Best Archery Ranges in Minneapolis

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As parents, we are always looking for new ways to engage our children in the wonders of the world. We strive to peak their interest in a variety of fields and areas, in the hopes that at least some of them will stick.

If you are on the lookout for a new past time for your curious kiddos, Twin Cities Kids Club has got one for you; archery! We have compiled of list of the best archery ranges in the Minneapolis area. 

Take a look and get inspired. We know you will find at least one that will satisfy you and your kids’ needs.  

Boy with bow and arrow concentrated on target. Cute Boy with a bow and arrow. Children and sports. Physical training. Bowman background.

But, I’ve never shot an arrow before-

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Many people are intimidated by the prospect of those sharp, swift-moving arrows flying around, especially when their children are involved. 

If you have an open mind and you take the proper precautions, you have no need to worry. 

The most crucial first step, though, is to ask yourself if archery is something in which you are interested. If it helps, archery is a fun and rewarding past time that you and your family can enjoy together for years to come. 

It is excellent for kids and adults of all ages. You can always grow your skillset and improve as you gain experience. Archery combines a love of the great outdoors with a healthy regard for camaraderie and competition. 

Plus, you can practice archery year around. There is endless variety, as you can train indoors and out. 

Once you are ready to begin, the first step is a visit to your local professional archery shop. The helpful staff you find there should be able to get you started down the right road. They can help you find the right bow at the right price for your needs.

Check out our five tips for teaching your kids archery for some helpful hints. 

I’m ready to buy my bow-

The essential thing when finding your right bow is fit. First and foremost, the bow should feel good in your hands. If you are unsure how to hold the bow, don’t be afraid to admit it, there is no shame, ask for instruction on the proper technique. 

Every bow is different. You should play around until you find the grip that feels best to you. 

Second to the fit, the next most important feature of your new bow is draw length. The draw length is the distance you pull the bow back from its rest point. Your shop associate will need to fit your new bow to the proper draw length. 

From here on, things get a bit more complicated. Once you start talking about sights, shooting fingers vs. release, or shooting compound bow vs. recurve, you’ve moved well past beginner. For now, the fit and draw length are enough for you to worry about. 

As you advance in your practice, you will learn more and more, and your knowledge and experience will grow with you. Don’t be intimidated when you first start; take your time, and have fun learning.

Once you have purchased your or your child’s brand new bow, it’s time to start shooting.

Little boy shoots a bow in a children's shooting range

Get the proper help-

Learning to shoot your bow will take some time. There are several ways to begin. You can always join an archery club or league. 

We would recommend that you seek out an archery mentor, though. Ask the staff at the shop where you buy your bow. They should have many helpful recommendations. 

A friendly word of warning- Once you begin, the lure of archery is strong. It is easy to become addicted once you hit that first bullseye. Expect to be hooked once you see how fun it is as a past time.

Get shooting-

Now that you have your bow and the desire to learn, it’s time to start shooting. Here are some of the local ranges where you can practice your draw. 

Minneapolis Parks

Columbia Park

This park is non-reservable. Hay bales are provided but bring your own targets and equipment. 

Ed Solomon Park

Hay bales are provided. 

Bde Maka Ska Park

This is a non-reservable range. Hay bales are provided but bring your own targets and equipment.

Lake Harriet Park

This is a non-reservable range. Hay bales are provided but bring your own targets and equipment.

Theodore Wirth Park

This is a non-reservable range. Hay bales are provided but bring your own targets and equipment.

St Paul Parks

Pig’s Eye Regional Park

This range has six targets. Bring your own equipment.

North Metro Parks

Bunker Hills Regional Park

They have many varied types of ranges. Costs 3 dollars a person, bring your own equipment.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

This is a non-permanent range. They offer family archery programs and provide all equipment. The cost is 10 dollars per person with a discount for groups of 4 or more.

Elm Creek Park Reserve

This is a 30-acre range that requires a 6 dollar pass for entry. 

children at an archery range

East Metro Parks

Lake Elmo Park Reserve

This range is open all year and has seven targets. You must pay a 7 dollar vehicle permit fee.

Keller Regional Park

They have a 12 lane archery course that is free to the public. Bring your own equipment.

South Metro Parks

Belle Plaine Archery Park

This is a free archery range; just bring your own equipment.

Burnsville Archery Site

Open all year; this range has 11 targets. Bring your own equipment. Children under 12 need adult supervision.

Fireman’s Park

They offer archery lessons.

Ritter Farm Park

They offer youth archery lessons in the summer.

Rezac Nature Preserve

An archery course of eight targets, this one is free to use. Bring your own equipment.

Cedar Lake Farm Regional Park

They don’t have a permanent range but offer family archery programs. The 10 dollar fee includes equipment.

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Like Cedar Lake, they don’t have a permanent range but offer family archery programs. The 10 dollar fee includes equipment.

Hidden Valley Park

This range has two targets, bring your own equipment.

West Metro Parks

Staring Lake Park

They have multiple stations, and the park is free to use. Bring your own equipment. 

Baker Park Reserve

They don’t have a permanent range but offer family archery programs. You can learn to shoot on 3-D targets. The 10 dollar fee includes equipment.

Carver Park Reserve

They are open year-round for 6 dollars per person. They offer a stationary and walk-through course. Plus, kids are free!

young girl shooting and arrow at an archery targetOnce you start, we know you will find archery both entertaining and rewarding. Be sure to join Twin Cities Kids Club for all the best deals and discounts on family fun.

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