Minnesota may be land-locked, but that won't hold you back from literally thousands of opportunities for swimming on sandy beaches -- not to mention boating, fishing, and enjoying the shoreline at gorgeous Minnesota camping spots throughout the Land o' Lakes.
Even in the bigger metro areas you'll find beautiful family-friendly lake beaches beckoning, like the one at Lake Phalen (St. Paul's prime summer hotspot) or Lake Calhoun right in the heart of Minneapolis -- all located near other attractions such as playgrounds, picnic areas and biking and walking paths.
• Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline. That's more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
• There are actually more than 15,000 lakes located within Minnesota. They probably just rounded off the number because the state's moniker "Land of 10,000 Lakes" probably just sounds better.
• Every summer, the "Beach Bash" on Thomas Beach at Lake Calhoun holds a sand castle competition and a milk carton boat race during the annual Minneapolis Aquatennial. Other classic events during the week-long party include a torchlight parade -- one of the biggest nighttime parades in the nation.
Three Rivers Park District - Swimming - This is a great guide to Twin Cities suburban recreation including beaches and swimming ponds, with opening and closing dates, hours, lifeguard availability, rules and regulations, water quality reports.