the design, expect to pay premium for all that quality. 

The Best Metal and Plastic Swing Sets

While metal, vinyl and plastic may not be quite as durable as wood, the affordable price point and their low-maintenance aspect make them a solid choice for playsets and swing sets. Plus, no splinter to worry about for your little ones. 

When choosing a metal swing set, try to find one with a protective coating in order to make it more resistant to rust. And although plastic tends to fade in the sun, finding a UV resistant model will help it to maintain its good looks longer.  

10. The Monkey Adventure Swing Set

The Monkey Adventure Swing Set

Dimensions: 13.9 x 18.7 x 7.9

Ages: All Ages

Overview

This well-reviewed swing set is made from powder-coated, galvanized steel to make it extra durable and rust-resistant. Of course, what your kids will go crazy for are the wave slide, three swings, monkey bars, trapeze bar and fireman’s pole.

Pros

This weather resistant and sturdy set comes with a 5-year warranty and has plenty of features to keep kids entertained and active.

Buyers like the easy assembly.

Things to Keep in Mind

This baby has a large footprint, so it’s for big yards only. 

11. Fitness Reality Kids Sports Series Metal Swing

Fitness Reality Sports Series metal swing set

Dimensions: 13 x 8.9 x 6 ft

Ages: 3 to 8

Overview

This swing set takes your standard A-frame design and turns it into a personal fitness center for your little ones. It features 8 activity stations, including a trampoline, flying saucer swing, glider, trapeze bar, traditional swing, a basketball hoop and soccer goal and a wave slide. 

Each station in the Fitness Reality Sports Series metal swing set has a weight capacity of 80 pounds.

Pros

Diverse features make this a great all-around fitness and entertainment center for your kids.

Great price point

Things to Keep in Mind

Some parents wish this set seemed a bit sturdier and say that it seems more suitable for younger and lighter children. 

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12. Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Swing Set

Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Swing Set

Dimensions: 15.5 x 13.9 x 11 ft

Ages: 3 to 12

Overview

With two belt swings, a trapeze bar and a spider swing, this Lifetime Swing Set can accommodate your kiddos no matter how they like to swing. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Other cool features include a clubhouse with a chalkboard, climbing walls, two wave slides, a ship’s wheel and binoculars.

Pros

Tons of features make this set highly entertaining.

Things to Keep in Mind

All of those features come at a high price.

Assembly (surprise, surprise) can be challenging.

13. Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set

Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set

Dimensions: 11.5 x 7.8 x 6.75

Ages: 3 to 8

Overview

If you have younger children, you may want to consider the Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set. It features two small slides, a climbing wall, two swings and a lookout tree with a steering wheel for a little kiddie role playing. 

Parents will appreciate the UV resistant plastic that’s both sturdy and makes cleaning up spills a cinch. You also don’t have to worry about splinters or rusty metal!

Pros

Made of sturdy, UV resistant plastic

Decent price point

Things to Keep in Mind

Although the age range is officially 3 to 8, many parents think this swing set is more appropriate for kids 3 to 5. 

Does not come with a toddler swing. 

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The Best Swing Sets for Small Spaces

If you’re working with a standard city lot or less, your backyard probably doesn’t have room to spare. That’s why we rounded up some space-saving options that are small but mighty and still make playtime exciting. 

14. Costzon Toddler Climber and Swing Set

Costzon Toddler Climber and Swing Set

Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.11 x 3.11 ft

Ages: Toddlers

Overview

This compact, plastic swing set and activity center is great for keeping toddlers entertained without taking up a lot of space. The high-backed swing has a t-bar for added safety, and the gently-sloped swing won’t give little ones too wild a ride.

And to keep your wee ones entertained while improving their coordination, there’s also a basketball hoop and a ring toss. 

Pros

Good price point

Made from easy-to-clean plastic

Easy to assemble

Things to Keep in Mind

Only appropriate for very young kids

15. Soumya Unicorn Swing with Chains

Dimensions: 60 x 10 x 25 inches

Ages: 3 to 8

While not technically a swing “set,” this was just too fun and funky not to include in our list for small backyards. Made from mold and chip resistant plastic, you can hang this majestic unicorn from a tree or any swing beam. 

Pros

Low price point

Unique design

No need to worry about splinters or rust

Things to Keep in Mind

Two swing chains are included, but additional hardware may be needed, so be sure to look through things before you purchase and install. 

16. Backyard Discovery Mini Brutus Metal Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Mini Brutus Metal Swing Set

Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 6.5

Ages: 3 to 10

Overview

Heavy-duty steel A-frame design and coated steel swing chains make this simple Discovery Metal Swing Set a durable and long lasting contender. It also includes an optional bonus toddler swing for your littlest swingers. 

Pros

Weather resistant and extremely sturdy.

Things to Keep in Mind

No extra play features

Some parents reported that the instructions are not easy to follow, but really are they ever?

17. Treekassy 40” Saucer Swing Set with Metal Swing Stand

Treekassy 40” Saucer Swing Set with Metal Swing Stand

Dimensions: 5.6 x 6.75 x 5.9

Ages: 6 months and up

Overview

This giant saucer style swing has a 440-pound weight capacity and is an updated approach to a traditional tire swing. The swing set is made from UV-resistant Textilene fabric and high-quality PE webbing hanging rope. 

Pros

Good price point

Small footprint

Easy assembly

Things to Keep in Mind

No extra play features

Kids Don’t Get to Have All the Fun

Adults don’t just want to sit in Adirondack chairs and sip iced tea all summer. There is nothing better to help you feel younger than a little playtime, with or without your little ones.

And while these aren’t technically considered swing sets, they will certainly make your backyard play space enjoyable for kids of all ages.

18. Personalized Wooden Tree Swing

Personalized Wooden Tree Swing

Dimensions: 24 x p.25 x 1.5 inches

Ages: 3 and up

Overview

This tree swing is made from a solid piece of yellow pine and is customizable with one line of text. A shout out to anyone looking to create that “I’m casually swinging in a ball gown in a moonlit garden” scene from Cinderella, this is the swing of your dreams.

The swing also includes a hanging kit with multiple options for installation.

Pros

It doesn’t get simpler than this

Includes a hanging kit

Things to Keep in Mind

This isn’t a toddler swing, so very young children will need to be supervised.

19. Adventure Parks Air Surfer Stand Up Swing

Adventure Parks Air Surfer Stand Up Swing

Ages: 8 and up

Overview

“Surf the Air- Where Big Waves Grow on Trees” isn’t the description of this swing for nothing. Made from solid maple and mold-resistant ropes, this swing challenges your physical skills and keeps your body moving. 

Pros

Fun and challenging swing for adults and older kids

Things to Keep in Mind

Installation is not complicated, but due to the nature of its use, you’re going to want to make sure to follow all instructions correctly when setting up the Adventure Parks Air Surfer Stand Up Swing.

Not suitable for very young children.

20. Montana Woodworks Glacier Country Collection Lawn Swing

Montana Woodworks Glacier Country Collection Lawn Swing

Dimensions: 6.25 x 7.3 x 6.4 ft

Ages: All Ages

Overview:

When you want to enjoy some ice tea, the Montana Woodworks Lawn Swing will let you relax and enjoy the outdoors in an heirloom-quality piece of outdoor furniture. Handmade in Montana from solid pine and utilizing mortise and tenon joinery for durability, this is one swing you don’t want to miss out on. 

Pros

Beautiful, quality piece

20-year limited warranty

Things to Keep in Mind

You may need two people to assemble, as the swing is a bit heavy.

You may also be prone to falling asleep in it because it’s so relaxing! 

Some Swing Set Tips

These swing set tips will help you to choose the right set and keep your kids safe.

Be Sure to Measure Your Space

It seems obvious, but be sure to measure your space in order to get the right size swing set. That also means allowing an area for a fall zone and considering the height of the swing set to avoid tree branches and other hazards from above.

Be Sure the Swing Set is Age Appropriate

Although it’s tempting to choose a set that your child can grow into, be sure to purchase a set that’s appropriate for your kid’s stage of growth in order to avoid accidents on sets that are intended for older kids.

Install Your Set on Even Ground

Make sure the ground where you put the swing set is free of rocks, tree roots and other hazards.

Leave Room for a Fall Zone

Although it’s tempting to fill up your entire space, be sure to leave room for a fall zone that allows for clearance on all sides of the swing set. You should also try to cushion the area with a shock-absorbing material such as wood chips, sand or rubber mats. Ideally, this fall zone area should extend around the entire set at about twice its overall height.

Install According to Directions

Be sure to install your set according to the manufacturer’s instructions. If you don’t have the time or the skills, hiring a professional will make the job easier.

Inspect and Maintain Your Swing Set

Always be sure to check your swing set a few times a month for signs of wear and tear, and be sure to replace loose bolts or other features that are wearing out. And as mentioned before, be sure to maintain the stain on wood swing sets to increase their durability and longevity.

Supervise Your Kids

Although your kids will be playing in their own backyard, it’s important to keep an eye on them. So ideally, the set should be installed within the view of your house. 

Don’t Forget the Accessories

Not only may you need additional hardware for installation, but there are also a bunch of fun swing set accessories to add once you’ve selected your playset.

Now that you’ve picked your set, it’s time to level the play area and choose a ground cover like mulch, sand, grass, pea gravel or rubber mats. While leveling is not required, it will help with overall durability and stability.

Let the Fun Begin!

Adding a little summer fun to your backyard is a snap with one of these backyard swing sets. Bonus, we think swing set assembly parties are going to be the next big thing. 

For the cost of a couple of beers or a batch of fresh-baked cookies, your friends will do pretty much anything, right?

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Best Swing Sets for Kids: 

  1. Creative Playthings Spring Hill Swing Set
  2. The Backyard Discovery Skyfort II
  3. The KidKraft Andorra Cedar Wood Swing Set
  4. Little Tikes Real Wooden Adventure Bobcat Ridge Outdoor Playset
  5. KindKraft Falcon Ridge Swing Set
  6. Backyard Discovery Beach Front Wooden Swing Set
  7. Backyard Discovery Caribbean Swing Set
  8. Ranger Wooden Swing Set
  9. Cedarworks Frolic Swing Set
  10. The Monkey Adventure Swing Set
  11. Fitness Reality Kids Sports Series Metal Swing
  12. Lifetime Big Stuff Adventure Swing Set
  13. Little Tikes Tree House Swing Set
  14. Costzon Toddler Climber and Swing Set
  15. Soumya Unicorn Swing with Chains
  16. Backyard Discovery Mini Brutus Metal Swing Set
  17. Treekassy 40” Saucer Swing Set with Metal Swing Stand
  18. Personalized Wooden Tree Swing
  19. Adventure Parks Air Surfer Stand Up Swing
  20. Montana Woodworks Glacier Country Collection Lawn Swing

Sherry De Alba

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