Free Minneapolis Wading Pools

Waite Park Wading Pool

The wading pools that dot Minneapolis parks are the perfect place for toddlers and kids who have not yet learned to swim but love to make a good splash. Many of them are no-frills with a standard depth of about 18″ but a few have been updated with fun spray features and zero-depth entry. All are located adjacent to a playground, rest rooms and space to spread out with a picnic.

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Pool Closures

Pools can close for a variety of unforeseen reasons during the season. To check the status of your neighborhood pool and up-to-date closures, please see the Minneapolis Parks pool page. For a full Twin Cities guide to pools and splash pads, see Anne’s article: Cool Off at Twin Cities Area Splash Pads & Wading Pools.

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Minneapolis Wading Pools Locations

Minneapolis Wading Pool Map

Minneapolis Wading Pools Not Adjacent to Schools

The following parks are not adjacent to schools, so they are historically open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, with the option of remaining open if we are experiencing a hotter than usual  late summer. Click on the links to read our park descriptions:

Audubon Park | 1320 29th Ave NE

Beltrami Park | 1111 Summer St NE

Bossen Field Park | 5601 28th Ave S

Park notes: Playground equipment was replaced in 2017.

Brackett Field Park | 2728 39th Ave S

Park notes: This location is home to one of the six current skate parks in Minneapolis. MPRB encountered problems when attempting to open this pool.  It is closed indefinitely. Nearby alternatives include: Corcoran Park, Wabun Picnic Area and Matthews Park.

Bryant Square Park | 3101 Bryant Ave S

Park notes: The park’s playground was renovated in the fall of 2016.

Bryn Mawr Meadows Park | 601 Morgan Ave S

Corcoran Park | 3334 20th Ave S

Dickman Park | 636 2nd St NE

East Phillips Park | 2307 17th Ave S

Wading Pool at East Phillips Park in Minneapolis Minnesota
Wading Pool

Elliot Park | N 1000 14th St E

Farview Park | 621 N 29th Ave

Park notes: This pool is one of the newer zero depth entry pools with a splash-pad like spray feature.

Folwell Park | 1615 N Dowling Ave

Fuller Park | 4800 Grand Ave S

Park notes: *In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 10am to 11am on weekdays. 

Hi-View Park | 3474 2nd St NE

Park notes: The park is home to a newer pool with a zero depth entry and splash-pad spray features.

Jackson Square Park | 2212 Jackson St NE

Park notes: In addition to a splash-pad style wading pool, Jackson Square Park features a unique interactive musical playground with seven percussion instruments.

Jackson Square Park

Lake Hiawatha Park | 2701 E 44th St

Park notes: The wading pool has a zero-depth entry great for little swimmers and some fun splash features for the older ones. 

Linden Hills Park | 3100 43rd St

Logan Park | 690 13th Ave NE

Park notes: The wading pool was updated in 2019 to include zero-depth entry and a rain feature.

Photo of Logan Pool after construction.

Longfellow Park | 3435 36th Ave S

Loring Park | 1382 Willow St

Loring Park Pool

Luxton Park | 112 Williams Ave SE

Park notes: The shallow wading pool has a small slide and fountain. The playground equipment was replaced in 2018.

Wading Pool at Luxton Park in Minneapolis MN

Marshall Terrace Park  | 2740 Marshall Terrace

Park notes: This park is part of the Above The Falls Regional Park.
 

McRae Park | 906 47th St E

Park notes:*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 2pm to 3pm on weekdays. 

Minnehaha Park (Wabun Area) | 4655 46th Ave S

Park notes: Wabun Picnic Area has a wonderful, popular wading pool with a cool spraying rock structure and terrific playground equipment.

Morris Park | 5531 39th Ave S

Mueller Park | 2509 Colfax Ave S

North Commons Park | 1801 James Ave N

Park notes: The free wading pool is separate from the North Commons Water Park (which charges a small admission fee).

North Mississippi Regional Park | 5114 North Mississippi Dr

Park notes: The splashy wading pool is beautiful and there is a changing building onsite. The Nature Play Area and Adventure Trail opened in 2021.

North Mississippi Regional Park Pool

Pearl Park | 414 Diamond Lake Rd E

Pershing Field Park | 3523 48th St W

Phelps Field Park | 701 39th St E

Powderhorn Park | 3400 15th Ave S

Park notes:: The new wading pool features bubblers, a water play feature, a shade structure and benches. The three playgrounds were all updated between the fall of 2016 and Summer of 2017.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park | 4055 Nicollet Ave S

Riverside Park | 2700 8th St S

Park notes:: This park is part of the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park

Sibley Park | 1900 E 40th St

Park notes:*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from noon to 1pm on weekdays. 

Van Cleve Park | 901 15th Ave SE

Park notes: The wading pool has been updated with zero-depth entry.

Van Cleve Park

Minneapolis Wading Pools Adjacent to Schools

Because of their proximity to schools, the following parks historically open the Saturday after school releases for the summer and then remain open until Labor Day weekend. The season will not be extended for these parks regardless of temperature.

Armatage Park | 2500 57th St W

Park notes: Armatage is home to one of the six current skate parks in Minneapolis.

*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 11am to noon on weekdays. 

Bethune Park | 1301 10th Ave N

Park notes: The wading pool was updated in 2016 with play bubblers and the playground received new equipment.

Bohanon Park | 4917 Bryant Ave N

Park notes: The wading pool has a zero depth entry and a spray feature similar to a splash pad. The new play equipment was installed in 2018.

Bottineau Field Park | 2000 2nd St NE

Central Gym Park | 3416 S Fourth Ave

Park notes: New playgrounds with separate areas for kids 5-12 and a new tot lot were completed in 2018.

Cleveland Park | 3232 Queen Ave N

Park notes: This park has a newer wading pool with a spray feature and a zero depth entry.

Hall Park | 1524 Aldrich Ave N

Harrison Park | 503 Irving Ave N

Park notes: The zero-depth entry and a splash-pad-like spray feature were added to the pool in 2015.

*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from noon to 1pm on weekdays. 

Hiawatha School Park | 4305 42nd St E

Park notes:*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 11am to noon on weekdays. 

Holmes Park | 301 4th St SE

Closed in 2021. Closest Alternatives: Dickman Park and Van Cleve Park

Jordan Park | 2927 Irving Ave N

Keewaydin Park | 3030 53rd St E

Park notes: *In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 11am to noon on weekdays. 

Kenny Park | 1328 58th St W

Lyndale School | West 34th St. and Pillsbury Ave S

Lynnhurst Park | 1345 Minnehaha Pkwy W

Matthews Park | 2318 29th Ave S

Park notes: An especially family-friendly park with three separate playgrounds and a recently updated wading pool with zero-depth entry and a spray feature.

*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 11am to noon on weekdays. 

Peavey Field Park | 730 22nd St E

Park notes: Peavey Park reopened in May 2019 with brand new playground equipment, surfacing and three basketball courts in addition to the wading pool.

Shingle Creek Park | 2010 50th Ave N

Stewart Park | 2700 12th Ave S

Victory Park | 4414 Upton Ave. N

Waite Park | 1810 34th Ave NE

Park notes: The pool is a zero-entry style with a splash-pad type water sprayer on the shallow end.

*In 2021, the pool will be reserved for Rec Plus Participants from 11am to noon on weekdays. 

Waite Park Wading Pool

Whittier Park | 425 W 26th St

Willard Park | 1626 Queen Ave N

Park notes: The wading pool was recently renovated to include a zero-depth entry and a splash-pad spray feature.

Windom Northeast Park | 1810 34th Ave NE 

Closed in 2021. Closest alternatives: Waite Park and Audubon Park or Jim Lupient Water Park.

Minneapolis Water Parks

Jim Lupient Water Park

Part of NORTHEAST ATHLETIC FIELD PARK, the water park is located across Johnson Street from the Quarry Shopping Center and near several fast food restaurants. The water park includes 3 large slides, a log water walk, spray features and a splash pool for tots, water volleyball and shade structures. Open Mon-Fri, 1-7pm, Sat & Sun, 11am-7pm. Admission is $3-$5/pp.

Jim Lupient Water Park

North Commons Water Park

Water park amenities include three-story speed and loop slides, a water playground, and “Funbrellas” for shade. Open Mon-Fri, 3-9pm & Sat, 9am-4pm. Admission is $3-$5/pp. The wading pool in North Commons Park is free to use.

Webber Natural Swimming Pool

Webber Natural Swimming Pool is located in WEBBER PARK and boasts natural filtration system that uses plants in a nearby pond rather than chemicals to treat the water. There are areas of varying depths in the pool including a diving well, wading area and zero-depth entry. Open swim Tues-Sun, 1-7pm. Admission is FREE.

Webber Natural Swimming Pool

Minneapolis Splash Pad Parks

Currie Park | 500 15th Ave S

Park notes: The NEW large splash pad is OPEN. There will be a separate splash place for toddlers and one designed for families and kids ages 5-12. New restrooms are also open.

Splash Pad at Currie Park in Minneapolis Minnesota
Image courtesy of MPRB.

 

Franklin Steele Square | 1600 Portland Ave S

Franklin Steele Splashpad

Indoor Swimming in Minneapolis

MPRB offers PHILLIPS PARK AQUATIC CENTER for indoor swimming.

More Twin Cities Swimming Options

For a full list of Twin Cities aquatic options, Splash Happy: Guide to Twin Cities Beaches, Pools, Water Parks & Splash Pads.

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  2. MPRB made the decision to close all 12 of its beaches, 62 wading pools, two waterparks and the Webber Natural Swimming Pool because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    1. They did, but then they backtracked a little and decided to open the beaches without lifeguards. Probably because they knew people would swim anyway. So use the beaches at your own risk. The wading pools, Webber and the waterparks are still closed, as you mentioned.

    1. You are right, Jennifer. I’m afraid that Jackson Square is not among the 20 wading pools that MPRB plans to open this summer. Audobon, Logan and Waite Parks are good options.

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