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Our guide to Minneapolis will help you find the best kid friendly parks in Minneapolis Minnesota. Drawing comparisons between Minneapolis and St. Paul is a difficult task. St. Paul has a slightly reserved, antique feel about it; Minneapolis is hipper, noisier, and busier. Both cities have tall, gleaming glass skylines; St. Paul's is designed to blend with the city's art deco and Victorian architecture, while Minneapolis's is more eclectic. St. Paul has preserved much of its architectural heritage, while most of downtown Minneapolis is new. Both cities straddle the Mississippi River, and riverboat traffic calls at the Twin Cities from as far away as New Orleans. There are tons of great kid friendly parks in the city of Minneapolis, our city guide will help you find the best kid friendly parks. You may have a hard time deciding what to do in Minneapolis, but we make your decision easy.

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Kid friendly parks in Minneapolis

Hyland Lake Park Reserve - Minneapolis, MN
10145 Bush Lake Rd, (952) 941-4362 - Hyland is a draw year-round, offering much to do on water and land, turf and snow, indoors and out. The reserve encompasses several lakes and ponds

Timber Shores Park - Minneapolis, MN
11265 53rd Ave N - Timber Shores has a small play structure, picnic shelter, playing field, and - on Bass Lake - a fishing pier and boat launch.

French Regional Park - Minneapolis, MN
12605 County Rd-9, (763) 694-7750 - French Regional Park, on the north shore of Medicine Lake, offers a creative play area with a cargo-net climbing structure and interconnected handi

Theodore Wirth Park - Minneapolis, MN
1339 Theodore Wirth Pkwy - This sprawling park is the largest administered by the Minneapolis Park Board, and is part of the scenic Grand Rounds.

Loring Park - Minneapolis, MN
1382 Willow St - Loring Park is ideally situated between the downtown and uptown areas of Minneapolis, and across Hennepin/Lyndale from the Sculpture Garden and Wal

Parkers Lake Park - Minneapolis, MN
15205 County Rd-6 - Plymouth's Parkers Lake Park features a beach, canoe rental, fishing, and concessions in summer, and in wintern, ice skating and a warming house.

East Medicine Lake Park - Minneapolis, MN
1740 E Medicine Lake Blvd - East Medicine Lake Park - not to be confused with West Medicine Lake Park, also in Plymouth - features a boat launch, unguarded swimming beach, and

North Commons Park - Minneapolis, MN
1801 James Ave N, (612) 370-4945 - This Minneapolis Parks location, which also features the city-run North Commons Water Park, offers baseball, soccer, and football fields; basketbal

West Medicine Lake Park - Minneapolis, MN
1920 W Medicine Lake Dr - West Medicine Lake Park - not to be confused with East Medicine Lake Park, also in Plymouth - boasts a dock, swimming beach, and fishing; volleybal

Bottineau Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
2000 2nd St NE, (612) 370-4926 - Bottineau Park packs a lot into two square blocks, including playing fields, volleyball and basketball courts, a picnic area and playground, a wadi

Hiawatha Lake Park - Minneapolis, MN
2701 E 44th St - Located across Minnehaha Parkway from Lake Nokomis - and connected to it by the creek - Hiawatha Lake Park features lots of wide open spaces perfec

Three Rivers Park - Minneapolis, MN
3000 Xenium Ln N - The district formerly known as Hennepin Parks comprises 27,000 acres of trails for hiking, in-line skating, biking, horseback riding, dog walking,

Bryant Square Park - Minneapolis, MN
3029 Aldrich Ave S, 64663768255408 - Bryant Square Park and recreation center are a full block of fun just waiting for you and your family. Located on Bryant Ave. S, one block south of

Linden Hills Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
3100 W 43rd St, (612) 370-4913 - This popular neighborhood park offers wide open spaces, picnic tables, a wading pool, and a large playground that's divided into two sections, with

Aquila Park - Minneapolis, MN
3110 Xylon Ave S, (952) 935-1395 - Aquila Park is a kid friendly park located in Minneapolis MN.

Oak Hill Park - Minneapolis, MN
3201 Rhode Island Ave S, (952) 924-2540 - The many athletic fields at Oak Hill Park - softball, football, soccer - host all kinds of training and competition in season. The park also has a

Corcoran Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
3334 20th Ave S, (651) 298-5766 - Corcoran is one of the smaller parks in Minneapolis, but still manages to offer a wide range of activities, including annual festivals, sports, a p

Longfellow Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
3435 36th Ave S, (651) 298-5766 - Longfellow Park, in the heart of strong, friendly neighborhood, features a playground, wading pool, tennis courts, walking paths, a football field,

Pershing Park - Minneapolis, MN
3523 W 48th St - Pershiing Park offers wide open spaces - great for kite-flying, when the wind is right - and a colorful wading pool between two playground areas wi

Wolfe Park - Minneapolis, MN
3700 Monterey Dr, (952) 924-2540 - Wolfe Park borders the attractive Excelsior & Grand retail/condo development, which features Starbucks, Panera Bread, Trader Joe's, and other shops

Lyndale Farmstead Park - Minneapolis, MN
3998 Bryant Ave S, 64663768255410 - Lyndale Farmstead Park is a kid friendly park located in Minneapolis MN.

Martin Luther King Park - Minneapolis, MN
4055 Nicollet Ave S, (612) 370-4908 - The recreation center at Martin Luther King Park boasts craft and activity rooms (and two kilns!), a kitchen, and a large multi-sport gymnasium and

Father Hennepin Bluffs Park - Minneapolis, MN
420 Main St SE, (651) 855-2835 - Father Hennepin Bluffs Park is a kid friendly park located in Minneapolis MN.

Pointer Park - Minneapolis, MN
620 W 34th St, 64663768255408 - Pointer Park is a kid friendly park located in Minneapolis MN.

Creek Valley Park - Minneapolis, MN
6301 Gleason Rd, (952) 829-9560 - Creek Valley Park, at Creek Valley School, offers ten acres of ball fields, facilities, equipment, sledding opportunities, and one of the largest p

Veterans Memorial Park - Minneapolis, MN
6328 Portland Ave, (612) 861-9355 - Veterans Memorial Park is a kid friendly park located in Minneapolis MN.

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Audubon Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
1320 29th Ave NE - Audubon Park boasts a playground, ball fields, and tennis and basketball courts, as well as shady paths and a volunteer-maintained garden. In win

Folwell Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
1615 Dowling Ave N - Folwell Park - covering 27 acres across six city blocks - has a playground, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, a wading pool, and walking p

Matthews Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
2318 29th Ave S, (704) 846-2232 - Matthews Park, in the Seward neighborhood, hosts Rec Plus and other afterschool activities, and features a gymnasium and rooms that can be rented f

Phillips Community Center - Minneapolis, MN
2323 11th Ave S, (612) 370-4946 - The Phillips Community Center is a joint operation between the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board and the Boys & Girls Club of the Greater Twin Ci

Lake Nokomis & Nokomis Community Center - Minneapolis, MN
2401 E Minnehaha Pkwy, (612) 370-4923 - Lake Nokomis - one of three sailing lakes in Minneapolis (along with Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun) - offers a mulitude of opportunities for outd

Armatage Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
2500 W 57th St, (612) 370-4912 - Located adjacent to the Armatage School, this park has a wide range of features to appeal to all ages: there's a large, colorful playground with sw

Brackett Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
2728 39th Ave S, (612) 370-4924 - This 12-acre gem of a park nestled in the quiet, residential Longfellow neighborhood offers something for everyone in the family, and is well-worth

Powderhorn Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
3400 15th Ave S, (952) 924-2540 - This green space in South Minneapolis - the largest neighborhood park in the Minneapolis Parks system - boasts a lake, athletic fields, two playgro

St. Louis Park Aquatic Park - Minneapolis, MN
3700 Monterey Dr, (952) 233-3840 - St. Louis Park's Aquatic Park, located at The Rec Center, features a zero-depth entry play pool for younger kids, as well as a four-story water sli

Edina Aquatic Center - Minneapolis, MN
4300 W 66th St, (952) 924-2540 - The Edina Aquatic Center offers plenty of splashy fun for kids of all ages, but do the amenities really justify an entry fee several dollars higher

Fuller Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
4800 Grand Ave S, (612) 370-4963 - Size doesn't matter in the case of this diminutive park, which packs a boatload of activities and offerings into a half-block site.
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Crystal Cove Aquatic Center - Minneapolis, MN
4848 Douglas Dr N, (763) 531-0052 - Newly-refurbished in 2006 - okay, completely transformed! - this formerly ho-hum municipal pool now features a zero-depth entry pool with a sprayin

Harrison Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
503 Irving Ave N, (612) 370-4926 - Harrison Park shares its rec center gym with the adjacent school, and features ballfields, a playground and wading pool, and biking and walking pat

Valley View Playfields & Aquatic Center - Minneapolis, MN
9000 Portland Ave S, (952) 563-4634 - Valley View Playfields offer accessible playground equipment; tennis, volleyball and basketball courts; a skate park; and many ball fields.

McRae Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
906 E 47th St, (612) 370-4909 - The 7,500-square-foot recreation center at McRae Park hosts dance and craft classes, a computer lab, an indoor playground, rooms that can be rented

Lake Harriet - Minneapolis, MN
E Lake Harriet Pkwy & W 43rd St - Lake Harriet, the southernmost of the Chain of Lakes, is a magnet for families with small children, and rightly so. There's so much to see and do,

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Lynnhurst Park & Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
1345 W Minnehaha Pkwy, (612) 370-4914 - Lynnhurst, connected to Burroughs School, offers recreational, environmental, and educational programming; a gymnasium and rooms that can be rented

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden - Minneapolis, MN
1750 Hennepin Ave, (612) 375-7622 - Location, location, location ... it's hard to think of a better one in Minneapolis than the site of the Sculpture Garden, bridging as it does the

Whittier Park and Recreation Center - Minneapolis, MN
425 W 26th St, (612) 722-0762 - Whittier Park, and its recreation center, are located next to the beautifully-renovated Whittier School, a handful of blocks away from the Minneapo

North Mississippi Regional Park - Minneapolis, MN
4900 Mississippi Ct, (763) 694-7693 - North Mississippi Regional Park, on the west bank straddling the boundary between Minneapolis and Brooklyn Center, offers stunning views of river a

Kid friendly amusement parks in Minneapolis

Jim Lupient Water Park - Minneapolis, MN (612) 370-4937Jim Lupient Water Park - Minneapolis, MN
1520 Johnson St NE, (612) 370-4937 - Operated by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the newish quarry-themed Lupient Water Park features three large water slides and a tube sli

North Commons Water Park - Minneapolis, MN
1701 Golden Valley Rd, (612) 370-4945 - Operated by the Minneapolis Parks Department and located in North Commons Park, this water park features three-story loop and speed slides for ol

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