Activities & Resources
Hyland Lake Park Reserve552in Minneapolis, MN 55438
about Hyland Lake Park Reserve:
The reserve encompasses several lakes and ponds, providing extensive habitat for waterfowl and wildlife. Hyland Lake, at the southern end, has a fishing pier, and offers rental canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and paddleboats from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Bicycles, too.
Eleven miles of cross-country ski trails - two of which, along with an impressive sledding hill, are lighted for evening use - loop out from the Visitor Center, where equipment rental, vending machines, and restrooms can be found. Hyland also boasts seven miles of winter hiking trails; five miles of paved trails, three miles of snowshoe trails, and almost of six miles of trails for dogs on leashes. In all, the reserve comprises over 1,000 acres.
The Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area (763.694.7800) features tame and mildly challenging groomed runs, with snowmaking. A ski school offers lessons for ages eight and up. Come spring, it transforms into an 18-hole frisbee golf course.
Richardson Nature Center's offerings are some of the best around. Combine a stop there with a visit to the award-winning creative play area nearby, where 16,000 square feet of colorful slides, tunnels, and towers await. A large attached playground for ages five and under lets younger siblings in on the fun.
Birthday parties: The Ski & Snowboard Area offers party packages, and from May-Oct, children can have a party at the children's play area afternoons or evenings (with a morning option on weekends). Expect to pay about $85 for up to 15 children; food is available for an additional fee. Alternatively, parents can just reserve tables at the play area and bring their own refreshments. Call 763.694.7692 to book.