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Hidden treasures at Kensington Metropark

On a recent visit to the Kensington Metropark, we enjoyed seeing the baby animals and taking a hay ride at the Farm Center. But this part of the park offers a few hidden treasures as well.

If you walk down the hill, you will find a labyrinth, a thatched roof cottage, a seasonal grass maze and a wooden tractor. For kids who love rocks and the outdoors, there is enough here to keep them busy for an hour at least; maybe more if you bring a picnic and enjoy your meal by the river nearby.

The labyrinth is a wonderful feature, with stones marking the path. It’s manageable for all ages and fitness levels and is a fun challenge. It was the Eagle Scout project of a young man named Owain Kert. It was installed in August 2013. My son loved racing through the 50-foot diameter labyrinth and conquering it. He wasn’t alone.

The thatched roof cottage is also a delight. Made entirely of natural materials, this little cottage is a shady and cool retreat. It’s awesome to look at and spend time in and many children were enjoying some make-believe play during our visit.

There is also a grass maze in the area, but it’s seasonal. We were told by a staff member that it will be up and running later this summer.

There is also a cool wooden tractor to climb in and pretend on and many children – including my son – had a blast there.

If you have a more adventurous climber or explorer, there are big rocks to climb on and jump off of, trees to examine and explore and open spaces to run.

The area is also home to the new early skills area, which features a blacksmith shop and a brick oven and is open for adult classes on weekends. It’s worth looking into if you want to learn how to make a nail, cook over an open fire or do some woodworking.

It was early in the season, but the area also boasts an herb garden, a community garden and other foliage and features.
It’s a great place to see and explore and extend your visit to the park’s awesome Farm Center

Check out our reviews of the Farm Center and Splash & Blast both at Kensington Metropark

Korie Wilkins
Author: Korie Wilkins

Korie is a work at home mom to an energetic boy and a sweet todder girl. She loves big books, chocolate, writing, crochet and her Peloton. A recovering former journalist, Korie is also a wife, cook and allergy mama. Follow her on Twitter at @koriemw.