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Food Excite Your Taste Buds! Extreme Foods in Twin Cities Gateway

No adventure is complete without some equally adventurous or exciting flavors! To kick off our excitement for the highly-anticipated return of Minnesota’s Great Comeback-together –  the Minnesota State Fair –…

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Itineraries, Summer Something to Woof About! Dog-Friendly Adventures in Twin Cities Gateway

Everyone deserves a vacation, including your furry friend! Twin Cities Gateway is the perfect destination for your canine companion to wag its tail and enjoy all the dog-friendly adventures the…

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Family, Holidays Anoka Halloween Celebrates History as Halloween Capital of the World

What better place to celebrate Halloween then the Halloween Capital of the World?! Anoka Halloween offers plenty of spooky and spectacular family-friendly Halloween celebrations, from parades to coronations, and coloring…

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Family, Summer 5 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer

Minnesota is the land of 10, 000 lakes, but Twin Cities Gateway is your splash headquarters! With Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park, a tropical indoor waterpark, a slew of splash…

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Summer Must-See Summer Events in the Twin Cities

Summer offers endless exciting events in Twin Cities Gateway and beyond! From live music to art festivals, and fireworks to farmers markets, check out our list of must-see summer events!

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Family, Food, Summer Get the Scoop on Tasty Ice Cream Treats

Nothing says summer more deliciously than ice cream. You might consider it the cherry on top of a perfect summer day. You’ll find several premium ice cream parlors in the…

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Family, Food, Itineraries 20 Things To Do in Twin Cities Gateway

Twin Cities Gateway is your gateway to a world of fun year-round! From outdoor adventures to indoor explorations, and foodie fun to brewery crawls, we’ve got endless fun for all…

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Family, Itineraries, Spring 10 Ways to Celebrate Rainy Days

Regardless of the season or the weather, there’s always tons of fun to be had in the Twin Cities Gateway, just minutes away from downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Grab…

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Biking, Outdoors #OptOutside: Endless Biking & Hiking Trails to Explore

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul are well known as one of the best metropolitan areas for biking in the country. In the Twin Cities Gateway, biking enthusiasts…

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Food, Outdoors Cheers to Spring! Six Superb Patios in Twin Cities Gateway

There’s no better way to bask in the warmer temps than relaxing on a patio! From breweries and brewpubs to cafes and classic hangouts, Twin Cities Gateway has plenty of…

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Biking, Family, Food, Golf, Itineraries, Outdoors Seven Ways to Savor Spring

Spring has almost sprung in Twin Cities Gateway! Start planning your spring break adventure today! From endless miles of hiking and biking trails to our nine golf courses, there’s no…

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Food, Itineraries, Uncategorized Celebrating Diversity: BIPOC-Owned Local Businesses to Support

The Twin Cities Gateway area offers a diverse array of restaurants and businesses that represent the unique flavors of many nations near and far, making it a great place to…

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Family, Food Treat Yourself! Top Ten Truffles, Tortes & Treats

Twin Cities Gateway is your go-to destination for a treat-filled adventure! From donuts as big as your head to triple-layer tortes, and from Swedish pastries to German Beehives, you’ll find…

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Food, Holidays, Itineraries, Outdoors Eight Great Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Like most holidays amidst the pandemic, Valentine’s Day will be a bit different this year, but it’s the perfect excuse to enjoy this intimate holiday with your special someone or…

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Food, Outdoors Nine Outdoor Patios to Get Cozy at This Winter

It doesn’t get much more Minnesotan than getting cozy on an outdoor patio in the middle of winter!  During the pandemic, restaurants are keeping visitors warm and toasty with heaters,…

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Biking, Family, Itineraries, Outdoors, Winter Top 5 Winter Adventures to Explore

There’s no end to wintry fun in Twin Cities Gateway! From skijoring and sleigh rides to snowshoeing and winter races, you’ll find just about every winter activity imaginable. Check out…

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Video Spruce up Your Home Décor for the Holidays

Deck the halls! From holiday wreathes and sprays to mini Christmas trees and delightful holiday centerpieces, Mickman Brothers, Inc. in Ham Lake has got plenty of holiday décor to brighten…

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Holidays, Winter Top Holiday Lights Displays to Brighten Up the Season

Cheers to the end of 2020! Celebrate the holiday season with a plethora of safe and healthy lights displays!   Anoka   Enjoy holiday lights from the warmth of your…

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Holidays, Shopping, Winter #ShopSmall: Your Guide to Shop Local this Holiday Season

Never has it been more important to support local businesses than it is right now. We’ve gathered a list of some of our favorite shopping spots in the Twin Cities…

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Food #SupportLocal: Top Tasty Takeout Options in Twin Cities Gateway

As the battle against COVID-19 continues, many of our local restaurants are struggling to stay afloat. Throughout the pandemic, you can always support local businesses by ordering takeout. We’ve compiled…

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Itineraries, Winter Five Cures For Cabin Fever in the Twin Cities

When the winter blues reach a breaking point and spring feels more like a distant memory than a foregone conclusion, the last thing you wanna do is let cabin fever…

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Family, Itineraries, Winter Seven Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained All Winter in the Twin Cities Gateway

Since most hard-working folks don’t have the time to take a proper vacation in the dead of winter, we’ve got a much better idea: getting away from it all in…

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Biking Shoreview’s Music Will Have You Pedal Dancing To Natures Beat

It’s your own Enterprise and you’re Captain Picard, on your bike in Shoreview  – there’s no where you can’t go. This Twin Cities Gateway community offers friendly road routes, trails…

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Biking Twin Cities Gateway: Vacation Like an Olympian in Blaine, MN

Blaine is a city in the Twin Cities Gateway known for its sports. It’s home to the National Sports Center, the largest amateur sports complex in the world. The city has…

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Biking The Twin Cities Gateway: Coon Rapids’ Parks, Trails, and More

You’ve got your bike and you’re all set. Now, what do you do and where to ride? Luckily, Coon Rapids in the north metro of the Twin Cities Gateway has…

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Fall, Golf, Itineraries, Spring, Summer Play Nine: Great Golf in the Twin Cities

The Twin Cities Gateway offers multiple golf personalities in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. What this region has in common are ties with numerous lakes and rivers and a…

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Family, Itineraries 9 Secrets to Family Fun in the Twin Cities

While most people know to head to Mall of America, a Twins game and even the Minnesota Zoo when visiting the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul, there’s so much more…

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Itineraries, Winter Hot Spots on Cold Nights in the Twin Cities

No need to shiver at home. Winter is a great time to visit the communities of the Twin Cities Gateway, located just minutes away from downtown Minneapolis or Saint Paul….

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Fall, Itineraries, Spring, Summer, Winter Weekend Getaway to Twin Cities Gateway

Grab your friends or special someone and escape to the Twin Cities for exciting activities, great entertainment, and tasty brews. Leave with dozens of fun-filled memories. Plan a fun-filled escape…

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Family, Itineraries, Winter 17 Secrets to Winter Family Fun in the Twin Cities Gateway

When winter sets in, don’t sink into a boring routine. Don’t let flurries send you into a fury. The surest way to prevent cabin fever is to get out! Even…

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Itineraries, Winter 12+ Secrets to Fun for Grownups This Winter in the Twin Cities

All work and no play is boring. Being an adult doesn’t have to be dull. Not even in winter, when the temptation to stick with familiarity is strongest. Break free…

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Biking, Summer Experience Fridley’s Nature, Arts and 49er Days in Twin Cities Gateway

You’re outside your hotel, maybe the new WoodSpring Suites, and ready to ride your bike around Fridley. It’s got a great balance of big chain stores and the beauty of…

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Biking Biking Around Lino Lakes Is A Short Trip North For Fun

When you’re in Lino Lakes it can feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of northern Minnesota. You’re pedaling down wide open roads that take you by lakes, farmland…

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Biking, Fall A Halloween Capital, Discovering Anoka’s History, Trails, and More

Rolling into Anoka, MN for my next bike adventure, I felt a welcoming charm in this relaxing community with hospitality everywhere i turned. With gear on, water bottles full and a…

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Biking, Summer, Winter Summer Or Winter Ham Lake Is A Perfect Place To Visit

Ham Lake is one of my favorite places to stay when visiting and biking in the Twin Cities Gateway Area. Getting around from here it is easy on my bike…

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Biking, Summer The art of biking and festivals in friendly Fridley Minnesota

Pedaling along the Mississippi River Trail (MRT), north of Minneapolis, takes cyclists through the remarkable art community of Fridley, with the annual ’49er Days. One of the nine communities in…

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Biking, Summer The Blaine festival and farmers market are two fun events to bike too

If you are in the Twin Cities Gateway, north of Minneapolis and looking for fun this summer?

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Biking, Summer Anoka’s Heritage Home and Garden Tour is enjoyable by bike

At the confluence of the Rum entering the Mississippi River you will find many beautiful turn-of-the-century homes and gardens to tour. Explore 13 historic neighborhoods on the Anoka Heritage Home…

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Biking, Summer Shoreview’s music will have you dancing on your pedals to natures beat

The trails here, can be your playground for you and your bike in Shoreview  – there’s no where you can’t go. This Twin Cities Gateway community here offers friendly road…

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Biking, Summer Bike the Long Lake Trail while visiting New Brighton’s Stockyard Days

Riding the Long Lake Trails and taking in Stockyard Days, in New Brighton is a great example of what you will find visiting this area. Located on the north side…

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Biking, Summer Bike races are a big draw to the Festival in the Park, in Mounds View

Mounds View is a great mix of busy and calm where you can ride your bike along creek side trails to visit festivals like the town’s Festival in the Park. This…

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Biking, Fall Ride your bike to and from Blue Heron Days for a good time

When you’re in Lino Lakes it can feel like you’re smack dab in the middle of northern Minnesota, especially when you bike to Blue Heron Days. One of eight Twin Cities…

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Biking, Fall A Minnesota fall bike/birding hotspot in the Twin Cities Gateway to enjoy

As fall approaches and many of the migratory birds starting to gather for their departure south on the flyway, we wanted to share a few bike/birding hotspots we found in…

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Fall, Family, Itineraries Fall Family Fun: 10 Best-Kept Secrets of the Twin Cities Gateway

While the weather outside is delightful, plan to build some memories this fall that will warm your heart through winter: Grab the whole family for a day of fun at…

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Fall, Itineraries 15+ Ideas for Fall Fun in the Twin Cities

Fall’s crisp air, cooler temperatures, and spectacular colors are natural invitations to break out of routine. Deciding where to go is easy: The Twin Cities Gateway communities, located just minutes…

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