Plan a summer getaway to Minneapolis South – the gateway to the Twin Cities. Discover classic Midwestern summer fun with boating, biking, major 4th of July celebrations…and of course shopping!
Nothing says summer like standup paddle boarding, hiking, and…skiing?
Let’s start with Lake Marion, Crystal Lake, Casperson Park and Schulze Lake Beach. These are great places for fishing, boating, swimming, kayaking, and SUPing (stand-up paddle boarding). The lakes have fishing piers, boat launches, and fun-in-the-sun swimming beaches! You can also find sand volleyball courts, horseshoes, and a swimming beach at Antlers Park.
Now, take a hike! Have an adventure in the Caponi Art Park. Explore the beautiful trails and enjoy world class sculptures for the perfect marriage of nature and creativity! There’s also plenty of golf to keep you busy in Eagan, Burnsville, and Lakeville – which has over 100 miles of paved hiking/biking trails, equestrian trails, and bird watching activities.
Last but not least, ski this summer (or any time of year)! Buck Hill offers a unique synthetic mat that allows adrenaline-chasers the chance to ski all year long.
No need to pack all of your outdoor gear. Find everything you need for summer fun in Minneapolis South!
Sierra Trading Post is very similar to a TJMaxx but it’s full of discounted recreational gear such as active wear, camping supplies, and necessities for water activities.
Another must-visit shopping excursion for outdoor gear is Gander Outdoors. This massive facility has everything you could ever imagine for outdoor activities.
Next, head over to Town Centre Shops and visit Erik’s Bike Shop which is packed with everything you need to have the ultimate biking adventure.
While you’re at it, check out Fleet Farm. If you are not from Minnesota or Wisconsin, you are probably not familiar with the magic of Fleet Farm. You can find everything from groceries to livestock care. Of course, there is also a great selection of outdoor activity supply.
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When the weather is warm, it’s all about events in Minneapolis South! These community events are open to the public and will add an extra Minnesota-flair to your vacation. Here are some of the top events of the season.
Pan-O-Prog (The week of 4th of July) This week-long festival has fun for all ages with over 60 celebrations including sports tournaments, street dances, concerts, a parade, classic car cruise, 4th of July fireworks and so much more!
Eagan Funfest(July 3-4) Celebrate the nation’s declaration of independence with live entertainment, carnival rides, lip-smacking food, and fireworks!
Buck Concert Series(July) After you are done skiing in the summer sun, see a live concert at Buck Hill! Click the link for more details on dates!
International Festival of Burnsville(Third Saturday in July) This special community tradition celebrates many cultures with dance, music, entertainment, and the ultimate unifier – food!
Elko Speedway(Weekends, all summer long!): This high-bank paved track is not your typical racing center. In addition to mind-blowing races – check out a live concert, drive in movie…or car eating dinosaur robots!
As you can see, Minneapolis South is the perfect destination for a summer getaway with outdoor fun, shopping, and events. Keep planning your adventure by following us on Facebook!