Big Thrill Factory

Roller Garden

Vertical Endeavors

Blanc de Blanc

Physician's Diagnostics

Affordable Auto Service

Twin Cities Jacuzzi

TC Running Company

Wabasha Street Caves

Step by Step Montessori

Osseo Meat Market

Timberwall Landscape & Masonry

Midas Muffler & Auto Repair

Sport Court

Camp Bow Wow Pet Boarding

Eklof Docks

TC Running Company

Hour Glass Cleaners

Hitching Company

Step by Step Montessori

Canvas Back Cargo Liners


Fanily Fun Outdoor Recreation Centers in Minneapolis, MN

If you're looking for something new for your family to do in the greater Minneapolis area, you've come to the right place. Neighbors Resource presents this Twin Cities guide to exciting, kid-friendly fun things to do that will make you the hero of your family outings! From the envigorating exercise to purely entertaining recreation activities, in summer, winter, spring or fall - you'll never be at a loss for fun indoor activities and outings that will please kids and grown-ups alike.

And be sure to check out our listings of Indoor Recreation Centers in Minneapolis. We all enjoy living up to the legend of "Minnesota Nice"!


Boats, Paddle Boards, & Streetcar Rides

For a fun "Get Up & Go" adventure, nothing beats a boat ride on one of Minneapolis' many lakes and rivers. A boat ride can be intellectually stimulating while physically relaxing. And we have a true local treasure in the Como Lake Harriet Streetar ride, where your family can have lots of fun on the first mass transit venue of the Twin Cities while you travel through some of the most historically significant sites in Minnesota.

Como Harriet Streetcar, Lake Harriet 952-922-1096
Wild Mountian Boat Rides, Taylors Falls 651-465-6315
Steamboat Minnehaha, Excelsior 952-474-2115
Mississippi River Paddle Boat, Stillwater 651-227-1100
Wai Nani Paddle Boards, Wayzata Bay Beach 612-501-2828
Tonka Trolly Paddle Boards/Kayaks, Excelsior 952-220-0101
Lake Ann Beach Kayaks/Canoes, Chanhassen 952-227-1121
Wheel Fun: Paddle Boards, Canoes, Kayaks, Lake Calhoun 612-823-5765
Black Boar: Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Lake Minnetonka 952-807-2476

Racing, Theme Parks & Festivals

For all-day fun, you can't beat a theme park or festival. You can take your family on an adventure that lasts from morning 'til night. Valley Fair and Nickelodeon Universe gives you the thrill rides and fun food. The Renaissance Festival lets you explore the world when kinghts were bold, and life was simpler.

Valleyfair, Shakopee 952-445-6500
Canterbury Horse Races, Shakopee 952-445-7224
Renaissance Festival, Shakopee 952-445-7361
Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America 952-883-8500
Running Aces Harness Park, Columbus 651-925-4600
Elko Speedway 952-461-7223
Como Town Amusement Park, St. Paul 651-487-2121

Golf, Miniature Golf, Disc Golf & Other Outdoor Sports

While we live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Minneapolis area is also where you're never more than a stone's throw from a great golf course. Both 9-hole and full-size 18-hole courses are plentiful here in the Twin Cities, many of which have great dining facilities to help cap off your day on the links with a fabulous meal or a refreshing libation. And if you're looking for some fun for the whole family, try the exploding sport of Disc Golf where you throw a Frisbee instead of weilding a club.

Be sure to check out our directory of Golf Courses in the Minneapolis area.

Alimagnet Lake Park Disc Golf, Apple Valley 952-953-2300
Bandimere Disc Golf Course, Chanhassen 952-227-1129
Bassett Creek Park Disc Golf, Crystal 763-531-0052
Blake Middle School Disc Golf Course, Hopkins 952-988-3450
Bryant Lake Disc Golf Course, Eden Prairie 763-694-7764
Central Park Disc Golf Course, Brooklyn Park 763-424-8000
Crown College Disc Golf, St. Bonifacius 952-446-4100
Downs Farm Disc Golf, Chaska 952-448-3176
GE Capital Fleet Disc Golf Course, Eden Prairie 952-828-1000
Hyland Hills Disc Golf, Shakopee 952-233-9502
Kenneth Rosland Disc Golf, Edina 612-281-3192
Kenwood Hills Disc Golf Course, Lakeville 651-226-5512
Lions Park Disc Golf, Shakopee 952-368-4927
Minnehaha Falls Disc Golf, Minneapolis 612-726-6222
Moir Park Disc Golf Course, Bloomington 952-484-8686
Northview Park Disc Golf Park, Eagan 952-432-4628
Plymouth Creek Park Disc Golf, Plymouth 763-509-5200
Red Oak Disc Golf Course, Burnsville 651-329-5734
Staring Lake Park Disc Golf, Eden Prairie 952-949-8442
Sunnyside Park Disc Golf Course, New Hope 612-558-7230
Wirth Park Disc Golf, Golden Valley 763-522-2818
Zachary Playfield Disc Golf, Plymouth 763-509-5200
Braemer Golf Dome, Edina 952-825-6744
Golf Zone - Big Bear Mini Putt, Chaska 952-445-1500
Centennial Lakes Mini Golf, Edina 952-833-9585
Big Stone Mini Golf & Sculptures, Minnetrista 952-472-9292
Walker On the Green, Minneapolis 612-375-7622
Malt Tees Mini Golf, Richfield 612-861-0668
Apple Valley Foot Golf, Apple Valley 952-953-2323
Brookland Park Golf Park, Brooklyn Park 763-488-6497
Chaska Foot Golf, Chaska 952-448-7454
Hiawatha Foot Golf, Minneapolis 612-724-7715
Hyland Greens Foot Golf, Bloomington 952-563-8868
Majestic Oaks Foot Golf, Ham Lake 763-755-2142
Medina Baker National Foot Golf, Medina 763-694-7670
Waters Edge Foot Golf, Shakopee 952-746-4950
Lilli Putt Mini Golf, Coon Rapids 763-755-1450
Brookview Lawn Bowling, Golden Valley 763-512-2300
Sand Creek Adventures, Jordon 952-492-5333

Skateboard Parks

For the younger crowd, skatboarding is an exciting athletic experience that requires both physical agility with mental discipline to master. At the same time, it's simply a lot of fun! Minneapolis has dozens of skateboard parks where safety is a top priority and you can choose from many ingenious ramp strcutures.

Chanhassen Skate Park, Chanhassen 952-227-1129
Glen Lake Skate Park, Minnetonka 952-939-8200
Maple Grove Skate Park Plaza, Maple Grove 763-494-6500
New Hope Skate Park, New Hope 763-531-5100
Plymouth Skate Park, Plymouth 763-509-5000
South Shore Skate Park, Shorewood 952-960-7900
St. Louis Park Skate Park, St. Louis Park 952-924-2540
Valley View Skate Park, Bloomington 952-563-8877

Water Parks & Swimming Pools

Summer in the Cities can be downright tropical, and nothing cools you off on a hot summer afternoon like a day in the water. You can choose from the theme park-like experience of a water park like Valley Fair with their slides and tide pools, or frolic in the simplicity of one of the many public swimming pools supported by local cities and communities. You won't want for choices when you're looking for some wet and wild family fun in Minneapolis.

Anoka Aquautic Center, Anoka 763-421-7730
North Commons Water Park, Minneapolis 952-370-4921
Saint Loius Park Aquatic Park, Saint Louis Park 952-924-2540
Edinburgh Aquatic Center, Edina 612-928-4582
Water Park of America, Bloomington 952-854-8900
Burnsville Lions Splash Pad, Burnsville 952-896-4500
Splash Pad, Chaska 952-448-5633
New Hope City Outdoor Pool 763-531-5177
North Commons Water Park, Golden Valley 763-230-6400
Bunker Beach Water Park, Coon Rapids 763-767-2895
Valleyfair Soak City Water Park, Shakopee 952-445-6500
Sandventure Aquadic Park, Shakopee 952-233-9502
Aquatic Center, Bloomington 952-563-4634
Cascade Bay Water Park, Eagan 651-675-5577
Edinbrough Aquatic Center, Edina 612-826-0431
Tropics Water Park, Shoreview 651-490-4700
Venetian Water Park, Maple Grove 763-425-3800
Elm Creek Swimming Pond, Maple Grove 763-694-7894
Grove Cove Aquadic Center, Maple Grove 763-494-6100
Battle Creek Water Park, Maplewood 651-501-6340
Oak Hill Splash Pad, St. Louis Park 952-924-2500
Crystal Cove Water Park, Crystal 763-531-1170

Dog Parks

Our dogs are members of our families, so when you want to treat Rover to a special off-leash romp, you'll find the dog parks in Minneapolis are a perfect venue. And you and your family members will get a much better work-out than simply walking him around the block. It's a great way to pamper your pooch while getting in some exercise and having some fun at the same time.

Bloomington Dog Park, Bloomington 952-563-8877
Brookdale Dog Park, Brooklyn Park 763-493-8333
Burnsville Dog Park, Burnsville
Cedar Knoll Dog Park, St. Louis Park 952-924-2540
Minnewashta Dog Park, Chanhassen 952-466-5250
Eagan Off-Leash Dog Area, Eagan 651-675-5500
Flying Cloud Dog Park, Eden Prairie 952-949-8442
Edina Dog Park, Edina 952-927-8861
Franklin Terrace Dog Park, Minneapolis 612-230-6440
Lake of The Isles Off-Leash, Minneapolis 612-230-6400
Loring Park Off-leash Dog Park, Minneapolis 612-230-6400
Minnehaha Off-leash Rec. Area, Minneapolis 612-230-6400
St. Anthony Off-leash Rec. Area, Minneapolis 612-230-6400
Minnetrista Dog Park, Minnetrista 763-559-6700
Egan Dog Park, Plymouth 763-509-5200
Plymouth Dog Park, Plymouth 763-509-5200
Cleary Lake Dog Park, Prior Lake 763-694-7777
Prior Lake Dog Park, Prior Lake 952-445-7750
St. Louis Park Dog Park, St. Louis Park 952-924-2500

Campgrounds in Greater Minneapolis

Baker Park Reserve 2301 county road 19Maple plain763-694-7860
Baylor regional park 10775 county road 33Norwood young america952-466-5205
Dakotah meadows campground 2341 Park placePrior Lake952-445-8800
Fish lake acres campground 300 210th street ePrior lake952-492-3393
KOA minneapolis Northwest campground 10410 Brockton lane nMaple Grove763-420-2255
KOA Minneapolis Southwest campground 3315 166th street wJordon952-492-6440
Lake Auburn Campground 7200 victoria driveVictoria763-694-7756
Lebanon hills campground 12100 Johnny cake ridge roadApple Valley952-688-1376
Town & Country Campground 12630 boone ave sSavage952-445-1756
Wapiti park campground 18746 Troy street nwElk River763-441-1396

Bicycle Rental

See our Minneapolis Bike Trails information page.

The Black Oar 4010 Shoreline DriveSpring Park952-807-2476
Erick's Bike Shop 1312 4th Street EMinneapolis612-617-8002
Maple Grove Cycling 13950 Grove DriveMaple Grove763-420-8878
Minneapolis Bike Share 1500 locationsMinneapolis877-551-6423
Penn Cycle 3916 Old Shakopee RoadBloomington952-314-8500
Wheel Fun Rentals 3001 E Calhoun ParkwayMinneapolis612-823-5765

Ski Slopes

Afton Alps 6600 South Peller AvenueHastings651-436-5245
Buck Hill 15400 Buck Hill RoadBurnsville952-435-7174
Hyland Hills 800 Chalet RoadBloomington763-694-7800
Lutsen Mountains 129 Ski Hill RoadDuluth218-663-7281
Mount Kato 20461 Highway 66Mankato507-625-3363
Spirit Mountain 9500 Spirit Mountain PlaceDuluth218-628-2891
Trollhaugen 2232 1000th AvenueDresser, WI651-826-7166
Welch Village 26685 County Rd 7 BlvdWelch651-222-7079
Wild Mountain Taylor Falls651-465-6315

Lake Minnetonka Beaches

NameLocationPhone
Casco Beach2879 Casco Point Rd
Crescent BeachCounty Rd 19 to Birch Bluff Rd952-474-7994
Lydiard BeachLydiard St On Carmons Bay, Mound
Summit Beach ParkEast end of Long Lake Road, Long Lake
Wayzata BeachWayzata952-473-0234
Excelsior Commons BeachLake and Water St, Excelsior952-474-5233
Lake Independence BeachHwy 394 to County Rd 19 N, Maple Plain763-479-0527
Lake Minnetonka Regional Park BeachHighway 7 W & County Rd 44 N, Minnitrista763-474-4822
Nelson/Lakeside BeachLong Lake952-473-6961
Wakota Beach300 W Point Road Hwy 7, Orono952-474-7994
Deep Haven Beach19045 Lake Ave952-474-4755
Libbs Beach16515 Park Lane, Minnetonka952-939-8200
Mound Bay Park BeachCounty Rd 15 and Commerce952-472-6000
Robinson Bay Beach19355 Walden Trail, Orono952-249-4755
Shady Oak Beach5200 Shady Lake Road, Minnetonka952-939-8200

Zoos, Nature Centers & Exhibitions

Show your kids that the intellectual arts can be exciting, too! Minneapolis has a wealth of world-class venues dedicated to the arts and sciences that broaden the mind and satisfy the soul. Start with the zoos and take advantage of the guided tours so that your kids can learn about wildlife and ecosystems from the experts. The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley is a treasure that gives your family a new experience with every visit. The arboretums and nature centers in the Minneapolis area let you explore the abundance of Nature while expanding the awareness of the environment. The art galleries can instill an appreciation of the fine arts and their impact on our history.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul 651-487-8200
Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley 952-431-9200
Dodge Nature Center, St. Paul 651-455-4531
Eastman Nature Center, Maple Grove 763-694-7700
Lowry Nature Center, Victoria 763-694-7650
Richardson Nature Center, Bloomington 763-694-7676
Springbrook Nature Center, Fridley 763-572-3588
Westwood Hills Nature Center, St. Louis Park 952-925-2544
Wood Lake Nature Center, Richfield 612-861-9375
Eloise Butler Wild Flower & Bird Sanctuary, Theo Wirth Park, Mpls 612-370-4903
Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista 763-694-2001
Eidem Homestead Farm, Brooklyn Park 763-493-8367
Hilde Performance Center, Plymouth 763-509-5280
Historic Murphy's Landing, Shakopee 952-445-6900
SeaLife MN, Mall of America 952-883-0202
Wildlife Science Center, Forest Lake 651-464-3993
University of MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska 952-433-1400
Ames (Burnsville Performing Arts) Center 952-895-4685
Eden Prairie Art Center 952-949-8304
Edina Art Center 952-909-5780
Minnetonka Center for the Arts, Minnetonka 952-473-7361
Maple Grove Arts Center, Maple Grove 763-250-1016
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis 612-375-7622

This page was last updated on June 21, 2017