With a population of approximately 60,000, Maple Grove, Minnesota, is a large suburb of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area with a plethora of open spaces and parks. Maple Grove is a popular destination for outdoors enthusiasts looking to escape the immediate urban surroundings of the Twin Cities.
The Minneapolis - St. Paul International Airport is approximately 34 miles southeast of Maple Grove, or about a 40-minute drive.
Elm Creek Park Reserve
The surrounding area has four regional parks. The almost 5,000 acre Elm Creek Park Reserve is largest park in the area. Visitors can hike, swim, play disc golf and mountain bike.
Arboretum Park is the city's only arboretum. It showcases more than 100 trees native to the Maple Grove area. The 15-acre park has hiking and biking trails through the forest and along the Elm Creek.
Outdoor Ice Skating
During the winter months, throughout the city, Maple Grove has 10 full-size outdoor skating rinks for skating and hockey as well as seven pleasure rinks solely for casual ice skating.
Weaver Lake Community Beach and Park
The Weaver Lake Community Beach and Park is one of the few public beaches in the area. It is open from the end of May to mid-August. Guests of the beach can swim, picnic, play sand volleyball, barbecue and fish.
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Patrick M. Lind has been freelance writing since 2007 and has worked as an editor and journalist for ChicagoSporting.com. He received a Master of Arts in history from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Middle East.