Family Fun Twin Cities works constantly to seek out the best parks in the Minneapolis-St Paul metro area for kids and families. Here you’ll find pulled together are our picks for great parks to visit south of the Twin Cities in the community of Shakopee. For the most up-to-date listing of what is and isn’t open in Shakopee Parks, please check the city website.
The Best Parks in Shakopee, Minnesota, for Kids and Families
Play “Fort Huber Park”
Fillmore St N, Shakopee, MN 55379
The unique community-built playground at Shakopee’s HUBER PARK bring to mind castles, hideouts, and secret passageways. We recommend visiting soon as the city of Shakopee has plans to build a new “destination playground” as part of the park’s master plan. Disappointing, as we found there to be plenty of charm in the fort-style play structure, complete with a section modeled after a mini business district. If you visit during the summer, try planning your trip around one of the many evenings free family entertainment is presented at the amphitheater. Check the city’s schedule for exact dates.
Inclusive “Fun for All” at Lions Park
1103 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
Come one, come all for inclusive fun at LIONS PARK in Shakopee! The new playground has soft turf, accessible equipment, a zip line and oversized musical instruments to play with. Plus, there’s a super cute splash pad (home to this guy below), the only one you’ll find in town. Lions Park also has a free disc golf course and, in the wintertime, an ice skating rink. There’s truly something for everyone here.
Learn more about “Fun For All” at Lions Park.
Step Back in Time at The Landing – Minnesota River Heritage Park
2187 County Rd 101, Shakopee, MN 55379
THE LANDING is a 19th-century historic village located in Minnesota River Heritage Park in Shakopee. Managed by Three Rivers Park District, it offers a variety of living history programs for the public. You can visit during one of these for a more hands-on experience, or you are welcome to visit the park at your leisure (admission-free), exploring the trails and interpretive signs. This is exactly what we did, though there was a self-directed scavenger hunt to enrich our time there along with a blacksmith demonstration.
The trails are suitable for walking or biking and there are many picnic tables scattered around if you’d like to bring a lunch. The grounds overlook a lovely stretch of the Minnesota River.
Learn more about things to do at The Landing.
Splish Splash at SandVenture Aquatic Park
1101 Adams St S, Shakopee, MN 55379
A hybrid between a pool and a beach, SandVenture Aquatic Park is chlorinated, but surrounded by sand for a more beach-going experience. Shakopee’s outdoor waterpark features two 12-drop slides and a 300-foot waterslide. Other amenities include a concession stand and locker rooms for changing. Open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. during the summer months, expect to pay $3-$7 per person for a daily pass.
Learn more about swimming at SandVenture Aquatic Park.
A Giant Chopper & Other Monuments at Shakopee Memorial Park
1801 County Rd 101, Shakopee, MN 55379
At 137 acres, Memorial Park is Shakopee’s largest. Visitors might be lured in by the giant chopper swooping down alongside busy Hwy 101. Stay for other monuments in the park including burial mounds sacred to the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and a Shakopee veterans memorial. There is also a playground, picnic space and a large mill pond home to a community of ducks.
Learn more about what you can find at Shakopee Memorial Park.
Best of Thrills at Valleyfair Amusement Park
1 Valley Fair Dr, Shakopee, MN 55379
Valleyfair is Minnesota’s best seasonal outdoor amusement park and it calls the city of Shakopee “home”. Spread out over 75 attractions are options for thrill-seekers, lovers of the classic, and youngsters alike. Included with admission is Soak City waterpark which gives much more bang for your buck if you visit during the summer. Cool off in the wave pool, float down the lazy river and try out the gamut of tube slides.
Learn more and get tips for visiting Valleyfair Amusement Park with kids.
Brand New Play Equipment at Holmes Park
628 4th Ave W, Shakopee, MN 55379
Brand new equipment, which includes a variety of play features, including climbing and slides made its debut summer of 2020. Some other ideas for fun in Holmes Park: practice shooting hoops together on the basketball court and bring a picnic to enjoy. The park has a shelter with grills.
Learn more about the new features at Holmes Park.
Catch the Shockwaves Water Ski Show at Quarry Lake Park
6201 Innovation Boulevard, Shakopee, Minnesota, 55379
This 111-acre park is mainly nature areas and trails (currently – stay with us for upcoming plans), but there’s a special reason to visit during the summer months: The Shockwaves Show Team performs their waterski routines on Quarry Lake select Thursdays and the public is invited to come gawk! Check their calendar for upcoming dates.
Future projects at Quarry Lake Park: Summer of 2020, Shakopee began building a new mountain bike park that will be located on the west side of Quarry Lake. This park will consist of four loops that go around the park with riding options for beginners through advanced riders and follow some of the natural topography of the land.
More family fun in Shakopee, Minnesota
In addition to fun to be had in Shakopee’s parks, there are lots of family-friendly attractions just a stone’s throw away. These are some of the best places to take kids in the Shakopee, Minnesota, area: