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 play areas in the Twin Cities metro 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.

Play areas open / closed

Please note that beyond a good rain, our play areas are not cleaned or sanitized. Visitor centers will be open at Hyland and French to provide additional restrooms. Concessions will not be available. We will not be limiting use at the play areas; don't forget to practice social distancing.

Open

Carver (Lake Auburn Campground)
Cedar Lake Farm
Cleary

Closed

Bryant
Baker - A new play area is coming soon!
Elm Creek
French
Hyland
Lake Minnetonka
Lake Rebecca
Lowry Nature Center (Carver Park Reserve)

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.

Group Reservations

Group reservations for play areas will not be available in 2020.

For group reservations, call 763.559.6700.

French Play Area Virtual Tour

Climb the ropes, take in the view from the towers and see all the features that French Play Area has to offer!

In Three Rivers, having fun doesn't have to cost a thing. From free parking to free activities to free programs and events, find your adventure!

Other things to do

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

multi-generational 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.

Swimming

Swimming

two girls swimming

Swimming beaches in Three Rivers are located near play areas, trails, visitor centers, and campgrounds, so you can make a day of it. Or try the swim ponds at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park and Elm Creek Park Reserve for the perfect mix of pool and lake.

Nature Education

Nature Education

A naturalist shows a jar of pond water to a young boy.

If you want to get up close and personal or learn a little more, visit Mississippi Gateway Regional Park and Eastman, Lowry, or Richardson nature centers. You can hike the trails, interact with seasonal exhibits, observe the unique characteristics of different wildlife species up close, conduct your own science experiment and meet a live animal. 

Art Education

Art Education

a woman making pottery on a wheel.

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

Campground

Camping

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 and at Three Rivers, you’ll find all the fun of camping without the long car trip. Campgrounds are located at Baker, Carver, and Cleary Lake

Dog Trails - Off Leash

Dog Off-Leash

A dog without a leash stands in an open area.

Off-leash areas are designated sites where dogs are given the freedom to run and interact with other dogs. 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.