As summer heats up, it’s time to keep cool in Inver Grove Heights!  Whether you want to appreciate the great outdoors, escape inside, or savor a cool treat, Inver Grove Heights has plenty of ways to comfortably enjoy hot summer days.

Cool treats


Peterson Popcorn and Ice Cream

Enjoy a cone of freshly-made ice cream at Peterson Popcorn and Ice Cream.  The lineup of rotating flavors includes orange cream, birthday cake, mint chip, s’mores, butter pecan, bubble gum, and many more.  Ice cream is also available for purchase by the pint.

3045 80th Street E; 651-457-4086;

Photo Credit: Cahill Diner

Cahill Diner

Enjoy classic ice treats at the retro-inspired Cahill Diner.  The dessert menu includes ice cream sundaes, and there are also root beer floats and vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry milkshakes. 

6504 Cahill Avenue; 651-455-4408;


Cool down with a Vietnamese-style chilled drink at iPho2.  Pick from iced coffee, fresh limeade, and frozen coconut drinks. There’s also bubble tea, available as an iced tea, cooler, or smoothie.  Bubble tea flavors include coconut, taro, honeydew, strawberry, mango, passion fruit, and milk tea, with a choice of pearls, lychee jellies, or tri color jellies.

6508 Cahill Avenue; 651-600-3525;

A&W Restaurant 

The treat list wouldn’t be complete without A&W Restaurant and their Root Beer Float. Thursday Cruise Nights are a unique experience and a must-see in IGH!

9061 Buchanon Trail; 651-756-8091;

Outdoor fun

Mississippi River Trail

Take in river views and cool breezes along the Mississippi River by walking, biking, or in-line skating on the Mississippi River Trail.  The trail is paved, and there is a trailhead facility at Swing Bridge Park with restrooms, water, benches, and bike fix-it stations.

Photo Credit: City of Inver Grove Heights

Simley Island Park

No boat needed to enjoy the breeze off the pond at Simley Island Park—a short trail connects the island to the shore.  The park features a picnic shelter and pier for fishers to catch species including sunfish, bass, and crappie.

3110 80th Street E

Photo Credit: River Heights Marina

Boating on the Mississippi River

For boat owners looking to cool off by getting out on the water, Inver Grove Heights’ marinas offer easy access to the Mississippi River.  River Heights Marina offers transient dockage and is adjacent to the Mississippi Pub.  Twin City Marina also offers transient dockage.  Castaways Marina is owner-based with seasonal rentals available.  River Grove Harbor offers seasonal and month-to-month slips, as well as a limited number of seasonal launch permits.

River Heights Marina: 4455 66th Street E; 651-455-4974;

Twin City Marina: 4455 64th Street E; 651-455-9110;

Castaways Marina: 6140 Doffing Avenue; 619-270-6745;

River Grove Harbor: 3985 102nd Street E; 651-455-6273;

Inside activities

Photo Credit: City of Inver Grove Heights

The Grove Aquatic Center

Swimmers of all ages and abilities will enjoy The Grove Aquatic Center.  The lap pool features eight lanes and is available for adult lap swimming and family opening swimming.  The diving well has one and three-meter diving boards for use during open swimming.  The center also offers an indoor water park with a zero-depth pool, play structure with splash features, spray toys, a water table, and floating logs, as well as two small and two large water slides.

8055 Barbara Avenue E; 651-450-2480

AMC Inver Grove 16

Watch the latest summer blockbuster in air-conditioned comfort at AMC Inver Grove 16. Theaters feature recliner and reserved seating, and alcoholic beverages are available at MacGuffins Bar.  In addition to classic popcorn and candy, the concession stand offers gourmet items like loaded hot dogs and flatbread pizzas.

5567 Bishop Avenue; 651-453-1916;

After a cool day of summer fun in Inver Grove Heights, spend the night at one of Inver Grove Heights’ hotels.  Inver Grove Height hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  Book your stay at these Inver Grove Heights hotels today!