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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Three Rivers Park System

Baker Park Reserve, Baker Park Road, Maple Plain, MN, USA
Bryant Lake Regional Park, Rowland Road, Eden Prairie, MN, USA
Carver Park Reserve, Grimm Road, Victoria, MN, USA
Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, Juniper Avenue, New Prague, MN, USA
Cleary Lake Regional Park, Texas Ave, Prior Lake, MN, USA
Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Park Drive, Hanover, MN, USA
Eagle Lake Regional Park, Bass Lake Road, Plymouth, MN, USA
Elm Creek Park Reserve, James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, MN, USA
Fish Lake Regional Park, Bass Lake Road, Maple Grove, MN, USA
Clifton E. French Regional Park, Rockford Rd, Plymouth, MN, USA
Gale Woods Farm, County Road 110 West, Minnetrista, MN, USA
Glen Lake Golf Course, County Road 62, Minnetonka, MN, USA
Hyland Lake Park Reserve, East Bush Lake Road, Bloomington, MN, USA
Kingswood Park, Kingswood Road, Minnetrista, MN, USA
The Landing—Minnesota River Heritage Park, County Road 101, Shakopee, MN, USA
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, County Road 44, Minnetrista, MN, USA
Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rebecca Park Trail, Rockford, MN, USA
Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN, USA
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Murphy Lake Boulevard, Savage, MN, USA
Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, Wayzata
Silverwood Park, County Road East, St Anthony, MN, USA
Spring Lake Regional Park, Howard Lake Road, Prior Lake, MN, USA

The Three Rivers Park System is what replaced the Hennepin County Park System. While much of its region is still Hennepin County, it now manages some parks in other metro counties. It's mission is to "promote environmental stewardship through recreation and education in a natural resources-based park system. It encompasses over 27,000 acres of parks and trails and serves millions of visitors annually."

Three Rivers Park System

Noerenberg Gardens. Image Courtesy Three Rivers Park District

List of Three Rivers Parks

The parks managed by Three Rivers change from time to time. Three Rivers continues to aquire new parks and sometimes it helps manage parks for short times. For instance North Mississippi Regional Park used to be jointly managed by Three Rivers and Minneapolis, but eventually Minneapolis Parks took complete responsibility for that park. It currently works with the City of Robbinsdale to provide programming at Sochacki Park.

Recently, the Hennepin County Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park changed its name to Mississippi Gateway Regional Park to avoid confusion with the Anoka County park on the other side of the river with the same name.

Currently, Three Rivers manages the following parks. Click on the links to learn more about each park.

  1. Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain
  2. Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie
  3. Carver Park Reserve, Victoria
  4. Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague
  5. Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake
  6. Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Hanover
  7. Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth
  8. Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove
  9. Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove
  10. Clifton E. French Regional Park, Plymouth
  11. Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista
  12. Glen Lake Golf and Practice Center, Minnetonka
  13. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington
  14. Kingswood Park, Minnetrista
  15. The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park, Shakopee
  16. Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnetrista
  17. Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford
  18. Mississippi Gateway Regional Park, Brooklyn Park
  19. Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage
  20. Noerenberg Memorial Gardens, Wayzata
  21. Silverwood Park, St. Anthony 
  22. Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake

Three Rivers Park System

Hyland Park in fall, courtesy Three Rivers Parks

Three Rivers Park System Fees

Parking is free at most Three Rivers Parks. It does require fees or passes for some activities, but scholarships are available. Register for Activities and Events Here.

Summer Camps at Three Rivers Parks

Many of the Parks in the Three Rivers System offer Summer Camps from June through August. Camps can be searched and signed up for Here. Find more summer camp ideas in our annual summer camp guide.

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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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