Things to Do in the Twin Cities Gateway

The Twin Cities Gateway area is a great travel destination with various exciting attractions. You have the offerings of things to do in Minneapolis, things to do in St. Paul, the Mall of America and more just a short drive away. You also have very exciting attractions options in the Twin Cities Gateway communities including Adventure Seaplanes, golf, shopping, aquatic centers, the National Sports Center and more.

Browse the things to do in Twin Cities below. You can sort by category and view more details at the attractions’ websites. Click on the images for an expanded view of the things to do in Twin Cities.

We invite you to explore our site and learn more about the Twin Cities Gateway communities and the lodging options available. We hope you have fun in one of our communities and enjoy our Twin Cities attractions.



Brightwood Hills Golf Course

Category: Golf Courses | Destination: New Brighton

1975 Silver Lake Rd.
New Brighton, MN 55112
P: 651-638-2150

Our 1538 yard, par 30, executive golf course has mature trees, raised greens, and water on several holes to provide golfers beauty and excitement on the course. Brightwood Hills offers leagues for youth, men, women, and seniors. Individual and Group Golf Lessons are also available. Groups and businesses are welcome to hold events and/or leagues of their own small or large; please contact the Clubhouse for more information. Golfers only allowed on course, no spectators or caddies. All ages and skill levels welcome! Get into golf this season!

Brightwood Hills Golf Course
Brightwood Hills Golf Course
Brightwood Hills Golf Course

Bunker Beach Water Park

Category: Waterparks | Destination: Coon Rapids

701 County Parkway A
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
P: 763-324-3310

Bunker Beach now features six towering waterslides, a 900' lazy river tubing experience, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and as always, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool! Large open areas for sunning and relaxing are scattered throughout the water park. Concession options, changing rooms, and a metro-area location, make Bunker Beach a perfect family destination.

Features

The Wave Pool • Twisted Towers and Splash Cove • The Lazy Loop • The Adventure Pool • Plunge Pool • Rocky Bay • The Sand Box • Volleyball court • Concessions
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park

Bunker Hills Activities Center

Category: Community Centers | Destination: Anoka

550 Bunker Lake Blvd, NW
Anoka, MN 55304
P: 763-757-3920

The Bunker Hills Activity Center is home to the Parks and Recreation Department and four meeting and event rooms that can accommodate groups up to 300. Located in the scenic Bunker Hills Regional Park, the Activity Center is close to the Bunker Park Stables, Bunker Beach Water Park and over nine miles of paved walking trails.

The four rooms at the Activity Center allow for large group meetings and smaller breakout sessions.

Bunker Hills Activities Center
Bunker Hills Activities Center
Bunker Hills Activities Center

Bunker Hills Campgrounds

Category: Campgrounds | Destination: Coon Rapids

Highway 242 and Foley Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
P: 763-862-4970

Located in Coon Rapids, the Bunker Hills Campground was completely redeveloped in 1998. The campground now offers 44 secluded and shaded sites, ranging from the rustic to modern with water and electrical hookups, and one groupsite that can accommodate up to 30 people, using tents, with water and electricity hook-ups. Some sites are perfect for large family gatherings.

Bunker Hills Campground is located near Bunker Beach Water Park and the Bunker Park Stables, both offer fun family activities while you are camping.

The Bunker Hills Campground is generally open from late April through September, with dry camping through October.

Download a campground map

Bunker Hills Golf Club

Category: Golf Courses | Destination: Coon Rapids

12800 Bunker Prairie Drive
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
P: 763-755-4141

Bunker Hills is a premier golf destination nestled in beautiful Bunker Hills Regional Park in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. It has been recognized as one of the top 25 public courses in the country by Golf Digest. This challenging course is characterized by large greens, tree-lined fairways and the unique character of seventy-five bunkers.

Bunker Hills Golf Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club
Bunker Hills Golf Club

Bunker Hills Regional Park

Category: Parks | Destination: Coon Rapids

CSAH 14/Main Street and Foley Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55344
P: 763-757-3920

The 1,600-acre Bunker Hills Regional Park offers a wide spectrum of recreation opportunities including swimming and water slides at the Bunker Beach Water Park, horseback riding at Bunker Park Stables, a playground, biking, hiking, golf, camping, archery, picnicking, and cross-country skiing. Bunker Hills is also home to the Anoka County Veteran's Memorial.

The Bunker Hills Activities Center offers meeting and banquet facilities and is host to the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department headquarters. All motorized vehicles are required to purchase a vehicle entry permit to the regional parks. Annual permits are available for $25, good for one year from date of purchase. Daily permits are available for $5 per day. The annual permit is honored at all Anoka County Regional Parks as well as regional parks in Washington and Carver counties.

Bunker Park Stable

Category: Recreation | Destination: Coon Rapids

550 Bunker Lake Boulevard NW
Andover, MN 55304
P: 763-757-9445

Since 1995 we have provided a full range of riding programs and activities to the public, kids and adults, of every ability and skill level. Just wander our website or give us a call to discover the array of horse-related activities you can find here. There is something for everyone! Horseback riding is great outdoor fun and a rewarding lifetime sport as well. We are committed to giving you a fun and safe horse experience. Our horses and ponies are well trained ... and our staff is, too!

Bunker Park Stable
Bunker Park Stable
Bunker Park Stable

Canoe Camping along the Rum River

Category: Campgrounds | Destination: Anoka

550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW
Andover, MN 55304
P: 763-757-3920

Canoe camping is a relatively new recreational resource offered by the Anoka County Park System. Two canoe camping locations are available for your use at Rum River North County Park (at the northwestern corner of the park) and Rum River Central Regional Park (directly east to the river from the park entrance).

There is no charge for using the canoe campsites and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If there is a need to park one vehicle in the park overnight, please complete the special use permit request form and submit it to the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department via fax or mail 14 days prior to the requested date of the overnight stay.

Please keep the campsite areas clean for the next group.

Canterbury Park

Category: Recreation | Destination: Twin Cities

1100 Canterbury Road
Shakopee, MN 55379
P: 1-800-340-6361

Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Club is Minnesota’s premier entertainment destination. Located in Shakopee, Minnesota, just 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis & St. Paul. Canterbury Park is home to Live Racing, Simulcast Racing and a 24/7 Card Club featuring Texas Hold’em, Blackjack and more. Along with special events like the Midwest’s largest Craft Show and thrilling snowmobile racing, Canterbury Park truly is home to Fun & Games like no place else.

Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park
Canterbury Park

Central Anoka County Regional Trail

Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Coon Rapids

Centerville Segment (3.8 miles, Rating 3.5) This segment begins at 35E in historic Centerville. Paralleling Main Street (CR 14) all the while, it goes between Centerville and Peltier Lakes before curving north past the expansive marshes of George Watch Lake. It ends at 35W. The surrounding natural wonder of the Rice Lakes certainly is splendid, but other nearby trails can show you the same thing without the next to a road part.

Andover Segment (2.5 miles, Rating 1) This segment, running next to the dangerously busy County Road 116, is thoroughly unpleasant and doesn't lead much of anywhere. Oddly enough, it is the only segment with signage telling you that you are on the right trail, and it needs it the least.

Anoka Segment (1.8 miles, Rating 2.5) This segment begins at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Bunker Lake Blvd. (County Road 116), goes past a library and a wind turbine, then intersects with the Rum River Trail (which connects to downtown Anoka, to the south) before crossing the Rum River. From there, it enters River Bend Park, where it briefly curves away from the highway, before ending at Germanium Street in Ramsey. You can make a good ride using this and the Rum River Trail.

Ramsey Segment (1.2 miles, Rating 2) The Ramsey Segment of the trail runs next to County Road 116 from Tungsten Street to Hematite Street. Though the road is not nearly as busy here as it is in Andover, the fact that the trail is still next to the road is impossible to be ignored.

Features

Total Length: 9.3 miles (not including gaps) • Average Rating: 2.5 • Surface: Asphalt
Central Anoka County Regional Trail
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