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.



Minnesota Wild Hockey

Category: Recreation | Destination: Twin Cities

Excel Energy Center, 199 West Kellogg Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55102

Minnesota Zoo

Category: Nature | Destination: Twin Cities

13000 Zoo Blvd.
Apple Valley, MN 55124
P: 800-366-7811

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.

Mississippi River Regional Trail

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.

Features

Length: 16.0 miles • Rating: 3/5 • Surface: Mostly asphalt, some on-road
Mississippi River Regional Trail

Mississippi River Trail Bikeway

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.

Mounds View Community Theatre

Category: Entertainment | Destination: Mounds View

2425 Long Lake Road
Mounds View, MN 55112
P: 763-786-1939

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.

National Sports Center

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.

New Brighton Fitness Center

Category: Recreation | Destination: New Brighton

400 10th St. Nw
New Brighton, MN 55112
P: 6516382130

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!

Northtown Mall

Category: Shopping | Destination: Blaine

398 Northtown Drive
Blaine, MN 55434
P: 763-786-9704

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.

Northtown Mall

Pole Position Raceway

Category: Recreation | Destination: Fridley

45 Northern Stacks Drive, Suite 200
Fridley, MN 55421
P: (763) 710-7773

We provide a high speed race simulation with a challenging road course that is fun for all skill levels. Once you have experienced Pole Position Raceway you will know why indoor karting is the fastest-growing sport in the United States. Our high-performance electric European karts are capable of speeds of up to 45 mph. Combine that with being only a couple inches off the ground on our ¼ mile road course and you're getting a racing experience that will get your heart pumping! We also have junior karts for kids, and you only need to be 48" tall to race. We welcome everyone, from walk-in racers who want to race family, friends and other customers, to private groups both small and large. Pole Position Raceway caters to corporate events, team building programs, birthday and bachelor parties, new product launches, training seminars, meetings and other special occasions. After every race, each racer receives a score sheet that breaks down each racers performance. Our state of the art timing system allows competitors to view lap times and race position in real-time during each and every race on a giant projection screen.

Pole Position Raceway

Ramsey County Ice Arena

Category: Recreation | Destination: Shoreview

877 Highway 96 West
Shoreview, MN 55126
P: 651.766.4000

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.

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