Unique Holiday Shopping in the Twin Cities & Inver Grove Heights

Make Inver Grove Heights your holiday headquarters in the Twin Cities!  With convenient freeway access we’re just minutes away from Mall of America and downtown St. Paul, plus we have a charm all our own when the sun sets as local residents decorate their houses to compete in the Holiday in the Heights Lighting Contest!  Find unique and thoughtful gifts for the whole family at the shops and markets we have included in our holiday shopping guide!



Gertens transforms itself from a garden and lawn care paradise to a winter wonderland when the holiday season rolls around. You’ll find a plethora of indoor and outdoor holiday décor and unique gifts for everyone.


Mall of America®

Mall of America

Mall of America is home to so many unique stores we can’t list them all here, but we’ve done some scouting for you and would recommend checking out the following for some gifting options that are sure to make your friends and family feel the joy of the season.  Be sure to check out our Mall of America Visa Card hotel packages!

Alpaca Connection: This store connects global artisans with international markets, with unique, functional and affordable handmade products.

RAAS (Retail as a Service) Local Market:  A collection of 21 local vendors in one convenient pop-up store front, open from November 16-February 9.  Vendors include The Beer Dabbler store, Fringe & Fettle Ceramics, Sanborn Canoe Co., Still Kickin’, Wit + Bliss, Worker B and more!

Greater Good offers a wide range of gift items while connecting shoppers with charities and organizations that help people, save pets and improve the planet.  A percentage of each sale goes toward making the world a better place!

Love from Minnesota has a wide variety of products that reflect the culture and lifestyle of Minnesota.  It’s the perfect place to shop for those who can’t get enough of the Land of 10,000 Lakes!

Typo is the go to store when you don’t have any idea what to get that hard to shop for person!  Whether your looking for tech accessories, travel must-haves or off the wall gadgets, you’ll find it at here!


Craft Brews & Holiday Shopping

Holiday shopping with a brew?  This sounds like a win-win to us!

Lakes & Legends Brewing Company’s Handmade Market

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Handmade Holiday Market at Lakes and Legends Brewing Company

December 2, 9 & 16, Noon to 5 p.m.; December 19, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sip on delicious farm-to-table Belgian-style beers while checking out the wares of local artists and makers.

Bad Weather Brewing Holiday Market

December 10, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Shop small and local with over 20 vendors from the area’s creative community and enjoy the brewery’s fun and unique brews!


Holiday Bazaar at Landmark Center

Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar at Landmark Center
Old Fashioned Holiday Bazaar at Landmark Center

November 30 & December 1, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; December 2 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Landmark Center will open its doors for the 39th Annual Landmark Center Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar featuring 75 booths of beautiful and unique handcrafted gift items by the area’s finest artists, including jewelry, paintings, woven and wearable art, handmade lotions, and more! Festive music and delicious treats are sure to put you in the holiday spirit.


American Swedish Institute’s Julmarknad

Courtesy of American Swedish Institute
Courtesy of American Swedish Institute

December 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; December 3, Noon-5 p.m.

Julmarknad, American Swedish Institute’s Christmas Market, features Handcrafted items by almost 40 local and regional artists, performances, family fun and festival food.  Wares include clothing, wood, jewelry, ceramics, textiles and more. Families can make handcraft projects to take home and enjoy holiday story time. Throughout the Mansion, enjoy special music and dance performances from Nordic and Romanian groups.

Cost:  $10 adults, $7 seniors, $5 children ages 6-18, free for children 5 and under and for ASI members.


European Christmas Market at Union Depot

Photo courtesy of Ben Bauch
Photo courtesy of Ben Bauch

December 1, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., December 2, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., December 3, Noon-6 p.m.

December 8, 4 p.m.-9 p.m., December 9, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., December 10, Noon-6 p.m.

The European Christmas Market in St. Paul is a free event based on the traditional, charming, and festive open air Christkindlmarkts that spring up in Germany, Austria and other countries during the Advent season. Shop for unique, handmade holiday gifts and decorations from local vendors, drink Glühwein (spiced mulled wine), and taste European inspired food and delicacies during the first two weekends in December.


Linden Hills Holiday Market

Linden Hills Holiday Market

Sundays until Christmas, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Minneapolis Craft Market and Linden Hills Farmers Market team up with Frank & Ernest Markets host 60 different vendors every Sunday at the greenhouses at Sunnyside Gardens.  This charming one-stop shop offers distinctive holiday gifts, decadent gourmet treats and winter home and garden décor!

Best Spots for Fall Color in Inver Grove Heights

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.

Dan Grevas Photography

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!

Dan Grevas Photography

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!

Dan Grevas Photography

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.

Dan Grevas Photography

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!

Dan Grevas Photography
Dan Grevas Photography

An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom Away – August Edition

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!

Escape Game at 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!

Spinning Cube – Jenna Ober, Charlotte Richardson-Deppe, Shayna Rutledge and Rabiya Sehgal-LaRocque | ©2015 Photographer: Dan Norman
Spinning Cube, Circus Jueventas– Jenna Ober, Charlotte Richardson-Deppe, Shayna Rutledge and Rabiya Sehgal-LaRocque | ©2015 Photographer: Dan Norman

Thursday August 3rd:  Check out Minnesota 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.

Uptown Art Fair; Photo by Bruce Challgren, PhotoPixels
Uptown Art Fair; Photo by Bruce Challgren, PhotoPixels

Saturday August 5th:  Inver Wood Golf Course hosts their Customer Appreciation Weekend full of food, fun, contests and giveaways!

Sunday August 6th:  Enjoy a live outdoor music performance by Inver Hills Community Band at Oakwood Park in Inver Grove Heights.

Monday August 7th:  Check out the Dakota County Fair!

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.

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!

Photo courtesy of Irish Fair of Minnesota.
Photo courtesy of Irish Fair of Minnesota.

Sunday August 13th:  Check out the graffiti, chalk and other unique works from local and regional talents at the Canterbury Park Street Art Festival.

Monday August 14th:  Learn more about the history of the Twin Cities on a guided bus tour of Minneapolis and St. Paul with Gray Line Tours.

Tuesday August 15th:  Book a flight in an authentic WWII aircraft at Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing.

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing


Wednesday August 16th:  Take a break from the heat at The Grove Aquatic and Fitness Center.

Thursday August 17th:  Catch the Stephen Sondheim’s award winning musical, Sunday in the Park with George at Guthrie Theater.

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Sunday In The Park With George, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, directed by Joseph Haj   Photograph © T Charles Erickson
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Friday August 18th:  Summer no longer means your only skiing option is on water, check out Buck Hill’s artificial ski slope and get a jump on your downhill ski season.

Saturday August 19th:  Take a trip back to medieval times and make your way to Minnesota Renaissance Festival.

MN Renaissance Festival; Photo by Jennifer Arocha
MN Renaissance Festival, Photo by Jennifer Arocha


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!

Old World Pizza
Old World Pizza


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!

Mississippi Pub Patio
Live music on the Mississippi Pub patio.


Thursday August 24th:  Score some hidden treasures at the annual Inver Grove Heights city wide garage sale!

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.

Sounds of Minnesota drums corp show.
Sounds of Minnesota drums corp show.


Saturday August 26th:  Sample the latest and greatest brews from over 100 breweries at the 2017 Summer Beer Dabbler taking place at CHS Field.

The Beer Dabbler 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.

Minnesota State Fair
Minnesota State Fair


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.

Kangaroo Crossing at Minnesota Zoo
Kangaroo Crossing at Minnesota Zoo

Wednesday August 30th:  Grab your camera and head to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center.

Thursday August 31st:  Learn about a history lesson they skipped in high school at History Happy Hour at Alexander Ramsey House and learn the history behind Martinis!

Alexander Ramsey House, Photo Courtesy of MN Historical Society
Alexander Ramsey House, Photo Courtesy of MN Historical Society


Inver Grove Heights makes the perfect headquarters to enjoy all the fun the Twin Cities area has to offer.  Find  our great hotel package offers here (including our Minnesota State Fair ticket package).

We hope you enjoy your summer adventures in Inver Grove Heights!



An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom Away – July Edition

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.

Saturday July 1st: Test your musical IQ at Celt’s Pub of Inver Grove Heights.  They host VINGO (Music Video Bingo) on Saturdays from 9pm to 11pm.

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.


Wednesday July 5th: Take a stroll through South Valley Park and reward your efforts with a  delicious dinner at Little Asia Bowl.

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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.

Drkula's 32 Bowl & Pub

Tuesday July 11th: Give your wallet a break, and tap into your piggy bank funds for Inver Grove Heights Parks and Rec’s Penny Carnival at Veteran’s Memorial Communiity Center.

Wednesday July 12th:  Visit the Commemorative Air Force Wing Minnesota’s museum to get up close and personal with some historical military aircraft.


Thursday July 13th:  The X Games make their Minneapolis debut.  Watching the thrill-seeking competitions is even more exciting when you see them live!

Friday July 14th: Dig a little deeper into Minnesota history and enjoy light food at the beautiful Sibley Historic Site at Mendota After Hours.



Saturday July 15th:  There’s so many fun festivals happening today, we couldn’t pick just one.  So we’re going to challenge you to check them all out: St. George Middle Eastern Festival in West St. Paul, Lakefront Music Fest in Prior Lake, Highland Fest in St. Paul, MN Scottish Fair & Highland Games in Eagan.

Sunday July 16th:  Enjoy the sounds of the Inver Hills Community Band at St. Patrick’s Church in Inver Grove Heights

Monday July 17th: Hit the links at Inver Wood Golf Course and check out the newly remodeled driving range and course improvements that were completed this spring.

Inver wood

Tuesday July 18th:  See where the magic happens and take a tour of one of Minnesota’s most famous craft breweries, Summit Brewing.


Wednesday July 19th: Dubbed the “Best Days of Summer,” the Minneapolis Aquatennial celebration is a summer tradition in the Twin Cities and offers fun for the whole family!

Thursday July 20th:  Chill out at Jersey’s Bar and Grill (and grab one of their delicious juicy lucys or take advantage of their BBQ rib special) for Acoustic Dinner Thursdays.

Friday July 21st: Take a journey to the 1900’s at Dakota City’s Family & Friends Day, offering tours of a 1900’s era village, replicating what life was like in rural Minnesota more than 100 years ago.


Saturday July 22nd: Head to Mears Park in St. Paul for the 4th annual Lowertown Blues & Funk Fest, the largest free Blues Festival in the Twin Cities.

Sunday July 23rd:  Let loose at the largest traveling music festival in the U.S. when The Vans Warped Tour lands at Canterbury Park.

Monday July 24th:  Learn more about the history of the Wabasha Street Caves on a historic cave tour.

Tuesday July 25th:  Spin, soar, speed and splash at Valley Fair!


Wednesday July 26th:  Travel to the dark side of the moon with Roger Waters as his Us + Them tour stops at Xcel Energy Center.

Thursday July 27th:  Get a little closer to nature at the Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area (remember to bring your camera, there are stunning views of the Mississippi River valley).

Friday July 28th:  Cheer on the boys of summer at the 2017 American Legion Baseball Division 1 State Tournament at CHS Field.


Saturday July 29th:  Get a ringside seat to the action at WWE PRESENTS: NXT LIVE at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium.

Sunday July 30th:  Celebrate art music, food and friends at the Loring Park Art Festival.

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!

Click here to check out our August to do list.



An Activity a Day Keeps the Boredom Away – June Edition

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!

Thursday June 1st:  Fuel up on breakfast at Cahill Diner then hit the Mississippi River Trail and enjoy spectacular views of the Mississippi River along the way.

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Swing Bridge Park

Friday June 2nd: Put on your boogie shoes and dance to some live music at Jersey’s Bar and Grill.

Saturday June 3rd: Get moving at Hike It! National Trails Day with Inver Grove Heights Parks and Rec Department.

Sunday June 4th: Check out Grand Old Day, the unofficial kick off to summer in Minnesota.  There’s fun for the whole family with food vendors, live music, local artisans, bounce houses and more!

Monday June 5th: Head to The Valley Disc Golf Course and enjoy a round of disc golf.

Disc Golf at North Valley Park. Photo Star Tribune
Disc Golf at North Valley Park. Photo Star Tribune

Tuesday June 6th: Grab a frosty root beer float and check out some classic cars at A&W Restaurant.  They host cruise night every Tuesday (weather permitting).

Wednesday June 7th: Be one of the first to explore the newly remodeled Minnesota Children’s Museum at their grand opening.

Thursday June 8th: Grab some take out from Inver Grove’s newest restaurant, 1.2.3. Pasta and head to South Valley Park to dine al fresco.


Friday June 9th: Let your kids test their fishing skills at the Huck Finn Fishing Derby at Simley Island Park.

Saturday June 10th: Swing Dance the night away at the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing’s Spring Swing Big Band Hangar Dance.

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.

Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society
Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society

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.

Wednesday June 14th: Have a delicious ice cream cone at Peterson Popcorn and Ice Cream and then head to Simley Island Park for a little fishing.


Thursday June 15th:  Hang tough with NKOTB (New Kids on the Block for those of you who weren’t children of the 80’s/90’s) at the Xcel Energy Center.

Friday June 16th:  Check out one of Minnesota’s most iconic historic structures at the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.

Saturday June 17th:  Cheer on the Minnesota Lynx as they host the Connecticut Sun.

Sunday June 18th: Make your way to Veteran’s Memorial Community Center to stock up on fresh produce and local delicacies at the St. Paul Farmer’s Market in Inver Grove Heights.

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Monday June 19th:  Grab a cold beverage and relax on the river side patio at Overboard Bar and Grill.

Tuesday June 20th:  Cheer on the Minnesota Twins as they host the Chicago Whitesox.

Wednesday June 21st:  Cheer on the Minnesota United as they host the Portland Timbers at TCF Bank Stadium.

Thursday June 22nd:  Enjoy a wide variety of jazz music at the 19th Annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival.

Twin Cities Jazz Festival

Friday June 23rd:  Get a little nostalgic at the MSRA’s Back to the 50’s car show at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds.

Back to the 50’s

Saturday June 24th:  Check out one of the most popular pride parades in the country at Twin Cities Pride in Minneapolis.

Sunday June 25th:  Enjoy the creative output of 100 artists at the 23rd Annual Eagan Art Festival.

Monday June 26th:  Make your way to Inver Wood Golf Course for an invigorating round of FootGolf.

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Foot Golf at Inver Wood Golf CourseTuesday June 27th: Pick up the pace with some live harness racing at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack.

Wednesday June 28th:  Get the heart pumping with a hike through Harmon Park Reserve and refresh yourself afterwards with some fresh guacamole and a margarita at El Azteca in Inver Grove Heights.

Thursday June 29th: Learn more about Native American culture and history on OPOS Tours’ Sacred Sites Tour.

Friday June 30th: Pair your wine with some live music at Cannon River Winery.

Cannon River Winery
Cannon River Winery

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.

Click here for our list of July activities.

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25 Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Inver Grove Heights & the Twin Cities

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:

Multiple Days or Anytime Activities:

1) Enjoy the great outdoors at some of Inver Grove Heights’ parks

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2) Go for a bike ride at Harmon Park Reserve or Mississippi River Trail.

3) Listen to acoustic music at Mississippi Pub (4pm-7pm Saturday-Monday).

4) Catch a movie and relax in the reclining leather seats at AMC Inver Grove 16.

5) Make a splash at the The Grove Water Park ( Friday 5:30pm -7:30pm , Saturday & Sunday noon- 6:30pm, closed on Memorial Day).

Make a splash at The Grove!
Make a splash at The Grove!

6) Go bowling at Drkula’s.

7) Dine out in IGH (it’s a holiday weekend, kick back and relax while someone else cooks and cleans the dishes).

B-52 Burgers and Brew

8) Get wild at Kangaroo Crossing at Minnesota Zoo (check out the link for opening weekend activities).

9) Dig a little deeper into history at the WWI America Exhibit at the Minnesota History Center (Fri, Sat 10-5, Sun 12pm-5 & special Memorial Day hours 10-5).

10) Go golfing at Arbor Pointe or Inver Wood.

11) Try out a new activity and play Foot Golf at Inver Wood.

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12) Get some ice cream at Peterson Popcorn & Ice Cream (it’s not officially summer until you’ve had a delicious ice cream cone).

13) Be the first to check out the Sparky the Sea Lion Show this summer at during it’s opening weekend at Como Zoo (Saturday through Monday at 11:30am and 3pm).

14) Catch a baseball game as the Saint Paul Saints host the Kansas City T-Bones (Friday at 7:05, Saturday at 7:05, Sunday at 5:05 – Post-game fireworks on 5/28).


15) Get up close and personal with Minnesota’s past at Historic Fort Snelling as it opens for the summer (Fri, Sat 10-5, Sun 12pm-5 & special Memorial Day hours 10-5).

16) Laugh until you cry at Joke Joint Comedy Club  (Doug Smith performs Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm & 9:45pm).

17) Ooh and aah at the beautiful summer flower show in Sunken Garden at Como Zoo & Conservatory.

Saturday May 27th:

18) Test your luck with some Bingo at Drkula’s  (starts at noon).

19) Visit the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing museum (open Saturday 9:30am to 5pm).

20) Cheer on the Minnesota Vixen as they host the St. Louis Slam 6pm at Simley Sr. High.

Sunday May 28th:

21) Test your karaoke skills at Jersey’s Bar & Grill‘s Karaoke Roundup.

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22) Check out the Soundset Festival 10 Year Anniversary at the State Fair Grounds.

23) Cheer on the Minnesota Lynx  as they take on the San Antonio Stars at 6pm at the Xcel Energy Center.

Monday May 29th

Honor those who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces at Fort Snelling National Cemetery on Memorial Day:

24) Place flags at the Fort Snelling National Cemetery (please visit the website for more information and to register for the event).

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25) Observe the Memorial Day Program at Fort Snelling National Cemetery (9:45am wreath presentations, 10am parade and ceremony).



A Mighty Good Time on the Mighty Mississippi

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.

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Pier at Swing Bridge Park

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.

Dan Grevas Photography
Dan Grevas Photography


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

Pine Bend Bluffs
Pine Bend Bluffs

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.

Pine Bend Bluffs
Pine Bend Bluffs


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.

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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.

Fried Pickles from Mississippi Pub
Fried Pickles from Mississippi Pub

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.

Golfing in the Grove

Dan Grevas
Dan Grevas Photography

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 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.

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Dan Grevas Photography

The course underwent major renovations in the later half of 2016, that were implemented with improved playability and increased pace of play in mind.

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Dan Grevas Photography

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.


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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.

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Dan Grevas Photography

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!

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Dan Grevas Photography