Take a short drive west of downtown Minneapolis on Highway 55 and you'll cross through the middle of Theodore Wirth Park, the largest park in Minneapolis. From the highway it looks like a large green space, but when you get into the park on your own two feet or on a bicycle, you'll see there's plenty you can do here.
Biking, golfing, hiking, boating, swimming, sledding and cross country skiing – Theodore Wirth Park is full of activities to keep you fit all year round. But it's also a place to relax, and you can do this by taking time to enjoy the butterfly garden and bird sanctuary or while reading a good book on the beach.
The park has been a part of the Minneapolis Park Board since 1889, and the addition of Glenwood Lake – renamed Wirth Lake – brought in aother 38 acres in 1909. Now the park covers 759 acres of land and water on the western edge of Minneapolis and the eastern edge of Golden Valley.
Residents in the neighborhoods surrounding the park can take the three off-trail bike paths through the park, or zoom in from Minneapolis on the Luce Line Extension and connect to Bassett's Creek Trail for a good ride.
There's still time this fall to splash around in the water. Take a canoe out for a paddle, fish from the pier or enjoy an afternoon standing on a paddle board where you can watch the birds from the middle of the lake.
In the winter, children and adults flock to the ski hill for tubing, snowboarding and skiing fun. It's a great place for the family to spend a lovely winter afternoon while playing in the snow.
For those who don't live close enough to walk to the park, plenty of parking opportunities are available throughout the space so you can pack up the family and spend a fun afternoon at Theodore Wirth Park.