A B C’s of Spring Break fun in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities

A B C's of Spring Break Fun in Inver Grove Heights& the Twin Cities

There’s so much spring break fun in Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities, we could fill a dictionary!  From A to Z, planning your spring break in the Twin Cities will ensure enough exhilarating experiences to make a life time of memories.  Whether you like museums, shopping or outdoor action, family fun is on the itinerary this year!

American Swedish Institute brings storybook character Ulla the Baker to life in their Family Gallery.

Ulla the Baker Exhibit - American Swedish Institute
Ulla the Baker Exhibit – American Swedish Institute

Big Thrill Factory will keep your whole family on the move and having an active good time. The Bakken Museum is the perfect combination of experience and education, inspiring a passion for innovation in everyone who visits!

Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Museum will bring you face to face with an impressive collection of WWII artifacts and military aircraft.


Delicious dining is abundant in Inver Grove Heights!  You could make a whole vacation out of exploring the menus of all our wonderful restaurants.

The Escape Game allows you to flex your problem solving skills in immersive environment as you solve riddles to figure out the puzzle.

Escape Game at Mall of America
Escape Game at Mall of America

Fort Snelling State Park is a great place to go for a hike and  Foci Minnesota Center for the Glass Arts is a truly unique opportunity to see how glass art is created (they even offer hands on lessons)!


The Grove Aquatic and Fitness Center’s newly remodeled indoor water park is fun for all ages with water slides and splash features!

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Hennepin Theatre Trust brings a wide variety of entertainment to the Orpheum, State and Pantages theaters including Broadway shows, comedians and musical performances.  Seeing these historic theaters in person are worth the price of admission alone!

Inver Grove Heights’ parks are second to none!  Whether you’d like to get a little closer to the Mississippi River, take your bike off road at Harmon Park Reserve or try out disc golf at North Valley Park, you

Mountain Biking at Harmon Park Reserve
Mountain Biking at Harmon Park Reserve

The James J. Hill House will get you up close and personal with the lavish grandeur of the Gilded Age.

The Kaposia Landing Trailhead is a great place to hop on the Mississippi River Trail in Dakota County and bike to Swing Bridge Park where you can enjoy spectacular Mississippi River views on a historic bridge that has been renovated into a walking pier.

The Lawshe Memorial Museum has free admission, ever-changing exhibits and an extensive collection of  books, magazines and documents on Minnesota and Dakota County history.

Minnesota State Capitol, Mill City Museum, Minnesota History Center, Midtown Global Market, Minnesota Transportation Museum are just a handful of the many marvelous places to visit in the Twin Cities!

Nickelodeon Universe will get your adrenaline flowing with their exciting mix of rides.



Ordway Center for the Performing Arts offers a multitude of music and theater performances and is home to the renowned St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.


Peterson Popcorn is a must stop shop for everyone with a sweet tooth!  Paisley Park is a delight for any Prince fan!

Quiet time in one of the many art museums in the Twin Cities including Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Musuem of American Art, the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden will leave the whole family feeling a little more creative.

Rock of Ages Black Light Minigolf takes mini-golfing to the next level while you putt your way through different eras of music, from the 50’s to today!

Sea Life Aquarium, Science Museum of Minnesota, and SMAAASH adrenaline arena are simply spectacular sites for spring break situations.



The Twin City Model Railroad Museum is a must see for transportation aficionados!

The Union Depot is a beautifully renovated early 20th Century train station that is home to events and more!

Vocally voice the Vixen to victory in their 20th anniversary season! The Minnesota Vixen celebrate their 20th season of women’s tackle football.  Vertical Endeavors

Wabasha Street Caves offer a glimpse into Saint Paul’s storied history with their historic cave tours and Saint Paul Gangsters Tours. A visit Wild Rumpus bookstore is a delightfully unique experience with a wonderful selection of books for young readers, and a friendly menagerie of animals to keep you company as you peruse the bookshelves.

Xcel Energy Center is the place for big-item fun with Wild Games and major concert performances with performers such as P!NK, Bruno Mars and James Taylor.


The Yarnery offers classes and workshops to get your creative textile art juices flowing.

Zoos visits are always a good idea and we’re doubly blessed with them in the Twin Cities.  You’ll want to be sure to check out both the Minnesota Zoo and the Como Zoo & Conservatory.


Make Inver Grove Heights your spring break headquarters in the Twin Cities for easy access to all the action. Inver Grove Heights hotels offer comfortable, safe and affordable accommodations just a short drive to many of the area’s most popular activities.  In Inver Grove Heights, you’re closer than you think!  Click here for our great Mall of America hotel packages.

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Romance in the Heights


Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day or looking for something to cure cabin fever with your special someone we’re here with some ideas to spice up February.  A special date night is closer than you think!


Where to eat:


There is something for everyone in Inver Grove Heights!  If you’re in the mood for a romantic dinner we’d recommend 1.2.3. Pasta or Iwa Sushi.   If a casual burger is more your style head to Bierstube or check out the river views at Mississippi Pub.  Some phenomenal pho at Little Asia Bowl is sure heat things up (insert wink here).  And what is has become an unlikely Valentine’s Day classic is back: make advance reservations at White Castle for the ultimate demonstration of undying devotion.


What to do:


If you’re feeling adventurous (and you want to use warming up as an excuse to cuddle afterward) strap on the ice skates and one to head one of Inver Grove Heights’ five outdoor rinks, or take a leisurely stroll through South Valley Park’s  picturesque trails.

If you prefer to keep the activity indoors we’d recommend snuggling up in AMC Inver Grove 16’s reclining leather seats (buy tickets in advance to guarantee good seats) or have a little friendly competition at Drkula’s 32 Bowl.


What to get:


Gerten’s has an excellent selection of gifts, plants and more!  Get some sweets for your sweetie at Peterson Popcorn.  Don’t forget to stop by Glassing Florist for a beautiful floral arrangement.

Show your special someone how much you care with a date full of fun in Inver Grove Heights!

6 Winter Adventures in Inver Grove Heights & the Twin Cities

Don’t use winter as an excuse to spend your time cooped up indoors when you’re visiting the #BoldNorth! There are plenty of adventures around Inver Grove Heights and the Twin Cities to make the most of a Minnesota winter.

All you need is a few extra layers of clothes and the colder temps don’t feel that bad.  If you’re new to winter weather check out this handy infographic and visit the NOAA website for more winter weather safety advice.

Winter Weather Infographic

Here are six great options for making the most of the winter months:

 1) Ice Skating

If you wax nostalgic at the thought of an outdoor rink, we’ve got you covered! The City of Inver Grove Heights maintains five rink locations. There’s also a local indoor ice arena for those people seeking year-round skating.

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Wells Fargo Winter Skate & Landmark Center, Saint Paul

If you’re in the mood for a more urban skating setting, check out the Wells Fargo WinterSkate ice rink in downtown Saint Paul, Located adjacent to the historic Landmark Center,

2) Sledding

Looking for a winter classic? It’s time to load up your favorite sled and feel the rush of soaring downhill. Speed down the large sledding hill at South Valley Park in Inver Grove Heights, a local favorite!


Como Park Golf Course is also home fantastic sledding complete with long-hills and a winter wonderland vibe. After visiting this site, check out the other fifteen sledding locations in St. Paul. Hills range from steep (thrill seeker) to gentle (small fry).

3) Biking

Fat-tire bikes have made winter cycling a dream!  Bundle up and hit the trails at Harmon Park Reserve for a great winter workout. If you prefer your paths paved, the Mississippi River Trail will give you a new appreciation for the Mighty Miss with breathtaking views of the river at Swing Bridge Park and Pine Bend Bluffs Trailhead.


4) Polar Plunge

You can claim true winter warrior status once you’ve taken a dip in a frozen lake!  Polar Plunge presented by Law Enforcement is a Minnesota tradition, with plunges taking place throughout the state from the end of January to mid-March.  Plungers often don crazy costumes and the event is held to raise funds for Special Olymics Minnesota.  Even if you’re not ready to take the plunge, it’s an entertaining event to watch!

Polar Plunge presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota
Polar Plunge presented by Law Enforcement for Special Olympics Minnesota

5) Winter Carnival

Since 1886 the Saint Paul Winter Carnival has been celebrating the wonders of winter.  It is the oldest winter festival in the United States and offers fun for everyone.  Get caught up on the legend of Boreas, King of the Winds and The Fire King and his Vulcan Crew here and you’ll feel like a carnival insider.

The Carnival has been extended this year to allow Super Bowl LII visitors to get a taste of the action and runs from January 25th to February 10th.  There is so much fun to be had you’ll wish winter lasted all year.  You can check out  ice sculpture gardens, live music series, parades, ice bars, a royal coronation, family fun night and more.  Perhaps the most exciting news about the 2018 Saint Paul Winter Carnival is that there will be an ice palace at Rice Park, the first since 2004!

WC Ice Sculptures
Winter Carnival Ice Sculptures

6) Downhill Skiing

If hitting the slopes is more your speed, make your way to Buck Hill, and ski the same slopes world-champion skier Lindsey Vonn began honing her craft.   With 15 different runs, skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will have an exhilarating experience!  And if you prefer to take hills sitting down, they offer snow tubing as well.

With a powerful state-of-the-art snowmaking system, cutting edge terrain park and a beautiful location in the scenic St. Croix River Valley, Afton Alps  is another excellent place for a downhill adventure!

Downhill skiing at Afton Alps
Downhill skiing at Afton Alps

So grab you hat and gloves, throw on some long johns and embrace your inner yeti before the snow melts.  When you’re ready to warm up, be sure to check out our great hotel packages.


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.


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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


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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.

little asia

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.

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