Round Lake Park

Round Lake Park Eden Prairie Minnesota



Sadly, August is flying by. Before the cold air rolls in (because we all know it rolls in overnight in Minnesota), be sure to get a splash pad checked off your summer bucket list. And, boy, have I got a good one for you. I joined my friend for a play date at Round Lake Park Splash Pad in Eden Prairie and was pleasantly surprised by the place because it’s more than just a splash pad. Attached to the water area is a very nice playground (one for bigger kids, one for little ones) and shaded tables, all within eyeshot of a lovely sandy beach. There’s definitely enough here to keep kids of all ages busy for a good long while. Now, how do we keep summer around that long?

Round Lake Park Splash Pad Eden Prairie Minnesota

What is it?

Round Lake Park Splash Pad was built in 2013, so it’s fresh and well-kept, as is most of Eden Prairie. The splash area has bubblers and spray arches and some dripping palm trees, and the rubber matting is a relieving touch for parents who are tired of constantly yelling, “Don’t run or you’ll break your head open!” There are two playgrounds – one for the younger crowd and a bigger one for older kids. The Round Lake Park Beach is right nearby too if the free splash pad isn’t cutting it.

Round Lake Park splash pad Eden Prairie Minnesota

Fit for what ages?

As I mentioned, there is something for every age at Round Lake Park. Sometimes, my kids don’t love a splash pad when they involve giant dropping water buckets or water shooters manned by deliberately evil children. But, this splash pad has none of that. Nothing is “scary” and it’s spacious and gradual and totally non-intimidating for toddlers. And, it’s pretty slip-free (bonus!). The toddler playground is tiny…but so are toddlers, I suppose. The bigger play structure is elaborate with slides, bridges and climbing options in varying sizes and difficulty level.There’s also a spinning rope structure that my kids both enjoyed (ages 2 and 5), although the speed they went was not even close to the same. Overall, Round Lake is good for any age child. No age-restriction warnings necessary for this one.

Round Lake Park Eden Prairie Minnesota

How much are we talkin?

Round Lake Park splash pad, playgrounds AND beach are completely free. Only thing that could cost you money here is a watercraft rental (canoes, kayaks and paddleboards available). Doesn’t get much better than that, eh, frugal friends?

Round Lake Park Eden Prairie Minnesota

Want some tips?

The important stuff: There are nice bathrooms inside the building atop the hill behind the splash pad. Each water apparatus in the splash pad is set on a timer, so if something (or all of it) goes off, we the people are in charge of starting it up again. This can be done by pushing the button on the back of the giant red megaphone thingy (descriptive enough for you?). The beach is walking distance from the splash pad, but I recommend choosing to do one or the other. Kids get sandy on beaches and splash pads aren’t fun when covered in sand. Get my drift? If you do the beach, enjoy it because it’s a good one. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 11am-7pm. There are a few large beach umbrellas so come early and grab your spot via an old blanket and a cooler full o’ goodies. The beach water is relatively shallow and very accommodating for young ones. The wood chip-based playgrounds are really fun for kids and they do tend to get wet since so many kids jump from one area to another here, so swimsuits are a good decision until you’re absolutely ready to leave. Athletic, are you? Take advantage of the outdoor ellipticals (pictured below). I thought these were a nice touch, although I never actually used one. Parking is free and the lot is large. Everything is nice and close (the parking lot to the splash pad…the splash pad to the beach) so you won’t look ridiculous walking 10 miles carrying your coolers, blankets, swim noodles, pails and shovels, and babies. This place was a nice little treasure during a week when my paycheck and sanity just weren’t going to make it.

Round Lake Park Eden Prairie Minnesota

Hours and Location

16691 Valley View Road  |  Eden Prairie, MN 55346
The Splash Pad is open daily from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours beyond Labor Day will depend on the temps.

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  • Megan
    08/18/2014 at 10:18 am

    We love this splash pad, specifically for the rubber floor. I wish all splash pads had rubber bottoms instead of concrete! Also the last time I was here I saw a child in the lake flailing a bit. The lifeguard was on his stand and in the water to help him in a flash. Very impressed with the lifeguard staff.

    • Nicki
      08/18/2014 at 2:14 pm

      I completely agree. Very attentive and reliable!

  • Megan
    08/18/2014 at 10:20 am

    Sorry, that’s supposed to say “the lifeguard was OFF his stand”.

  • jolizie
    08/18/2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m pretty sure we live in the same neighborhood, but you comment about “a splash pad when they involve giant dropping water buckets or water shooters manned by deliberately evil children” totally solidified it. Love that St Louis park has a splash pad, but it would be even better if my kid wasn’t a little terrified of it. We’ll have to mark the Eden Prairie splash pad down as a place to check out (I already have a list of other places you suggested – great site – very well put together).

    • Nicki
      08/18/2014 at 2:15 pm

      Haha…yes, we must reside in the same area then 🙂 I like EP because all the water toys seemed to be “selective”…like, kids weren’t going to be surprised when they got squirt in the face with something they didn’t see coming. Check it out. Let me know what you think.