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Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search

Discover a new outdoor play space! The Family Fun Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search directory is your one stop for the best Twin Cities Park Guide. We share some of the best playgrounds in the Twin Cities in this directory. We are so passionate about how awesome our parks are that we don’t want you to stop with 10 parks or even 150 parks! The Twin Cities offers some of the best parks in the country. This page offers information on over 500 parks in the metro area.

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    • Accessible & Inclusive Playgrounds
    • Air-Conditioned
    • Arboretum
    • Archery
    • Baby-Friendly
    • Bandshell/Amphitheater
    • Barrel Run
    • Baseball/Softball Diamonds
    • Basketball Court
    • Batting Cages
    • Beach/Swimming Pond
    • Bike Park
    • Bike Pump
    • Biking
    • Birdwatching
    • Birthday Parties
    • Board Games
    • Boating
    • Bocce Ball Court
    • Bridges
    • Broomball Rink
    • Camping
    • Climbing Wall
    • Community Center
    • Community Garden
    • Cricket Pitch
    • Croquet
    • Cross-Country Skiing
    • Decorative Fountain
    • Destination Playground
    • Disc Golf Course
    • Dog Park
    • Downhill Skiing
    • Drinking Fountain
    • Farm
    • Fenced Playground
    • Firepits
    • Fishing
    • Football/Soccer Field
    • Four-Square Court
    • Free Wi-fi
    • Geocaching
    • Golf
    • Grazing Goats
    • Grills
    • Hammocks Allowed
    • Hiking or Walking Paths
    • Historical Site
    • Hopscotch
    • Horseback Riding
    • Horseshoe Pit
    • Ice Skating
    • Indoor Playgrounds
    • Indoor Pool
    • Indoor Waterpark
    • Kid-Friendly Hiking
    • Lacrosse Field
    • Lawn bowling
    • Little Free Library
    • Merry-Go-Round
    • Mini Golf
    • Minnehaha Creek Access
    • Mississippi River
    • National Park
    • Nature Centers
    • Nature Education
    • Nature Playground
    • Neighborhood Park
    • Nets
    • Ninja Challenge Course/Obstacles Course
    • Observatory
    • Off-Street Parking
    • Open Gym Hours
    • Paddle Share Station
    • Pickleball
    • Picnic
    • Playground
    • Pond Dipping
    • Pond Hockey
    • Public Art
    • Public Gardens
    • Recreation Center
    • Resilient Surfacing
    • Restroom Facilities
    • Sailing
    • Sand Play
    • Scavenger Hunts
    • Self-Guided Tours
    • Sepak Takraw Courts
    • Shade Structures
    • Skate Park
    • Skijoring Trails
    • Sledding
    • Slides
    • Snowboarding
    • Snowshoeing
    • Spinners
    • Splash Pad
    • State Park
    • Stroller-Friendly
    • Summer Camps
    • Summer Meals
    • Summer Movies
    • Swings
    • Teens/Tweens
    • Tennis Court
    • Three Rivers Parks
    • Timer
    • Toddler-Friendly
    • Tot Lot
    • Tot Times
    • Tubes
    • Tubing
    • Veterans Memorial
    • Volleyball Court
    • Wading Pool
    • Washington County Parks
    • Watercraft Rentals
    • Waterfall
    • Waterpark
    • Wildlife
    • Zipline
    • Zoo
    • garden
    • tennis

    We can help you find some of the best playgrounds Minneapolis, St. Paul and greater Minnesota. Looking for specifics like a playground, swimming spot or bike trail? Want to find the perfect place to a pitch a tent or your city’s best sledding hill? Search by all of these amenities and more in our Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search by selecting a category from the drop down menu or typing in the keyword of your choice in the search box. You can even enter an address and select a radius to search by city or region of the Metro. Plus, find park hours, fees, directions, pictures and other extras.

    We’ve currently reviewed over 400 parks in this directory, but we would love to hear from you! What do YOU think are the best parks in the Twin Cities? How about the best parks in Minnesota? What parks did we completely miss? What is your favorite little unknown gem? We really want to share all your favorite indoor playgrounds and outdoor parks! Let us know and we’ll add a review here.

    Twin Cities parks are great for hiking, biking, rollerblading, kayaking, canoeing and other fun physical games. But, they are also just great for hanging out in a hammock and picnicking while the kids explore and enjoy some of the best playgrounds in Minnesota. Want to get even greener? We have a big list of the best nature playgrounds for kids and families in Minneapolis and beyond.

    Quick List of the Best Twin Cities Parks by City

    Want to explore what we consider to be the very best parks in each community of the Twin Cities Metro Area? Consult our quick list below:

    Bloomington Parks

    Burnsville Parks

    Chanhassen Area Parks

    Eagan Parks

    Inver Grove Heights & South St Paul Parks

    Maple Grove Parks

    Minneapolis Parks Nearby Nature Activities

    Roseville Parks

    Shakopee Parks

    Shoreview Parks

    Woodbury Parks

    10 of the Best Parks in and around the Twin Cities 

    Favorite Types of Parks

    Indoor Parks and Indoor Waterparks

    In Minnesota indoor playgrounds are a necessity! I know we think of outdoors when we think of parks, but with our long, dark and cold winters, some indoor active games are a must. You can even have indoor picnics at these parks. This such a great way to stretch the summer feeling into the winter! Check out some of the best indoor playgrounds in the Twin Cities this winter.

    Outside Parks and Outdoor Waterparks

    Minnesota has these, too! And during our short summer, we want to take advantage of them as much as possible! In fact, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Parks are some of the best outdoor playgrounds twin cities – actually in the country. They win awards – every year! Look and See. Every. Single. Year. So get out to our area parks, make up some fun games to play.


    Some of the best beaches in the Twin Cities are hidden little gems. Anne has her favorite 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer. She revises the list every year to keep us in the know.

    Shakespeare in the Park at Twin Cities Parks

    One of my favorite ways to enjoy our parks is with a play or musical in a park. It doesn’t really have to be Shakespeare, it can be the latest Disney princess musical or even a puppet wagon. In fact, sometimes Open Eye Figure Theatre’s driveway tour has some park stops. Watch our Performing Arts page each summer to find these fun, free park events.

    Music in the Parks – Minneapolis, St. Paul & Suburbs

    Nothing says easy summertime fun like music in the parks! The best thing is, there is seriously a concert every night of the week from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Obviously, some get cancelled due to weather, but pick any nice night, take a look at the Family Fun Twin Cities calendar and you can find music in a park. No sign up, no tickets, no money, no commitment. Show up, bring a picnic, play at some of the best playgrounds in Minnesota and relax to great music.

    Movies in the Parks at Twin Cities Parks

    One thing I love about Movies in the Park is that they tend to screen at some of the best playgrounds in Minneapolis and the greater Twin Cities. I love to make it a full evening with a picnic and some fun outdoor kid games and Park Games for Kids. This is a good time to see newer kids movies that you didn’t catch in the theater or to introduce your kids to your own childhood favorites without having to gamble on library DVD quality.

    Tot Times

    Active indoor games for preschoolers are something we are always on the search for when the weather is uncooperative. The parks have a lot to offer with their tot times and open gym slots. For instance, they often offer riding toys, hula hoops, games to play with preschoolers, balls of all kinds, climbing structures, fun games for toddlers, etc.

    Where to find nature in the Twin Cities?

    We think the best places to take kids to experience nature in the Twin Cities are parks with Nature Centers & Outdoor Centers. Many of these parks also include Nature Playgrounds.

    Looking for the Best Playgrounds and Parks Beyond the Twin Cities?

    If you are traveling outside the metro, you’ll want to check out some of our favorite day-trip parks. If you are going further than that, we have a list of great family-owned websites to direct you to the best parks around the country so you don’t have to depend on national websites or random internet searches.

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