Silverwood Park

Nestled along the shores of Silver Lake, and with a focus on arts and the environment, Silverwood Park is unique in the metro area. Minutes from a busy freeway, it offers visitors an opportunity to relax in tranquil beauty and provides inspiration for artists. Stop in the coffee shop, bring an instrument and share your musical talents, or simply set up your easel in the park to paint. Artists are welcome here.

Trails offering spectacular views of Silver Lake, restored prairie, and mature oak forests circle the park and provide inspiration to all. The visitor center bustles with activity on a daily basis. Other park amenities include an art gallery, education facilities, event rental space, a café/coffee shop, picnic sites, fishing opportunities, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor performance space and more.

Interactive Map of Silverwood

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things to do

Art Education

Art Education

A woman works clay on a potters wheel

Silverwood Park offers a place dedicated to reconnecting visitors to the natural world through artistic creation. The natural beauty of the grounds and trails serve as a wonderful backdrop to year-round art activities. Professional art educators engage and inspire through program and lesson offerings for both individuals and groups.

Silverwood OnStage brings a summer of concerts and other performances to the outdoor amphitheater. An art gallery can be found in the Visitor Center that hosts a variety of creative and thought provoking art shows.

Bike Trail

Biking

Two people ride bikes on a path

1 mile of trails

A mile-long paved trail circles the park. Bikers will enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail.

Boat Launch

Boating

A kayak on a lake

49 acres of water

Experience Silver Lake by canoe or kayak. Silverwood rents canoes and kayaks during the warmer months. Call for rental hours and other details.

Dog Trails - On Leash

Dog Trails

A couple walks their dog

1 mile of trail

A mile-long trail circles the park. The trail is paved and is plowed in the winter months. Dog walkers with dogs on a six foot non-retractable leash can enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail. Owners must pick-up after their dog.

Fishing / Fishing Pier

Fishing

A man fishes from a pier

70 acres of water

Guests can enjoy limited shoreline fishing on Silver Lake or use the foot bridge. Two accessible fishing piers provide for both shallow and deep-water angling. Anglers must have a valid Minnesota fishing license.

Formal Gardens

Formal Gardens

Flowers bloom in a garden

Gardens have been shown to help relieve stress and it’s not hard to understand why. Take in the beauty of the colorful blooms. Smell the sweet, fragrant flowers. Breathe in the fresh air. Relax to the sound of chirping birds and rustling leaves at Silverwood.

Geocaching

Geocaching

A man holds a GPS device

Geocaching is a family-friendly, high-tech treasure hunt that combines respect for the environment with a sense of adventure. This activity involves placing or looking for a cache using global positioning system (GPS) equipment.

Hiking

Hiking

A couple walks along a shaded path

1.6 miles of trails

A mile-long accessible trail circles the park. The trail is paved and is plowed in the winter months. Hikers will enjoy the oak forests, formal gardens, prairie and lake shore that they will encounter as they meander along the trail.

Walkers in the park will discover sculpture and poetry installations along the trails.

Paddling

Paddling

A man stands on a paddle board

49 acres of water

Experience Silver Lake by canoe or kayak. Silverwood rents canoes and kayaks during the warmer months. Call for rental hours and other details.

Picnic Area

Picnic Areas

A family gathers around a picnic table

Enjoy a picnic while gazing across the placid lake. Cross the footbridge to the island and find the reservation picnic shelter with a fire pit and built-in charcoal grills. Pick up a bite to eat at the Silverwood Cafe, serving a variety of artistic sandwiches and coffees.

Visitor Center

Visitor Center Hours

November–March: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
April–October: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM

Silverwood Gallery and Café 

Silverwood’s gallery space plays host to professional artist and student work throughout the year.

And what better place to have your morning coffee or meet up with a colleague for lunch? The Silverwood Café boasts some of the best views of any coffee shop in the Twin Cities. 

Programs and Events

Nature-inspired art classes taught by Silverwood staff and outside expert instructors are offered year-round. Sign up for a ceramics class, join in on a photo workshop, or expand your musical skills.

Upcoming programs and events at Silverwood Park.

The Silverwood Park Great Hall, Classroom, Amphitheatre and Island Shelter are beautiful, unique spaces to reserve for weddings, company parties, and other special events.

Groups

Whether your group wants to learn more about plants and fibers through a papermaking class, discover animal habitats through activities with clay, or document the local environment through photography, Silverwood has a class for your group.

Celebrate your special day with a birthday at Silverwood park. Join our Art Educators and naturalists for a fun activity and a chance to explore the park. Guests can choose from a variety of art-inspired party themes.

Bring the family for a day of art-making, music, creative play and an outdoor art fair. Shop for Minnesota-made crafts from the Minneapolis Craft Market and enjoy outdoor concerts and more.

Upcoming Events

Looking for something different to do with your little ones? Let Three Rivers teach them about the natural world with fun and creative hands-on activities.

Enjoy nighttime adventures under the magic of a full moon. Experience the beauty of the parks at night and see which creatures come out to greet you.

Lifelong memories are made at camp! Camps for kids ages 4–15 are available on topics including nature exploration, outdoor recreation, golf, fishing, farming, art and Minnesota history.

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News

March 03, 2017

The Park District is constructing a storage room addition at the Silverwood White Oak Classroom Building. The building will remain open for programs during construction.