Some of the best things in life are free—and that’s definitely true in Inver Grove Heights! From picture-perfect views of the Mississippi River, to a nearby historic aircraft museum, to live music, here are the best free activities in Inver Grove Heights for visitors of all ages.
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Inver Grove Heights Parks and Trails
Inver Grove Heights is home to 28 parks, with miles of paved and unpaved trails and scenic views. In the winter, enjoy amenities like sledding hills, outdoor ice rinks, and warming houses. In the warmer months, take advantage of fishing piers, picnic areas, and basketball, volleyball, tennis, and pickleball courts.
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Mississippi River Greenway
Enjoy the Mighty Mississippi by walking, cycling, or in-line skating along the Mississippi River Greenway, which connects parks and trails in Inver Grove Heights and other communities. The paved trail features trailheads with restrooms, and the trailhead at Swing Bridge Park in Inver Grove Heights also has a bike fix-it station and a walking pier that extends over the river.
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Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing
The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing is a local organization that restores military aircraft and preserves them in flying condition. Their museum is home to six aircraft, historic motor vehicles, and WWII artifacts. Admission is free, and the museum is open to the public Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
310 Airport Rd., Hangar 3, South Saint Paul; 651-455-6942; cafmn.org
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Events at Inver Glen Library
Inver Glen Library offers much more than books! Check the library’s website for a full schedule of free events, including storytime for babies and preschoolers, craft classes for the whole family, adult book groups, musical performances, bingo, educational lectures, and more.
8098 Blaine Ave.; 651-554-6840; co.dakota.mn.us/libraries
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Classes at Gertens
In addition to an impressive selection of plants and lawn and garden supplies, Gertens hosts free how-to workshops on topics like landscaping, gardening, and birding. Check Gertens’ website for dates and additional details.
5500 Blaine Ave., 1-866-GERTENS; gertens.com/events
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Nightlife at Jersey’s Bar & Grill
Jersey’s Bar & Grill is a great destination for nightlife in Inver Grove Heights, and many events in their lineup are free. On Thursdays, enjoy live acoustic music from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with kids under 12 eating free. On Fridays, enjoy free video bingo with prizes from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and a DJ-hosted dance part from 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Check Jersey’s website for dates and additional information on live music including tribute bands, country, and rock.
6449 Concord Blvd.; 651-455-4561; jerseysbar.com
In addition to having great free activities, Inver Grove Heights is a budget-friendly place to stay. Inver Grove Heights hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and offer complimentary parking, breakfast, and WiFi. Book your room today!