Long Lake Regional Park offers families two playgrounds, including a sand play area for toddlers, a guarded beach, paved walking trails and picnic facilities, including shelters and over 30 other picnic tables throughout the park. There is plenty of parking and space to launch a boat or fish from a pier. Use the map at the bottom of this article to find directions to the park.
Long Lake Regional Park is home to the New Brighton History Center.
Long Lake Park Playgrounds
The playground at Long Lake Park is constructed mostly of metal with a wood chip floor. While there is playground equipment designed for all ages of children, the tot equipment is very close to the other equipment and is tempting for the toddlers. If you are nervous about taller slides, you'll want to be ready to chase them up. This playground kept my kids, ranging from toddler to preteen, entertained for our entire visit. Our favorite feature was the various centrifugal spinners around the playground. Whether they were playing on the large one pictured below or one of the many smaller spinners, these were a hit with everyone -- including mom and dad.
Lions Park in Long Lake Park
Lions Park is the playground portion of Long Lake Regional Park closest to the entrance and a short walk to the beach. It has a newer playground and a and an old-fashioned style drinking fountain in the shape of a lion. Ramsey County will be adding a new picnic shelter and restrooms in this section of the park. The shelter would be built for a capacity of approximately 150 people.
Birthday Parties at Long Lake Regional Park
Families can make a reservation to rent the Long Lake Park Pavilion. It has a capacity for 500 and includes three grills, a pig roasting area and a kitchen with appliances. A more affordable option is to rent the shelter. The shelter holds 50 people and includes a grill. Current prices for both can be found here for any Long Lake Regional Park reservations.
Long Lake Public Beach
This park has a guarded beach. Lifeguards are scheduled daily from noon - 8 p.m. From June 8 - August 18 2019, but are subject to weather and attendance. Swim area buoys will remain in place and beach-goers are welcome to swim from May 25 - Labor Day any time during park hours.
Ramsey County monitors Long Lake for e-coli or water quality. Find up-to-date information here.
Dogs at Long Lake Park
Leashed Pets are allowed at Ramsey County Parks. However, they may not be brought on the beach or into any picnic areas. This park has more than three miles of paved trails. If you want to bring the family pet, hiking may be your best option.
Long Lake Regional Park Trail Map
With or without the dog, Long Lake's trails are fun to walk or bike. The trails travel through somewhat woodsy areas and wetlands. Look for turtles, frogs, and other wetland creatures. This is also a good place for birdwatching. Ramsey county has created a Long Lake Regional Park map, including trails. Download the PDF Here.
Long Lake Regional Park Fishing
According to the DNR, Long Lake has an abundance of shore fishing. Ramsey County has also installed a fishing pier at this park. Expect to find Walleye, Northern Pike, Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Crappie, Bullhead Species, Yellow Perch. Learn more about fishing Long Lake on the MN DNR website.
Ice Castles on Long Lake
Ice Castles, which has bounced around the Twin Cities each winter, landed at Long Lake for the 2020 season. Construction on the castle began in December 2019 and the site is expected to open in early January if weather permits. More information regarding tickets and the event will be available through Ice Castles' website. Read more here: Visit the Magical Ice Castles.