This kind of playground is what I like to call a two-for-one deal - maybe even a three-for-one if you want to get picky.

This kind of playground is what I like to call a two-for-one deal - maybe even a three-for-one if you want to get picky. You have your sprawling playground (with three different Playscape sets for three different age groups). You have nature: Walk up to the top rim of the Delaware Lake (really a reservoir formed by the damming of Alum Creek in 1951) and breathe in the magnificent view (the path is a little steep but is otherwise fully accessible). And then you have the dam itself: It's huge, cool and, this time of the year, probably has water gushing through one of the gates. Kids love that stuff. While they ooh and ahh at the dam, you can indulge in the instant mood relaxer of the surrounding scenery. But back to the playground. It's a really well-constructed site with two large shelter houses. Each one has about a dozen picnic tables with wheelchair-accessible ends, power outlets, about eight grill tops each for barbecuing, plus garbage cans and water fountains close by. There are handicapped-accessible bathrooms, a sturdy volleyball net, a one-hoop basketball court and -here's the kicker - there is rarely a crowd here, thanks to its location just north of Delaware city, off of Rt. 23. It's a destination well worth the drive. Photos by Alysia Burton