Teddy Bear Park near downtown Stillwater is a Twin Cities must-visit park. While it has the feel of a small amusement park, this park is free to visit. The equipment is designed for children 7 years of age and younger. They will enjoy the train car play equipment, a climbing structure made to resemble the Stillwater Lift Bridge, and an engineered wall of cliffs to climb. Not a one of them will be able to resist the giant granite teddy bears residing in the park.
Anne's Visit to Teddy Bear Park:
This article was originally published July 10, 2017
If your plan is to make a day of it in Stillwater with kids, make sure to include a stop at Teddy Bear Park. I did just that not long ago, expecting the park to appeal mainly to my preschooler. And yes, she very much liked the train car play equipment and the climbing structure made to resemble the Stillwater Lift Bridge. She also got as cuddly as one can get with a giant granite teddy bear.
The pleasant surprise was how much my 5 and 7-year-old daughters enjoyed the engineered wall of cliffs that forms the southern boundary of the park. They loved the scooped-out little seats, tiny stairs built into the rocks, and, of course, flinging themselves off the cliffs into the sand more times than I could count. My two ground rules: no jumping off anything higher than Mom's head, and no sprained ankles before the Minnesota State Fair!
Find this sweet little park at 216 4th St N, Stillwater, Minnesota.
Hours: 8am - 8pm daily, mid-April through mid-October
The main restrooms are located on the outside of the building and are available for use by all park patrons. There are picnic tables available for visitor use. Special events are sometimes held at the park.
Birthday Parties at Teddy Bear Park
The building at this park has space available for private rentals in season. The building is not available to rent during the winter. For more questions on reserving the building call the parks department at 651-430-8837.
For other birthday party ideas, check out our Ultimate Birthday Guide.