Three Free Things to Do in Burnsville in Spring (or Summer)

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Spring makes me want to load the family into the van and go find outdoor family activities. Burnsville just released their 2015-16 Burnsville Community Guide.  In it, I found a few things that would be worth the drive to try this spring or summer.


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Skating, Boarding and Biking

Burnsville Skate Park is located in Civic Center Park and is free to use. This 5,500 square foot,Tier I outdoor facility is for inline skaters, skateboarders and bikers and is open during park hours (5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily). The skate park is not maintained during winter months, but once the snow melts, it would be fun to grab our skates, bikes and skateboards and teach the little ones how to use them. Protective gear is strongly recommended as you are using the facility at your own risk. However it is designed for all skill levels and their are restrooms located onsite (important for those of us with newly potty-trained children).

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Play A Round of Disc Golf

Another family activity I have been wanting to try is Disc Golf.  Burnsville’s Red Oak Disc Golf course is 20 holes and free to play during park hours (again 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.).  Red Oak Park is reportedly scenic and  beautifully kept. I don’t know what this means, but it has a wide variety of shot options with multiple tee and pin placements for each hole. If you know as little about disc golf as me, you may also want to read Playing Disc Golf with Your Kids from Disc Golfing Moms.  It’s a very realistic article for families with smaller children.

Play With the Canine Member of Your Family

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Spring is a great time to bring the dog along on an outing. It’s not too hot and not too cold. However, he still doesn’t want to spend the whole trip locked in a car. Burnsville’s Alimagnet Dog Park is an award-winning, enclosed seven-acre area to allow your dog to go unleashed; and it is also free. Community members are encouraged to purchase a $20 membership that comes with perks, but if you are just visiting for the day, know that you don’t need a membership to give your dog some exercise. Like the other two options, Alimagnet Park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, year-round. Don’t forget your doggy bags and your dog safety reminders.

1200 Alimagnet Park Drive
Burnsville, MN
5 a.m. – 10 p.m. (year round)

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Joy Peters

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Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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