Our Favorite Swing Sets for the Backyard

Turn off the video games and turn the backyard into the ultimate playground with these swing sets.

Our favorite swing sets
The world just looks more peaceful and fun while sitting on a swing.Photo by Noah Silliman on Unsplash

When you’re young, is there anything more joyous than the day your family puts a new swing set in the backyard? No more bugging mom and pop for a visit to the city park - adventure awaits just mere steps from the back door. How high can you swing? Who dares to go down the slide head first? And just because it’s getting dark outside, do we really have to come in for dinner? Here are four swing sets that will start your little ones out on a lifetime of fun.

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set

Lifetime Monkey Bar Adventure Swing Set
This set includes three belt swings, one trapeze bar with gym rings, a 9-foot slide, fireman’s pole and monkey bars.Amazon

If I could go back 45 years and design the dream swing set of childhood, this has to be it. (The adult version of me is happy that it requires no cement, staining or painting!) It's super fun but super safe as well: All hard edges are rounded or covered with plastic caps, and the entire set is powder-coated to resist rusting and the weather.

Backyard Discovery Cedar Wood Swing Set

Backyard Discovery Cedar Wood Swing Set
This all cedar swing set includes a clubhouse, two belt swings, a swing glider, a 10-foot slide, sandbox and monkey bars.Amazon

The only thing this swing set is missing is the kids to play in it - and that problem will be solved fast enough once they spot this in your backyard. Forget the need to drag the family to the neighborhood park - you can own one yourself. (And let's face it: That clubhouse - with bay windows, a sundeck and even a crow's nest - is nicer than many of our first apartments!)

Fitness Reality Kids 'The Ultimate' Swing Set

Fitness Reality Kids 'The Ultimate' Swing Set
This set includes a trampoline, flying saucer swing, a glider, monkey bar, swing, basketball hoop and soccer goal.Amazon

Designed for kids 3 to 8, this swing set is built with a strong 2-inch tubular steel frame. It has a decidedly more sports focus to it thanks to the basketball hoop and soccer goal. (It even includes an air pump to keep the action going.)

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set

Lifetime Heavy Duty A-Frame Metal Swing Set
This set includes two belt swings, a trapeze bar and gym rings. It’s free standing so no cement installation is needed.Amazon

Sometimes simplicity is the most fun of all - this set focuses on the swings. Lifetime's swing set is built to be weather-resistant and maintenance free. And it's safe, with hard edges all rounded out or covered by plastic caps. Soft rubber grips on the swings are in place to prevent pinching.