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Theodore Wirth Park, 1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Wirth Beach House, 3200 Glenwood Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55405
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden, 1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The Trailhead, 1221 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55422
Disc Golf Course, 1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 55422
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Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Tue. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Wed. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Thu. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Fri. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sat. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Sun. 06:00 AM – 12:00 AM
Park Hours: 6 am-midnight in developed areas; 6 am-10 pm in undeveloped areas

Theodore Wirth Regional Park is the largest park in the Minneapolis park system. It offers options for year-round family fun. The park may be best known for its winter recreation area, but it also offers summer beach fun, disc golf, archery and beautiful gardens, including The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary. There is off-street parking in pay lots and restroom facilities available.

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The Trailhead

The long-awaited Trailhead officially opened in July of 2018. This facility, run by the Loppet Foundation, is intended to serve as a jumping off point for full slate of year-round, world-class outdoor recreation. In the summer, the Loppet Foundation offers outdoor adventure camps. Highlights of the building’s features include:

  • An indoor gathering space that can seat 250
  • An outdoor patio with a view of the trails and tubing area
  • A shop where visitors can rent bikes or skis and get repairs; find information, directions and maps; purchase outdoor gear.
  • A restaurant.
  • Club Trailhead: Members receive access to locker rooms, showers and fitness studio open hours.
  • Indoor/outdoor ticketing counter serving Theodore Wirth Par 3 Golf Club and Snow Tubing
  • The Loppet Foundation offices
  • Free outdoor bike wash and repair station
  • Public restrooms

The Trailhead is located at 1221 Theodore Wirth Parkway and is open daily 7 am-9 pm.

The Back 40 Mountain Bike Loop

MPRB began construction of the new Back 40 Loop natural surface mountain bike trail in fall of 2023. When finished, the loop will be an extension of the existing mountain bike trail and include an advanced segment that will be the longest downhill segment in this area of the park.

Theodore Wirth Park Beach

Wirth Lake Beach is one of the guarded beaches in the Minneapolis Park System. Beach details, such as guarded hours and water quality is regularly updated on MPRB’s website.

Theodore Wirth Beach

Theodore Wirth Disc Golf Course

The park has a 18-hole, par 3 disc golf course on its golf course that offers tees for beginner to intermediate players along a tree-lined fairway with rolling elevations. This is not a free course. Find rates and rules on MPRB’s disc golf page. If you are looking for free places to play, Fun With Dad: Disc Golf in the Twin Cities.

Archery at Theodore Wirth Park

The archery range is found across the parking lot at Plymouth Avenue and Theodore Wirth Parkway. Use is first come, first serve. Equipment and targets are not provided, but hay bales are set up for visitor use.

Gardens & Sanctuaries

The JD Rivers’ Children’s Garden is located North of Glenwood Avenue in the Eastern part of the park. It offers youth programs, but provides walking paths if you would just like to visit. Garden Hours: Dawn to Dusk from late May through late September.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary is a lovely, peaceful respite located near the south end of the park. It hosts family wildflower walks, children’s programs and other self-guided activities during the temperate months.

The Quaking Bog, across from Eloise Butler, contains a short boardwalk loop hike through a tamarack bog right in the middle of the urban Metro.

Theodore Wirth Park’s Rockwood Oak

Families who like to search for treasures could add the “Rockwood Oak” to their list of things to hunt. Located on Theodore Wirth Parkway between Hwy. 55 and Glenwood Avenue there is an oak tree growing between the path and Wirth Lake that is over 55 feet tall with a 76 foot canopy and may be the oldest living thing in Minneapolis.

Theodore Wirth Park's Rockwood Oak - Oldest Tree in Minneapolis?
Image courtesy of MPRB Facebook.

Public Art in Theodore Wirth Park

While on your “treasure hunt” look for the Aqurbane sculpture by Christopher Harrison. This 15-foot archway serves as a northern gateway to Theodore Wirth Regional Park. Check out the Minneapolis Public Art Tour to find and interactive map with this and several other nearby pieces.

Photo of the Aqurbane sculpture at Theodore Wirth Park.

Birthday Parties at Theodore Wirth Park

The pavilion holds 100 people and is available to be reserved for birthdays and other events between April 15th and October 15th. Permits are available by the half day (9-3 or 4-10) for $300 or for a full day for $600. Reservations can be obtained by calling 612-230-6400 during business hours, online or in person.

See the Wirth Winter Recreational Area Listing for Winter Birthday options.

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