The quiet suburb of Eagan is located only 15 minutes south of Minneapolis and St. Paul and has a surprising number of indoor and outdoor attractions. Celebrate the city’s farm history, let the kids burn off energy at an indoor playground, spend the day at a water park, relax on a lakeside beach or enjoy miles of hiking trails at local regional parks. The choice is yours …

Cascade Bay

3830 Pilot Knob Road
Eagan, MN 55122

As the largest outdoor municipal water park in the region, Eagan’s Cascade Bay is a hot spot over the summer months and, best of all, it appeals to all ages. The property features zero-depth entry points, a variety of water slides and a Lazy River complete with Rocky Rapids. There’s even a nine-hole miniature golf course called Captain’s Course.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Road
Eagan, MN 55123

The 2,000 acres of Lebanon Hills Regional Park is a year-round wonderland. The park has 14 miles of summer hiking trails and 12 miles of winter ski trails and a lakeside beach beckoning swimmers during the warm months. Depending upon the season, ski, snowshoe, canoe and kayak rentals are available at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.

Caponi Art Park

1220 Diffley Road
Eagan, MN 55123

The scenic 60-acre Caponi Art Park and Learning Center is an outdoor educational experience with free cultural and educational experiences and summer programs which includes Family Fun Tuesdays, Shakespeare Festival and Poets in the Park. Other highlights include the Theater in the Woods outdoor amphitheater, miles of wooded walking trails and a one-of-a-kind Sculpture Garden.

Holz Farm

4665 Manor Drive
Eagan, MN 55123

Entering the gates of lakeside Holz Farm is like stepping back to this homestead’s 1870’s beginnings. What was once a working farm is now a living history farm which is celebrated with year-round seasonal events filled with rope making, tractor and hay rides, homemade cookies and hot apple cider. Volunteer-based Friends of the Farm help keep the farm functioning throughout the year.

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Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill

Wilderness Run Road (between Lexington and Dodd)
Eagan, MN 55123

The Trapp Farm Park Tubing Hill is located in a neighborhood on Wilderness Run Road between Dodd Road and Lexington Avenue. Tubes are available for rental every winter after a snow base of 6-8 inches is formed. Personal sleds and tubes may not be used during operational hours. Speaking from firsthand experience, the hill is steep and there is no tow, so expect to get a good workout. A warming hut is nearby.

The Blast

1501 Central Pkwy
Eagan, MN 55121

Toddlers and preschoolers delight in climbing, crawling and jumping up, down and all around this space-themed indoor playground teeming with tunnels, slides and suspension bridges. The Blast is located in the Eagan Community Center.

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