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.
Category: Nature | Destination: Twin Cities
13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.
Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Anoka
The new Mississippi River Regional Trail offers unique experiences for bikers and hikers in Anoka County. It is one of a few trails that combines regional and local parks and attractions. The new trail offers a link from Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park through the cities of Coon Rapids, Fridley and Columbia Heights into the Minneapolis parkway system. Many points of interest are located along the trail corridor and are briefly described on the reverse side.
The Mississippi River Regional Trail connects with a variety of other regional trails in the north-metro area. At Coon Rapids Dam the trail crosses over the dam walkway and connects to the North Hennepin Regional Trail which leads to Elm Creek Park Reserve. To the south of the dam, you can connect to Rice Creek Regional Trail West which follows Rice Creek east through the City of Fridley. The southern end of the trail connects with the City of Minneapolis’ St. Anthony Parkway system. North of the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, the trail continues to the City of Anoka.
Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination:
Mississippi River Trail, Inc. is completing a 3000+ mile system of trails and greenways that stretch from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico that links together 17 National Parks and Trails. Through education, communication, and partnerships, we are building an icon and creating one of the sixteen National Millennium Trails designated in 2000.
To achieve our mission, we serve river communities by providing technical assistance in trail planning, route development and promotion. We work with local, state, and federal agencies to find funding and execute trail projects. MRT, Inc. promotes trail development to support conservation, economic development and better health.
Category: Entertainment | Destination: Mounds View
2425 Long Lake Road
Mounds View, MN 55112
MVCT has entertained audiences in the North Metro since 1984. Performances of Grand Scale Broadway Musicals are held in the Irondale High School Theater in New Brighton. The all volunteer performers and orchestra are set to entertain you at twelve performances held over the last three weeks in July. Watch our web site at www.mvct.org for announcements in January, Audition Schedule in March and Box Office information in May.
Category: Recreation | Destination: Blaine
1700 105th Avenue NE
Blaine, MN 55449
P: 763 785 5600
The National Sports Center opened in 1990. The facility was built by the State of Minnesota as part of a statewide building program to improve Minnesota's amateur sports facilities.
The complex is a 600-acre multi-sport facility located in Blaine, Minnesota. The campus includes the Schwan Super Rink, an eight-sheet ice arena that is the world's largest ice facility; a 8,500-seat stadium; the Schwan Center meeting and events building; a multi-faceted family golf center; the National Youth Golf Center, which features the 18-hole Victory Links course; an indoor Sports Hall with a FieldTurf field; 250-meter all wood cycling velodrome, 150-bed residence hall and 52 athletic fields. The facility hosts nearly 300 events and nearly four million visitors annually, and has welcomed over 32 million visitors since its opening in 1990.
Category: Recreation | Destination: New Brighton
400 10th St. Nw
New Brighton, MN 55112
Be a driving force in a decision to create a new you, join today. Enjoy the perks of New Brighton's Community Center membership with a no hassle monthly payment option via bank, debit or credit card. No long term contracts and a multitude of benefits. Starting at only $25.67 per month!
Category: Shopping | Destination: Blaine
398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN 55434
Northtown Mall has been serving Anoka County since 1972 and is its only enclosed shopping center. The mall is a collection of 100 specialty stores and restaurants including Herberger's, The Home Depot, Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Best Buy and Helzberg Diamonds. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Category: Recreation | Destination: Shoreview
877 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN 55126
Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department operates 10 arenas (11 ice sheets) located throughout the County. All ice sheets are NHL size (85' x 200'). Seating capacity in the arenas ranges from 150-3500. These arenas host high school hockey practice and games, instructional programs, and open skating sessions.
Category: Parks | Destination: Shoreview
The following Ramsey County Parks are located within the City of Shoreview.
Swimming beaches are available at Lake Owasso, Snail Lake and Turtle Lake.