Is there anything better on a hot, summer day than water activities. Splash pads are the best of both worlds: crisp, refreshing water with less risk and danger than a pool. If you have younger kids, you know splash pads are where it’s at in the summer.
Thankfully, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding area boast many excellent splash pads. No matter where you live in the area, you aren’t far from a splash pad.
Plan a day trip to one in an area you haven’t been to, as well. Pack a picnic, snacks, towels, and toys (and DON’T forget the water and sunscreen), and maybe you’ll find a new family favorite.
At Twin Cities Kids Club, we want to help you have the best summer ever with your kids. Join the club today, and you will immediately have access to local discounts and activities throughout the Twin Cities.
Enjoying Splash Pads in a Pandemic
Unfortunately, this summer will not look like other years. With everyone figuring out how to enjoy their family and friends in a safe way, many businesses and places are choosing to stay closed.
Splash pads are no different. Many will not be opening this summer. We have compiled a list of all of the splash pads in the area. Plus, we have listed whether or not they will be opening this summer.
Of course, please check with the splash pad before going. Their hours might change. Hopefully, some that started closed can open later in the summer. Furthermore, many have regulations regarding the capacity and size of groups allowed to enter the splash pad.
North Metro Splash Pads
Lakeside Commons Park in Blaine– Currently Closed
Typically, you can enjoy a splash pad, rent canoes, play volleyball, swim on a public beach, and a public park with kids’ activities.
Andrews Park Splash Pad– Open
When open, Andrews Park boasts playgrounds, athletic facilities, and a picnic pavilion along with the splash pad. It’s in a smaller neighborhood in Champlin but worth checking out.
This well-designed park offers trails, a splash pad, and a playground for the whole family to enjoy.
Huset Park West Splash Pad in Columbia Heights– Currently Closed
With playgrounds, ball fields, walking trails, bocce ball, picnic areas with grills, and a splash pad, you could spend an entire day at Huset Park West.
This urban park has a playground plus an area that is an interactive fountain in the summer and an ice-skating rink in the winter.
Boulevard Plaza Splash Pad in Coon Rapids– Currently Closed
With a wide variety of events including concessions, open spaces, picnic areas with tables, a play area, walking trails, restrooms, and, of course, a splash pad, the whole family will enjoy a day at Boulevard.
This interactive fountain is fun for the whole family.
City of Delano Splash Pad– Open (Required to reserve your visit online)
While there is no furniture and a reserved time slot is required, a visit to this splash pad is worth the trip.
West Metro Splash Pads
Cedarcrest in Bloomington – Open
Outside of the splash pad, this park offers playgrounds, a softball field, a volleyball court, and a tennis court along with restrooms.
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Visit a splash pad with a playground and sports fields in a fun neighborhood.
Manor Park Splash Pad in Robbinsdale– Currently Closed
The park is almost four acres with picnic areas, sports fields, a playground, paths and trails, and a tennis court, and these are open. The splash pad will not open in 2020.
This large splash pad is full of everything a kid could want in a splash pad, stop by and check it out!
South Metro Splash Pads
Check out Kelley Park, which boasts a picnic shelter, playground, and splash pad.
The whole family will love this park: 40 acres of sports fields, volleyball courts, nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, and a splash pad.
Nicollet Commons Park in Burnsville– under maintenance and is currently closed
With an amphitheater, picnic area, water features, and beautiful open space, check out Nicollet Commons Park.
Chaska Community Center Splash Pad– Hopefully opening in July
This awesome community center with pool, play areas, and splash pad is fun for everyone.
Firemen’s Park in Chaska– May Open this Summer
This unique parks honor firefighters from the area. Your whole family can enjoy a fun afternoon here.
This great neighborhood park offers a splash pad along with walking trails, play areas, sports areas, and a recreation center.
This huge splash pad has something for all ages. As a bonus, there is a large covered area with seating.
East Metro Splash Pads
Highlands Park is a substantial park with activities for everyone in the family. There is baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, ice-skating in the winter, miles of paved trails, and beautiful open space. There are also playgrounds and picnic areas, as well as the splash pad.
This is a fantastic splash pad with two platforms, so kids of all ages can safely play and have fun.
North Of the Twin Cities
Milaca Splash Pad – Open
This is a fantastic city park with a little bit of everything. Whether you want to skateboard, zip line, picnic, play, or more, check out Milaca.
St. Cloud Splash Pads – Open
With three splash pads to choose from, a trip to St. Cloud might be worth it!
- Lake George/Eastman Park
- Riverside Park
- Westwood Park
St. Paul Splash Pads
With a playground, picnic area, and splash pad for free, you can easily make a day of it with your kids.
Parque de Castillo-Open
Conway Park offers many indoor and outdoor amenities, including a baseball field, basketball court, football field, soccer fields, softball fields, community garden, and playground.
What is your favorite splash pad? Let us know where you take your kids for water fun. And don’t forget to join Twin Cities Kids Club today!