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Waconia is a family friendly bike destination a few minutes west of Minneapolis.

Next Bike Advenure – Waconia, MN_Riding My Bicycle

At-A-Glance – Fun and Food

Waconia is a great taste of what you can do in Minnesota’s great outdoors. The go-to bike-friendly tourist spot is less than an hour drive from the Twin Cities. You can spend time on the lake fishing, water skiing, or any of your other favorite water sports. There are beaches where you can spend the day getting a nice tan or jump in the water for a refreshing swim.

If you prefer to stay inland there’s still plenty to do. You can pedal down many of its county roads and take in all the scenic beauty. You can also visit its locally-owned shops, feed your tastebuds at its local restaurants, and take in the town’s historical sites. If you’re up for more of a bike adventure then there are two trails that take you beyond the town’s border.

Where to Bike in the Area

This is a town full of fun for those pedaling around. There are trails that take you beyond the town limits, and there’s plenty to explore just navigating its county roads and streets.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Waconia Area Map
Dakota Regional Trail
Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

Baylor Regional Park
Dakota Regional Trail
Lake Minnetonka LRT Regional Trail

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

 

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SPOKES Bike and Ice Cream Shop
8850 Glacier Rd
St Bonifatius, MN 55375

Where to Play When Not Biking or Hiking

When you find you need a little break from pedaling around, there’s still plenty for you to do. You can conduct your own taste test of their homegrown brews or wine selections, play a round of golf, kick back and take in a movie, and more.

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Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery
8785 Airport Rd
Waconia, MN 55387

Waconia Brewing Company
255 W Main
Waconia, MN 55387

Island View Golf Club
7795 Laketown Pkwy
Waconia, MN 55837

Emagine Waconia 6 (Movie Theater)
101 West 1st St
Waconia, MN 55387

Where to Eat

At some point you’re going to need to fuel your body for the rest of day, or something to eat after that last trail. Waconia has plenty of delicious places where you can satisfy your appetite. And if you’re looking for some good coffee for the morning or a little extra caffeine for that last trail, they’ve got you covered there as well. For more information visit their tourism page.

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Pangea Cafe
37 W Main Street
Waconia, MN 55837

Lola’s Lakehouse
318 E Lake Street
Waconia, MN 55837

Mocha Monkey
115 S Olive Steert
Waconia, MN 55837

El Rey Azteca
813 Marketplace Drive
Waconia, MN 55837

Where to Sleep

There comes a point where it’s time to call it a day. So, what do you do? Waconia has various options to choose from. You can lay on a nice, comfortable bed, or spend the night with nature. For information on hospitality, check out Waconia’s tourism site.

AmericInn Lodge & Suites Waconia
550 Cherry Dr.
Waconia, MN 55387

Waconia Inn Hotel & Suites
301 E Frontage Rd
Waconia, MN 55387

Baylor Regional Park
10775 County Rd. 33
Norwood Young America, MN 55397

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the Carver County Library is another good option.

Next Bike Adventure – Minneapolis Northwest

At a Glance: Exploring Minneapolis Northwest – Fun and Food

As both the Mississippi River and its internationally known trail (MRT) enter the Twin Cities Metro area, visitors staying in Minneapolis Northwest can access some of the nation’s best bike trails. From your hotel room you can find several comfortable bike routes that will connect you to paved urban trails. These trails will take you through the three vibrant cities of Minneapolis Northwest: Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove. Connect to MRT to visit local parks along the river or ride trails all the way to downtown Minneapolis. For those interested in mountain or fat biking, Elm Creek Park Reserve is also easy to connect to by trail no matter what your hotel choice may be.

A family having fun riding bike on city trails in Brooklyn Park, MN.

A family having fun riding their bikes on city trails in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, which is one of the three cities in Minneapolis Northwest.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with family attractions, outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, and other festival event activities. In the Fall enjoy the colorful array of foliage in the city parks of the three communities of Minneapolis Northwest, including the powerful Coon Rapids Dam, while local wineries and breweries nearby offering the crisp flavors of the harvest. In between winter fat bike experiences, cross-country skiing the local trails, or ice skating, checkout the dozens of arts and theater options. The hottest winter attraction here is the ice skating loop at Central Park of Maple Grove. The first of its kind in Minnesota, the loop is a refrigerated 800 feet trail meandering through the park. As spring flowers bloom in the city parks and along the bike trails, the beautiful setting will welcome cyclists to come back again and again.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly community, you will find many safe and relaxing street routes, bike trails that parallel roadways with heavier traffic levels, and miles of urban paved trails nestled in Minneapolis Northwest. These trails will connect you to many popular Twin City Metro trail routes. For the mountain biker, no matter your level of expertise, many fun trails are offered.

Available Bike Maps for the Area

HaveFunBikingMplsNW Map
Hennepin County Bike Map
Brooklyn Parks Trails 
Maple Groves Trails
Coon Rapids Dam Trail
Medicine Lake Regional Trail
Rush Creek Regional Trail
Shingle Creek Regional Trail
Elm Creek Park Trail 
Elm Creek Park Singletrack

Walk/Hiking Opportunities 
Brooklyn Park
Maple Grove
Elm Creek Park
Coon Rapids Dam Park

 Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Brooklyn Center
Fridley Heights Cyclery | 4755 University Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights MN, 54427 | 763-572-1670

Brooklyn Park
Trailhead Cycling | 11350 Aquila Dr. N., Champlin, MN 55316 | 763-712-0312

Maple Grove
ERIK’S Bike Board and Ski | 6850 Hemlock Lane N., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-391-7888
REI | 11581 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-493-7861
Maple Grove Cycling | 13950 Grove Dr., Osseo, MN 55311 | 763-420-8878

Where to Play  

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Brooklyn Center
Surly Brewing Company | 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 | 763-535-3330

Brooklyn Park
Coon Rapids Dam National Park | 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444

Brunswick Zone XL | Bowling | 7545 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 | 763-503-2695

Maple Grove
Elm Creek Park Reserve | 2400 James Dean Parkway, Maple Grove, MN 55369
Venetian Indoor Waterpark | 11801 Fountains Way, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-425-3800
Whirlyball | 13644 80th Circle North, Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-657-1555

Where to Eat 

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Brooklyn Center

50’s Grill | Menu | 5524 Brooklyn Blvd., Minneapolis, MN 55429| 763-560-4947 
Scoreboard Pizza | Menu | 6816 Humboldt Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN 55430 | 763-566-4455

Brooklyn Park
Fat Nat’s Eggs | Menu | 8587 Edinburgh Centre Dr. N., Minneapolis, MN 55443

Maple Grove
Rodizio Grill | Menu | 12197 Elm Creek Blvd. N., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-657-1133
Redstone American Grill | Menu | 12109 Main St., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-420-0232

Where to Sleep

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops, and restaurants having Wi-Fi availability, the public library is another good option.

Brooklyn Center Public Library
Brooklyn Park Public Library
Maple Grove Public Library

Next Bike Adventure – South Saint Paul

At A Glance: South Saint Paul – Fun and Food

Biking along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is just one of the many opportunities visitors will find when cycling here in the Southeast side of the Twin City Metro Area. As Ol’ Man River bends through St. Paul, Minnesota, opportunities for mountain biking, paved trail riding, and road touring make this area fun to explore.

A bike rider riding along the Mississippi River Trail, in Mendota Heights, with the Downtown St. Paul skyline in the background.

A bike rider riding along the Mississippi River Trail, in Mendota Heights, with the Downtown St. Paul skyline in the background.

The first thing that riders will notice while biking in the four communities of South St. Paul are the downtown skyline features and colorful scenery as the Minnesota River meets the Mississippi near Fort Snelling State Park. Along with a long list of places to stay and explore here, in this South metro area you will find many bicycle riding options.

Each year there are thousands of people who visit the trails in the South metro communities of Eagan, Inver Grove Heights, Mendota Heights, and South St. Paul. Offering many fun attractions, delicious places to eat, amazing natural beauty, and recreational options while staying makes this area a great place to visit. Everything fun that you would expect from a series of river towns along the Mississippi River is right here at your fingertips.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festival events, and water sports activities. In the Fall you can enjoy the colorful array of the fall foliage in the city and nearby county parks including the spectacular Salem Hills mountain bike park. While local winery and brewery establishments offer the crisp flavors of the harvest, there’s always more to see, do, and taste. In winter you can experience fat biking or cross-country skiing along the river bottom. Plus, check out the opportunities in the historic downtown districts, take in the sights, and venture back in time to enjoy what these towns can offer. Spring flowers bloom in the parks and along the bike trails welcoming another season to back again.

Where to Bike in the Area

With four bike-friendly communities in this area you will find riding the streets and roads here safe and relaxing. You will also find miles of paved trails nestled throughout the communities. For the mountain bikers, no matter what expertise level, many fun trails are offered in nearby Salem Hills Parks and the river bottoms along the Minnesota River.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking South St Paul Area Map

Mississippi River Regional Trail
Saint Paul Cycling Trails

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

Dodge Nature Park
Fort Snelling State Park
Friendly Marsh Park
Kapiosa Park & Landing
Mississippi River Trail
South Saint Paul Riverfront Trail
Thompson Park

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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OneTen Cycle | 1040 Dakota Dr., Mendota Heights, MN 55120 | 651-454-2066
Bike King | 6489 Cahill Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 | 651-457-7766

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Como Park Zoo | 1225 Estabrook Dr., St. Paul, MN 55103 | 651-487-8201
CHS Field- St. Paul Saints | 360 N. Broadway St., St. Paul, MN 55101 | 651-644-3517
Science Museum of Minnesota | 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55102 | 651-221-9444
Minnesota State Capitol | 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55155 | 651-296-2881   

Where to Eat

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T & T Galley | 901 Southview Blvd., South St. Paul, MN 55075 | 651-451-0146
Old World Pizza | Menu | 5660 Bishop Ave., Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 | 651-455-1551
The Fireside Lounge and Bar | Menu | 288 S. Robert St., West St. Paul, MN 55118 | 651-457-6397

Where to Sleep  

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. Additionally, the public library is another good option.

The South Saint Paul Library is located at 106 3rd Ave. N., South St. Paul, MN 55075 and can be contacted by phone at 651-554-3240.

There are also other libraries in the area.

Next Bike Adventure – Hastings

At a Glance: Exploring Hastings – Fun and Food

Biking along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is just one one of the opportunities visitors can do when biking here in Hastings, Minnesota. As Ol’ Man River leaves the Twin Cities area on its 2,341 mile journey south, mountain bike trails, paved trails, and touring road routes make exploring Hastings a fun and unforgettable experience. The first thing riders will notices is the rugged and colorful scenery of the St. Croix and Vermilion Rivers as they meet Ol’ Man River in the Hastings.

Exploring Hastings

These ladies are having fun bike some of the new sections of the Mississippi River Trail from St. Paul to Hastings, MN.

Each year, thousands of people visit the trails and attractions here since it also has many family attractions, fun places to eat, amazing natural beauty, and recreation options you would expect from a Mississippi River town. Along with a long list of places to stay and play here in this South Twin City metro area,  you will find many bicycle riding options and fun things to do when not pedaling.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes good times with outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festival events, water sports activities. In the Fall you can enjoy the colorful array of the fall foliage in the city and neaby county parks, including the spectacular Schaar’s Bluff Picnic Area.

It’s in autumn when local winery and brewery establishments offer up the crisp flavors of the harvest. In between winter and spring are fat bike experiences or cross-country skiing expeditions. You can also check out the opportunities in the historic downtown district, take in the sights, venture back in time and enjoy. Spring flowers bloom in the parks and along the bike trails welcoming another season. It’s a sight that will make you want to come back again and again.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly community, you will find riding the streets and roads here safe and relaxing, along with the miles of paved trails nestled in Hastings. For the mountain bikers exploring Hastings, no matter what your level of expertise is, many fun trails are offered in nearby Afton State Park.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking Hastings Area Map

Hastings Parks and Trails

Afton State Park Trails 

Mississippi River Trail (St Paul to Hastings)

Walk/Hiking Opportunities 

Hastings Hike Trails

Carpenter St.  Croix Nature Center

Dakota County Park 

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs 

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Route Bike Shop | 200 2nd St. E., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-4010

On Track Bike and Ski | 1317 Vermillion St., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-438-3665

Where to Play When Not Biking or Hiking 

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Vermillion Falls | 2101 Vermillion St., Hastings, MN 55033 | 888-612-6122

Alexis Bailey Vineyard | 18200 Kirby Ave. S., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-1413

Historic Downtown | Mainstreet, Hastings, MN 55033

Afton Apple Orchard | 14421 90th St. S., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-436-8385

Where to Eat 

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While exploring Hastings, you will find it has many great places to eat such as The Onion Grille, located in historic downtown, or stop by Schoolhouse Scoop for some great tasting ice cream.

The Onion Grille | Lunch Menu | Dinner Menu | 100 Sibley St., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-7577

Karl’s Red Rock Cafe | Menu | 119 2nd St. E., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-5002

Las Margaritas Mexican | Menu | 2100 Vermillion St., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-480-0048

Schoolhouse Scoop | 919 Vermillion St., Hastings, MN 55033 | 651-437-2900

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting

 

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels,  many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. Additionally, the public library is another good option. The library is Pleasant Hill Library located at 1490 South Frontage Rd., Hastings, MN 55033 and can be reached by the following number: 651-438-0200.

 

 

Next Bike Adventure – Stillwater

At A Glance: Exploring Stillwater – Fun and Food

Now, with fat biking in the picture, it is easy to enjoy biking in the scenic St. Croix River Valley for all four seasons while discovering Stillwater and Oak Park Hieght’s charm. This historic town is a beautiful place to visit or stay in while exploring all the local trails and the picturesque county roads for hiking, biking, and rollerblading. With trails connecting from the Twin Cities, you will find that this destination makes a great bike hub with many routes rolling into this riverboat community full of tasty food entrées and fun.

Here a cyclist enjoys riding her bike along the Scenic St Croix River to the Browns Creek Trail, in Stillwater, MN.

A cyclist enjoys riding her bike along the Scenic St. Croix River to the Browns Creek Trail in Stillwater, MN.

When not biking, the warm summer air welcomes outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, festival events, boating, and historic sightseeing. In the fall, you can enjoy the robust colors of the bluffs while local winery and brewery establishments offer the crisp flavors of the harvest. In between winter fat bike experiences, you should check out the holiday boutiques and antique shopping venues, or plan a romantic winter escape. The spring flowers that bloom in the parks and along the bike trail help to welcome another season to back again and again.

In a relaxing setting and comfortable riding environment, you can plan your next bike getaway with family and friends to Stillwater in Minnesota.

Where to Bike in the Area

Being a bike-friendly area, you will find that riding the streets and roads here in Washington County are safe and relaxing. Plus, they have miles of local and state (paved) trails nestled in the scenic river valley. For the mountain biker, you will also find several trail options nearby.

 

Available Maps for the Area

Stillwater City Trail Map
Browns Creek Trail Info & Map
Gateway State Trail Map
Chilkoot Bike Club Map
Washington County Road Map

 

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

City Parks 
William O’Brian State Park
Washington County Parks

 

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Chilkoot Café and Cyclery | 826 4th St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-342-0429

 

Where to Play When Not Biking or Hiking 

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Teddy Bear Park | 207 Nelson St. E., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-430-8800
Historic Lift Bridge | Chestnut St. E., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-234-7110
Saint Croix Vineyards | 6428 Manning Ave. N., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-30-3310
Maple Island Brewing | 225 Main St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-430-0044

 

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From Chilkoot Cafe to Lolo American Kitchen, one of the finest in the area,  Stillwater offers several interesting and charming cafes, coffee shops, and ice cream shops ideally suited to a cyclist’s taste.

Chilkoot Café and Cyclery | 826 4th St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-342-0429

Lolo American Kitchen | 233 Main St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-342-2461
Nelson’s Ice Cream | Flavors | 920 Olive St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-430-1103
Leo’s Grill and Malt Shop | Menu | 131 Main St. S., Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-351-3943
Domacin Wine Bar | 102 2nd St. S. #1, Stillwater, MN 55082 | 651-439-1352

 

Where to Sleep When Visiting

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Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. Additionally, the Stillwater Public Library is another good option and is located at  224 3rd St. N., Stillwater, MN 55082. You can reach them by telephone at 651-275-4338.

See the Stillwater Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.

Next Bike Adventure – Apple Valley

At a Glance: Exploring Apple Valley – Fun and Food

Home to the Minnesota Zoo, Lebanon Hills Mountain Bike Park, and miles of paved trails, visitors and residents alike will enjoy exploring Apple Valley. You will find plenty of safe bicycling opportunities around this south metro community in the Twin Cities.

Mayor Mary of Apple Valley, MN riding the city trails with some of her young residents who live there.

Mayor Mary of Apple Valley, MN, riding the city trails with some of her young residents.

Where to Bike in the Area

Along with the many bike friendly streets in the Apple Valley/Rosemount area, (displayed in the maps links below) you and your family will also find many safe recreational trails available to use to get around. The paved trails that run along the boulevards and through several picturesque neighborhoods offer several options for commuting by bike to area attractions, businesses, and parks. For those interested in mountain biking, then Lebanon Hills and Alimagnet Park are the places for you to check out.

Available Maps for the Area

HaveFunBiking area maps for Apple Valley and Rosemount are below.
Apple Valley bike map
Rosemount bike map 

Walk/Hike Oppurtunities

Apple Valley Parks & Rec
Rosemount Parks & Rec

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Penn Cycle | 6824 Penn Ave. South, Richfield, MN 55423 | 612-866-7540
Valley Bike and Ski | 7707 149th St. West, Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-432-1666

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Apple Valley Family Aquatic Center | 14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd., Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-953-2399
Apple Valley Bowl, Bogart’s Place | 14917 Garrett Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-432-1515
Minnesota Zoo | 13000 Zoo Blvd., Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-431-9200

Where to Eat

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From bars and grills to unique coffee shops, this area offers numerous great places to grab a bite to eat and relax.

Taste of Thaiyai | Menu | 7705 147th St. West, Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-431-4144
Valley Girl Expresso Bar | Menu | 7703 147th St. West, Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-953-1963
Rascal’s Bar and Grill | Menu | 7721 147th St. West, Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-431-7777

Where to Sleep When Visiting

Exploring Apple Valley

When exploring Apple Valley, you’ll want a place to rest your head after your day.

 

Public Wi-Fi Spots in the Area

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi availability. The public library is another good option. The library in Apple Valley is located at 4955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley, MN 55124. To contact them, you can call them at 952-891-7045.

Also, there is a library in Rosemount which is located a 14395 S. Robert Trail 651-480-1200. See the Apple Valley Tourism Bureau for more detailed information.

Next Bike Adventure – Lakeville

At A Glance: Exploring Lakeville – Fun and Food

On the southern edge and close to many Twin Cities attractions, Lakeville is a family friendly mecca for bicycling. With miles of paved trails, three fun mountain bike areas, and several great road routes, both visitors and residents alike will find plenty of safe bicycle riding opportunities around this Minnesota community.

Find your next adventure mountain at three premier locations in Lakeville, MN

Find your next adventure mountain biking at 1 of 3 locations near Lakeville.

Where to Bike

Along with the many bike friendly streets running through the neighborhoods and businesses around Lakeville (displayed in the map links below) you and your family will find many safe recreational trails to enjoy as you cruise around. The paved trails running along the boulevards and through several picturesque neighborhoods offer many options for commuting by bike to local attractions, businesses, and parks here. For those interested in mountain biking, Buck Hill, Lebanon Hills, and Murphy Hanrehan are all just a short distance away from your Lakeville hotel room.

Available Maps

HaveFunBiking’s Area Map 
Lakeville City Trail  Map
Road Routes Map
Lebanon Hills Trails (Mountain Biking)
Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve (Mountain Biking)

Walk/Hiking Opportunities

Ritter Farm Park is also available for your enjoyment along with the trails listed above.

Area Bike Shops and Clubs

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Valley Bike & Ski | 7707 149th St. W., Apple Valley, MN 55124 | 952-432-1666
Penn Cycle | Rental | 2290 Cliff Rd., Eagan, MN 55122 | 651-882-1241
Hiawatha Bicycling Club

Where to Play When Not Biking

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Along with being mere minutes away from all that the Twin Cities has to offer, Lakeville has many attractions to keep everyone entertained.
Lakeville Area Art Center – great place to take art classes or catch a performance | 20965 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-985-4640
Furever Wild – a working agricultural farm that allows you to interact with all kinds of animals from calves to wolf pups | 10132 235th St. W., Lakeville, MN 55044 | 612-467-9653
MN Pro Paintball – the largest paintball park in Minnesota with 15 different battlefields to choose from | 22554 Texas Ave.,
Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-892-1540
Lakeville Beaches – choose from one of these beaches to spend the day swimming, play horse shoes or volleyball, and enjoy a picnic | 952-985-4600

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From Mainstreet Coffee and Wine Bar to the Copper River Fish & Chop House, Lakeville has several interesting and charming cafes.

Harry’s Café – fresh food made from scratch whenever possible with aviation décor paying tribute to owner’s father, a WWII Navy Pilot Veteran |  Menu | 20790 Keokuk Ave. S., Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-469-5696 

Mainstreet Coffee & Wine Bar – this restaurant has sandwiches, wraps, and flatbread with many wines to suit each meal selection | Menu | 20790 Holyoke Ave., Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-985-7650

Chart House – on the shores of Lake Kingsley, Chart House has your favorite American dishes and a renowned Sunday Brunch | Menu | 11287 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044 | 952-435-7156
Babe’s Music Bar – fun-filled bar with your favorite entrees along with activities such water pong tournaments and live music | Menu | 20685 Holyoke Ave. S., Lakeview, MN 55044 | 952-469-5200

See a complete listing is here.

Where to Sleep

Where to Stay in Lakeville, MN

 

Holiday Inn & Suites – Exit 81

Baymount In & Suites – Exit 85  

Quality Inn – Exit 85

Motel 6 – Exit 85

Candelwood Suites – Exit 81

 

 

 

Public Wi-Fi Spots Lakeville

Along with most hotels, many coffee shops and restaurants have Wi-Fi available. The public library is also good option. Heritage Library is located at 20085 Heritage Dr., Lakeville, MN 55044 and can be contacted at 952-891-0360.
See the Lakeville Tourism Bureau for more detailed information or #visitlakeville.

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

HaveFunBiking TCGateway Area Map

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

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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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