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Published April 19, 2024

Get into parklife this summer in the Twin Cities

Parklife is more than just a Blur album title and a handy slice of British slang; it’s an easily accessible lifestyle for Twin Cities residents.
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Both St. Paul and Minneapolis boast expansive parks systems that consistently rank among the best in the nation. And while Minnesotans do their best to take advantage of the sledding, ice skating and snowshoeing months, there’s something to be said for the time of year when one can enjoy nature without it literally hurting just to be outside. Here’s the A&E desk’s takes on the best park-tivities around the cities to check out this summer

Lyndale Park Rose Garden: Gather a small group and go to Surdyk’s, Lunds’, Kowalski’s or any of those slightly upscale stores that make grocery shopping a bit exciting. Pick out some fancy cheese (avoid checking the price tag just this once) and the perfect crackers to match, or even a whole charcuterie board full of delectables if you’re feeling kinda hungry. Then, once the supplies and your friends have been properly assembled, treat yourself to a carefree summer picnic at the Lyndale Park Rose Garden. The grassy area behind the gardens offers plenty of grassy fields with tree coverage, turning the area into an ideal little shady spot within a stone’s throw of Lake Harriet, without the crowds. – James Schaak

Boom Island Park: Winding walking paths, picnic tables overlooking the Mississippi and a clear shot of the skyline — Boom Island Park doesn’t leave much to be desired. The park boasts a rich industrial history, with its name deriving from the booms that were used to separate and send logs to sawmills down the river. Grab a tub of tabouli or some stuffed grape leaves from Emily’s Lebanese Deli down the street and settle down for a picture-perfect lunch along the river. – Sophia Zimmerman

Phalen Regional Park: Similar to Como Park, Phalen has a lake, golf course and many biking and walking trails sans the large crowds. Sitting on Lake Phalen and Round Lake, the park has a system of intricate trails weaving through cozy forests, duck-filled creeks and picnic areas that offer a breath of fresh air from the bustling city. Although swimming at the sandy beach can be irresistible in the hot summer months, the park’s best activity is simply walking the trails. You will find yourself strolling through many hidden treasures, including the poetry garden and the China Garden’s breathtaking open-air pavilion. – Maya Marchel Hoff

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