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Normandale Lake Park
5901 West 84th Street, Bloomington, MN 55438
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tue. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wed. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thu. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Fri. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sat. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Sun. 06:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Open Half Hour Before Sunrise to 10:00 P.M. or as posted

Normandale Lake Park has amenities that include a bandshell where concerts are performed in the summer. It also offers hiking trails and picnic areas — including a picnic shelter. The park has onsite restrooms that will be replaced and updated during the fall of 2022. The new 1,500 square foot building will feature gender-neutral restrooms. Construction should be complete shortly after Thanksgiving.

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Family Fun at Normandale Lake Park

For family fun this is a good park for nature walks, casual picnics and impromptu stage performances by budding young entertainers. The loop around Normandale Lake  is just over 2 miles long and stroller-friendly. Plus there are hidden gems along the route where tots and crawlers can get out and explore nature on their own. Note that there is no barrier, other than native plantings, between the path and the lake. You’ll want to direct small children away from the lakefront. Parking is close to the bandshell. If there are no performances taking place, it is fun for kids to climb on the stage and create their own shows.
On summer evenings Normandale often hosts family, friendly performances. On quieter evenings at dusk, I’ve seen a bald eagle skimming the lake.
Two boys in a stroller next on a path around Normandale Lake in Normandale Lake Park, Bloomington, MN

Arts in the Parks at Normandale Lake Park

Arts in the Parks is the City of Bloomington’s summer arts program. These programs are completely free of charge and open to the public. Normandale Lake Park hosts music programs and most of the moonlight movies. Thursday Blockbusters are a combination of music and corresponding food vendors, beginning at 6:30 p.m. on select Thursdays. Moonlight Movies screens outdoor movies on a 30-foot screen. Popcorn and water are usually available for purchase. We keep up a list of Free Summer Entertainment in the Parks and refresh it each season.

Crowd watching a summer concert at the Lake Normandale Bandshell in Bloomington Minnesota
Normandale Lake Bandshell (image courtesy City of Bloomington)

Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve

It is noteworthy that this park is part of the larger Hyland-Bush-Anderson Lakes Park Reserve. If you are planning a day of it, you may want to hit more than one park in the system.

Other parks in this reserve that we have reviewed, include:

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