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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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Oak Hill Park, St. Louis Park

Free Wi-Fi Available
Oak Hill Park, 3201 Rhode Island Ave S, Saint Louis Park, MN, United States
Admission: $0.00
Non-Residents Pay $1.00 to use Splash Pad
Hours of Operation:
Mon. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Tue. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Wed. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Thu. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fri. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sat. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Sun. 05:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Oak Hill Park is on the west side of St. Louis Park and abuts Louisiana Oaks Park.  It has family friendly amenities that include a playground, a splash pad, and sports fields. In the winter, families can ice skate and sled. There is also room to to picnic with both tables and shelters. Oak Hill is one of the parks in St. Louis Park that offers free Wi-Fi in its picnic and park shelters.

Oak Hill Park Splash Pad

Oak Hill Park Splash Pad

The park's water playground allows children to activate bubbling hoses, water nozzles and sprinkler arches using motion sensors. Parental supervision and rubber soled water shoes are strongly recommended safety precautions. Weather permitting, the splash pad is available from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily Memorial Day - Labor Day.
Note: Unlike most metro splash pads, this pad is staffed and requires an admission fee of $1.00 for non-residents. Residents are free (I assume you should plan to bring ID showing your address). A staff person is onsite early June – mid-Aug, weekdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Also unique to this splash pad is the ability to reserve the pad for groups during specified times (inexpensive birthday party?). You can find the Reservation form here. Group admission is $2.00/pp. Call the park to check availability. The splash pad is limited to 30 people including staff and chaperones.

Winter Activities

Oak Hill Park Sledding Area

The park has a city-designated sledding area with lights, which are usually on from 4:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Find more Twin Cities Sledding Hills here.

Oak Hill Park Sledding Area

Oak Hill Park Skating

The city also maintains a lighted skating rink at this park. The warming house at this location sells hot cocoa for $2 a cup during open hours. For more places to skate during the winter months: Skate the Twin Cities: Where To Find Free Outdoor Ice Rinks.

Oak Hill Park Skating

Birthday Parties In The Park

Besides the possibility of a splash pad party (see above), this park has Building Rental available. Park buildings can accommodate up to 20 people. Rentals are by the hour and residents receive a discount.

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There are also two shelters available for summer rentals, accommodation 40 people at the Central Shelter and 100 people at the Main Shelter. Note that the city does not reserve shelters on Memorial Day, Independence Day or Labor Day. On these days use is open on a first-come, first-served basis.

A damage deposit is required on any of these rentals.

Not quite what you are looking for? Check our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.

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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.


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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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