It’s official – Family Fun Twin Cities has SPRING FEVER! Check back often as we’re always adding to this list of Twin Cities-area attractions opening in May 2019 for the season.
TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING IN MAY
Early May: Caponi Art Park | Eagan | Tues-Sun, 9am-8pm | FREE admission, donations appreciated | Wander the trails through the sculpture park and take in free cultural entertainment. Special event: Summer Performance Series, Sundays June-Aug, 6:30pm.
Throughout May: Wheel Fun Rentals | Lake Calhoun, Minnehaha Falls & Veterans Memorial Park – Richfield | visit the links for complete hours | Rent surreys, choppers, canoes, paddleboards and more. Weekend hours for Lake Nokomis & Como Park begin 5/18/19, and Lake Harriet begins Memorial Day Weekend.
First weekends of May: Como-Harriet Streetcar Line | Minneapolis | Runs weekends only starting the first weekend of the month, 12:30-8:30pm; Mon-Fri begins Memorial Day Weekend, 6:30-8:30pm | $2/pp, under 4 FREE.
5/1/19: Cafesjian’s Carousel | St Paul | Como Park’s famous carousel, open daily through Labor Day, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm | $2/pp ages 3+. Ride free on May 14!
5/10/19: Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store | Jordan | Opens 8am | An eye-popping collection of sweets, sodas and bakery treats for sale.
5/18/19: Spring on the Farm | Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park | 10am-1pm | $6/adults, $4/under 12, under 4/FREE | Greet the farm babies, help with spring planting and other activities. Eidem Homestead will be open for a variety of special events through Dec 2019.
5/13/19: Como Town Amusement Park | St Paul | Weekday seasonal hours begin for Como Town, find them at the link. Splash Zone opens Memorial Day weekend.
May is also an ideal month to get out before the skeeters and enjoy the many Twin Cities-area Nature Playgrounds.
More places are popping up where kids get the opportunity to interact with the landscape and, perhaps, develop a greater appreciation for it. Here are 10
places we’ve discovered that have those goals in mind:
- Discovery Hollow & Garden | Tamarack Nature Center, White Bear Lake
- Fawn Crossing Nature Play Area | Whitetail Woods Regional Park, Farmington
- Green Play Yard | Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chanhassen
- Maple Hollow Nature Play Area | Wargo Nature Center, Lino Lakes
- Nature Exploration Area | Lowry Nature Center, Victoria
- Nature Exploration Area | Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington
- Nature Play Yard | Maplewood Nature Center
- Springbrook Nature Center’s nature-based play area | Fridley
- Terrace Oaks Park Nature Play | Burnsville
- Wood Lake Nature Center | Richfield
TWIN CITIES ATTRACTIONS OPENING MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Sibley House Historic Site | Mendota | Sat/Sun, 1-5pm | $7-$9/pp.
Historic Fort Snelling | Sat 10-5, Sun noon-5 | $6-$12/pp | Explore the historic buildings, chat with costumed interpreters, watch cannon and musket firings, and join in historic games. Kids can try out the History Hunt scavenger hunt. Visit Memorial Day Weekend!
Centennial Lakes Park | Edina | Attractions opening Memorial Day Weekend include the park’s paddle boats, lawn games (croquet and lawn bowling, $20/hr), and the putting course ($6-$10/pp).
Oliver Kelley Farm (weekday hours begin), Elk River | Noon-5pm | $6-$12/pp, under 5 & MHS members FREE | Explore the new visitor center, tour the historic farmhouse, lend your hand at farm chores, and check in on the animals.
Vali-Hi Drive In | Lake Elmo | Adults/$9.50, kids 6-12 just a $1 | The last surviving drive-in movie theater in the Twin Cities screens three movies every night starting Memorial Day weekend.
TWIN CITIES POOLS, WATER PARKS, SPLASH PADS & BEACHES
These outdoor swimming holes typically open Memorial Day Weekend, weather permitting. Make sure to double check the websites before packing up the swimsuits and heading out.
Nicollet Commons Park water feature, Burnsville (weather dependent)
Oak Hill Splash Pad | St Louis Park, 10am-8pm | Residents admitted free, non-residents pay $1/pp
Minneapolis Wading Pools & Beaches | Open daily 10am-9pm – please note that wading pools attached to a Minneapolis public school will remain closed until the school year is done. Beaches remain unguarded until mid-June | FREE
Webber Natural Swimming Pool | Minneapolis | Memorial Day Weekend, 1-7pm | FREE
Anoka Aquatic Center | Anoka | See all hours here | $4-$7/pp
Elm Creek Swimming Pond | Maple Grove | 9am-8pm | $5/pp
Lake Minnetonka Swimming Pond | Minnetrista | 9am-8pm | $5/pp
Grove Cove Aquatic Center Outdoor Pool | Maple Grove, 11am-6pm | $6-$7/pp or $22-$25/family
Jim Lupient Water Park pre-season | Minneapolis, 1-7pm