Formal Gardens

With school, work, sports, and other activities, family life can move at lightning speed. It’s important to take a break from the go-go-go to stop and smell the roses. Gardens have been shown to help relieve stress and it’s not hard to understand why. Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves. Our formal gardens are meticulously maintained to offer our visitors a spot of breathtaking beauty and serenity.

Programs and Events

Upcoming formal garden programs and events.

Other things to do

Nature Education

Nature Education

Children looking at minnows in a net

If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, try visiting one of our nature centers. At Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson Nature Centers, you can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe up close the unique characteristics of different wildlife species, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal. 

History Education

History Exploration

House and rock

Have you ever wondered what life was like for the people who lived here before us? Step back in time and discover their stories through the historic sites of the Grimm Farm, Noerenberg Gardens, the Historic Pierre Bottineau House, and The Landing. Evidence within the parks tells how people have lived, worked and played here for over 12,000 years.

Art Education

Art Education

Silverwood Park offers nature-inspired art programs for children and adults.

Golfing

Golfing

Golfer taking a swing

Three Rivers operates 63 holes of golf with driving ranges across the Twin Cities metro area. With scenic courses designed to challenge all levels of ability, you won't have to drive far to get your fix. Come practice your swing or round up a foursome and play a friendly round at one of our four locations: Baker National, Cleary Lake, Glen Lake Golf and Practice, and Eagle Lake Youth Golf Center.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

Family at a picnic table

Make new memories eating al fresco at a Three Rivers park picnic area in a beautiful, natural setting. All sites have picnic tables, and most sites have other basic amenities including water fountains and permanent grills. Look for a peaceful, serene location or set up just steps from a rip-roaring play area.