Category - Parks

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Wabun Park Picnic Area & Wading Pool, Minneapolis
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Veterans Day: Dedicated Memorial Parks to Honor Veterans

Wabun Park Picnic Area & Wading Pool, Minneapolis

One of my personal favorite park pools — Wabun Park Picnic Area Wading Pool in Minneapolis — was added to our master list of splash pads this summer when I decided to include wading pools in the mix. My reasoning for this was that there are so many good options around town for these hybrids that feature the zero-depth entry and spray features that parents of younger children love along with a little deeper water to practice those swim skills.

Not only does Wabun Park have a pool that fits the above description (and a cool spraying rock structure), it has terrific playground equipment that was just installed last year to replace the old, worn-out stuff. My youngest loves the updated tot lot with a shaded sandy play area and the swaying vintage camper trailer, a nod to the park’s roots as an auto tourist camp.

Wabun Park Picnic Area & Wading Pool

There is also ample covered picnic space at Wabun, perfect for that power lunch before, middle or after a rousing day at the pool and playground.

Bonus idea: If you think your kids might be up to the walk (it’s also possible to drive and park closer to the visitor center at 5000 W River Pkwy, Minneapolis), there’s a path that will take you from the Wabun Park Picnic Area down to Lock and Dam No. 1 on the Mississippi riverfront. The Visitor Promenade is open daily during park hours and little ones might enjoy spotting watercraft moving through the locks from a birds-eye view.

Wabun Park Picnic Area & Wading Pool

Wabun Park Picnic Area (part of Minnehaha Regional Park)
4655 46th Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55417


Veterans Day: Dedicated Memorial Parks to Honor Veterans

Veterans Day (always November 11th in remembrance of the WWI armistice) falls on a Monday in 2019.

Looking for a family-friendly way to celebrate Veterans Day that honors America’s veterans while still age-appropriate for kids? How about one of the Twin Cities’ Veteran Memorial Parks? You can spend a little time at the memorial and then let the kids run and play.

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