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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
July 22 | Silverwood
Connect to the natural wonder of Silverwood Park through this unique and magical sensory experience. Free to attend!
July 28 | Silverwood
Observe performance among the wilds of Silverwood Park as five outstanding dancers survey the land, history and meanings of the landscape in idiosyncratic solos and exuberant ensemble performance.
Visitor Center 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.
And what better place to have your morning coffee or meet up with a colleague for lunch? The Silverwood Café boasts some of the best views of any coffee shop in the Twin Cities.
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.
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