Free to Enter, Full of Adventure
Winter is a beautiful time to be outside in Minnesota! To play in the parks, explore new trails, go sledding with friends, and discover everything the great outdoors has to offer. And the best part? It’s all free!
At Three Rivers, having fun in the Twin Cities doesn't have to cost a thing. Free to park, free to enter, free to play. Find your adventure!
Parking at Three Rivers parks and trails is free for personal vehicles. If you are coming with a group by bus or passenger van, reservations are required and may include fees.
free things to do
Biking in Three Rivers is a great way to get the whole family outside. Whether you’re the casual rider or a cyclist in training, you’ll appreciate more than 240 miles of off-roadway bike/hike trails that wind through woodlands and grasslands and rim the shorelines of lakes and ponds at our parks.
Three Rivers offers abundant scenery for you and your dog to enjoy year round, with paved, turf, regional and skijoring/dog sledding trails that are dog-friendly. Dogs must be on a six-foot non-retractable leash unless in a designated dog off-leash area. Owners must pick-up after their dogs.
One of the best ways to explore year-round is to head out for a hike on the extensive trail system in Three Rivers. Trails wind through the woodland, grassland and wetland habitats of many species of wildlife. You’ll be amazed at what you might see along the way.
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.
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.
upcoming free events
Nov. 24-Dec. 17 | Eastman
Stop in and vote for your favorite photo in the Your Shot: Amateur Photo Contest!
Dec. 22, Jan. 26, Feb. 23 | French
Explore the park during these designated calmer times. Snowshoes, cross-country skis and sleds can be reserved. Noise-cancelling headphones and sensory objects will be available.
Rental Equipment Under $5
No gear? No problem! Three Rivers offers a variety of free and low-cost rental equipment, including:
- GPS units for geocaching: Free
- Nature exploration kits: Free
- Sit-ski cross-country skis: Free
- Snowshoes: $5/day
- Sleds: $1/day
See where to rent equipment.
*Prices do not include sales tax.