1) The Mississippi River Trail: With beautiful views of the river and connections to local trails and parks along the way, you bike or hike your way through colorful fall foliage. Be sure to check out Swing Bridge Park unique river overlook for some panoramic picture opportunities.
2) Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area: Managed by the Minnesota DNR Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area is 256 acres of largely undisturbed land with breathtaking views overlooking the river. Visitors are welcome to enjoy low impact activities there such as hiking, photography and bird watching. The sceinic area is a little off the beaten path, but it is well worth the adventure of finding it!
3) Harmon Park Reserve: This beautiful 43-acre park is filled with nature, trees and trails. When you set out on the natural trails, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a large metropolitan area!
4) North Valley & South Valley Parks: Flanking 70th Street, these twin parks offer beautiful walking trails where it’s not uncommon to spot deer and other wild life.
5) Inver Wood Golf Course: Nestled on 275 acres of rolling, wooded terrain you can enjoy autumn’s beauty while getting in a relaxing round of golf before winter sets in!
August may have creeped up on us a little too quickly, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to say goodbye to summer fun quite yet! Besides, some of the best parts of summer are still to come (food-on-a-stick anyone?).
Here’s our final edition of an activity a day for summer in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities.
Make sure to check out our State Fair Hotel Packages if you are traveling to the Twin Cities for the great Minnesota get together!
Tuesday August 1st: Give your brain a workout at The Escape Game in Mall of America!
Wednesday August 2nd: Gather up the kiddos and head to Circus Jueventas Presents: Nordrsaga. Ooo and ahh as the talented circus artists bring Norse legends to life under the big top!
Thursday August 3rd: Check outMinnesota Fringe Festival, an 11 day performing arts festival that takes place at venues throughout the Twin Cities and showcases 167 different performances (with over a thousand actors)!
Friday August 4th: Uptown Art Fair is sure to keep you entertained and inspired with over 350 artists from around the globe showcasing their work, food, musical entertainment and multiple beer gardens.
Saturday August 5th: Inver Wood Golf Course hosts their Customer Appreciation Weekend full of food, fun, contests and giveaways!
Tuesday August 8th: Cat lover or not, the Cat Video Festival at CHS Field promises to be an evening full of feline entertainment!
Wednesday August 9th: Head to the Bloomington Education and Visitor Center of the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge to explore nature, hear a short talk from a park ranger and take in the photographic gallery exhibit: The Life of a Trumpeter Swan by Ray Colby.
Thursday August 10th: Pack up your kayak or canoe and make your way to River Heights Marina to explore the backwaters of the Mississippi River.
Friday August 11th: After an extensive restoration project the Minnesota State Capitol building is ready for a grand opening celebration! This is no ordinary grand opening, there will be a Prince dance party, tours, a kids zone and more!
Saturday August 12th: They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day… Well the same can be said about when the Irish Fair of Minnesota opens it’s gates. Celebrating all things Irish, there is entertainment for everyone at one of the most authentic Irish festivals in the country!
Sunday August 20th: Japanese culture takes center stage at the Como Park Japanese Obon Festival, which includes martial arts, bonsai, dancing, singing and culminates with a later lighting at dusk.
Monday August 21st: Catch a movie at AMC Inver Grove Heights 16 and then head to Old World Pizza for some of the best pizza in the Twin Cities! Just don’t get too comfy at the theater and fall asleep in the reclining leather seats!
Tuesday August 22nd: Pack up the blankets and head out to the Valli Hi Drive In to catch a few movies, it’s a classic summer activity.
Wednesday August 23rd: Kick back and relax as you take in acoustic music on the patio at Mississippi Pub and enjoy some great food and cold beverages!
Friday August 25th: Find the beat and get in the groove at the Sounds of Minnesota Drum Corp Show, as over 400 musicians and color guard perform their precise drill routines.
Saturday August 26th: Sample the latest and greatest brews from over 100 breweries at the 2017 Summer Beer Dabbler taking place at CHS Field.
Sunday August 27th: Cheer on the Vikings as they host the 49ers in a pre-season match up.
Monday August 28th: Take part in the great Minnesota tradition known as the Minnesota State Fair. Be sure to go hungry and wear your walking shoes! Get a great bargain by booking a State Fair Package at one of Inver Grove Heights’ fantastic hotels. Check out our blog on what you need to know before you go.
Tuesday August 29th: Hop on over to the Minnesota Zoo and get up close and personal with kangaroos, wallabies and emus at the Kangaroo Crossing exhibit.
Summer is trucking along faster than we’d care to admit, which means it’s time for our July edition of an activity for each day this summer. Don’t miss your opportunity to make lasting memories and squeeze every ounce of fun out of summer in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities.
Sunday July 2nd: Learn all of St. Paul’s shady secrets on a Wabasha Street Caves St. Paul Gangster Tour. See some of the hideouts and nightclubs frequented by some of the 1930’s most notorious gangsters on this two-hour bus tour.
Monday July 3rd: Head to Canada (but be back in time for dinner) at FlyOver America’s FlyOver Canada experience. Here’s your chance to get a bird’s eye view of the spectacular scenery of Canada in this immersive flying ride!
Tuesday July 4th: Grab a blanket and check out one of the many festive and fantastic fireworks displays in the Twin Cities! Apple Valley, Eagan, Mendota Heights, Woodbury and St. Paul will light up the skies with colorful displays that will have you oohing and ahhing until the last flash.
Thursday July 6th: Head to St. Paul for Music in Mears. Enjoy great music and beautiful scenery at this Twin Cities summer staple!
Friday July 7th: Step back in time to the summer of 1977 and see the History Theatre’s hit musical Glensheen, based on the infamous murders that occurred at the historical estate in Duluth.
Saturday July 8th: March to the beat of your own drum… Or better yet, watch how the professionals do it at DCI (Drum Corps International) Minnesota at TCF Bank stadium as 16 drum corps from across the country perform.
Sunday July 9th: Celebrate the rich Pan-Asian heritage and culture in the Twin Cities at the 2017 Dragon Festival at Lake Phalen, including traditional dances, music martial arts demonstrations and dragon boat races.
Monday July 10th: Get the family together and go bowling at Drkula’s Bowl.
Monday July 31st: Grab a cold beverage and take in the spectacular views of the new rooftop patio at B-52 Burgers and Brew.
Inver Grove Heights is the perfect home base when you’re enjoying a summer visit to the Twin Cities. Check out our great hotel packages here. With so much to see and do in Inver Grove Heights, you may not want to leave!
We all know summer is fleeting, so we’re helping you make the most of it by putting together a list of something to do each day in June, July and August. Below is our June roundup. Whether you like to be active, enjoy a good art festival or prefer to spend your summer exploring new dining options this list has something for everyone. There is so much to do in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities, there is no excuse for being bored while you’re here!
Sunday June 11th: We’re doubling down on the fun today! Head to Historic Fort Snelling for their special Flag Day 1942 walking tour. In the evening relax to the sounds of the Inver Hills Community Band at Oakwood Park.
Monday June 12th: Cheer on the St. Paul Saints as they take on the Sioux City Explorers.
Tuesday June 13th: Head to Arbor Pointe to get in a round of golf at the executive 9-hole course.
Inver Grove Heights is the perfect home base when you’re enjoying summer in the Twin Cities! Check out our great hotel packages here. With so much to see and do in Inver Grove Heights, you may not want to leave.
You don’t need a cabin to have a great Memorial Day weekend! We know you’re busy, so we’ve put together this easy to use list of things to do in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities this coming weekend. These ideas will help you make the most of the long weekend, celebrate the unofficial kick off to summer in Minnesota and honor members of the armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country on Memorial Day:
The Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is a national park that stretches for 72 miles through the Twin Cities region including the stretch of river that makes up the eastern border of Inver Grove Heights (you read that correctly, the Twin Cities is home to a national park!).
There are a number of ways to enjoy the Mississippi in Inver Grove Heights and we’re here to help you #FindYourPark while you visit.
Boating, Canoeing and Kayaking
If you’d like to take your boat out for a day or two, River Heights Marina offers day launch passes and transient dockage as well as season long slip rentals. Canoeists and kayakers can launch there as well! Twin City Marina offers seasonal slip rentals, as well as a ‘Land and Launch’ option for storing your boat on shore with an unlimited number of launches at their private ramp. Castaways Marina has slips for rent and a limited number for sale.
Head to River Front Park if you’d like to cast a line but are lacking in the boat department. You can fish from shore at this small city park. This area is part of Pool 2 on the Mississippi River and boasts an above normal abundance of walleye, sauger and catfish (according to the MN DNR website when it comes to catfish you can find some ‘real whoppers’ in Pool 2). Be sure to check out the regulations at the MN DNR website.
Sightseeing, Hiking, Photography and Birding
Swing Bridge Park offers a unique view of the river on it’s railroad-swing-bridge-turned-walking-pier. The 670 foot pier offers stunning views of the river and is a unique spot for photos, birdwatching or simply getting a little bit closer to the Mighty Mississippi.
River Front park is a small neighborhood park on the Mississippi River that is another good spot to break out the camera, or to find a little inner peace as you watch the river roll by.
Managed by the Minnesota DNR Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area is 256 acres of largely undisturbed land with breathtaking views overlooking the river. Visitors are welcome to enjoy low impact activities there such as hiking, photography and bird watching.
The Mississippi River is the flyway for 40% of North America’s waterfowl and 35% of its bird species, making it an ideal location for birding. Check out this informative map from Audubon for more information about birding in the Twin Cities.
The Mississippi River Trail currently has two completed sections in Dakota county, from South St. Paul to the southern border of Inver Grove Heights and from Spring Lake Park Reserve to Hastings. The trail is slated to be complete by 2019 and will extend along the Mississippi River for 27 miles from St. Paul to Hastings, with beautiful views of the river and connections to local trails and parks along the way. Swing Bridge Park offers a unique scenic overlook of the river, bathrooms, a bike repair station and picnic shelters among other amenities. Pine Bend Bluffs is another worthwhile stop on the trail, with breathtaking views of the river below.
Dining and Drinks
No visit to the river would be complete without taking some time to kick back and enjoy delicious food and refreshing beverages. Mississippi Pub is open year round and offers a menu that is sure to please even the pickiest eaters. They have a great patio and frequently have local artists performing acoustic music on the patio in the warmer months.
Overboard Bar and Grill is another riverside establishment offering beautiful views of the river. The laid back atmosphere makes it a perfect place to grab a burger and beer!
Both the Mississippi Pub and Overboard Bar and Grill are accessible by land or by river with convenient docking at each location.
With scenic views and endless opportunities for riverside activities, put a trip to Inver Grove Heights on your calendar and experience the wonder of the Mighty Mississippi! Don’t forget to tag your photos with #VisitIGH and we may just share them on our social media!
For more information about lodging options and hotel packages in Inver Grove Heights, click here.
Golf season is here, and with two gorgeous courses a trip to Inver Grove Heights should be on your golf bucket list!
INVER WOOD GOLF COURSE
Inver Wood Golf Course is a beautiful course with rolling wooded terrain that makes you feel like you’re on a retreat to northern Minnesota, but only minutes from downtown St. Paul. Offering both an 18-hole championship course and a 9-hole executive course, Inver Wood is perfect for golfers of all levels, from avid golfer to those who are just starting.
In addition to the two courses, the facility boasts a uniquely designed practice center. With two fairways, along with strategically placed greens and bunkers, add more dimension to the driving range experience. Golfers can work on their game in an authentic “on course” environment.
The course underwent major renovations in the later half of 2016, that were implemented with improved playability and increased pace of play in mind.
If you’re looking to stay ahead of the latest sports trends Inver Wood offers FootGolf in addition to traditional golfing. FootGolf is a sport that combines soccer and golf to create a fun and invigorating game for the whole family. If you’re interested in learning more check out this post to get started.
ARBOR POINTE GOLF COURSE
Arbor Pointe Golf Club is a challenging executive nine hole course that is enjoyable for golfers of any skill level! This course offers picturesque views and well-manicured greens. The 31-par nine-hole layout makes it a perfect choice for a group outing with an efficient pace of play.
With spring in full swing, it’s time to pack up your clubs and make your way to Inver Grove Heights to check out our two gorgeous courses!
Spring break doesn’t have to break the bank! We’ve put together a list of ways to have a memorable vacation full of affordable family fun in the Twin Cities and Inver Grove Heights.
1: It’s spring break, so go ahead and get wild! The Como Zoo is home to lions (and sea lions), and tigers, and (polar) bears (oh my!), plus many more amazing creatures. While you are there make your way through the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory for a tropical getaway and add a little color to your life among the beautiful flowers in the Sunken Garden. Best part? Como Zoo asks for a minimal voluntary donation for admission ($3 for adults and $2 for kids). If you’re looking to ‘hit the beach’ make your way to the Minnesota Zoo for their Tropical Beach party (February 18-March12).
2: Dive in to delicious dining! One of our favorite parts of vacation is checking out the local eateries, and you can’t go wrong in Inver Grove Heights! Check out Mississippi Pub for a meal with waterfront views (they’re located on the shores of the Mighty Mississippi). Stop by Old World Pizza for some ‘za that will have you begging for more. Head to El Azteca for a taste of Mexico and make your way to B-52 Burgers and Brew for their award winning burgers.
3: Go ahead and make some waves at The Grove Indoor Water Park, with two large slides, a variety of splash features and a lily pad crossing there’s fun for everyone! If you’re more of a landlubber, head to Drkula’s Bowl for gold old fashioned family fun, or kick back and relax in the reclining leather seats at AMC Inver Grove 16 and catch up on the latest Hollywood blockbuster. While you’re here be sure to check out the Mississippi River from Swing Bridge Park or visit one of the many other beautiful parks in Inver Grove Heights!
4: If you want to sneak in a little educational enrichment while you’re here, take in the new Mythic Creatures exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota (it’s so much fun the kiddos won’t have any idea that your engaging in some extracurricular learning). Or head to the Minnesota History Center to travel back in time. If you’re looking for a Broadway experience without the NYC prices, Hennepin Theatre Trust brings the experience to the Midwest! Check out their great spring line up including The King and I, Matilda the Musical and Wicked.
5: If you’re thrill seeker tilt, twist and turn on the wide array of indoor amusement rides in Nickelodeon Universe® at Mall of America®. While you’re there continue your adventure at one of the newest attractions, SMAAASH, a world-class gaming and entertainment center! Connect with some underwater creatures at Sea Life Aquarium and let your inner Picasso shine at Crayola Experience. You can even take a flight across the country (and be back in time for dinner) at Flyover America!