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Make a splash!

Minnesota is known as the land of 10,000 lakes, but did you know that there are more than that? In addition to being known for our bodies of water, we are also known for our water sports and recreational activities. There is no shortage of ways to get active outside on the water. Here are a few ideas:

  • Go canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding. You can rent watercrafts through Three Rivers Park District and Minnesota State Parks. Check out the I Can Paddle! classes for beginners from the MN Department of Natural Resources (DNR). You can also rent a canoe at Bde Maka Ska and paddle through the Minneapolis chain of lakes. 
  • Try aquatic exercises (for example, water aerobics). You can take classes at your local health club or try these eight pool exercises on your own.
  • Just play! Swim around, play on floats, use kick boards or boogie boards, or dive to the bottom to find treasures. 
  • Make your own water fun. Turn on the hose or sprinkler and make your own water park, water slide, water obstacles, or water games.