This summer we are exploring ways to have fun close to home. Why cross the metro when there is fun at your doorstep? Each city in the Twin Cities metro area has great things to offer. We want to highlight that fun. Today, we’ve pulled together some Eagan Family Fun on the south side of the cities. As the eighth largest city in Minnesota, Eagan is filled with lush green spaces and brimming with ways to entertain your kids.
Explore nature at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
The largest park in Eagan, LEBANON HILLS REGIONAL PARK nearly comprises the entire southern boundary of the suburb. It offers year round family fun from playgrounds for the younger kids to mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking with older children. We rate the tranquil Schulze Lake Beach as one of the best in the Twin Cities. This park even offers camping right in the Twin Cities metro (though technically, the campground sits on the border of Apple Valley).
Learn More: We offer 10 Ideas for Summer Family Fun (plus more ideas for winter) at Lebanon Hills.
Play cornhole at Blackhawk Park
1629 Murphy Parkway, Eagan, MN 55122
No need to have your own board, BLACKHAWK PARK has permanent concrete boards that are free to use when the pavilion is not reserved. All you need to bring are your own beanbags (tip: we found beanie babies work well, too). It’s tournament time!
Learn More: 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Blackhawk Park in Eagan.
Get fit together (and splash) at Central Park
1507 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
While the large and colorful splash pad may get more public attention at EAGAN CENTRAL PARK, don’t overlook the Core Valley Fitness Park. Think of this obstacle course like a playground for grownups and big kids. Dangle this one for tweens and teens who might seem reluctant to visit a regular playground (also open for your younger kids).
Learn More: We list these 7 Ideas for Family Fun at Eagan Central Park.
Bring your wheels to Lexington-Diffley Athletic Fields
4201 Lexington Avenue S, Eagan, MN 55123
Eagan has installed a public BMX Bike Park and Skate Park at LEXINGTON-DIFFLEY ATHLETIC FIELDS. Bring your favorite set of wheels and get a workout together.
Learn More: 6 Ideas for Family Fun at Lexington-Diffley Athletic Fields.
Tour art in the open at Caponi Art Park
1220 Diffley Rd, Eagan, MN 55123
If you dig visiting art museums but are nervous about dragging kids along, CAPONI ART PARK could be your answer this summer. There will be no shushing them or reminders of “hands off!” as they explore the nature trails and discover the sculpture art. If you can plan ahead, sign up for a guided tour ($10/pp) this summer or check our FAMILY FUN CALENDAR for special events held at Caponi Art Park.
Learn more: Find Caponi Art Park details, including hours and tour information.
Trapp Farm Park – it is not just for winter!
841 Wilderness Run, Eagan, MN 55123
The name TRAPP FARM PARK probably rings a bell for housing the best sledding hill in Eagan, but it is a year round park, with a playground and summer activities like fishing, volleyball and picnicking available. It even has an amphitheater.
Learn more: 6 Things for Families at Trapp Farm Park in the Summer
Follow a self-guided farm tour at Holz Farm Park
4665 Manor Drive, Eagan, MN 55123
We were lured to Eagan’s HOLZ FARM PARK for the first time by the promise of a good, old-fashioned fall festival. Held annually in September, your kids can play at farm chores (below), chase chickens around and play in the hay just like mine did. We hear the springtime and holiday events are a good time, too. When the special seasonal festivals aren’t going on, families can download a Walking Tour Booklet and explore the farm on their own. Learn a little of Eagan’s history at each numbered marker.
Learn More: While the farm might be the heart of this park, it is not the only thing to do. Try these 7 Fun Things for Families at Holz Farm Park.
Check out the nature play area at Patrick Eagan Park
3995 Lexington Avenue S, Eagan, MN 55123
The play area at PATRICK EAGAN PARK is unique among nature playgrounds because it mixes traditional playground equipment in with nature play elements. While you’ll find the expected logs to clamber over, stumps to leapfrog and stout sticks to build with, kids can also play on a zipline and climb rope webs. Fill out a visit with a short hike. Families can take a break from playing to view the latest exhibits at EAGAN ART HOUSE, located within the park.
Learn more: 4 Fun Things for Families at Patrick Eagan Park.
Practice archery at Walnut Hill Park
999 Wilderness Run Road, Eagan, MN 55123
While the archery range at Eagan’s WALNUT HILL PARK has been around for a couple decades, it was updated in 2019 to make it more accessible and improve its features. Bring the kids and your archery gear to practice shooting.
Learn more: 9 Ideas for Family Fun at Walnut Hill Park.
Play a round of disc golf at Northview Park
980 Northview Park Road, Eagan, MN 55123
Enjoy nine holes of disc golf. The course conveniently starts near the parking lot by field 5 and ends near the playground, so kids can have a little unstructured fun after a game.
Find an all-inclusive playground at Woodhaven Park
3830 Pilot Knob Rd. Eagan, MN 55122
In 2020, the city of Eagan installed the new Destination All-Play Playground and it officially opened in June of 2021. Exciting features that encourage all abilities to play include rubber trails, bankshot basketball, swings, and slides of all sizes. Art-lovers, this park was among Eagan’s 2021 park selections to receive a community-involved mural. The mural was designed to celebrate kids with large shapes and soft colors with natural elements like flowers and butterflies worked into the design.
17 Eagan playgrounds to visit:
- Blackhawk Park
- Bridgeview Park
- Bur Oaks Park
- Central Park
- Cinnamon Ridge Park
- George Ohmann Park
- Holz Farm Park
- Lexington Park
- Moonshine Park
- Northview Park
- Patrick Eagan Park (nature playground)
- Rahn Park
- Trapp Farm Park
- Walnut Hill Park
- Lebanon Hills Regional Park
- Woodhaven Park
- Blast Indoor Playground (Eagan Community Center Playground)
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- Shakopee Family Fun: The Best Parks in Shakopee, Minnesota
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