Quality Inn Northtown
9052 University Ave, NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
Phone: (763) 785-4746
Fax: (763) 786-9474
This park is 360 scenic acres spanning both sides of the Mississippi River. The showpiece of the park is the 1,000-foot dam built in 1914. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is a hot spot for fishing, which can be done from shore, boat or platforms on the dam. Walleye, northern, bass and crappie are common.The Visitor Center includes live animal exhibits, an aquarium displaying native fish, an observation deck, information center and restrooms. Skis, snowshoes and canoes are available for rent. Picnic tables and grills are plentiful. Campsites are available, including a separate primitive site for canoeists. A handicapped accessible walkway across the dam connects the Hennepin and Anoka County sections of the park and provides an excellent view of the river. A fee is charged for parking and can be paid on a daily basis, or an annual pass, good at all county parks, may be purchased.
Located just 20 minutes north of the Twin Cities, Majestic Oaks features two 18-hole courses (Platinum and Gold), one executive 9-hole course, and a driving range. Each course has its own unique layout, designed to play comfortable for the beginner, yet challenge and bring back the most experienced players. The Platinum course is the most mature. Designed by Charles Maddox, it was ranked among Golf Digest's Top 75 Public Courses in 1990. From the back tees, the Platinum measures 6561 yards and has many holes carved out of huge beautiful oak trees. The Gold Course, while only five years old, is quickly gaining notoriety among Twin City golfers. This course is slightly smaller than the Platinum measuring 5879 yards. Course architect Garrett Gill used natural hazards and terrain in his design. Tee Time Policy: Four days in advance; credit card guarantee needed on weekends & holidays. Green fees: Gold: Nine holes $12 M-F, $23 Sa-Su; 18 holes $15 M-F, $27 Sa-Su. Platinum: Nine holes $13 M-F, $15.50 Sa-Su; 18 holes $26 M-F, $31.00 Sa-Su. Special nine-hole course: $8 M-F, $9 Sa-Su.
First opened as a six-hole course in 1919, this course became nine holes a year later and 18 in 1923. The second shot on No. 10 provides a good view of Downtown Minneapolis. Larry Packard redesigned this course in 1965. The new additions include more water hazards, which now come into play on at least seven holes. The greens are extremely fast and sloping, and the fairways are narrow. Be careful not to slice your approach shot on hole #15, a 422-yard par 4, which has a pond sitting to the right of the green.
The course was designed by well-known architect Joel Goldstrand and is only 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. This 9-hole course is a real challenge for golfers of all levels and expertise. Water comes into play on every hole and sand traps are strategically placed throughout the course. Tee Time Policy: Up to seven days in advance. For more than eight players a credit card and phone number are required. Greens fees: $12 Monday-Friday, $14 Saturday and Sunday. Discount Availability: Junior & Senior rates are available any time Monday-Friday and after 3pm on Saturday, Sunday & holidays for $9.
Francis A Gross Golf Course is one of five highly regarded Minneapolis public courses within minutes of downtown. When the workday is over and traffic is crawling toward the suburbs, many golfers choose to stay near the city to play golf. It has water hazards on a few holes and about ten sand bunkers incorporated into its design. The greens are small and the fairways are lined with trees. The signature hole is #3, a 179-yard par 3, requiring a tee shot to a severely sloped green from back to front. In addition, a deep ravine circles the green to catch wayward shots. Tee times can be made up to five days in advance.
Built as both a public and a practice rink (many Olympic hopefuls train here), the Roseville rink provides recreational skaters as well as world-class athletes a state-of-the-art facility. The arena has both indoor and outdoor rinks. The oval opened in 1993 and is the country's largest outdoor sheet of ice. It is 110,000 square feet and contains a 400-meter track for speed skating. The outdoor ice season opens about November 1 and runs through mid-March, weather permitting. During the warmer months, the outdoor rink is used by in-line skaters and skateboarders. Ice and in-line skates are available for rent. Skating hours vary week to week and season to season. Call the hotline for information regarding open ice and in-line skating, as well as the hours set aside for hockey.
One of five highly regarded Minneapolis public courses within minutes of downtown, this facility includes an 18-hole course and a 9-hole Par 3 course. The 18 holes not only have water hazards on nine holes, but also fifteen sand bunkers meaning shot accuracy is a must. The back nine is very hilly and the front nine is predominantly flat. The tree-lined fairways are narrow and the large greens are slightly sloped. This course's signature hole is #17, a 407-yard par 4, requiring a tee shot through a tunnel of trees and up a narrow dogleg right fairway, then a long approach shot to the green. The nine hole Par 3 Course was built on rolling hills and has many trees lining its fairways. The small greens are firm, so holding your shot will be difficult. Water comes into play on two holes. This course's signature hole is #4, a 104-yard par 3, requiring a tee shot to an island green. Season passes are available for unlimited golf play. Opens daily at 6am.
The Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life compares the lives of Minnesota Pioneers with those of the Dakotah Indians who lived in the region. Costumed interpreters give tours of the site, which includes a 19th Century farm house, a unique one-room school house, barns, farm animals, a replica sod house, Dakotah tipi and artifacts, bark lodge, pioneer and Dakotah gardens, and more.
An architecture-buff's dream, this library is an all-purpose learning center and inviting haven for Minneapolis residents and visitors alike. Completed in the spring of 2006, the building immediately garnered rave reviews for its innovative use of light and existing surroundings, making it one of the best examples of the city's varied architectural style. The library itself houses the fourth-largest collection of any metropolitan library in the country, as well as large special collections, public art, and educational centers (it even has its own coffee bar!).
Located at the start of Portland Avenue South, the Observation Deck of the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam provides perhaps the best panoramic view of the Falls of St. Anthony. Visitors who visit the deck when the winter snows are melting, adding to the flow of the river, will witness the tremendous force of water that amazed the early settlers. Even the normal flow of the river and its awesome power around the falls and the Lock and Dam is breathtaking. Finished in 1963, the Upper Lock is the last of 29 locks and dams built between Minneapolis and St Louis. These engineering wonders form a 'ladder,' lifting and lowering boats as they navigate the river. Via this series of locks and dams, Minneapolis is linked with the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as the Ohio and Missouri River systems. If you are fortunate, on the day of your visit you may see this lock and dam in operation, allowing a Mississippi River barge to bypass the roaring falls.
A romantic landmark in the city, the 640.08 meter (2100 feet) long Stone Arch Bridge used to be a railway bridge for the Manitoba line. It is the second oldest bridge across the river. Erected in 1883 by James Hill, a railway tycoon, it spans proudly across the Mississippi river in a curve. The twenty-three arches are a sight to behold and used to serve as a scenic welcome for travelers to the city. Tourists love to watch the ships sail past here. Today, the bridge is open for pedestrians and bikers.
When the last train left the Milwaukee Road Depot in 1970, a monstrous structure occupying multiple city blocks was left behind. Seemingly doomed to meet the wrecking ball, the National Register of Historic Places stepped in and declared it a Minneapolis landmark. As the building was being used primarily for overflow parking, ARC Ice Sports & Entertainment, Inc. of McLean, Virginia brought forward a plan for an indoor ice rink and restaurant in 1995. Now there are shops, restaurants, a hotel, a fully enclosed water park and an indoor ice skating rink.