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10 Wonderful Off-Leash Dog Parks in Minneapolis, MN in 2023

Chris Dinesen Rogers

By Chris Dinesen Rogers

Loring Park in Minneapolis

Minneapolis goes out of its way to make the city dog-friendly. It has seven off-leash parks, with other partnerships adding to the fun. You’ll find some interesting takes on dog-friendly in the City of Lakes.

Nearby St. Paul also has some excellent open spaces to enjoy with your canine companion. Many of the neighborhood offerings are close to pet-friendly restaurants, so you can make a day out of it.

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The 10 Off-Leash Dog Parks in Minneapolis, MN

1. Minnehaha Off-Leash Recreation Area

Minnehaha Off-Leash Dog Park
Image Credit: minneapolisparks
πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“5399 Minnehaha Park Drive S Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to midnight
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual pet permits required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM
  • Gorgeous scenery
  • Quite busy sometimes
  • Lots to do in the adjacent area
  • All the makings of a complete day trip

2. Unleashed Hounds and Hops

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“200 East Lyndale Ave N Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: Sunday: 10 AM to 6 PM;Β  Monday: Closed;Β  Tuesday-Friday: 4 PM to 9 PM;Β  Saturday: 10 AM to 9 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free for humans; Pets: Daily, 5-use, or annual memberships
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with dogs under control at all times
  • Indoor/outdoor dog park, taproom, and restaurant
  • Online pre-registration with proof of vaccinations
  • Area available for small dogs
  • Reservations highly recommended
  • Proof of vaccinations required

3. Loring Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, in sight and under control in designated areas only
  • Proof of vaccinations required
  • Designated area part of the larger park
  • Night lights
  • Fully fenced
  • Three-dog limit

4. Lake of the Isles Off-Recreational Area

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“2845 W Lake of the Isles Parkway, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM (park open until midnight)
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with pets under control
  • 87 acres
  • Street parking only
  • Fully fenced
  • Small dog area
  • Night lights

5. Gateway Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“4th Avenue S and 11th Street S, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 7 AM to 8:30 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, if under the handler’s control
  • Fully fenced
  • Well-supported by the community
  • Clean
  • Minneapolis pet license required

6. Franklin Terrace Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“925 Franklin Terrace, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM (park open until midnight)
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with pets under the control of owner
  • Completely fenced
  • Lots of room to play
  • Part of the larger Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
  • Leashed pets on trails
  • Bring water for provided community bowls

7. Lyndale Farmstead Off-Leash Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“3845 Dupont Avenue S, Minneapolis MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM (park open until midnight)
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with pets under the control of the owner
  • Little shade
  • Benches
  • 62 acres
  • Fast draining substrate
  • Reclaimed parking lot

8. Victory Prairie Off-Leash Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“44701 Russell Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM (park open until midnight)
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with pets under the control of the owner
  • Seating for owners
  • Fully fenced
  • 62 acres
  • Open grasslands

9. Carlson Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“2541 Nevada Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 7 AM to 8:30 PM
πŸ’² Cost: Free
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, if under the handler’s control
  • Doubled-gated entrance
  • No water available on-site
  • Large, wooded area
  • Plenty of seating
  • Hidden gem

10. St. Anthony Parkway Off-Leash Dog Park

πŸ—ΊοΈ Address: πŸ“700 St. Anthony Parkway, Minneapolis, MN
πŸ• Open Times: 6:00 AM to 10 PM (park open until midnight)
πŸ’² Cost: Daily or annual permit required
πŸ• Off-Leash: Yes, with pets under the control of the owner
  • 17 acres
  • Completely fenced
  • Night lights
  • Spacious for long runs
  • Muddy entrance sometimes

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Conclusion

Minneapolis has a lot to offer pet owners, with our selection of off-leash dog parks being just the tip of the iceberg. St. Paul and the nearby suburbs also have plenty of dog-friendly sites to make puppy playtime fun for everyone. Make sure to keep your pup on its leash before entering and when exiting the parks. Minnesota nice is on display with many parks providing community bowls and clean-up bags.


Featured Image Credit: AMB-MD Photography, Shutterstock

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