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.

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.

Ramsey County Parks

Category: Parks | Destination: Shoreview

The following Ramsey County Parks are located within the City of Shoreview.

  • Island Lake County Park
  • Lake Owasso County Park
  • Snail Lake Regional Park
  • Turtle Lake County Park
  • Rice Creek North Regional Trail Corridor

Swimming beaches are available at Lake Owasso, Snail Lake and Turtle Lake.

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Trail

Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Lino Lakes

Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Reserve, the second largest park in the metro, preserves a swath of wetland wilderness that cleaves Lino Lakes in two. Motorists have to go around the park, but bicyclists can head straight across on the main park trail, which connects Aqua Lane and the Rice Creek North Trail in the west with Centerville in the east. The beautiful wetlands here are home to all sorts of birds, and you'll catch sight of Marshan, Reshaunau, George Watch and Centerville Lakes along the way. Being flat, it's also good for beginners.


Length: 4.0 miles • Rating: 5/5 • Surface: Asphalt
Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Park Trail

Rice Creek North Regional Trail

Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Shoreview

Southern Segment (3.2 miles, plus 2.2-mile loop, Rating 4) The Rice Creek North Trail's main trailhead is at 35W and County Road I. To the north, the trail follows the creek through Shoreview into Anoka County, with twists, curves, and spur trails left and right. This is one of the easiest trails in the metro to get lost on. Unfortunately, I mean that literally, so bring a map. The pavement condition is okay in Ramsey County, but very bumpy and cracky in Anoka County.

To the south, there is a new 2.2-mile loop in Arden Hills (the online maps still show it as proposed). Though it's not as curvy or shaded as the north part, it still adds something to the trail by showcasing a pretty section of creek from both sides. It's surprisingly pleasant for a trail in a decomposing ammunition plant, and includes the warm satisfaction only a loop can give.

Northern Segment (5.0 miles, Rating 5) This amazing segment winds through woods and marsh around the Rice Creek chain of lakes. These lands are not yet tamed by the trail, and the tranquility of it all makes you want to keep your voice down. Most turns are still unmarked.


Total Length: 10.4 miles • Total Average Rating: 4/5 • Surface: Asphalt
Rice Creek North Regional Trail

Rice Creek Park Reserve & Campgrounds

Category: Recreation | Destination: Lino Lakes

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

The 5,500-acre Rice Creek Chain of Lakes Regional Park Reserve is one of the largest in the seven-county metropolitan area and contains some of the most significant native wildlife habitat and water resources in the regional area.

The park offers a wide variety of amenities, including the Wargo Nature Center, Chomonix Golf Course, Rice Creek Campground, and Centerville Lake Beach. Other amenities include picnic areas, boat launch facilities, biking and hiking trails, playgrounds and a fishing pier.

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.

Rice Creek Park Reserve & Campgrounds
Rice Creek Park Reserve & Campgrounds

Rice Creek West Regional Trail

Category: Biking/Hiking Trails | Destination: Fridley

Many portions of the trail travel immediately along Rice Creek, within the steep valleys of the floodplain. Since the trail corridor is only minutes from downtown Minneapolis/St. Paul, adjacent lands are developed residential and commercial. Some of the most interesting terrain and natural communities are located between Highway 47 and Central Avenue. Because the trail connects with the Mississippi River, many birds travel the creek on their seasonal migrations. During the spring and fall trail users may see eagles, herons, egrets, as well as loons, cormorants and pelicans.

What’s At Rice Creek Many improvements have been made along the corridor recently. In 2000, safety along the trail was improved when an underpass along the trail at T.H. 65 was installed. Several portions of the trail were repaved during this time, as well. In 2000/2001 the picnic area at Locke County Park was completely redeveloped and new sections of trail were laid in 2006.

Trails A ribbon of paved trail travels through this linear park, stretching from the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts (Manomin County Park) to the Ramsey County border. From there, the trail continues to Long Lake Regional Park. The four mile trail corridor in Anoka County travels through upland forest and lowland natural areas. There are a few steep slopes along the corridor, which require safe and alert trail use.

Trail Connections The Rice Creek West Regional Trail connects to the Mississippi River Regional Trail near East River Road. The Mississippi River Trail Corridor links with Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park (north five miles) and Riverfront Regional Park (south four miles). To the south, the trail continues to the Minneapolis Parkway System.


Length: 4.9 miles • Rating: 4.5/5 • Surface: Asphalt, crushed limestone alternate trai
Rice Creek West Regional Trail

Riverdale Village

Category: Shopping | Destination: Coon Rapids

12921 Riverdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448

Riverdale Village is a 950,192 sf retail property located in Anoka County at US 10 & Round Lake Blvd NW in Coon Rapids, MN.

Riverdale Village Highlights

  • Sits at the hub of the area's retail corridor.
  • Features excellent visibility from U.S. Route 10.
  • Offers six points of access from public streets.

Riverdale Village

Riverfront Regional Park

Category: Parks | Destination: Fridley

5100 East River Road
Fridley, MN 55432
P: 763-767-3920

Riverfront contains 139-acres and is one of the many open greenspaces along the Mississippi River. Paved trails now connect with the Minneapolis Park System trails to the south and reach as far north as Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. During certain times of the year, various bird species can be seen on their migratory journey along the Mississippi River. The Riedel Farm Estate is a popular choice for weddings, family reunions, and company retreats.

Also featured in this park are pavilions, scenic overlooks, boat launch to the Mississippi, and playground.

Riverfront Regional Park
Riverfront Regional Park
Riverfront Regional Park
Riverfront Regional Park

Rosedale Center

Category: Shopping | Destination: Twin Cities

10 Rosedale Center
Roseville, MN 55113
P: 651-633-0872

Rosedale Center is a shopping, entertainment & dining destination in Roseville, MN. Come shop, dine or see an IMAX film only a short drive from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis & St. Paul.

Rosedale Center
Rosedale Center

Round Barn Trading Company

Category: Shopping | Destination: Anoka

13736 Marigold St NW
Andover, MN 55304
P: 763-433-BARN

A historic barn located in Andover, MN that carries vintage and farmhouse collections inspired by antiques, modern unique local items, and local aritsans.

Round Barn Trading Company
Round Barn Trading Company
Round Barn Trading Company
Round Barn Trading Company
Round Barn Trading Company
Round Barn Trading Company
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