The traditional children's swing sets with two seats hanging separately from a frame with ropes or chains have been surpassed by multiple module sets that you can mix and match for your family's enjoyment. Swing sets are often now just one popular part of a whole 'jungle gym' or playset, with climbing decks and beams, play platforms and gazebos, slides and sandboxes.
Manufacturers will have pre-designed swing sets, and many allow you to custom design your own playset with the modules or features you want to meet your space and budget requirements. As your children, and family, grow, you can add on new modules. If it's possible that your family will move before the children have outgrown the swing set, you'll want to get a free-standing set so that you can take it with you.
Swing sets and jungle gyms made of wood are a good, sturdy choice. You'll want manufacturer's guarantees about the quality of the wood and the 'splinter-free' factor. Northern white cedar is naturally rot resistant and splinter-free timber, eliminating the need for sanding and treating the wood, which will also mean the swing set materials are chemical-free. Cedar swing sets are considerably more expensive than sets made of other wood, and all wood sets are more expensive than metal swing sets of similar styles.
The traditional metal 2-swing set with a slide attached will cost about $125. Add a trapeze chin bar and small merry-go-round for another $100 or so.
If you're looking for a swing set for adult enjoyment, arbor swing sets made of cedar will start at about $500. You'll also find face-to-face glider swing sets made of pine for about $1500.
To get an idea of the wide variety of swing sets available through online shopping, check out some of the shopping links at the top of this page.
Adding a backyard swing set to your outdoor landscape can be an provide both fun and relaxation for you and your family. However, you may also find that swing sets are not what you are looking for and perhaps gliders present the best option for you.