Splash Happy: 2022 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads

As the line between late spring & early summer starts to melt away in the rising temps, it’s time to update our master list of best places to swim & splash in the Twin Cities: best beaches, best swimming pools, wading pools, fun water parks and splash pads. Scroll to the bottom for a quicklist of FREE pools, beaches & waterparks. Find your new splash happy spot in Minneapolis, St Paul & the surrounding Twin Cities Metro.

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Twin Cities swimming beaches – BY COUNTY

water safety, three swimmers posing

Anoka County Parks swimming beaches

  • COON LAKE COUNTY PARK: The swimming beach is situated on the northeastern corner of Coon Lake. It’s shallow, sandy bottom extends a nice stretch from the shore. 5450 197th Avenue NE Columbus, MN 55092
  • LAKE GEORGE REGIONAL PARK: 3100 217th Ave NW, Oak Grove, MN 55011
  • RICE CREEK CHAIN OF LAKES PARK RESERVE: The swimming beach is located on Centerville Lake. Use the address for Rice Creek Campground to navigate; the beach parking lot is across the street. There is a smooth bike trail around most of the lake, and the WARGO NATURE CENTER nearby. 7373 Main St, Centerville, MN 55038.

FEES: A $6 vehicle permit is required for swimming beaches located in Anoka County parks.

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Beach in Lino Lakes, Minnesota

Carver County Parks swimming beaches

NOTE: Carver County beaches are FREE; vehicle fees were eliminated in 2019.

Lake Minnewashta Regional Park Beach

Dakota County Parks swimming beaches

NOTE: There are no vehicle fees to enter the park and use the swimming beaches.

Kids playing in lake at Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, Minnesota: "Featured Park: Lebanon Hills Regional"

Ramsey County swimming beaches

Lake Johanna Beach, Tony Schmidt Regional Park

NOTE: Ramsey County beaches with lifeguard service are open Memorial Day-Labor Day. Beaches are open sunrise-sunset (park hours). Admission is FREE to swim.

Three Rivers Park District swimming beaches

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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park (Image courtesy Three Rivers Park District)

Washington County Parks swimming beaches

  • BIG MARINE PARK RESERVE: 17495 Manning Trail N, Marine on St Croix, MN 55047.
  • LAKE ELMO PARK RESERVE: The swim pond is chlorinated, has a gently sloping sand bottom and maxes out at 6 feet. 1515 Keats Ave N, Lake Elmo, MN 55042.
  • POINT DOUGLAS PARK: The swimming beach is small but located on the lovely confluence of the St Croix and Mississippi Rivers. There is no fee to swim here. 14810 Point Douglas Dr S, Hastings, MN 55033.
  • SQUARE LAKE PARK: The lake water at the swimming beach is exceptionally clear and clean. 15450 Square Lake Trail N, Stillwater, MN 55082.
  • ST CROIX BLUFFS REGIONAL PARK: 10191 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033.

FEE: Washington County Beaches are open 9am-8pm. A $7 vehicle permit is required w/ the exception of Point Douglas Beach. Each first Tuesday of the month is FREE entry day!
NOTE: The LAKE ELMO SWIM POND at Lake Elmo Park Reserve will open June 12, 2022.

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Lake Elmo Park Reserve swim pond

TWIN CITIES SWIMMING BEACHES – BY CITY

BLAINE: LAKESIDE COMMONS PARK & BEACH

3020 Lakes Pkwy, Blaine, MN 55449
Public beach, splash pad, playground, and water rentals. $5/non-res, residents FREE. 

BLOOMINGTON: BUSH LAKE BEACH

9140 E Bush Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55438
Make a day of it at East Bush Lake Beach with close proximity to the ginormous Hyland Lake Park Reserve Play Area and a visit to the Richardson Nature Center. Admission and parking are free.

BURNSVILLE: CRYSTAL BEACH PARK

1101 Crystal Lake Rd E, Burnsville, MN 55306
Located on an isthmus between Crystal & Keller Lakes, its highlight is a swimming beach open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

CHASKA: CLAYHOLE SWIM BEACH

3260 Chaska Blvd, Chaska, MN 55318
Firemen’s Park surrounds Clayhole Lake and Swim Beach. We rate this one of the best beaches for families in the Twin Cities.

EDEN PRAIRIE BEACHES:

ROUND LAKE PARK BEACH

16691 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Kids will go crazy for the marine-themed splash pad and treehouse play equipment at the Round Lake Play Area. Older kids might find it fun to rent youth kayaks ($5/hr) or stand-up paddleboards ($8/hr) for Round Lake Beach.

RILEY LAKE PARK BEACH

Riley Lake Park Pavilion, 9180 Riley Lake Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
The newly expanded beach at Riley Lake offers a boat launch, picnic tables, grills and a sand volleyball court.

MINNEAPOLIS BEACHES

These beautiful swimming beaches are in the heart of the Twin Cities metro area, mere steps (or bike pedals) away from lots of fun family attractions and outdoor dining spots. Admission to the beaches is FREE.

  • BDE MAKA SKA 32ND ST BEACH – Unguarded. 3200 E Calhoun Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
  • BDE MAKA SKA NORTH BEACH – Unguarded. 2707 Lake Street W, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
  • BDE MAKA SKA THOMAS BEACH – Guarded daily from noon to 7pm. 3700 Thomas Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55410.
  • CEDAR LAKE EAST BEACH – Unguarded. 2000 Upton Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55405.
  • CEDAR LAKE POINT BEACH – Unguarded. 2101 Cedar Lake Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
  • CEDAR LAKE SOUTH BEACH – Unguarded. 3500 Cedar Lake Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55416.
  • LAKE HARRIET NORTH BEACH – Unguarded. 4180 East Lake Harriet Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55409.
  • LAKE HARRIET SOUTHEAST BEACH – Unguarded. 4740 Lake Harriet Parkway E, Minneapolis, MN 55417.
  • LAKE HIAWATHA BEACH – Unguarded. 4500 28th Ave. S, Minneapolis, MN 55406.
  • LAKE NOKOMIS 50TH STREET BEACH – Unguarded. 5000 Lake Nokomis Parkway E, Minneapolis, MN 55417.
  • LAKE NOKOMIS MAIN BEACH – Guarded daily from noon to 7pm. 5001 Lake Nokomis Parkway W, Minneapolis, MN 55417.
  • WIRTH LAKE BEACH – Guarded daily from noon to 7pm. 3200 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405.

Minneapolis beaches traditionally open Memorial Day weekend; lifeguards arrive in early June 2022.

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Lake Nokomis Park beach

MINNETONKA: SHADY OAK BEACH

5200 Shady Oak Rd, Minnetonka, MN 55343
Boasts a pretty swimming beach, sand play and water play areas, playground equipment and a fossil dig. $3-$6/pp, discount after 6pm. 

NORTH ST PAUL: SILVER LAKE BEACH

2601 19th Ave ste e, St Paul, MN 55109
A large expanse of sandy beach and the swimming boundaries are relatively small.

PLYMOUTH BEACHES:

SAINT PAUL: LAKE PHALEN PARK BEACH

1600 Phalen Dr, St Paul, MN 55106
Complete with a playground, splash pad and water craft rentals. Free, Open 12pm-8pm. 

WOODBURY: CARVER LAKE PARK BEACH

3175 Century Ave S, Woodbury, MN 55125
Clean, sandy & threaded with hilly little bike trails and a bike park.

Carver Lake Park beach, Woodbury

Want the best? For more beachy ideas, try our list of 20 Twin Cities Beaches & Playgrounds To Try This Summer.

Is This Beach Safe to Swim In?

Each year, beaches get closed because of high bacteria levels – particularly E. coli – or blue green algae growth. So how do you know whether the water quality of a beach is safe for swimming? Many municipalities and park systems routinely monitor and proactively close beaches if bacteria levels exceed state guidelines, usually before any sickness is reported. This information is publicly available online. To avoid disappointment, you may want to check before heading out. The Minnesota Department of Health has conveniently created a list of public beaches that are regularly monitored.


TWIN CITIES WATER PARKS & OUTDOOR POOLS – BY CITY

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

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Webber Park Pool, Minneapolis

ANOKA: Anoka Aquatic Center

1551 7th Ave, Anoka, MN 55303
Sat-Sun & holiday noon-7pm, Mon-Fri 3-7pm. $4-$7/pp.

APPLE VALLEY:

APPLE VALLEY AQUATIC CENTER  

$11/pp. 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

REDWOOD OUTDOOR POOL 

$5/pp. 311 150th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

BLOOMINGTON: Bloomington Family Aquatic Center

201 E 90th St, Bloomington, MN 55420
Tot Open Swim, Mon-Fri, 11am-noon for ages 0-6. $7.25-$10/pp, discount after 4pm.

COON RAPIDS: Bunker Beach Water Park

701 County Rd A, Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Wave pool, waterslides, lazy river. $9-$15/pp, discount after 4pm.

CRYSTAL: Crystal Cove Aquatic Center

4848 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429
$6-$8/pp, discount after 5pm.

EAGAN: Cascade Bay Water Park

1360 Civic Center Dr, Eagan, MN 55122
Sand and water play areas dedicated to little ones, slides, a lazy river and mini golf.
$7-$11/pp, discount after 4pm.

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Cascade Bay Waterpark, Eagan

EDINA: Edina Aquatic Center

4300 W 66th St, Edina, MN 55435
Wave simulator, cable zipline ride, pirate-themed kiddie pool, and an outdoor playground. $9-$11.50/pp, discount after 5pm.

MAPLEWOOD: Battle Creek Waterworks

2401 Upper Afton Rd E, Maplewood, MN 55119
Sand play area, 3-story waterslide, zero-depth entry. $5-$7/pp, discount after 6pm.

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Battle Creek Waterworks Waterpark, Maplewood

MAPLE GROVE: Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool

12951 Weaver Lake Rd, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Open for outdoor and indoor swimming 10am-6pm. $7-$8/pp or $26-$30/family. 

MINNEAPOLIS SWIMMING POOLS & WATERPARKS:

WEBBER NATURAL SWIMMING POOL

4300 Webber Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Water treated wih plants instead of chemicals. Zero-depth entry for the littlest swimmers. FREE admission.

JIM LUPIENT WATERPARK

1520 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Pre-season hours prior to June. $3-$5/pp.

Jim Lupient Waterpark, Minneapolis

NEW HOPE: New Hope Aquatic Park

4411 Xylon Ave N, New Hope, MN 55427
Open June 5th – August 15, 2021, 12-8pm weekdays; 11am-7pm weekends. $8-$10/pp. 

RICHFIELD: Richfield Outdoor Pool

630 E 66th St, Richfield, MN 55423
$8-$10/pp, discount after 4pm.

SHAKOPEE: SandVenture Aquatic Park

1101 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Chlorinated water with a sand bottom and beach, slides and special discount days. $3-$7/pp, discount after 5pm.

SOUTH ST PAUL: Northview Pool

635 18th Ave N, South St Paul, MN 55075
Located in Northview Park, the pool has a diving board, a climbing wall, a bathhouse and concession stand. Admission is $4/pp.

ST LOUIS PARK: St. Louis Park Outdoor Aquatic Park

3700 Monterey Dr, St Louis Park, MN 55416
Aqua obstacle course, slides, wet sand play area and splash playground. Tot Time is Mon-Fri, 10-11am. $5.50-$9.50/pp, discounts after 4:30pm.

ST PAUL SWIMMING POOLS:

COMO REGIONAL PARK POOL

1151 Wynne Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Features a zip line, climbing wall, lazy river and separate splash pool. Saturday Tot Time at Como, 9:30 to 11:00am, $8 per parent/child pair. $6-$7/pp.

HIGLAND PARK AQUATIC CENTER

1840 Edgcumbe Rd, St Paul, MN 55116
Children’s activity pool, diving well & slide. $6-$7/pp.

Como Pool Waterpark
Como Regional Park Pool, St Paul

TAYLORS FALLS: Wild Mountain

37200 Wild Mountain Rd, Taylors Falls, MN 55084
Day passes range from $9.99 to $44.99; Wet and dry rides available. Day passes can include one or both. If you plan to visit more than once in a season, than a season pass will save you money after your second visit.

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


The best twin cities splash pads & wading pools – BY CITY

Find all the details and our MASTER LIST of Twin Cities-area splash pads or click the graphic below.

Phalen Park Splash Pad

APPLE VALLEY

  • KELLEY PARK splash pad – 6855 Fortino St, Apple Valley, MN 55124.

BLAINE

BLOOMINGTON

  • CEDARCREST PARK splash pad – 8700 Bloomington Ave S, Bloomington, MN 55425.

BURNSVILLE

  • BURNSVILLE LIONS PLAYGROUND splash pad (located in CLIFF FEN PARK) – 120 Cliff Rd E, Burnsville, MN 55337.
  • NICOLLET COMMONS PARK water feature. Pick a Thursday for Rockin’ Readers and Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hours in Nicollet Commons Park beginning in June. The water feature at Nicollet Commons is open the third weekend in May through the third weekend in September, weather permitting. 12550 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337.

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CHAMPLIN

  • ANDREWS PARK splash pad – 7200 117th Ave N, Champlin, MN 55316.

CHASKA

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS

  • HUSET PARK WEST splash pad (Usually opens the first day of public school summer vacation.) 3965 Jefferson St NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421.
  • MCKENNA PARK wading pool – 4757 7th St NE, Columbia Heights MN.
  • RAMSDELL PARK wading pool – 4956 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421.

COON RAPIDS

  • BOULEVARD PLAZA splash pad – 2880 Coon Rapids Blvd NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

COTTAGE GROVE

  • HIGLANDS PARK splash pad – 6975 Idsen Ave S, Cottage Grove, MN 55016.

CRYSTAL

  • BECKER PARK interactive fountain – 5530 Douglas Dr N, Crystal, MN 55429.

DELANO

EAGAN

  • EAGAN CENTRAL PARK splash pad (9am-8pm, except Wednesdays when it closes at 2pm). 3333 Pilot Knob Rd, Eagan, MN 55121.

EDEN PRAIRIE

  • MILLER PARK splash pad – 8208 Eden Prairie Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55347.
  • ROUND LAKE PARK splash pad – 16691 Valley View Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55346.

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HOPKINS

  • BURNES PARK splash pad – 301 2nd St N, Hopkins, MN 55343.

MAPLE GROVE

MINNEAPOLIS

Check out our master list of free Minneapolis wading pools to see which pools best fits your needs.

OTSEGO

  • PRAIRIE PARK splash pad – 13355 90th St NE, Otsego, MN 55330.

ROBBINSDALE 

  • MANOR PARK splash padAbbott Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55422.

ROSEMOUNT

ROSEVILLE

SHAKOPEE

  • LIONS PARK splash pad – 1103 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379.
Shakopee Lions Park splash pad

SOUTH ST. PAUL

ST ANTHONY VILLAGE

Central Park splash pad, St Anthony Village

ST LOUIS PARK

  • OAK HILL SPLASH PAD – FREE for residents, $1/non-res. 3201 Rhode Island Ave S, St Louis Park, MN 55426.

ST PAUL

WEST ST. PAUL 

  • HARMON PARK splash pad – 230 Bernard St W, West St Paul, MN 55118.

WOODBURY


Quick List of Free Outdoor Pools, Beaches and Water Parks in the Twin Cities


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16 thoughts on “Splash Happy: 2022 Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads”

  1. Any chance we could get captions for the photos? I can’t tell if the photo is of the location listed above or below it.

    Thanks for the great list!

    1. I will try to add captions today. The pictures are below the corresponding waterpark/splash pad except for Como Park Regional Park Pool, which is to the right of the Como Pool description. The picture of the playground with the dinosaur bone dig is in Elm Creek Park Reserve adjacent to the Elm Creek Swimming Pond in Maple Grove. There is only the $5 charge to swim; the playground, nature center and historic site are free. Thanks for reading!

  2. You didn’t list the Cottage Grove splash pad. 🙁 it’s off 70th in Cottage Grove and is WAY nicer/bigger than the Woodbury one. It too is free and has been open since last week.

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