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Finding a birding spot in the Twin Cities Gateway is always easy along the many trails.

Explore Twin Cities Gateway in Six Different Ways or More

Fun for Everyone in the Twin Cities Gateway: Six Activities to Keep You and Your Group Busy While Making Memories to Last a Lifetime

by Jess Leong, HaveFunBiking.com

With nine communities and the Nation Sports Center located in the Twin Cities Gateway Area you will find many fun events and activities suited for visitors and their families. While visiting there are many ways to enjoy your stay in this north Twin City Metro Area of Minnesota. There are many options that will create memories to cherish years down the road. And staying in this Twin City location doesn’t have to be just about taking in a sporting events and the theater, it can also include biking and other fun outdoors activities.

Here are six fun ways you can plan some more great memories to last a lifetime – the ones you never want to forget.

A birding hotspot can be found along most of the paved bike trails that meander through the parks in Shoreview.

A birding hotspot can be found along most of the paved bike trails that meander through the parks in the Gateway.

Way 1: Bird Watching – Spotting Your Favorite Feathered Friends  

Grab your best pair of binoculars and head on out on your bike – or take your car – to see the many birds in the Twin Cities Gateway Area. While robins and finches are pretty fine, we’re talking about catching sight of Blue Herons, hawk and eagles here. Scout the area and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of those great raptors and more!

By bike or car Twin Cities Trout Fishing at Cenaiko Lake is worth checking out.

By bike or car Twin Cities Trout Fishing at Cenaiko Lake is worth checking out.

Way 2: Fishing – Throwing in a Line and Enjoying the Great Outdoors

Explore the great area lakes where you can get away from the hustle and bustle and fish in a tranquil atmosphere that is great for the whole family. Even if fishing in the Twin Cities Gateway isn’t your thing, the beautiful landscape makes a gorgeous backdrop for picnics and outdoor events.

Looking for disc golf fun? Here in the Twin Cities Gateway Area find several scenic and challenging disc golf parks, all easy to access from the bike friendly roads and trails there.

Looking for disc golf fun? Here in the Twin Cities Gateway Area find several scenic and challenging disc golf parks, all easy to access from the bike friendly roads and trails there.

Way 3: Disc Golf – Challenge Yourself and Give it Your Best Throw

Get out there with your best buds or your family to try your hand at the many Twin Cities Gateway disc golf courses in the area. Some of the courses will definitely give you challenge that even the experienced player will have a run for his money. Whether you’ve done it before or not, try it out – it’s fun no matter what age you are!

Riders on the Train & Trail Tour arrive in Big Lake, MN for their journey back to Minneapolis.

Riders on the Train & Trail Tour arrive in Big Lake, MN for their journey back to the Twin City Gateway.

Way 4: Train-Mississippi River Trail Tour – A Multi-Modal Adventure

Making the ideal adventure, one that can fit your needs, can be difficult. But, here with the Twin Cities Gateway Train and Trail Tour offering with a mix of train and adjustable bike routes, it’s easy and just plain fun! Plus, let’s not forget the scenic route you’ll take while on the Mississippi River Trail. A fun experience anytime, its especially breath taking in the fall when the autumn colors take hold.

Have yoom in your bike bag to stop at one of the many farmers market in the Twin Cities Gateway.

Have yoom in your bike bag to stop at one of the many farmers market in the Twin Cities Gateway.

Way 5: Explore the Farmer’s Market – Discover Local Produce and Goods

Peruse what the local farms and businesses have to offer and you may stumble upon fun surprises and foods that you might not have known existed. You thought that yellow watermelon was photoshopped? Or root beer honey was a joke? Think again! You never know what you might find there in the Twin Cities Gateway farmers markets scheduled throughout the week.

A fairytale come true at any age, with superb entrees and desserts, in the Twin Cities Gateway.

A fairytale come true at any age, with superb entrees and desserts, in the Twin Cities Gateway.

Way 6: More Must See Local Events and Fanfare Throughout the Year

So pick some activities to try in the Twin City Gateway and have some fun!

Jess Leong is a writer for HaveFunBiking.com.

Bike Pic May 5, all-aboard for the Train and MRT Trail Tour

The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (Bike MN) and Metro Transit will host the fifth annual Train & Trail Tour on Saturday, June 25th. This multi-modal event allows you and your bike a chance to ride the rail, from downtown Minneapolis to Big Lake, then back following the scenic Mississippi River Trail back to the Twin cities.

See many more bike friendly places to ride and explore in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!

Bike Pic April 19, a fun multi-modal transportation event

The Train & Trail Bike Tour is a multi-modal transprtation event coming in June 25th. Here cyclists from last years event are departing the train in Big Lake, MN prepared to ride back to the Twin Cities.

See more friendly places to ride your bike and explore, in the new Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for viewing the Bike Pic of the Day here at HaveFunBiking (HFB). 

Now, rolling into our 10th year as a bicycle tourism media our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike, while showcasing unforgettable places to ride. As HFB searches and presents more fun cycling related photos, worth a grin, scroll through the information and stories we have posted that may help you find your next adventure. Then, while out there if you see us along a paved or mountain bike trail, next to the route you regularly commute on, or at an event you plan to attend, be prepared to smile. You never know where our camera’s will be and what we will post next!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you know that you would like to see us post? If so, please send it our way and we may use it. Send your picture(s) to: [email protected] with a brief caption (of each), including who is in the photo (if you know?) and where it was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 800 pixels wide or larger for us to consider using them. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and an acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As HaveFunBiking continues to encourage more people to ride, please reference our blog and the annual print and quarterly digital Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide to find your next adventure. We are proud of the updated – At-a-Glance information and maps we are known for at the HFB Destination section on our website and in the guide. Now, as the Guide goes into its seventh year of production, we are adding a whole new dimension of information, now available for mobile devices.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure – we may capture you in one of the next photos we post.

Have a great day!