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1100 Canterbury Rd, Shakopee, MN 55379
(952) 445-7223
Admission: $8.00
Rates are subject to change: Adults $10; Kids 5-17 $5.00; 5 and under Free.
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Sundays are Family Day at Canterbury Park

While Canterbury Park is mainly a horse track and casino and may not be a parent’s first thought for family fun, they do offer some amenities for the whole family, including a playground, an onsite arcade and special family days on Sundays. As of 2021, Kids 6-17 and no longer free, but children 5 still get free admission.

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7 Things for Kids at Canterbury Park Racetrack

1. Canterbury Park Playground

When your kids just can’t sit and watch the live races any longer, they can visit the giant Pepsi playground. This fully-enclosed, multi-level climbing structure was originally designed for the movie Jingle All The Way. I’m not actually sure that’s something to brag about, but the play structure will make any kid’s day.

2. The Arcade at Canterbury Park

Formerly the Little Big Thrill factory, find kid-friendly games and attractions in the arcade. These attractions are not included with admission and will cost additional fees.

3. Meet the Horses & Jockeys Up Close

Between horse races, kids can get up close to and even pet the lead ponies on the Continental Diamond Bridal Path and if they stand near the Winner’s Circle, sometimes jockeys give away goggles after the races.

4. Sundays at Canterbury Park & Other Special Events

Every Sunday is Pepsi Family Day at the park. Family Days include kid-friendly entertainment, like Face Painting, Pony Rides and a kids race on the track. Adult admission is $10; kids 5-17 cost $5 and children under 4 are admitted Free. Purchase online and save a couple dollars per ticket.

In addition to Family Days, look for other family friendly events, like Unicorn races, the annual running of the bulldogs and fireworks on the 4th of July. There is often live music, but the line up and pricing would make these concerts best suited for adults and maybe teens.

5. Explore the Paddock

Prior to the live horse racing, take your kids to the Paddock to watch the horses get saddled or view it from the 2nd level outdoor balcony.

6. Admire the Flowers

Visit the flowerbed shaped in the state of Minnesota or see that from the 2nd level balcony, as well.

7. Stop by the Gift Shop

If you want a souvenir of your day out, kids can buy a copy of the picture book How I Met Harv by Jennifer Anderson in the giftshop.

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