Park Series: Lone Lake Park

Minnetonka, MN

What to expect?

  • Big parking lot and indoor toilets + water fountains next to playground (there’s a “Lone Lake” sign right on Shady Oak Road so you can’t miss the entrance)
  • Wood chip footing on playgrounds, rocks to climb, many grassy hills (think: winter sledding?)
  • Paved bike path that heads through the woods
  • Dirt walking path down by the water (an easy one-mile trek for little legs with a nice view of Lone Lake…and ducks and frogs and turtles)
  • A big playground for older kids and a very small one for toddlers + a variety of swings
  • Full-court basketball across the parking lot and tennis courts and soccer fields are up the large paved driving hill.
  • Two picnic pavilions over by the grassy open are and water. Otherwise, just benches.
  • Under-a-mile drive to Shady Oak Beach ($6/person).
  • Rarely a busy play area, but we’ve noticed there’s a van of special needs teens who come here with their group around 10 or 11am and stay about 30 minutes. They are very sweet, but that makes it busier, obviously.
  • Also, they are supposedly putting in pickle ball courts. I hear that’s all the rage in Florida 🙂
  • TIP: Treat your kids (who am I kidding…yourSELF!) to a stop at YoYo Donuts less than two minutes from the park. Nothing like running off a good old fashioned sugar high! Also in the same strip of shops is PoppedCorn, a unique and delightful popcorn shop.

What to bring?

  • Snacks/a lunch to picnic (and probably a blanket)
  • Tennis racquets or basketballs or soccer balls
  • Bikes if manageable. We loved the short, but pretty, bike path when we went!
  • Tennis shoes. The dirt path is rocky and there are some steps that wouldn’t be the safest in flip-flops.
  • Beach gear if you want to head next door to Shady Oak Beach ($6/person)

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How to get there?

Lone Lake Park
5624 Shady Oak Road
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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Visit the website here.

Open 7 days a week from 6am – 10pm

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