Minnesota may be under a “stay at home” order, but there are still ways you can enjoy Inver Grove Heights while practicing best social distancing practices that will help keep you and your community safe and healthy.

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  1. Walk, run, or cycle along the Mississippi River Greenway Trail

The Mississippi River Greenway is a paved trail that’s open for walking, running, biking, and rollerblading with views of the Mississippi River.  The trail runs through Inver Grove Heights and links local parks, trails, and communities.

While enjoying outdoor activities, it’s crucial to maintain a six-foot distance from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (as a handy reference, six feet is about the length of a bicycle).

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  1. Get outside at a local parks

Fresh air and sunlight are important for your physical and mental health, and Inver Grove Heights has 28 parks with miles of paved and unpaved trails and wide open spaces for playing.  Again, be sure to stay at least six feet from others, and skip the playground and other frequently-touched surfaces.

  1. Enjoy a takeout meal from a local restaurant

Although local restaurants are closed for dine-in through May 1, many are still open for curbside delivery, takeout, and home delivery.  Check out this restaurant guide produced in partnership with the River Heights Chamber for more details—note that restaurant hours may vary from usual opening times, and businesses may decide to close temporarily without notice.

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  1. Purchase a gift card to use later

In addition to takeout, many local restaurants offer gift cards that can be used to dine-in later—with patio season coming up, stock up on gift cards to give away for birthdays, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day!  Here’s a handy list of Inver Grove Heights restaurants.

Want to treat yourself to some well-deserved pampering when things get back to normal?  Consider a gift card to a local spa, hair salon, or nail salon.

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  1. Buy a product online or by phone from a local retailer

Show your support for your local brewery with apparel, accessories, and other merchandise from Inver Grove Brewing—add some merchandise and a crowler of beer to your next takeout order!  Check out the brewery’s Facebook page for daily menus and additional information.

Gertens has a wide range of lawn and garden, landscaping, and gift items available for purchase online with curbside pickup.

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  1. Check out an online library program

Although libraries are closed at least through April 10, Dakota County Library is providing free, virtual programming.  A full list of events is available here, including virtual storytimes for children ages 3 and up, online learning with MInnesota’s Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo, and small business counseling.

  1. Visit the Minnesota Zoo—virtually!

The Minnesota Zoo is posting videos of different animals each day on their Facebook page, from a polar bear training session to a leopard tortoise crawling around the zoo.  Posts also include educational information about the animals.

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  1. Listen to the Minnesota Orchestra at home

Music can have a soothing effect in anxious times, so the MInnesota Orchestra has compiled an “orchestra at home” page featuring at-home performances with musicians, a playlist of video clips from the 2019-2020 season, live recordings, curated Spotify playlists, and educational films.

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  1. Try an online fitness classes

Your gym might be closed for now, but you can still be active at home with free online group exercise classes for all ages via YMCA 360.  An unexpected benefit of working out in the privacy of your own home?  You might feel more comfortable trying new things!

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  1. Plan a future staycation

Give yourself something to look forward to by planning a staycation in Inver Grove Heights later this year.  Inver Grove Heights hotels offer complimentary parking, breakfast, and WiFi, and they’re conveniently located to the Mall of America, downtown St. Paul, and Minneapolis.  Book your room today!