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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.
Long Lake Regional Park is home to the New Brighton History Center.
Long Lake Regional Park Playground
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.
Birthday Parties at Long Lake Regional Park
A pavilion with capacity for 500 can be rented and includes three grills, a pig roasting area and a kitchen with appliances. A more affordable option is to rent a shelter. The shelter holds 50 people and includes a grill. Current prices can be found here.
Long Lake 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.
Dogs at Long Lake Regional 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.
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