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.
Note: In 2020, we are facing unique closures and delays. While we are writing this article for now, we also hope it will prove useful in the future. We’ve listed projected opening dates for anything that is currently closed. For an up-to-date listing of what is and isn’t open in Eagan Parks, check the city website here.
1. Explore Nature at Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Dakota County hopes to re-open the visitor center on June 1, 2020. The beach will remain closed this year.
The largest park in Eagan, Lebanon Hills Regional Park offers year round family fun from playgrounds for the younger kids to canoeing and kayaking with older children. We rate the tranquil beach as one of the best in the Twin Cities. This park even offers camping right in the Twin Cities metro.
Learn More: We offer 10 Ideas for Summer Family Fun (plus more ideas for winter) at Lebanon Hills.
2. Play Cornhole at Blackhawk Park
No need to have your own board, this 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 (we found beanie babies work well, too).
Learn More: 10 Ideas for Family Fun at Blackhawk Park
3. Get Fit Together at Central Park
While many of the more crowded aspects of Central Park (such as the large and colorful splash pad) are up in the air for 2020, the Core Valley Fitness Park is open and can be used as long as proper social distancing is maintained. 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 – some can be tried now and some may need to wait for restrictions to fully lift.
4. Bring Your Wheels to Lexington-Diffley Athletic Fields
Eagan has installed a public BMX Bike Park and Skate Park at this athletic park. Bring your favorite set of wheels and get a workout together.
5. Tour Art in the Open at Caponi Art Park
If you miss visiting art museums, Caponi Art Park could be your answer this summer. Now is a good time to take a self-guided tour of the sculpture trails. Or, if you can plan ahead, sign up for a guided tour ($10/pp) this summer. Family groups of up to 9 can also schedule a tour.
Learn More: Find Caponi Art Park details, including hours and tour information.
6. Trapp Farm Park – It is not just for Winter!
You probably know Trapp Farm Park best for its winter tubing hill, but it is a year round park, with a playground and summer activities like fishing, volleyball and picnicking available. It even has an amphitheater.
7. Follow a Self-Guided Farm Tour at Holz Farm Park
The annual festivals may not happen this year, but families can download a Walking Tour Booklet and explore the farm on their own. Learn a little agricultural and Eagan 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.
8. Check out the Nature Play Area at Patrick Eagan Park
The nature playground at this 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 hike.
The city hopes to reopen Eagan Art House on June 1, 2020. Then families can take a break from playing to view the latest exhibits.
Learn More: 4 Fun Things for Families at Patrick Eagan Park.
9. Practice Archery at Walnut Hill Park
While the archery range 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.
10. Play A Round of Disc Golf at Northview Park
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.
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