Next Bike Adventure – Twin Cities Gateway

At A Glance: Exploring the Twin Cities – Fun and Food

Located on the northern edge of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the Twin Cities Gateway location is a Minnesota vacation destination where having a bicycle can be an advantage. Here you will find top-ranked golf courses, Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park, the National Sports Center (the world’s largest amateur sports facility), and countless other family attractions all accessible from your hotel room by paved trails systems and bike friendly roads. The Gateway area also offers a stunning natural environment where outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant. Also, there are shopping areas galore that range from your favorite stores to charming and unique boutiques. 

Here a young lady rides her bike along a trail in the Twin Cities Gateway area as the fall colors peak.

A young lady rides her bike along the trail in the Twin Cities Gateway area as the fall colors peak.

Where to Bike In the Area

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With nine bike-friendly communities encompassing the Gateway Area, explore and enjoy the beauty of these North metro suburbs with your bike or a rental. With many parks connected by a vast trail system throughout the area, you will have many chances to see and experience Mother Nature as you pursue your favorite outdoor activities here. One of many options when visiting the area is a bike ride along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT).

Below is a brief description of each TC Gateway Community along with ideas for things to do when you’re not biking. Additionally, places to stay, places to eat, and useful links to help you Find Your Next Adventure are included.

Area Bike Shop and Rental Services

Car’s Bike Shop | 2661 County Road I, Mounds View, MN 55112 | 763-784-6966 
Jerry’s Schwinn | 4136 Coon Rapids Blvd. N.W., Minneapolis, MN 55433, USA| 763- 421-4270
Penn Cycle | 12555 Ulysses Street N.E., Suite 160, Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-432-9430
Pioneer Cycle | 12741 Central Ave. N.E., Blaine 55434 |  763-755-8871  

Where to Play When Not Biking 

Along with the bike opportunities in the Twin Cities Gateway Area, you will also find Adventure Seaplanes, golf, shopping, aquatic centers, the National Sports Center, and more.  Plus, there are the Theatre District, the Mall of America, and more that are just a short drive or train ride away. 

Where to Eat 

In each of the nine communities of the Twin Cities Gateway you will find many options to choose from. 

Where to Sleep When Visiting  

Stay at a comfortable, convenient, and affordable Twin Cities Gateway hotel, or a quaint bed and breakfast. All 22 quality lodging properties to choose from have easy access and free parking. Additionally, each is located within minutes of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Anoka

Ticknor Hill Bed and Breakfast
1625 3rd Ave S.
Anoka, MN 55303

Regency Inn & Suites – Anoka
Hwy 10 & Thurston Ave
1129 Hwy 10 W
Anoka, MN 55303

Blaine

Best Western PLUS
Blain at the National Sports Cetner
10580 Baltimore St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Super 8 Blaine/Mpls/St Paul Area
9410 Baltimore St. NE
Blaine, MN 55449

Coon Rapids

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Coon Rapids
3430 Northdale Blvd.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Best Western PLUS
Coon Rapids North Metro Hotel
3420 Northdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, Coon Rapids
155 Coon Rapids Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
9333 Springbrook Dr NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Quality Inn Northtown
9052 University Ave NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Fairfield Inn
8965 Springbrook Dr NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

InTown Suites
420 Coon Rapids Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55443

Fridley

Budget Host Inn
6881 Hwy 65 NE
Fridley, MN 55432

LivINN Hotel
5201 Central Ave NE
Fridley, MN 55421

Ham Lake

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Ham Lake
13440 Highway 65
Ham Lake, MN 55304
Lino Lakes

Hampton Inn & Suites Lino Lakes
579 Apollo Dr
Lino Lakes, MN 55014

Mounds View

AmericInn Hotel & Suites Mounds View
2200 Mounds View Blvd
Mounds View, MN 55112

Days Inn Mounds View Twin Cities North
2149 Program Ave
Mounds View, MN 55112
New Brighton

Homewood Suites by Hilton Minneapolis-NewBrighton
1815 Old Highway 8 NW
New Brighton, MN 55112

Shoreview

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Shoreview
5995 Rice Creek Parkway
Shoreview, MN 55126

Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis St. Paul-Shoreview
1050 Gramsie Rd
Shoreview, MN 55126

Best Western PLUS St. Paul North-Shoreview
1000 Gramsie Rd
Shoreview, MN 55126

Anoka

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Anoka is easily accessible with a North Star Commuter Rail Station to get you to and from Minneapolis so you can visit the “Halloween Capitol of the World.” Anoka is filled with many fun attractions, events, and activities. The historic downtown boasts an array of unique shops, restaurants, and services, all surrounded by beautiful city parks, trails, and neighborhoods. Events such as Anoka Riverfest & Craft Fair and the Anoka Classic Car Show draw visitors from all over during the summer. As the “Halloween Capital of the World”, Anoka’s Octobers are filled with fun activities including three parades and a 5K Grey Ghost Run.

Here’s a list of just a few of the many things Anoka has to offer:
Lyric Arts Main Street Stage – this theatre has a full season of musicals, plays, and music events | 420 E. Main Street, Anoka, MN 55303 | 763-422-1838
Anoka Aquatic Center – featuring a climbing wall, diving board, water slide, sand volleyball court, and many other attractions | 1551 Seventh Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 | 763-576-2980
Historic Downtown – the heart of Anoka is perfect for every shopper whether you’re looking for clothes, décor, gifts, or antiques
Hans Bakery – known for their tasty treats such as the BeeHive and Texas doughnut | 1423 5th Avenue, Anoka, MN 55303 | 763-421-4200
Broncos of Anoka – one of Anoka’s unique restaurants specializing in slow roasted sandwiches | Menu | 2371 7th Ave. Anoka, MN 55303 | 763-421-0602

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Blaine

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Conveniently located just 12 miles north of downtown Minneapolis along Interstate 35W and Highways 10 and 65, Blaine is home to the National Sports Center. The National Sports Center is an Olympic-class training facility and international hub for youth sports, as well as the TPC – Twin Cities golf course, which annually hosts the 3M Championship of the PGA Champions Tour. In late June, don’t miss the Blaine Festival, fun for the whole family. With more than 60 parks, you will find 140 miles of trails within Blaine’s boundaries.

Here’s a list of just a few of the many things Blaine has to offer:
Carol’s – great for delicious home-style American food| Menu | 11888 Aberdeen St. N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55449 | 763-757-9700
Big Dipper Creamery – family owned ice cream shop with 52 flavors of tasty home made ice cream | Menu | 1250 126th Ave. N.E., Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-276-9972
Fogerty Arena – known as the “Ice House,” this is a great place to watch a game of hockey, have fun during free skate, or learn how curl at the home of Four Seasons Curling Club | 9250 Lincoln St. N.E., Blaine, MN 55434 | 763-780-3328
National Sports Center  the world’s largest amateur sports facility with 50 soccer fields and 8 hockey sheets this center is also home to Minnesota’s professional soccer team Minnesota United FC | 1700 105th Ave. N. E., Blaine, MN 55449 | 763-785-5600

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Coon Rapids

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Traveling to Coon Rapids is made easy with the North Star Commuter Rail Station. This makes going back and forth to Minneapolis, or a multi-modal round trip bike ride using the Mississippi River Trail,  a breeze. For residents and visitors alike, the community offers a unique combination of urban excitement and small town friendliness. There are many recreational activities in Coon Rapids within Bunker Hills Regional Park. Visitors can also enjoy Coon Rapids’ softball and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, hiking and biking trails, skateboard parks, fishing, boating docks, and more! Be sure to check out Coon Rapids’ 4th of July festivities too!

Here’s a list of just a few of the many things Coon Rapids’ has to offer:
Riverdale Village – a one stop shop for all your shopping needs, this shopping center has a variety of stores from clothing to grocery and everything between | 12921 Riverdale Blvd. N.W., Coon Rapids, MN,  55448
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area – this National Park Service natural wonder runs through Fridley, Coon Rapids, and Anoka, offering 72 miles of wilderness in an urban setting. | 111 E. Kellogg Blvd., Suite 105, Saint Paul, MN 55101 | 651-293-0200 
Kendall’s Tavern & Chophouse – conveniently located next to Bunker Hills Golf Course and event center, this great restaurant offers customers a variety of options | Menu | 12800 Bunker Prairie Road N.W., Coon Rapids, MN 55448 | 763-755-1234

Rose Garden – a family owned restaurant for over decade that provides you with delicious Chinese cuisine | Menu | 2500 Coon Rapids Blvd., Coon Rapids,  MN 55433 | 763-323-2080

Click here for more information about Coon Rapids.

Fridley

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There are a variety of ways to get from the Twin Cities to Fridley. One of which is the North Star Commuter Rail. Fridley is home to the first station on the North Star Commuter rail and this rail can bring you down to Target Field. Here you can enjoy the many outdoor activities and recreational facilities available that are just a short drive away from the bustling downtown Minneapolis. Find many attractive recreational park facilities located on the Mississippi River, like Manomin Park, the Reidel Estate and Farm, and Riverfront Park.  Nestled within the city’s northwest corner is Springbrook Nature Center, a 127-acre nature preserve and interpretive learning center. On the east side of the city, Moore Lake features a beach, sandy dunes, park shelters, and a fishing pier.

Here are just a few of the many things Fridley has to offer:
Grandpa’s Ice Cream – family owned shop that has “Premium Homemade Ice Cream” in 32 flavors, sorbets, and lets you mix and match flavors to make shakes and malts | 1258 East Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN 55432 | 763-572-2078
Zantigo – a restaurant exclusive to Minnesota, Zantigo provides delectable Mexican flavor to their food | Menu | 255 57th Avenue N.E., Fridley, MN 55432 | 763-586-1044
Shortstop – a local bar and grill that gives a good hometown feel with favorites such as wings, burgers, pasta, and wraps | Menu | 1298 Moore Lake Drive, Fridley, MN 55432 | 763-571-3417
Fridley Historical Center – take a walk around the local museum to learn more about the history of the area | 611 Mississippi St. N.E., Fridley, MN 55432 | 763-571-0120

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Ham Lake

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Travel to Ham Lake – home of Majestic Oaks Golf Club –  one of the largest and most highly regarded championship courses in the metropolitan area. Summertime is when a boom of travelers visit the area to camp on the rustic shores of Ham Lake. Some of these summer visitors are hosted by the Ham Lake Campground, one out of a handful of campgrounds in the metropolitan area. This facility stands out with its assortment of recreational activities, boat rentals, and themed weekends throughout their season.

Here are just a few of the many things Ham Lake has to offer:
T-Box Bar & Grill – a cozy place to grab a bite to eat while also featuring an array of drinks | Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | 1431 147th Ave. N.E., Ham Lake, MN 55304 | 763-413-9950

Brown Family Adventures – a large indoor playground unlike any other complete with a large tree house, suspension bridges, and slides | 14200 Lincoln Street NE, Suite 500, Ham Lake, MN 55304 | 763-331-0265
Mansetti’s Pizza &Pasta – a great place to swing in and grab a bite of your favorite foods | Menu | 16220 Aberdeen St. N.E., Ham Lake, MN 55304 | 763-434-1515
Majestic Oaks – a gorgeous golf club that includes the 46th Hole Bar and Grill and a dinner theatre which is great after a round or two of golf |701 Bunker Lake Blvd  Ham Lake, MN  55304 | 763-755-2140

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Lino Lakes 

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Lino Lakes is a city with a chain of 13 lakes and easy access to both Interstates 35W and 35E. Lino Lakes is a great location to tap into the Twin Cities excitement and then retreat to the tranquility of the city’s natural surroundings. Biking, hiking, canoeing, and camping are just out your doorstep in Lino Lakes. Families will enjoy canoeing and kayaking on the Rice Creek Water Trail. Visitors can bring their own canoes and kayaks or rent them at Wargo Nature Center in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park. Campers will find that the Regional Park campgrounds is a little bit of heaven right in the metro area!

Here are just a few of the many things Lino Lakes have to offer:
Rehbein’s Indoor BMX Park – known as “The Barn,” it is Minnesota’s only indoor BMX Park | 426 Pine Street, Lino Lakes, MN 55014 | 651-784-5824
Kingdom Baking – exclusive to Lino Lakes, Kingdom Baking serves tasty baked goods and coffee with some gluten free and vegan options | 6505 Ware Road, Lino Lakes, MN 55014 | 651-484-0240
The Tavern on Main – a great sports bar conveniently located close to 35W making it easy to enjoy their delicious menu | Menu | 8001 Lake Drive, Lino Lakes, MN 55014 | 651-783-7106
Chomonix Golf Course – bring your clubs for a round of golf at the beautiful Chomonix Golf Course | 700 Aqua Lane, Lino Lakes, MN 55014 | 651-482-8484

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Mounds View

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Check out the Festival in the Park or just plan a great leisurely getaway in Mounds View. A charming city located at the juncture of Interstate 35W and State Highway 10, it is just a short ten miles from both downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. When not biking, check out the many attractions such as the Mounds View Community Center/Event Center/YMCA, their ten city parks, or hiking and biking trail system. Don’t forget Mounds View’s Festival in the Park (link provided above) held each August.  The parade and the Car & Tractor Show are the Festival’s main attractions.

Here are just a few of the many things Mounds View has to offer:
Zero Gravity Trampoline Park – more than just trampolines, Zero Gravity also has laser tag, a foam pit, and arcade to keep the kids entertained all day | 2292 Woodale Drive, Mounds View, MN 55112 | 763-231-3033
Mounds View Community Theater
 – catch a show put on by the members of Mounds View | 651-638-2139
Moe’s of Mounds View – a fun place to go for a distinctive menu and fun events such as trivia nights and Bingo | Menu | 2400 Highway 10, Mounds View, MN, 55112 | 763-786-1800

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New Brighton

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A century old city that is truly young at heart, New Brighton is conveniently located at the intersection of I-694 and I-35W, a 15-minute ride to downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul. New Brighton offers 13 neighborhood parks, an exceptional community center, and a beautiful executive golf course, Brightwood Hills. New Brighton’s Community Center offers a versatile location for meetings and events.  In August, don’t miss Stockyard Days, New Brighton’s week-long celebration complete with a parade, fireworks, street dances, and more!

Here are just a few of the many things New Brighton has to offer:
New Brighton Community Center – home to Eagle’s Nest, one of the Twin Cities largest indoor playgrounds, a full size gym, and an indoor track with something for everyone | 400 10th Street, New Brighton, MN 55112 |651-638-2130
Bru House – more than your typical coffee house, the Bru House also has a breakfast and lunch menu, is open 6 a.m. every weekday, and even has a drive thru for those times when you are in a rush | Menu | 1431-A Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112 | 651-631-1112

Limu Coffee – for a non-traditional coffee fix, Limu offers “true Ethiopian flavor” in all of their coffee drinks, but also has some non-coffee beverages for everyone to enjoy | Menu | 500 5th Ave., New Brighton, MN 55112 | 651-633-3454
Giuseppe’s Italian Ristorante – a homey cafe with traditional Italian cooking | Menu| 1435 Silver Lake Road, New Brighton, MN 55112 | 651-631-2774

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Shoreview

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Experience the numerous attractions the picturesque community of Shoreview has to offer. Just ten miles north of both Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Shoreview is amidst a beautiful natural landscape for riding your bike. Shoreview’s beautiful environment includes lakes, parks, wetlands, and open space areas. There are eleven lakes in the community, including three with public beaches. Visitors enjoy outdoor recreation in 14 parks, and the City has more than 50 miles of trails and sidewalks. During late July, don’t miss the Slice of Shoreview Days, featuring an art fair, parade, and fun for the whole family.

Here are just a few of the many things Shoreview has to offer:
Shoreview Community Center – complete with a large indoor playground and water park, Shoreview Community Center is a great place to have fun with the whole family | 4580 Victoria St. N., Shoreview, MN 55126 | 651-490-4700
Razs Coffee & Ice Cream – a great place to grab some coffee and ice cream along with some soup and salads  | 1049 Highway 96 W., Shoreview, MN 55126 | 651-766-6965

Marianne’s Kitchen – specializing in sandwiches, this shop has a good homey feel and offers gluten free options | Menu | 3600 Lexington Ave. N., Shoreview, MN  55126 | 651-484-2585

Meister’s Bar & Grill – has great American and German food with fun events such as a trivia night, karaoke night, and live music to keep you entertained as you eat | Menu | 1056 Highway 96 West, Shoreview, MN 55126 | 651-482-8829

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