Play Areas

Remember the fun of playing on a playground? Climbing, sliding, swinging higher and higher. Create new memories at our Play Areas. Three Rivers has multiple areas designed for varying ages and abilities where toddlers to teens can let their imagination run wild. Monkey business never sounded so fun. The structures are inspected every year prior to opening and daily by Three Rivers Staff to ensure safety. For group reservations, call 763.559.6700.

Play areas open / closed

Open Play Areas

Elm Creek
Lake Minnetonka
Lake Rebecca
Lowry Nature Center, Habitats (Carver Park)

All other play areas are currently closed.

Parking and Drop-off

Daily drop-off permits apply to commercial vehicles, buses or vans. Reservations for commercial vehicles, buses, or vans must be made at least two weeks in advance by calling 763.559.6700.


April 21, 2017

The French play area is getting rebuilt, but before it closes come out April 29 for one more opportunity to play on it!

Other things to do

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.



Children playing at the beach

Swimming areas in Three Rivers are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, campgrounds, and more so you can make a day of it.

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 the nature centers. 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. 

Art Education

Art Education

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



Camping tent and fire

Fall asleep to the sound of crickets and wake up with the sunrise. Camping is the stuff memories are made of. At Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip.

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

Golden retriver smiling

Off-leash areas are designated sites where dogs are given the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. The exercise and socialization a dog gets during this off-leash play time helps maintain its mental and physical health. Parks at Three Rivers have both fenced and unfenced off-leash areas where you can let your dog run while you enjoy the scenic surroundings and meet other owners.