Birding has recently become one of my favorite family pass times. This is partially because birding with kids can happen almost anywhere. It is amazing how many birds we can spot or hear in our own backyard. Even driving down the highway near the Mississippi, we have a good chance of spotting a bald eagle. While some parks, such as Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and North Mississippi Regional Park allow visitors to check out backpacks with birding equipment, not all parks do. Even parks that have packs to loan don’t provide some personal necessities. We find it worthwhile to keep an exploration pack in the back of our van. Here’s what we keep:
As the line between late spring and early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to update our master list of Twin Cities beaches, outdoor swimming pools, water parks and splash pads. Scroll to the bottom for a quick list of FREE pools, beaches and water parks.
Several are anticipating an opening Memorial Day Weekend with dozens more following suit in early June. Find your new splash happy spot from our list of the best places to swim in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metro:
Memorial Day Weekend is May 23-25 in 2020. Sticking around town? We’ve saluted a few of the larger celebrations below. In addition to the special events, we’ve got weekend suggestions sure to be memorable.
FREE TWIN CITIES MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVENTS
Dakota County beaches | 2 locations
Minneapolis swimming beaches | All 12 locations open Memorial Day weekend; lifeguards not available until June
Minneapolis wading pools (except pools located adjacent to public school sites) | Daily, 10am-9pm
Nicollet Commons Park water feature | Burnsville (weather dependent)
Ramsey County swimming beaches | Lifeguards on duty | 5 locations
Three Rivers Park District beaches | 7 unguarded locations
Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis | Water treated with plants instead of chemicals. Zero-depth entry for the littlest swimmers.