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Phalen Beach
1600 Phalen Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Phalen Beach House, Phalen Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Phalen Recreation Center, East Wheelock Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55106
Saint Paul – Changsha China Friendship Garden, Phalen Drive, Maplewood, MN 55109
651-776-9833
Admission: $0.00
Beach Watercraft Rented for a Fee
Register for Programs Online or call (651) 793-3885
Saint Paul Parks are open Sunrise to 11:00 p.m. See other hours below.
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Phalen Regional Park is an expansive park in the City of St. Paul. Its features include paved trails, a tot lot, a fire ring, a free beach, golf course, a recreation center, sports courts and barbecue grills which are located around the site. It is a beautiful park for family walks.

Phalen Beach in Saint Paul, Minnesota
Phalen Beach

Phalen Recreation Center

The Recreation Center is located at 1000 E Wheelock Parkway.  Its one of the locations on the map below. The facility holds a large gym, a kitchen and a multi-purpose room. The Rec Center hosts weekly tot times. As with all recreation center activities, it is important to confirm ahead. Activities and hours are subject to change; see a link to current hours at the bottom of this article.

Free Summer Meals at Phalen

Phalen Park has traditionally been a Free Summer Meals site. Meals are 100% free to children under 18 who stop by during meal times. No sign up is required. Other meal sites are also conveniently located in many schools, parks and recreation centers. For more information, call 651-793-6600.

Phalen Park Beach & Splash Pad

Splash Pad in Phalen Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Phalen Park Splash Pad

You will find the beach across the golf course from the Rec Center (also on the map below). It is free to use and open daily from early June through late August from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It offers beach volleyball and a locker room for changing. During the summertime the lake is the site of sailing lessons, swimming lessons, and canoe & kayak clinics.  Lifeguards are employed at this location. In 2017, Saint Paul added a splash pad to the beach. This is also free to use.

2022 Guarded Beach & Splash Pad Hours*

  • Sunday, May 29- Monday, May 30, 12pm – 8pm
  • Friday, June 3 – Sunday, June 5, 12pm – 8pm
  • Saturday, June 11 – Sunday, September 11, 12pm – 8pm
  • Splash Pad is open daily from 9am-9pm from May 27, 2022 through September 5, 2022.

*These hours are weather permitting and subject to change

St. Paul Changsha Garden in Phalen Park

In 2016, the Changsha sister-city China Friendship Garden was added to this park. This garden recognizes the sister city relationship between St. Paul and Changsha in the Hunan Province of China. The garden integrates Chinese garden design principles within the natural setting of Phalen Regional Park. Learn more about it here.

The Xiang Jiang Pavilion in Phalen Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Xiang Jiang Pavilion is modeled after the famous Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha.

Winter Fun at Phalen Park

Family fun at Phalen Park doesn’t end when the snow starts. Try these fun family activities:

Outdoor Skating Rinks & Warming Room

Rinks in St. Paul Parks are free and open from approximately mid-December through Mid-February, dependent on Weather and ice quality. However, this is one of four St. Paul Parks with refrigerated outdoor skating rinks, allowing it to open earlier in the season and stay open later into the spring. Find the rink at the rec center.

Cross Country Skiing

Groomed cross country ski trails are maintained on Phalen Golf Course. Saint Paul is one of the few places in Minnesota where cross country skiing is FREE and does not require a trail pass. Bring your own equipment.

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