Silverwood Park

Nestled along the shores of Silver Lake, Silverwood Park is a unique natural destination devoted to supporting the practice, appreciation and awareness of creative interactions between people and the natural environment. Discover the work of regional artists and poets along park trails and indoor gallery spaces, take part in our educational programming, or participate in one of our many unique opportunities for artists and park guests.

Only minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Silverwood trails offer spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak savannah forests. The visitor center bustles with activity daily and is open to the public 363 days a year. Park amenities include an art gallery, education facilities, event rental space, a café/coffee shop, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor performance space, and more.

Interactive Map of Silverwood

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Plan Your Visit

30 Minutes

Enjoy lunch with a view! Order a tasty treat from the café and find a table out on the patio next to the giant oaks. The Silverwood Café offers locally sourced, organic food and beverage options. Keep an eye out for the café’s monthly theme and find seasonal drink and sandwich specials on Facebook.

Another option: Go for a brisk walk around the park on the 1-mile paved trail that circles the park and take in the fall colors as the seasons change. Enjoy the peacefulness of woodlands, open prairies and picturesque views of Silver Lake.

2 Hours

Meander the paved loop around the park and go on a self-guided poetry tour. There are six stops along the trail where you can sit and listen to poetry from regional artists. Using a smart device, scan the QR code or type in a web address to access the tour. You’ll find the poem’s location on a map, audio of the poem as well as a written copy and a biography of the poet.

All Day

Spend a fall day in the park hiking under tall colorful oak trees and explore the sculptures and poetry installations along the trail. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the island and look for ducks, cormorants, and other wildlife on your adventure or stop into the café for an after-hike treat. You’ve earned it!

Rainy day? Grab a coffee or tea from the café and meander around the gallery and check out the latest art exhibitions.

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things to do

Art Education

Art Education

A woman works clay on a potters wheel

Silverwood Park offers a place dedicated to reconnecting visitors to the natural world through artistic creation. The natural beauty of the grounds and trails serve as a wonderful backdrop to year-round art activities. Professional art educators engage and inspire through program and lesson offerings for both individuals and groups.

Silverwood OnStage brings a summer of concerts and other performances to the outdoor amphitheater. An art gallery can be found in the Visitor Center that hosts a variety of creative and thought provoking art shows.

Bike Trail

Biking

Two people ride bikes on a path

1 mile of trails

A mile-long paved trail circles the park. Bikers will enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail.

Boat Launch

Boating

A kayak on a lake

49 acres of water

Experience Silver Lake by canoe or kayak. Silverwood rents canoes and kayaks during the warmer months. Call for rental hours and other details.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

A couple walks their dog

1 mile of trail

A mile-long trail circles the park. The trail is paved and is plowed in the winter months. Dog walkers with dogs on a six foot non-retractable leash can enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

A man fishes from a pier

70 acres of water

Guests can enjoy limited shoreline fishing on Silver Lake or use the foot bridge. Two accessible fishing piers provide for both shallow and deep-water angling. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

Flowers bloom in a garden

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 at Silverwood.

Geocaching

Geocaching

A man holds a GPS device

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

Hiking

Hiking

A couple walks along a shaded path

1.6 miles of trails

A mile-long accessible trail circles the park. The trail is paved and is plowed in the winter months. Hikers will enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail.

Walkers in the park will discover sculpture and poetry installations along the trails.

Paddling

Paddling

A man stands on a paddle board

49 acres of water

Look for wildlife as you paddle around the islands and along the quiet shoreline of Silver Lake. Canoes and kayaks are available to rent.

Rental Hours

11 AM-6 PM Saturday, Sunday and holidays, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

A family gathers around a picnic table

Enjoy a picnic while gazing across the placid lake. Cross the footbridge to the island and find the reservation picnic shelter with a fire pit and built-in charcoal grills. Pick up a bite to eat at the Silverwood Cafe, serving a variety of artistic sandwiches and coffees.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 22 & 23 | Multiple Locations
Celebrate the fall equinox in the parks! Explore the science of fall colors, try hands-on activities, take a guided nature walk and more.

Sept. 23 | Silverwood
Learn about the science of color with the Science Museum of Minnesota. Get creative with leaf pigment chromatography and painting. Enjoy food and drinks while you celebrate the fall equinox. 21+.

Sept. 29 | Hyland Hills
Need some inspiration for your upcoming wedding? Browse for vendors and get ideas for your big day. Entrance is free! (Photo by Tiffany Bolk Photography). 

Click below to see upcoming programs and events!

In the visitor center, you can browse the latest art exhibit in the gallery or take a break with a sandwich or a coffee at the café.

Daily Hours:

April–October: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
November–March: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Silverwood’s gallery space plays host to professional artist and student work throughout the year. Creativity continues outside; the mile-long paved trail is dotted with sculptures and poetry by regional artists.

Interested in showing your work at Silverwood? Learn about opportunities for artists.

The Silverwood Café offers locally sourced, organic food and beverage options. Each sandwich and drink on the menu is made from scratch. Unique beverages like Nitrogen-infused cold brew and organic kombucha, as well traditional drink options like freshly brewed coffee and hot chocolates, make the Silverwood Café a must-stop while exploring the park. Be sure to check Facebook for seasonal drink and sandwich specials!

Hours:

April-October: 9 AM–8 PM
November-March: 9 AM–5 PM

See Silverwood From The Sky

Three Rivers offers numerous ways for teens to get involved in the arts, volunteering and more. Join the Silverwood Teen Arts Council or find something else that interests you.

The Wandering Naturalist

Episodes 25–28: 50 Years of Environmental Stewardship

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Lowry Nature Center and the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Learn how Three Rivers has helped paved the way for environmental stewardship over the last 50-plus years.

Related Blog Posts

August 12, 2019

Discover how constellations can be "signs of the season" and find origin tales of the Pleiades constellation, also known as the Seven Sisters, from ancient Greek, Australian, and Indigenous cultures.

July 18, 2019

It’s a common misconception that technology keeps people from connecting to nature. But many people are interested in both the natural world and technology. Read on to learn how people connect to the outdoors through gaming and gamification, then check out e-cology: The Evolution of Technology at Silverwood Park on July 20! 

April 15, 2019

Did you know that you can find poetry along the trails of Silverwood Park? In honor of National Poetry Month, learn about this art, the voices you can hear on the trail, and why you might want to give it a try yourself.

The Silverwood Park Great Hall, Classroom, Amphitheatre and Island Shelter are beautiful, unique spaces to reserve for weddings, company parties, and other special events.

Groups

Whether your group wants to learn more about plants and fibers through a papermaking class, discover animal habitats through activities with clay, or document the local environment through photography, Silverwood has a class for your group.

Celebrate your special day with a birthday at Silverwood park. Join our Art Educators and naturalists for a fun activity and a chance to explore the park. Guests can choose from a variety of art-inspired party themes.

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