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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Visitor Center Hours
November–March: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
April–October: 9:00 AM–8:00 PM
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.
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.
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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.
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.