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Staring Lake Park in Eden Prairie is home to Eden Prairie's Outdoor Center and Staring Lake Observatory. Ongoing Saturdays, the Outdoor Center hosts an open house with free family-friendly nature activities. Offerings include hiking, hands-on interaction with live animals, and craft projects. The Observatory is open during scheduled programs and events throughout the year.
The park has family-friendly amenities that include a playground, an archery range, a disc golf course, hiking trails and sports fields and courts. In the summer, the park offers boating, space to picnic with grills and restroom facilities. There is also free family entertainment at the Staring Lake Amphitheater throughout the summer months. In the winter, the park offers sledding, cross-country skiing and ice-skating.
Archery Range at Staring Lake Park
The Archery Range is located away from the main park area on the east side of the park. It has 12 shooting stations with targets at 10, 20, 30 and 40-yard distances. The range is available for use during park hours unless it is being used for a scheduled program. Bring your own gear. Find more archery ranges around the Twin Cities.
Disc Golf at Staring Lake Park
The park has a nine-hole disc golf course that is open year round during park hours. The course is not lit, has a variety of terrain and challenge. Find a PDF Map of the Course Here. There is a walking trail that leads to the course from the east parking lot. Find more Twin Cities disc golf courses here.
Winter at Staring Lake Park
Winter activities are weather dependent. If it is too cold or too warm, these rinks, hills and trails will be closed. Call the weather and information line at 952-949-8449, option 1 for updates.
Sledding: Visitors can find a 700-foot sledding his on the north side of the warming house during winter months, depending on snow accumulation and weather. Only plastic sleds are allowed and sledders must supply their own sleds. The warming facility is supervised and the hill is lit during open hours. Find more Twin Cities Sledding Hills.
Skiing: Eden Prairie High School maintains cross country ski trails which may be used by park patrons. There is no charge for use of the ski trail, but the high school's Nordic ski team uses the trails for practices and meets. Since these trails are not maintained by the State, they do not require a Minnesota Ski Pass.
Ice Skating: The city maintains an ice rink near the warming house. Bring your own skates; rentals are not available at the outdoor rinks.
Warming House Hours
Staring Lake Dog Park
When the ski trails are not in use (March - December), they are used as an offleash dog park. Be sure to check the rules and regulations, because among other rules, dogs must be licensed with the City of Eden Prairie. The facilities are not available for non-residents.
Birthday Parties at Staring Lake Park
The park has facilities available to Eden Prairie Residents for rent for birthday parties and other private events. Rentals start at $125 and includes picnic tables and an outdoor grill on the plaza for additional guests. Indoors there is a gas fireplace, fridge/freezer, tables and chairs, restrooms, drinking fountain and electrical outlets.
For more outdoor play ideas:
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- 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.