Madison's Place
Winner 2018, 2019
HopeKids
Winner 2017, 2018, 2019
Special Olympics of MN
Winner 2017, 2018, 2019
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Winner 2017, 2018, 2019

PHS Top Spots
Minnesota's best places for families with special needs

PHS Top Spots makes it easier for families of children with special needs to find the best spots throughout the state that are set-up to accommodate their needs. Check out the 2019 Minnesota Top Spots list below, as voted by families in the special needs community. Comprised of 12 categories, this list is sure to help your family get out and about year round!




2019 Winners

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Adaptive Playground

Madison's Place in Woodbury MN
Madison's Place
Woodbury, MN

The 16,000-square-foot all-inclusive playground offers sun-shade covered play decks, swings, sensory play equipment and ramps for wheelchair access. Madison’s Place will serve as a regional gathering place for children of all ages and abilities to foster friendships, experience the excitement of climbing on a playground and spend time outdoors.

Dana Millington
dana@madisonclairefoundation.org

Adaptive Sport Organization

More than 1,400 Special Olympics athletes from across Minnesota competed at the 2015 Summer Games, held June 18-20.
Special Olympics Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

This incredible organization offers trainings and competitions all year across the state for people with intellectual disabilities. With 16 Olympic-style sports, there’s something for everyone.

Kelly Monicatti
kelly.monicatti@somn.org

Family Support Organization

HopeKids helps families with special needs restore hope
HopeKids
Multiple locations

Hope is powerful medicine, and that message is at the heart of what this organization does. With its HopeDay and HopeCommunity programs, HopeKids provides monthly events and a network of support for families of children who have a life-threatening medical condition.

Brian Anderson
brian@hopekids.org

Indoor Play Space

A child plays in a slide
Mall of America
Bloomington, MN

With attractions like Nickelodeon Universe, The Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, The Crayola Experience, The Lego Store, and more, there is something for everybody here – and much of it is accessible. You can also check out Toddler Tuesdays for a free morning of fun from 10:00 am-noon.

952-883-8800
info@mallofamerica.com

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Overnight Getaway

A child enjoys the day at a splash pad
Edgewater Hotel and Waterpark
Duluth, MN

An indoor waterpark, arcade, outside play area, pool and hot tub, plus proximity to the Lakewalk and other attractions make the Edgewater a fun getaway for the whole family.

800-777-7925
218-728-3601

State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park
North of Two Harbors, MN

Whether you stay overnight in the campground or just stop in to see the falls, Gooseberry is a welcoming park for all abilities.

218-595-7100
gooseberryfalls.statepark@state.mn.us

Summer Camp

True Friends Camp Friendship
Annandale, MN

Camp Friendship is one location of True Friends, whose programs include camp, respite, therapeutic horseback riding, conference and retreat, travel and team building.With locations near Maple Lake, Annandale, Plymouth, Eden Prairie and Bemidji, True Friends serves individuals in Minnesota and throughout the United States.

952-852-0101
info@truefriends.org

Place to Recharge

Recharging at the lake
A Lake or Up North

It’s not surprising that Minnesota families with special needs chose somewhere peaceful like a lake or favorite spot up north to recharge. After all, its importance was the very reason Pediatric Home Service started – to help kids live as fully as possible in their communities, with their families, rather than in the hospital.

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Gillette Special Needs Support Group
St. Paul, MN

As part of the comprehensive approach to care at Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare, they curated a list of resources to help parents connect with other parents.

Museum

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Science Museum of MN
St. Paul, MN

The Science Museum of MN offers an incredible range of exhibits, from the human body and dinosaurs to the Mississippi River – all created to encourage children to explore the science happening around them!

(651) 221-9444
info@smm.org

Public Library

R.H. Stafford Library, Woodbury, MN
R.H. Stafford Library
Woodbury, MN

This Washington County library opens a world of wonder, play, and knowledge. Our librarians are ready to help you explore! This is your space to inspire curiosity, champion innovation, and spark opportunity.

Keith Ryskoski
keith.ryskoski@co.washington.mn.us

Venue

Target Field is named a PHS Top Spot for entertainment venue
Target Field
Minneapolis, MN

Home to the Minnesota Twins, Target Field offers UCare Accessible Seating, assistive-listening devices, and convenient drop-off/pick-up locations. Plus, the ballpark allows guests to bring in backpacks, coolers, children’s beverages, and even their own food.

1-800-33-TWINS
1-800-338-9467