Edit ModuleShow Tags

Plenty To Do at Three Rivers Parks


Published:

For four summers in high school and college, I worked at Fish Lake Regional Park in Maple Grove. Just one of 22 parks in the Three Rivers Parks system, Fish Lake was a place for people to come boat, walk, swim, and play. I spent many hours serving concessions, taking entrance fees, and managing the line of boats waiting for permission to get on the access-controlled lake. While it’s one of the smaller parks in the system, Fish Lake has a ton to offer.

These years, my family spends time at Elm Creek Park Reserve because the playground is pretty amazing, with chutes and ladders for all ages, and the man-made, filtered lake is a perfect swimming hole in the summer. I’ve also spent time at French Lake Park (another great playground!) and Bryant Lake. No matter where you are in the metro area, there’s a Three Rivers Park for you. Boating? Baker Park. Skiing? Hyland. Dog sledding? Crow-Hassan. A working farm? Gale Woods Farm. Geocaching? Nearly all of them.

Hyland Park is a great place for winter sports
Photo by Todd Buchanan

The best thing is that these parks don’t limit the fun to only the warmer months. Even as fall and winter creep up on us, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just a few happening in the next couple of weeks:

Rockets: The Science of Flight (October 28), Lowry Nature Center: Make rockets out of pop bottles and watch them soar while learning about flight and aerodynamics.

Canoe When the Moon is Full (October 28), Silverwood Park: Take a peaceful moonlit paddle as a guide leads you through the water. Watch for wildlife like deer, herons, and muskrats.

Nocturnal Mountain Bike Racing (October 30), Elm Creek: Navigate through 10.5 miles of trail while experiencing the rush of night racing.

Nature Yoga for Women (November 3), Carver Park Reserve: No prior yoga experience is required for this session, which will enliven your spirit and connect you with the season.

Sheep to Mittens (November 17), Gale Woods Farm: Learn how to process wool and make a pair of warm, felted mittens.

Free Family Fun Days (Sundays), North Mississippi Park: Try a different activity each week without the cost. Learn about bats, winter mammals, deer, and ducks.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags

About This Blog

Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.

Learn about the contributing writers.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Travel Blog

Surly Gives a Damn in Duluth, Builds Trail

Surly Brewing Co.’s charitable component, Surly Gives a Damn, completed its latest project by building a trail in Duluth’s newest park.

48 Hours in Chicago

From luxury boutique hotels and contemporary dining to modern art and innovative retail, Chicago is a great summer road trip destination

Weekend Best Bets: August 18–20

Your weekend to-do list for the Twin Cities

Haunted, Condemned Inn on Its Way to Restoration

A Minneapolis couple works to restore Superior’s Raspberry Inn to its former glory in the presence of the paranormal.

Yarn Bombing at Mall of America: From Public Nuisance to Artistic Expression

The Mall of America gets a new, huge, brightly colored installation of yarn art courtesy of local artist HOTTEA. It's the same idea as graffiti—just less controversial.

Booze and Boards: Handmade Paddleboards Inspired by Prohibition

Fitzke Boards combines new ideas with old style, creating handmade, wooden paddleboards that pay homage to the 1920s and Prohibition.

Weekend Best Bets: August 11–13

Your weekend to-do list around the Twin Cities

End-of-Summer Shows: August Concerts and Festivals

Make the most of the final summer month by attending one of the many remaining concerts and music festivals. Happening all over the state within several genres, there’s something for everyone.

Spilling the Beans: What I Learned From 5 Minneapolis Coffee Shops In 3 Hours

These are the best drinks from cafe favs on the Twin Cities Caffeine Crawl this year—plus sophisticated brewing methods and tidbits of coffee trivia

Discover MN

What’s new around the state

The Wabasha Wander

Wind your way along the Mississippi to discover soaring eagles, homemade toys, and the inspiration for Grumpy Old Men

Circus Juventas Goes Norse with New Show Nordrsaga

The St. Paul circus turns acrobatics and pyrotechnics into a modern retelling of Nordic mythos

7 Tasty Bites Coming to Anoka Food Truck Festival

On July 22, check out these favorite creations of vendors attending Anoka's food truck festival

Top 10 Places to Camp in Minnesota

Looking for a way to enjoy Minnesota’s natural beauty this summer? Take a look at this compilation of the top 10 places to camp in the state of 10,000 lakes.
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags