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Wood Lake Nature Center is Richfield's 150-acre natural space. Visit to observe wildlife, take a class as a family, hike the trails and view the indoor educational exhibits. Naturalists are available to answer questions during building hours.
Park amenities include several wildlife viewing areas, an amphitheater, space to picnic, and three miles of trails and boardwalks. The trails are either blacktop or crushed limestone and most are can be navigated with a stroller, however bikes and rollerblades are not allowed on these paths. When snow permits, cross-country ski trails are open. Pets are not allowed at Wood Lake.
Nature Exploration Backpacks
Families can stop by the front desk during open hours to borrow one of six nature exploration backpacks. Choose between birding, forest exploration, and insects. You'll be set up with tools and information for exploring.
Wood Lake's Low Impact Scavenger Hunt
Because Wood Lake is dedicated to preserving its natural environment, they have created a low impact scavenger hunt. Unlike most scavenger hunts, this hunt does not require the player to collect items. Instead, the list contains things like sounds, sights, and experiences. For those kids who really want to gather things, Wood Lake suggests picking up any trash you find on your hunt. Maybe you can have a contest to see which kid can find the most. You could also bring a camera to "collect" many of these items. Find the Rules and the Scavenger Hunt List Here.
For other similar hunts, see Beyond Pokémon Go: Twin Cities Quests for Families.
Winter at Wood Lake Nature Center
Wood Lake has two traditional-style ski trails. One is slightly over 1 1/2 miles and the other is slighlty over a 1/2 mile. Both trails wind around the marsh and through the woods. Skis and snowshoes are available to rent at affordable rates: $8 for 16-55 years old; $4 for under 16 or over 55 (and free for members to borrow) on a first come, first served basis. Call 612-861-9365 for more information and weather updates. Trails are open Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-3:30 pm and Sunday 12:30 pm-3:30 pm weather permitting.
Wood Lake Summer Camps
Wood Lake offers day camps each summer for age groups ranging from 3 to 11 years old. While most camps are 3 days, there are a few week-long sessions for older children. We include these camps on our annual summer camp guide, which lists updated prices and times each year.
Birthday Parties at Wood Lake Nature Center
Birthday Party Packages for up to 10 children come in a variety of nature themes. Two-hour parties include a naturalist-led activity and use of the party room with tables, chairs, and tablecloths.
For a do-it-yourself party, the Emily Day Pavilion can be rented in 4 hour increments. This pavilion has the capacity for 40 people and has electricity. Or if you have a winter birthday, the fireplace room is also available for to rent.
For More Birthday Party ideas, we have created FFTC’s Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities.
For more outdoor play ideas:
- 10 of the Best Twin Cities Playgrounds
- 20 Twin Cities Beaches, Parks & Playgrounds to Try This Summer
- 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.