Burnsville Family Fun – 9 Close-To-Home Parks To Explore This Summer

During the summer of 2020, we are encouraged to find our fun closer to home. That is okay. The Twin Cities is bursting with local fun for kids no matter what city or suburb you are in. We’ve decided to highlight fun that can be found in different cities in the metro area this summer. Today, we’ve pulled together some Burnsville Family Fun. If you are in this southwest Twin Cities suburb this summer, we’ve got a list of ideas for entertaining your family.

Note: While we write these articles for 2020, we do so with an eye toward the future and are featuring some fun things we may have to wait for. We’ve listed projected opening dates for anything that is currently closed. For an up-to-date listing of what is and isn’t open in Burnsville Parks, check the city website here.

1. Skate, Board or Bike at Lion’s Skate Park

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 the rest of the year, it could be fun to grab your kids’ 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.

Bonus Fun: Civic Center Park also is home to the Ice Center and The Garage – an all ages music club. In the summer, you may see goats grazing. The city employs them to help keep the weeds at bay.


2. 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, beautifully kept and offers 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 Children from Disc Golfing Moms. It’s a very realistic article for families with smaller children.

Bonus Fun: Red Oak Park also contains a pickleball court and will soon have a large inclusive playground.


3. Burnsville Family Fun With The Family Dog!

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.

Bonus Fun: Make a day of it with these 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Alimagnet Park.

4. Enjoy Summer Entertainment in the Park

In 2020, Burnsville’s community entertainment will be delayed with a start date yet to be determined. The Ames Center is hoping to re-open in July.

Each summer, Nicollet Commons Park rolls out its community entertainment series with Thursday Rockin’ Lunch Hours and Flicks on the Bricks. Thursdays include family-friendly entertainment and stories read by local school principals. Friday evening movies start at dusk. While there, check out the coolest splash pad in the Twin Cities.

Bonus Fun: Nicollet Commons Park is also home to the Ames Center which has a free art gallery open to the public.

Burnsville Family Fun at the Ames Center & Nicollet Commons Park

Burnsville Family Fun at Nicollet Commons: A visit to the Ames Center is a nice addition to community entertainment offerings.

5. Try Archery

Archer Park is Burnsville’s year-round archery range. Located off Highway 13 on Zenith Avenue South, the range features 11 targets at various lengths and a covered shooting Area. The park is open to all ages (but children need to be accompanied by an adult).

Bonus Fun: Archer Park is situated near Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve. Take a nature walk after practicing archery.

6. Go Swimming at Crystal Beach

One of the few Twin Cities beaches scheduled to open on time in 2020, Crystal Beach is an unguarded swimming beach. Families can swim for free, but concessions, canoe rental and paddleboard rentals are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend

Bonus Fun: More than just a beach, check out these 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Crystal Beach Park.

7. Splash Around at Cliff Fen Park

On hot days, splash around under the 2,000 square foot splash pad. Bring a towel! With over a dozen water features, you are sure to get soaked. The splash pad is open daily 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. into September if the weather permits.

Bonus Fun: Cliff Fen Park is a 40-acres and includes a large playground, picnic shelters, volleyball courts, soccer fields, nature trails and scenic wetlands. It also connects to the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge.

8. Combat Nature Deficit Disorder at the Nature Play Area

Terrace Oaks East Park‘s Nature Play includes painted animal tracks for kids to follow, tree cookies and sticks for building, logs and rocks for climbing and jumping and log trails for exploring. Parents can play along or watch from the limestone block benches and enjoy the free city wi-fi.

Bonus Fun: The combined Terrace Oaks parks feature playgrounds, trails, sports courts and fields and picnic areas, as well as mountain bike trails. Bring your off road bikes!

9. Get Active at Lac Lavon Park

Lac Lavon Park combines many of the features of the parks above. It has an unguarded beach, plenty of sports courts and fields, space to hike and grills for picnics. We list our top 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Lac Lavon Park here.

Bonus Fun: Lac Lavon Park, Crystal Beach Park and Keller Park are all connected and could be enjoyed as one huge park.


Your turn. Where do you go for Burnsville family fun? Leave us a comment with your favorite places to take your kids in Burnsville.

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