Parks, Trails, and Gardens

Baker Park Reserve

Located on scenic Lake Independence, Baker Park Reserve offers 2,700 acres of natural landscape and accommodations for almost any activity from golfing to camping to cross-country skiing, and so much more. No matter the season, there’s always something fun to do.

5:00 AM-10:00 PM

2309 Baker Park Road, Maple Plain, MN 55359


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Carver Park Reserve

Situated on the western edge of the Twin Cities, Carver Park Reserve is home to Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary. Here, you may spot trumpeter swans, osprey, mink, white-tailed deer, barred owls and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds. Explore year-round activities that take advantage of winding trails, rolling wooded terrain and interconnected lakes and marshes.

5:00 AM-10:00 PM

7400 Grimm Road, Victoria, MN 55386


          Carver Archery Range

Keep your archery skills sharp at the Carver Park archery range. Targets at multiple distances and an elevated platform provide plenty of opportunities to work on your shot, and the walk-through course will have you primed for the season.

5:00 AM – 10:00 PM

6920 Springview Drive, Waconia, MN 55387

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          Carver Dog Off-Leash Area

Let your four-legged friend roam free. This 27-acre off-leash area provides dogs ample room to run. The perimeter is completely fenced and features a separate section for small and/or frail dogs.

5:00 AM – 10:00 PM

7200 Park Drive, Victoria, MN 55368

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Dakota Rail Regional Trail

This paved trail offers a spectacular view of Lake Minnetonka and follows the route of the former Dakota Rail Corridor through St. Bonifacius, Minnetrista, Mound, Spring Park, Minnetonka Beach, Orono and Wayzata. In Carver County an additional 12.5 miles of paved trail extends west of St. Bonifacius to Mayer. 

13 miles | Paved

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Grimm Farm Historic Site

Just a short drive west of Minneapolis, you’ll find the Grimm Farm Historic Site, where visitors have the opportunity to experience Minnesota’s agricultural heritage. It is often called the birthplace of the Dairy Belt thanks to the successful seed saving practices of the Grimm family, which resulted in the first winter-hardy alfalfa in North America. The farm house is part of a restoration project aimed at returning the site to its original state.

Open during scheduled programs only

7720 Grimm Road, Victoria, MN 55386

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Kingswood Park

Three Rivers Park District’s newest acquisition, Kingswood Park, is open for interim use. The park consists of 106 acres of land in Minnetrista on Little Long Lake. The park includes 70 percent of the lake’s shoreline as well as a tamarack bog and a unique glacial landscape. The lake and surrounding uplands are considered some of the most pristine, high-quality natural resources in the area.

Parking is available at a small lot on Kingswood Road; however, drinking water and restrooms are currently not available. Trails are designated for hiking only; bicycles, dogs and horses are prohibited at this time.

5:00 AM-10:00 PM

7301 Kingswood Road, Minnetrista, MN 55364


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Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

The Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail stretches 15 miles between Hopkins and Carver Park Reserve, offering scenic views of Lake Minnetonka along the way. This aggregate trail passes through the communities of Minnetonka, Deephaven, Greenwood, Excelsior, Shorewood, and Victoria. For more ambitious trail users, pack a tent and enjoy an evening under the stars while camping at Carver Park Reserve. No car required!

15 miles | Aggregate

5:00 AM-10:00 PM


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Lake Minnetonka Regional Park

Lake Minnetonka Regional Park is nestled on the shores of scenic Lake Minnetonka. A perfect spot for a family outing, the park offers a large, nautical-themed play area and a chlorinated, sandy-bottom swimming pond. You’ll also find picnic spots, a 3-hole disc golf practice area, a fishing pier, biking and hiking trails, and a boat launch and access point.

6:00 AM-10:00 PM

4610 County Road 44, Minnetrista, MN 55331


Swim Pond Season Pass is required for age 1 and older

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Lowry Nature Center

Lowry Nature Center, the first public nature center built in the Twin Cities, is a beautiful, prairie-style building nestled in the middle of Carver Park Reserve. View seasonal interpretive displays, visit live animals, observe birds in the wildlife viewing area, or relax near the fireplace or on the deck.

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Mon-Sat; Noon-5:00 PM Sun

7025 Victoria Dr, Victoria, MN 55386


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The Luce Line Trail

The trail stretches 63 miles from the western metro suburb of Plymouth to the small town of Cosmos in west-central Minnesota. The trail runs on a former railroad line and is available for Biking, Hiking, Running, Jogging, Walking, Dog Walking, Snowmobiling (west of Stubbs Bay Road), Cross Country Skiing (east of Stubbs Bay Road), and Snowshoeing (east of Stubbs Bay Road). From Plymouth west about 30 miles to Winsted, the surface is limestone. There is also a parallel tread way for horseback riding. Snowmobiles are allowed on the trail west of Stubb’s Bay Road.

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Noerenberg Gardens

Noerenberg Memorial Gardens is known for its tranquility and spectacular beauty. Situated along the shore of Crystal Bay on Lake Minnetonka, Noerenberg is widely regarded as one of the finest formal gardens in Minnesota. Among its blend of perennials, annuals, trees, shrubs, and vines, the garden features ornamental shade trees and a stand of conifers, an extensive daylily collection, and “Northern Lights” azaleas. The garden is open for tours and is an idyllic location for weddings. To schedule a wedding, tour or photography shoot, please call Reservations at 763.559.6700.

May-Oct 8:00 AM-Sunset

2865 Northshore Drive, Wayzata, MN 55391

Main Number: 763-559-6700

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Surfside Park



Wayzata Garden Railroad

402 East Lake Street in Downtown Wayzata

Located on the east side of the Depot, a popular attraction is the Garden Railroad. Open since 2009, the trains run through a village that was landscaped by the Lake Minnetonka Garden Club. The train runs, weather permitting, every Saturday and Sunday from 1 – 4 p.m. April through October.

The Wayzata Historical Society museum resides in the waiting room and depot office areas of the Wayzata Depot, located on Lake Street in downtown Wayzata. The depot was constructed by James J. Hill’s Great Northern Railroad in 1906 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Open Wednesdays, weekends, and holidays April through December 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

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