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.

Chain of Lakes Campgrounds

Category: Campgrounds | Destination: Lino Lakes

7401 Main Street
Lino Lakes, MN 55038
P: 763-757-3920

Rice Creek Campground, located in the Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve, offers 5,000+ acres of natural and scenic wilderness, only 25 minutes from Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Biking, fishing, boating, golf, and swimming are just a few of the many activities you will find within the park. Nature programs are held regularly at the campground amphitheater and at nearby Wargo Nature Center (one mile north of the campground).

You can also get in a quick round of golf at Chomonix Golf Course, located just a mile down the road.

Rice Creek Campground is generally open from mid May through September.

Download a campground map

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Twin Cities

501 West 78th Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
P: 800-362-3515

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres is the nation's largest Equity (professional status) dinner theatre company featuring multiple stages under one roof. In addition, CDT is Minnesota's only year-round musical theatre and the largest tourist attraction in Carver County. Founded in 1968, Chanhassen is a producing theatre, completely creating and executing all production elements in the theatres' own on-site scene, costume and properties shops by its own creative design team led by Resident Artistic Director Michael Brindisi.

Cheap Skate Roller Park

Category: Recreation | Destination: Coon Rapids

3075 Coon Rapids Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
P: 763 427 8980

Cheap Skate offers sessions all year long. There is never a day that we are not offering FUN!. We have just the thing for you and your family. We’ve outlined the specifics in our Fall-Winter Schedule. So, if you are wondering how you can fill time on those boring school breaks, or have fun this fall, join us often.

Cheap Skate follows the Anoka-Hennepin school schedule. Our Fall Schedule is in effect from the time school goes into session in September until school is out for the summer.

We play great music for each session. There are discount nights twice a week and fun skate and family nights each weekend. In other words, Cheap Skate is packed full of FUN!

Chomonix Golf Course

Category: Golf Courses | Destination: Lino Lakes

700 Aqua Lane
Lino Lakes, MN 55014
P: 651-482-8484

Conveniently located, Chomonix Golf Course offers a true “North Woods” experience just minutes north of either downtown. Located at Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve, in Lino Lakes, Chomonix offers a true challenge to golfers of all abilities. Mature tree lined fairways, water hazards on seven holes, and abundant wildlife makes Chomonix an affordable golf adventure – right in your backyard! You can make tee times by calling 651-482-8484 or by visiting us online at

Chomonix Golf Course
Chomonix Golf Course
Chomonix Golf Course
Chomonix Golf Course

Commons Park

Category: Parks | Destination: Fridley

555 61st Avenue NE
Fridley, MN 55432
P: 763-572-3570

This enclosed picnic shelter in beautiful Commons Park offers an indoor restroom, electricity, heat and running water. Inside capacity is approximately 30. Grill and waste receptacles are available. Commons Park offers a variety of year-round recreation and leisure opportunities, and boasts the city's largest playground. The enclosed picnic shelter also has an attached open-air shelter.

Commons Park
Commons Park
Commons Park

Como Park Zoo

Category: Nature | Destination: Twin Cities

1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
P: 651-487-8200

For over 100 years, Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated and entertained millions of children and adults while fostering an appreciation of the natural world.

Complete Helicopter, Inc.

Category: Travel | Destination: Blaine

1500 99th Lane NE
Blaine, MN 55449
P: 763 639 4986

We can take you almost anywhere, anytime you want to go. If it’s looking at the city at night or checking out the fall color in September you won’t be disappointed. There are endless possibilities to where you can go, and remember a helicopter travels a lot faster than a road vehicle so you can see various places in one flight.

Complete Helicopter, Inc.
Complete Helicopter, Inc.

Coon Creek Regional Trail

Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Coon Rapids

This stand-alone gem (it doesn't connect to any others, though it is near the Mississippi Trail) makes for a great quick ride. It begins just outside Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, and follows Coon Creek upstream through Coon Rapids, crossing the creek countless times on numerous different kinds of bridges. Then, it curves east and follows Coon Creek's tributary, Sand Creek, to Foley Boulevard, with lots of ups and downs. The trail runs very near trailer parks and suburban homes, and yet stays very nicely forested. Highway noise, dangerous road crossings, and some small onroad sections make this trail less than perfect, but the pavement is smooth, and it is a scenic and entertaining ride.


Length: 4.9 miles • Rating: 4/5 • Surface: Asphalt
Coon Creek Regional Trail

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Category: Parks | Destination: Coon Rapids

9750 Egret Blvd
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
P: 763-757-3920

The 446-acre Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is one of the most popular in Anoka County. It is a year-round destination, especially during the cross-country ski season. Picnicking, fishing, in-line skating, walking and bicycling are favorite activities in the park. The boat launch is heavily used during the summer.

The East Coon Rapids Dam Visitor Center is open year-round and offers many amenities and services including programs.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is also home to Cenaiko Lake, a stocked trout lake, which provides ample opportunity to catch large fish in a beautiful setting. Minnesota DNR fishing regulations apply.

You can also fish the Mississippi River for bass, crappies, carp and more. Minnesota DNR fishing regulations apply. A boat launch is located behind the Visitor Center and there is no launching fee. The Visitor Center sells bait and limited tackle. A species list, native fish aquarium, and a park-caught fish photo board can also be found in the Visitor Center.

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.

Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park

Coon Rapids Ice Center

Category: Recreation | Destination: Coon Rapids

11000 Crooked Lake Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
P: 763-951-7221

The Coon Rapids Ice Center (CRIC) is a state-of-the art skating facility featuring indoor ice, an outdoor refrigerated rink, meeting rooms, training rooms and party rooms. The facility opened in September 2011.

The center provides year-round indoor skating opportunities including skating instruction, hockey skill development, numerous hockey tournaments, public skating events, skate rental and sharpening. The Center also features an annual Ice Fantasy Show.

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