Twin Cities Parks & Playgrounds Search

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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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Martin Luther King Recreation Center, St Paul

271 Mackubin St Saint Paul, MN 55102
(651) 290-8695
Admission: $0.00
See Seasonal Brochure for Activity Prices
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 12:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Tue. 12:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Wed. 12:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Thu. 12:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Fri. 12:30 PM - 06:00 PM
Sat. Closed
Sun. 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Currently Displaying Summer 2017 Hours. Recreational Center Hours Change Seasonally.

Families can find a playground and several spaces that could be rented for birthday parties at Martin Luther King Recreation Center. It is home to the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Penumbra Theatre.

Rec Tech Lab at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

MLK was the first of six St. Paul Rec Centers with new modern computer facilities. Community members can use the lab to develop computer literacy and skills. Other rec centers with modernized computer labs include El Rio Vista Recreation Center, Jimmy Lee Recreation Center, and Dayton’s Bluff Recreation Center. Hazel Park Recreation Center and Rice Recreation Center Teen Zone will also be getting labs soon. St. Paul Parks and Recreation will also host trainings in these recreation centers.

Birthday Parties at Martin Luther King Recreation CenterBirthday Parties at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

Like most St. Paul Recreational Centers, this facility has rooms available for rent. A PDF price sheet can be found HERE. Rooms at this facility include a dance studio, a craft room, a large gym and some meeting and multipurpose rooms. For more birthday party ideas, read FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.

Free Summer Meals at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

Free meals for kids in Twin Cities Parks

Free Summer Meals at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

MLK has participated in the summer meals program through Saint Paul Parks. Times are subject to change for year to year. If you have questions regarding this program, you can call 651-292-6508.

Blast Programs at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

St. Paul Parks offer Summer Blast and shorter term Blast programs for school breaks. This free afternoon program is for kids who will be starting grades 1-6.  Activities include crafts, art, tennis, cooking, swimming, gym games, water fun, outdoor nature activities, outdoor play, fitness, kitchen science and more. Visit the Summer Blast web page to see if this park will be part of the program.

Open Gym at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

MLK Rec Center has open gym times. Times are subject to change without notice and do change seasonally. Please call ahead to avoid disappointment.

Hallie Q. Brown Community Center at Martin Luther King Recreation Center

The Hallie Q. Brown  (HQB) Community Center has been providing community services, such as early childhood education, human services and youth programs at the MLK Center since 1972. HQB is open to everyone but has a primary focus on providing services to the Rondo neighborhood.


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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

Woodbury Parks

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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