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Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos

Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos

Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos is not officially in Orange County, but it is definitely a destination playground worth visiting and not too far for residents of north Orange County. 

Your kids will get to play on fun equipment and while getting a small dose of history about the American Revolution which you can explore more at home. 

A reader pointed me in the direction of Heritage Park in Cerritos by commenting on our page on Facebook. We always appreciate reader recommendations!

NOTE: I called the City of Cerritos Recreation Services mid-April 2021 and the island is still closed with no word on when it should open.

old north church building at heritage park play island in cerritos with a big tunnel slide coming down from the second story

How to Get to Heritage Park Play Island in Cerritos: Cerritos is located along the 605 Freeway between Interstate 405 and the 91 Freeway. We traveled north on Interstate 5 to the 91 and exited at Carmenita. Make a left onto Bloomfield and the park will be ahead on your left.  If you come from the 605, you can exit at South Street and turn left at Bloomfield (the park will be on your right). Address: 18600 Bloomfield Avenue, Cerritos. MAP TO HERITAGE PARK PLAY ISLAND IN CERRITOS

view across the moat of heritage park play island in cerritos where you can see the church tower and colonial style wall against a blue sky

Highlights:

It’s a FREE, public park that feels like a theme park.

It’s an island!  How cool is that?

stone bridge with an arch over the water surrounding the island

The play equipment is built INSIDE the buildings! You can ride a tunnel slide from the top of the church.  You can climb through attics and across roof walkways for fun pretend play.

There are hidden slides and historical locations.

stone walls and steps leading to what looks like the opening of a tunnel slide hidden in a dip near the main concrete pathway

There are spiral staircases and tight spaces, along with wide open spaces to view across the moat!

overhead view of a black iron spiral staircase where you can't see where it leads

The whole place feels like a colonial village and the kids just go crazy exploring. There is an attic in the buildings where the kids can make their way between slides.

Don’t miss the pirate ship! Can you find the concrete canoe?

Look for ducks, geese, and turtles.

4 turtles along the shore at heritage park play island and 2 turtles swimming in the water with their heads exposed out of the water

If it’s open to the public, hit the Cerritos Library and read up on Paul Revere’s ride before you come.

Half the fun is discovering how cool this place is — so I’m not going to share all the secrets. You’ll have to see it for yourself!

shingled roof and windows on the main playground building but you were  never know there was a playground inside looking at the plain exterior of the building

The Play Island is the real attraction, but there’s another playground off the island. It’s simple, but another draw.

On a clear day in winter, you can see past the moat on the island towards the snow-capped San Bernardino mountains.

Here is what the playground OFF the island looks like:

simple playground with swings and slides outside of heritage park play island in cerritos

Be Aware:

No food on the island. Eat your snacks somewhere else.

Watch your step – there is duck poop scattered around.

Cerritos High is right across the street.

DON’T feed the ducks, even though you may see others do it. (Here’s why.)

CLOSED Tuesday mornings. Opens at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays. (And the sign says it can close for any reason at any time.)

posted sign detailing items and behaviors not allowed on the island on what looks like a colonial scroll

Can be busy on the weekends. I’d recommend getting there right when it opens at 10 a.m.

I saw kids of all ages, but I’d want to stay near the little ones because of the small walkways and big kids.

I had trouble navigating the indoor playgrounds with my backpack on.

Two entrances/exits to the island. Front entrance right off parking lot near the Paul Revere statue. Another covered bridge at the back leading to the restroom.

view out the playground building window onto the pirate ship

Checklist:

snow-capped mountains in the background above the moat at the play island

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Originally published in March 2011.

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Iliana

Friday 12th of June 2015

This place is amazing, great recommendation!!

Michelle

Thursday 4th of July 2013

Looking for a fun place to hold my daughters 4th birthday party, just wondering if you need to reserve space, or is it first come first serve?

Amber K

Monday 29th of August 2011

This is a childhood favorite-went here as a kiddo with my grandmother, and it holds a lot of special memories for me. Now, my son loves it! It's a wonderful park with so many things to do. My favorite thing-the turtles. I love turtles!

krystal

Sunday 28th of August 2011

I just LOVE this park site. I was thinking the other day about parks with no sand and I just happened to get on your site and you had a blog already prepared. THANK YOU!! I hate sand and avoid it at all cost. We will be checking out Heritage Park tomorrow..I love that it is indoors.no sand in there:)

christina fallon

Friday 26th of August 2011

Parks looks amazing! We're going to check it out tomorrow!

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