Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove is located 17 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis and is a vibrant part of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. With seven community lakes, over 1,000 acres of parks and 36 miles of trails, Maple Grove is an active vacationer’s dream.
Families visiting Maple Grove discover endless activities year round at one of the city’s best recreation areas, Fish Lake. Kids splash in clear, tranquil water; friends mingle with a day spent boating or hiking, and even Rover can frolic freely in the park’s off-leash dog park. During the winter, tourists snowshoe through a frosty wonderland or brave the cold to try their hand at ice fishing on the lake.
The 4,900-acre Elm Creek Park Reserve is also chock full of winter fun, with cross-country and downhill skiing, sledding and snow-tubing. Adventure seekers zip across the grounds on snowmobiles or leash up a team of snow pups for dog sledding. Elm Creek is also one of the top attractions in Maple Grove in the autumn, when the foliage blazes bright. Autumn hikers often begin their trek at the beautiful Maple Grove Arboretum, nestled along Elm Creek. The park hosts 15 acres trails leading to Rice Lake, including the 16-mile Medicine Lake Regional Trail. For unique accommodation while visiting Maple Grove, travelers bunk at one of Elm Creek’s cabins which feature electricity, heat and screened-in porches.
For designer deals and delicious dining, shoppers head to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes. Here, name brands like Anthropologie, Coldwater Creek and J. Crew are housed in an elegant, open-air shopping center. For a sweet treat, shoppers indulge with dessert or coffee from Biaggi’s. And at dinnertime, the shopping center’s Pittsburgh Blue Steakhouse is the place to dine with outstanding steaks and appetizers.
Looking for indoor family fun in Maple Grove? At the 25,000-square-foot Venetian Indoor Water Park, located within the Holiday Inn Maple Grove, kids zoom down two four-story waterslides while adults relax in a 20-person whirlpool. For younger children, the Maple Maze at the Maple Grove Community Center offers hours of fun with slides, a junior rock wall and a special area designated for toddlers. When hunger strikes, treat the pack to dinner at Mongo's Grill, where the restaurant's build-your-own stir fry and buffet pleases even the pickiest of palates.
For adults, there is no happier happy hour in Maple Grove than at the Maple Tavern on Deerwood Lane. The tavern hosts not one happy hour but many: Monday through Saturday happy hours are from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an encore from 10 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday, and Sunday is truly a fun day, with happy hour lasting all day long.
Located downtown, the Town Green is another of the top attractions in Maple Grove. With its clean, contemporary design and lakeside location, the Town Green is a prime destination for daytime relaxation and nighttime entertainment. The summer concert series includes Jazz, classical, country and rock music as well as circus performances, comedy acts and magic shows.