Several area parks have archery ranges. Some offer programs that provide everything you need to try out the sport. The DNR even offers free archery programs in some State Parks.
If you are interested in learning archery as a family, you may want to start with the Minnesota State Archery Association’s article on Starting Kids in Archery. It has tips for getting the right equipment and finding mentors.
Note that Minneapolis Parks that offer archery provide the space and the hay bales, the rest is the responsibility of the guest. However, they do offer Archery in the Parks program at neighborhood parks throughout the City. Information on this can be found on the Minneapolis Park’s website by searching keyword “archery”)
Parks with Archery Ranges
- Belle Plaine Archery Park • Belle Plaine • A park dedicated to the sport of archery.
- Baker Park Reserve • Maple Plain • No permanent range, but offers family archery programs.
- Bunker Hills Regional Park • Andover • Bunker has several different types of ranges • $3/pp.
- Burnsville Archery Site • Located off Zenith Avenue. Open year round.
- Carver Park Reserve • Victoria • Stationary range open year-round; walk-through course is open late March to mid-November. • Pass required $6/adult; kids free.
- Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park • New Prague • No permanent range, but offers family archery programs.
- Chaska Firemen’s Park
- Cleary Lake Regional Park • Prior Lake • No permanent range, but offers family archery programs.
- Columbia Park • Minneapolis • The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets, Hay bales are provided
- Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park • Brooklyn Park • No permanent range, but offers family archery programs.
- Ed Solomon Park • Minneapolis • This is an undeveloped park at 58th St and 13th Ave. Hay bales provided.
- Elm Creek Park Reserve • Maple Grove • 30-acre archery range is on the northwest side of the park • $6/adult; kids free.
- Firemen’s Park • Chaska
- Hidden Valley Park • Savage • Sometimes hosts outreach programs from Three Rivers Park District.
- Keller Regional Park • Maplewood
- Lake Elmo Park • A year-round seven target archery range with yard markers and shooting stands.
- Lake Calhoun Park • Minneapolis • Non-reservable range. Equipment and targets are not provided, but hay bales are on site.
- Lake Harriet Park • Minneapolis • The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets, Hay bales are provided.
- Pig’s Eye Regional Park • Saint Paul • Closed in winter.
- Rezac Nature Preserve • Lonsdale • This park is so new, it’s not even on Google maps yet. We’ve done our best to pinpoint the park in our directory map.
- Ritter Farm Park • Lakeville
- Staring Lake Park • Eden Prairie • 12 stations at ranges from 10 to 40 yards.
- Theodore Wirth Park • Minneapolis • The range is not reservable. Bring your own equipment and targets, Hay bales are provided.
Where to Start With Archery?
Many of the park archery ranges, including Minneapolis, require you to bring your own equipment. A search for a “beginner set” on Amazon left me a bit overwhelmed. Do I buy the rubber-tipped beginner sets? Will they work with a standard archery range? The sets without rubber tips tend to be for shooters taller than me and definitely taller than my kids. The example above is one I found with really good reviews. (Note that if you shop through this link, FFTC receives a small commission on sales). I am leaning toward starting with a Family Archery program through Three Rivers Park District. At $10 per person, the price of this class for a family adds up quickly, but it may beat purchasing a starter kit and getting it wrong.
Map of Twin Cities Archery Ranges
The map below is a public Google map. It was not created by Family Fun Twin Cities. We have no control over the contents. However, it suggests parks in addition to the ones we have listed and offers links to reviews.
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