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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.
Ice Castles on Long Lake
Ice Castles, which has bounced around the Twin Cities each winter, is landing 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.
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.
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.
For more outdoor play ideas:
- 10 of the Best Twin Cities Playgrounds
- 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
- Nature Playgrounds in the Twin Cities - Get Back to Green
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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 are 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.
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. Let's enjoy our parks:
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.
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.