Managed by the Three Rivers Park System, Lake Minnetonka Regional Park in Minnetrista offers public access to Lake Minnetonka on its southwest side. Family-friendly amenities include a playground, nautical-themed play area (open 9:00 AM–sunset daily) and a chlorinated, sandy-bottom swimming pond. You'll also find picnic spots, a fishing pier, biking and hiking trails, and a boat launch and access point. We've marked key areas on the map at the bottom of this listing.
7 Fun Things for Families at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
- Pretend to be buccaneers at the nautical-themed play area. It's open daily from 9am-to sunset.
- Take a swim in the man-made swim pond. A nice cross between a beach and a swimming pool, it has a sandy bottom and is chlorinated.
- Pack a picnic for an outdoor lunch.
- Bring along your tackle box (and licenses for adults) and go fishing.
- Load up your bike rack and take a family bike ride. This park is close to Carver Park Reserve and is only a short bike ride (5-6 miles) from both the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Lake Minnewasha Regional Park .
- Or, don't bother with the bikes and hike the trails
- Play a game of disc golf on the practice course. Don't forget to bring your discs.
Lake Minnetonka Swim Pond
The swimming pond is 1.75 acres and offers a mix of pool and lake with filtered, chlorinated water and a sandy beach. In never gets deeper than six feet. Three Rivers offers giant beach umbrellas for shad, because otherwise there is not much to be found around the beach area. There is a shelter for changing and concessions available. The pond is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. However, Lifeguards are only on duty at specified times.
Passes are required for everyone over the age of 1 and cost $5.00 per person for a daily pass or $18 per person for a seasonal pass. Three Rivers offers a needs-based program Recreation Pass program that can include free access to swim ponds. Learn more here.
We feature this Swim Pond in our article: 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Playground
One really nice thing about Lake Minnetonka park is that the family-fun areas are compact. All the particularly kid-friendly amenities are close together. The playground is nestled between the swim pond and the disc golf area. But don't get me wrong, compact does not mean small. The play area is huge and it is well designed for kids of all ages. This is why Nicki at Minnemama lists it as one of her favorite playgrounds. You can also find good photos of the equipment in her article.
3-Hole Disc Golf Course
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park offers 3-hole practice disc golf course which does not require a pass or a fee. Find more Disc Golf in the Twin Cities.
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park Trails
Not to be confused with Lake Minnetonka Regional Trail, the park has 3.2 miles of trails of its own that wind through the park, making it easy to walk as much or as little as you want. The trails in the developed areas are concrete and ideal for pushing strollers or giving new bike riders a safe place to practice. There are also some more natural trails through the wooded area of the park.