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Getting Outdoors in Maple Grove

Getting Outdoors in Maple Grove

Enjoying the great outdoors is easy throughout the entire Maple Grove area. Maple Grove is filled with parks, biking and walking trails, lots of lakes and even a few options for dog parks. So whether you’re out with the whole family or it’s just you and your pup, the possibilities are endless. We know your kids will love all the parks, play areas, and trails that Maple Grove offers.

Parks Near Maple Grove

It’s not hard to enjoy every season we experience here in Maple Grove with the endless opportunities to get outdoors thanks to all that the Maple Grove Park & Recreation provides the city. If you’re looking for a place to play catch, have a picnic by the water or hit the playground, Maple Grove has all that and more. Here are a few of our favorites.

Central Park is the newest addition to Maple Grove. Central Park is a hot destination whether it’s Spring, Summer, Fall and even Winter. No matter the season your kids will want to go here. In the winter months, Central Park features a lit outdoor skating loop. The best part? It’s free to skate! They also offer skate rentals for a small price. Once the family is tuckered out, head inside to the concessions and the toasty fireplace.

In the warmer months, the giant lawn, basketball courts, beautiful garden and playground are all guaranteed to give you a great day in the sun. During the summertime, the interactive fountains are a huge hit. After 8:30 pm every day the sprays put on quite the show with LED lights.

Elm Creek Park Reserve is yet another fun and free park to enjoy this season. What can you do here? What can’t you! Elm Creek has everything imaginable for every season. For starters, there are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. There’s also picnic areas, play areas, dog trails, off-leash dog areas, mountain biking, archery, a nature center, and a swimming pond. That’s all just in the warm months.

In the winter you still have plenty of options, snow tubing, sledding, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and dog sledding. You also just may see other visitors at the park, deer, beavers, hawks, eagles, sandhill cranes, loons, and any other creatures that decide to pay you a visit.

Fish Lake Regional Park is a very stunning and picturesque destination all four seasons. Here, you can enjoy a summer day by the lake or out fishing on it. At Fish Lake Regional Park you can swim or boat your summer days away. Your dog is welcome to join the trails and fenced off dog area. Pack a picnic and spend the day here, you don’t run out of things to do. During the winter months, Fish Lake is a popular spot for ice fishing and snowshoeing, leaving you no reason to stay inside all winter.

Weaver Lake Beach and Park is the kind of place you can enjoy all day long. Summer days here can be spent out on the beach, having a picnic, hanging on the long viewing deck soaking up the sun and views. For those looking for a more active summer day, there are four tennis courts, three ballfields, a basketball court, sand volleyball courts, two playgrounds, a fishing pier and biking and walking trails. Weaver Lake also has a large pavilion you can rent out for any large summer parties you want to host. Your guests are sure to keep busy and enjoy the party with all that Weaver Lake has to offer.

Bike Trails in Maple Grove

If you’re a biker, Maple Grove is a great spot for you. For anyone who likes a scenic route, Medicine Lake Regional Trail is worth taking a spin on. This 13-mile route connects through Elm Creek Park Reserve, Fish Lake, and French Regional Parks. This route will also connect you with many other trails throughout the community. During the ride, you’ll catch a stunning peek at Rice Lake in Maple Grove and even Medicine Lake in Plymouth. Elm Creek Park Reserve and many other park areas in Maple Grove offer great biking trails.

Great Lakes

If you’re looking to enjoy your day on, in or near the lake, Maple Grove has got you covered. Each lake offers something different. Fish Lake and Weaver Lake both offer great parks, perfect for when you have some who want to fish and some who want to stay on shore and play. But don’t worry there are plenty more great fishing spots in the Maple Grove area than just these two. The City of Maple Grove offers updated information and resources on lakes in the Maple Grove area.

Afternoon at the Dog Park

Don’t worry there are many choices of dog parks in Maple Grove. So if you’re headed out for the afternoon, you have every excuse to bring your pooch along. Elm Creek Park Reserve boasts a 29 acre fenced off-leash dog area. This dog park provides Fido the opportunities to make friends (of his own kind) and plenty of space to run and play catch. Fish Lake Dog Park is another great option for letting your dog get outside to socialize. Fish Lake Dog Park is another off lease paradise for your pup and another dog park that is part of the Three Rivers Park District.

Evening Stroll

Maple Grove neighborhoods are very walker friendly. Sidewalks cover the Maple Grove area making it easy to fit in an evening stroll after dinner. If you want to get out of the neighborhood, you will find great trails in many of the area’s parks. Elm Creek is a great option for anyone looking for a more scenic walk. Set near diverse dining and shopping options, Arbor Lake and North Arbor Lake have great walking trails.

Clearly, there are many, many things to do in Maple Grove.

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McKenna Cook

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