Splash Happy: 2020 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

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.

April 2, 2020: Minneapolis Parks has announced that they will not be opening any pools, beaches or waterparks this summer. We will keep you updated on other municipalities, but this is likely the direction we are heading for the entire metro.

Splash Happy: 2019 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

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:

How To Make A Backyard Splash Pad:

2020 might be the year to get creative and make your own backyard splash pad.  You could start with a pop bottle sprinkler.

Or you can buy one from Amazon*:

TWIN CITIES BEACHES

Natural beaches and pools are susceptible to high bacterial levels, we recommend that you call or check the website before heading out and chancing disappointment. Some of these beaches and most of the pools are chlorinated and not as likely to have bacteria issues.

Splash Happy: 2019 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2020:

These beaches historically open Memorial Day Weekend:

Opening early June 2020:

These beaches historically open a little later. We will add 2020 opening dates in May. Until then, the 2019 dates are usually good indicators.

For more beachy ideas, try our list of 10 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds To Try This Summer.

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TWIN CITIES WATER PARKS & OUTDOOR POOLS

Whether you prefer a water park or swimming pool, find the best outdoor pools in Minnesota.

Splash Happy: 2019 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2020:

These pools and water parks historically open Memorial Day Weekend:

Opening early June 2020:

These pools and water parks historically open in early June. We will add 2020 opening dates in May. 

  • 6/1/19: St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park | $5.50-$9.50/pp, discounts after 4:30pm | Aqua obstacle course, slides, wet sand play area and splash playground. Tot Time is Mon-Fri, 10-11am.
  • 6/1/19: Edina Aquatic Center | Edina | $9-$11.50/pp, discount after 5pm | Wave simulator, cable zipline ride, pirate-themed kiddie pool, and an outdoor playground.
  • 6/7/19: Bunker Beach Water Park | Coon Rapids | $9-$15/pp, discount after 4pm | Wave pool, waterslides, lazy river.
  • 6/7/19: Richfield Outdoor Pool | Richfield | $8-$10/pp, discount after 4pm

Find your new splash happy spot with Family Fun Twin Cities guide to splash pads, beaches, pools and water parks.

  • 6/8/19: Bloomington Family Aquatic Center | $7.25-$10/pp, discount after 4pm | New Tot Open Swim, Mon-Fri, 11am-noon for ages 0-6. New spray table.
  • 6/10/19: SandVenture Aquatic Park | Shakopee | $3-$7/pp, discount after 5pm | Chlorinated water with a sand bottom and beach, slides and special discount days.

Budget Tip: If you have a favorite Twin Cities water park, look for discounts on annual passes January – March.


TWIN CITIES SPLASH PADS & WADING POOLS

For our MASTER LIST of Twin Cities-area splash pads, click here or the graphic below.

Phalen Park Splash Pad

Opening Memorial Day Weekend 2020:

These favorite splash pads historically open Memorial Day weekend.

  • Closed for the 2020 Season: Minneapolis Wading Pools | Open daily 10am-9pm | FREE (Beaches also open, but unguarded until mid-June)
  • Nicollet Commons Park water feature, Burnsville (weather dependent) | Thursday Rockin’ Readers and Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hours in Nicollet Commons Park begin in June.
  • Oak Hill Splash Pad | St Louis Park | FREE for residents, $1 per non-res

Find your new splash happy spot with Family Fun Twin Cities guide to splash pads, beaches, pools and water parks.


Free Pools, Beaches and Water Parks:


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