5 Mind-blowing Backyard Playsets

That looks fun, little dude, but wait until you get a load of these playsets. © Bernd Vogel/Corbis

For a select few children, getting sent outside to play might as well be like your mom shooing you to the local four-star hotel -- if the hotel catered to kids' imaginations and had a tire swing. No longer are we just talking swingsets and a rusty slide. The playsets in the next few pages are something the general public would most often see in a children's museum or theme park, and a lot of them cost not just as much as a car, but as much as a real house. You could live in. With a family.

So prepare: You're about to feel profoundly lame about the plastic slide and single swing you bought for the kids last holiday season.