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.

Manomin County Park

Category: Parks | Destination: Fridley

6666 East River Road
Fridley, MN

The 15-acre Manomin County Park, at the confluence of Rice Creek and the Mississippi River, is home to a wide-array of wildlife including many birds, gray heron, and more.

This beautiful location provides a scenic setting for the historic Banfill Tavern building which houses the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts. The park features a period-style picnic gazebo, benches, tables, lighting and observation deck. It is a popular site for family gatherings, graduation parties, and weddings during the summer. Shoreline fishing is available along Rice Creek and the Mississippi River.

Manomin County Park
Manomin County Park
Manomin County Park

Maxx Bar & Grill

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Ham Lake

17646 Central Ave NE
Ham Lake, MN 55304
P: (763) 434-4970

Maxx Bar and Grill is the north metro's #1 live music venue with entertainment starting at 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Best broasted chicken, eat in or buckets to go. Bingo 3 nights a week. Meat raffle Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm.

Mermaid Event and Entertainment Center

Category: Recreation | Destination: Mounds View

2200 Hwy 10
Mounds View, MN 55112
P: 763-746-2134

The Mermaid Event Center has been Landmark in the North Metro since 1967. We have everything you need under one roof. Within The Mermaid, three spectacular spaces are available for rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Coral Bay’s high ceilings are draped with white chiffon and soft lights giving off a romantic glow. This ballroom has air walls which allow it to be split in half or quarters. Directly outside the ballroom is a pre-function area that can be used as a social area/overflow space. Located on the lower-level is Atlantis Ballroom. This spacious ballroom includes a permanent bar, dance floor, and large social area with plush leather furniture. Atlantis Ballroom has a charming atmosphere, which is sure to make your guests feel comfortable. Garden Courtyard Tent is a unique climate-controlled and carpeted space available April-October. Its ceiling is draped with white chiffon and soft lights. The Garden Tent looks particularly stunning in the evening. Full service catering is available on-site, featuring a variety of menu options and full bar service. The attached 70 room AmericInn Hotel and Suites offers accommodations from standard rooms to deluxe whirlpool suites.

Enjoy an evening of bowling in 32-lane Mermaid Bowling Center which offers Cyber Optic as well as regular open bowling. The Mermaid’s Game Room, an amazing entertainment complex with a multitude of games and activities for all ages. We integrated the sports bar and the new Game Room into one EXCITING Space for Dining, Drinks and Entertainment.

Mermaid Event and Entertainment Center
Mermaid Event and Entertainment Center
Mermaid Event and Entertainment Center

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Twin Cities

2400 3rd Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
P: 888-642-2787

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.

Minnesota Children's Museum

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Twin Cities

10 W. 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
P: 651-225-6000

At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning. Each of our seven galleries is uniquely designed to provide a hands-on, stimulating environment for children six months to 10 years old. Our roving "funstigators" engage kids in fun and interactive smart play as they blow bubbles, toss balls, play with finger puppets, and provide a variety of stimulating play experiences for children of all ages

Minnesota History Center

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Twin Cities

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55102
P: 651-259-3000

An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year. The building is also home to the Minnesota Historical Society library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics.

Minnesota Museum of American Art

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Twin Cities

141 E. 4th Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
P: 651-797-2571 | F: 651-797-4748

Minnesota Museum of American Art has a rich legacy of supporting artists through exhibition, employment, enrichment, and acquisition. Artists are the lifeblood of any engaged art museum of the present day. 4,000 works of art that tell a rich and unique story of American Art, our region, and ourselves.

Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball

Category: Recreation | Destination: Twin Cities

Target Center, 600 1st Ave. North
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Minnesota Twins Baseball

Category: Recreation | Destination: Twin Cities

Target Field, 1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Minnesota Vikings Football

Category: Recreation | Destination: Twin Cities

401 Chicago Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55415

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