17605 Kenrick Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044
Phone: (952) 898-3700
Fax: (952) 898-3827
Housing more than 2000 animals over an expanse of 500 acres, the Minnesota Zoo is the ideal place to get in touch with nature. The zoo monorail lets you get up-close-and-personal with animals such as Bactrian camels, musk oxen, moose and Siberian tigers. Enjoy the world of birds, visit the dolphin shows and witness shark feedings. You can also explore the Minnesota Trail, Northern Trail, Tropics Trail, Discovery Bay and the new Wells Fargo Family Farm. Otherwise, take in a movie at the Imation Imax Theatre or watch a concert at the Amphitheatre. And if your kids are animal lovers, sign them up for the summer Zoo Camp.
Spread across about 500 acres, natural habitat is the emphasis in this vast zoo. The animals are here but they often have wide-open spaces in which to roam, so be patient when looking for them. To aid in the spotting of animals, visitors may ride an overhead monorail. Five themed trails lead visitors around. The Minnesota Trail focuses on animals native to the state while the Tropics Trail includes encounters with Komodo dragons, leopards and gibbons. The Northern Trail features wolves, moose, musk oxen, Siberian Tigers and wild Asian horses. An IMAX theater is also on site.
The Church of the Advent is a quaint little church built in 1872. Having a rich history, it has come a long way. Regular services and ceremonies are held by the church to bring together the community in the neighborhood areas. This little church seats only 70 people and is mostly used for wedding purposes. However, smaller services are still conducted here. The services which have a large attendance are carried out at a different room which was built in the later years.
This two-acre strolling garden features a pond, a lagoon, bridges, hand-carved lanterns, islands, a waterfall, and carefully manicured trees and shrubs that are maintained in an authentic Japanese traditional style.
Part of the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel complex, this venue features up-and-coming artists as well as established favorites. The Mystic Showroom is a beautiful and spacious entertainment venue. The showroom also has state of the art technology; shows are often family-friendly.
The roar of the engine, the smell of gasoline and the occasional crunch of metal are just a few of the sights, sounds and smells experienced at Raceway Park. High-powered machines are maneuvered around the quarter mile track by skilled drivers as their high-energy pit crews keep the cars humming. Located two miles east of Valleyfair Amusement Park with an asphalt track designed for late models, hobby stock cars and figure eight races, many of the area's top drivers are frequently on the race card. Raceway Park has specially modified stock cars that are available for rent. The racetrack is open from May through mid-September. Days and times vary based on the schedule of events. Call the track for race information. Caution: the asphalt track can get very loud; ear protection is recommended.
This 100-acre park, opened in 1976, features the most thrilling and unusual rides in the area. Each year new attractions are added to the mix, such as the Wild Thing, a 207-foot tall roller coaster reaching speeds of 78 mph, with a 180-foot free fall. The park also has an IMAX theater, water park with numerous water rides, multiple children's areas, arcades, live music, shows and other attractions. Call ahead for varying dates.
Stretching over 13 acres (55846.6186 sq. m), this park has a number of recreational facilities. Featuring a soccer and baseball field, two tennis courts and a walking trail, this park is a great place to spend a day outdoors.
Located in nearby Shakopee, Minnesota, this park features summer horse racing, year round simulcast racing, and a deluxe twenty-four-hour card club that deals a variety of poker and casino card games.
This seven acre indoor theme park features over thirty rides, attractions, shops, and restaurants that are surrounded by picturesque streams, fountains, ponds, trees, and plants.
The mega mall's largest entertainment attraction is also the biggest indoor theme park in the United States. This seven-acre complex, formerly Camp Snoopy, is loaded with more than two-dozen rides, arcade and carnival games, appealing to kids of all ages. Thrills can be had on the Ripsaw Roller Coaster, Log Chute or the Mighty Axe. A one-of-a-kind spinning roller coaster, the Timberland Twister, is the newest thrill ride. Tamer rides include the Screaming Yellow Eagle and a sky-scraping Ferris wheel. For the younger kids, there is a kiddie roller coaster, carousel, mini trucks and a train ride.
If you like to shop, eat, people-watch, ride roller coasters, play with Legos and listen to music, then this is the place for you. From the largest indoor theme park in the country, Nickelodeon Universe, (30 rides and attractions and counting) to more than 400 specialty stores, major department stores, Legoland, a flight simulation center, 14-screen movie theater and Sea Life Aquarium - among others - there is enough to keep a tourist (or a local!) busy for a week. More than 50 dining options include national favorites like Ruby Tuesday and Benihana, along with more local chains like Masu Sushi & Robata.