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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! There are so many parks in the metro area, you could visit a new one every day for some free Twin Cities family fun and still not have seen them all in 5 years.

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Lebanon Hills Regional Park and Schulze Lake Beach

Lebanon Hills Regional Park, Cliff Road, Eagan, MN, USA
Admission: $0.00
Dakota County Parks Do Not Charge a Vehicle Fee
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM - 10:00 PM

With nearly 2000 acres of land, Lebanon Hills Regional Park is the largest park in the Dakota County park system. Visitors can enjoy miles of trails, lakes, outdoor sports, and environmental programs. There is no fee to enter the park or take advantage of the recreational opportunities. Highlights within the park include two trails, a visitor center, a campground and a beach. In the winter, the county maintains ski trails.

Lebanon Hills Visitor Center

Lebanon Hills Regional Park Visitor Center

The Visitor Center offers maps, rentals and loaner equipment.

The Visitor Center is open daily, 9am-5pm and until 7pm on Fridays. The first Friday of the month a free family program is hosted at 7pm and meets at the center. During the summer, the hours are extended through 8pm. Park guests can also pick up trail information here, rent equipment, and warm up at the fire on cold days. There is a small kids learning nook and other interactive displays.

The building is open many holidays as well, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Schulze Lake Beach

Schulze Lake Beach at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Enjoy the unguarded beach on a summer afternoon

Schulze Lake's sandy beach and clear water make it great for a family swim and an entry on our Top 20 Twin Cities Beaches. It is open daily, 10am-8pm, Memorial Weekend thru Labor Day. There is no charge to swim or to park in the lot. Beach facilities include a bath house, picnic area with grills, access to hiking trails and rentals for canoes, kayaks and paddleboards. The beach is conveniently located next to the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.  (Map and driving directions).

There are no lifeguards on duty; please swim within the designated buoyed area.

10 Ideas for Summer Family Fun at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

  1. Canoe, Kayak or Paddleboard​. Rentals are available during the summer season.
  2. Hike. The park offers over 14 miles of trails. Feel free to bring your leashed dog. Print a map before you head out.
  3. Dine outside with a picnic from home.
  4. Go Fishing. The Minnesota DNR lists Holland and McDonough as "FiN" lakes - ideal for beginning fisherman.
  5. Try Geocaching. The visitor's center loans free equipment and you can find cache coordinates listed on
  6. Let the kids run on the playground (near the Jensen Lake Trailhead), while you stretch out on your hammock with a lemonade and a good book. Many Twin Cities parks, including Lebanon Hills, allow the use of personal hammocks.
  7. Bring your off-road bikes to ride the mountain bike trails.
  8. Attend a nature education program. Anne recommends the Forever Wild Family Friday events held on first Fridays.
  9. Swim at the unguarded beach.
  10. Camp Nearby. Get the whole camping experience without leaving the Twin Cities. Campsites can be booked here.

Winter Family Fun at Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Lebanon Hills offers plenty of outdoor fun year round. Winter activities include:

  1. Ice Skating 
  2. Ice fishing - Schultz lake is recommended for ice fishing.
  3. Kicksledding
  4. Skiing 
  5. ​Sledding
  6. ​Snowshoeing 

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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

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Chanhassen Area Parks

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Inver Grove Heights & South St Paul Parks

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Inside 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! best 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.

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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