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 (changed in 2018 to Bde Maka Ska, its original Dakota name meaning 'White Earth Lake') right in the heart of Minneapolis.
• 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.