Plan Your Visit: 2 Hours

Adventure can be found in just a few hours! Read on for ideas on how to spend two hours in the parks. Try something new at your favorite park, or discover what adventure you can find in a new park.

See our suggestions for a 30-minute break in the parks or for a full day outdoors

Where To Go

Baker Park Reserve, Maple Plain

Bring your bike and ride the 12.5-mile paved loop over rolling hills and bask in scenic views of the big woods along the trail. 

Bryant Lake Regional Park, Eden Prairie

Take your pup to the dog off-leash area for hours of fun! A daily ($6) or annual pass is required.

Carver Park Reserve, Victoria

Spend a couple of hours exploring Lowry Nature Center, celebrating 50 years as nature’s classroom in 2019. While at Lowry, there is plenty to explore both inside and out. Keep an eye out for osprey nesting in the park, or stop by the raptor mew and learn about other birds of prey in the area. Explore and play on your own or check out the program offerings happening many weekend days throughout the year.

A short, brown building with a few people walking outside it and trees near it.

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park, New Prague

Avoid the crowds and plan a lake day! Look for birds soaring above and turtles in the high reeds and grasses adjacent to the lake.

Cleary Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake

Hike, bike or run on the 3.5-mile paved loop around Cleary Lake! Walking the whole loop takes over an hour, but with the many different rest spots and observation points, it’s a really enjoyable time. 

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, Brooklyn Park

becoming Mississippi Gateway Regional Park.

Bring your fishing equipment and throw a line into the Mississippi River from the fishing deck located on the west side of the dam. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch with a view at one of the picnic areas.

Crow-Hassan Park Reserve, Rogers

Enjoy the 4-mile looped turf trail that winds through rolling hills of prairies and forests. Park in the gravel lot near the recreation entrance and begin at either the north or south trailhead. Tip: Remember to grab a printed map at the trailhead or use the interactive map on your smart device — this looped trail connects with other trails through the park and you could find yourself on an all-day adventure.

Eagle Lake Regional Park, Plymouth

Explore all 1.8 miles of trails. Take in the wetland views, and keep your eyes peeled for eagles, herons and other wildlife.

Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove

Go for a bike tour around the park on 20 miles of paved trails! These trails offer breathtaking views of forest, wetlands, old farm fields and more.

Fish Lake Regional Park, Maple Grove

Explore the dog off-leash area with your pup! A daily pass ($6) is required. Pack a lunch or food to grill and plan a picnic with your family and friends at one of the scenic areas atop a grassy hill.

French Regional Park, Plymouth

Bike or walk the 4.6-mile paved loop around the park and take in views of Medicine Lake. Stop by the pier near the rental equipment building and look for turtles, geese, ducks and other wildlife in the wetlands.

a large, flat turtle sits on a mud island in a wetland area.

Gale Woods Farm, Minnetrista

Walk, jog, or bike the 2.1-mile limestone trail where cows and sheep may be visible on the pastures. Stop at the Farm Store to pick up a map, shop farm-to-table food and yarn, and check out the educational program offerings

Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Bloomington

Go on a bike tour through the park on 8.7 miles of paved trails that loop through mature forests and restored prairies. Look for wildlife along the way and stop at one of the many rest areas for a snack or woodland picnic.

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnetrista

Try out the 3-hole practice disc golf course. Bring your own disc or rent one for $5. 

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, Rockford

Bring your bike and pack some snacks for a tour of the park! Ride the 10-mile paved loop through prairies, wetlands and big woods. Park your bike at the viewing spot on the east side of the lake and enjoy the views of ducks and swans swimming along the shore and through the cattails.

Looking for more adventure? Try your mountain biking skills on the 13.5-mile singletrack trail

MAC Wildlife Area, Crystal

Bring your binoculars and go for a stroll along the newly constructed boardwalk through cattails and wetlands! This park is a wonderful and peaceful oasis right in the city. Find learning stations along the path and enjoy close-up views of the wetland area. This park is a premier wildlife viewing area where you can find plants and animals seen nowhere else.

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve, Savage

Go for a stroll and see what birds you can find. This park is designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. Park at the horse trailer parking lot, head towards trail intersection 31 and walk through restored prairie habitat on your way to intersection 28. Continue south to intersections 33 to 34 to walk through forested areas. Hike near wetlands on the way to trail intersection 35, and stop at intersection 36 for a breathtaking panoramic view of fields and wetlands. Continue to intersection 37 and back to your car. Route is about 3.2 miles with gently rolling hills.

A woman walks a black dog down a turf trail lined with trees and grasses.

Schaper Park, Golden Valley

Race against the clock to get past obstacles on the fully accessible fitness challenge course. This course is perfect for all abilities ages 13+. Set your own personal record and try to set new records!

Silverwood Park, St. Anthony

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.

Sochacki Park, Robbinsdale

Try geocaching! There are several known geocaches hiding in Sochacki. Use an app on your smart device to see how many you can find! 

a small, round picnic shelter with one table in it sits in a wooded area.

Spring Lake Regional Park, Prior Lake

Stroll the beautiful 3-mile paved loop that takes you through a gorgeous and relatively untouched natural area. The park boundary stretches down to the lake and there are some amazing vistas on the shoreline. 

Taft Park, Richfield

Give geocaching a try! There are several creative geocaches in this park. Use an app on your smart device to find the geocaches. 

The Landing, Shakopee

Take a self-guided tour and connect with the stories of the site through interpretive brochures, cell phone stops and signs.