Lakeville, MN offers the best of all worlds, whether you live here full time or are just visiting. We have access to the big city, the convenience of the suburbs and the rural countryside, all within a half hours drive. There is so much to do that sometimes narrowing it down becomes a challenge.
With that in mind, here are 9 fun things to do in Lakeville and the Lakeville, Minnesota area.
Lakeville Area Art Center
It can be easy to overlook or take art for granted, especially given everyone’s busy lives. Art does so much for our culture, however, that by celebrating it, much more is being accomplished than merely going to see a play or looking at paintings.
What the Theater Offers
The Lakeville Area Art Center has three different theater groups.
- The Expressions Community Theater is volunteer-run and provides family-friendly fare for the entire community.
- The Prairie Fire Children’s Theater runs theater camps annually and gives kids a taste of the arts in a fun and motivational way.
- The Play’s the Thing Production, a nonprofit, community theater that produces high-quality, regionally recognized adult and children’s productions.
The facility has seating for one hundred people and a classroom capacity of 60.
What the Art Gallery Offers
Highlighting local, regional, state, national and international talent, the gallery at the Arts Center functions as more than just a cool place to go look at paintings.
Exhibits that have been featured in the gallery include but are not limited to:
- Hand Blown Glass
- Art Education
- Mixed Media
No matter what type of art you like, you can find something that will pique your interest in the Art Gallery.
Art Education Classes at the Center
Learning is something we never stop doing. This is especially true when it comes to learning how to do and appreciate art. Feeding that locally is the Lakeville Area Arts Center art education classes. The center offers classes in pottery, dance and painting with a curriculum that caters to individual skills and experience.
It also has many activities that are designed to be fun and enjoyed by children.
So, if you are an expert in creating pottery or just looking to touch up some old skills, a newbie to painting or are working on your next masterpiece, these classes are for you.
Even if art is not your thing the Lakeville Area Arts Center has enough going on that virtually anyone can find something to interest them. Prices and schedules vary. Call the Lakeville Area Art Center to get more information.
Hot Sam’s Antiques & Foto Park
Hot Sam’s has something for everyone – whether you are looking for an eclectic background for a photo, want to take in some unique sites as you stroll the grounds or rent the facilities for a special event, Hot Sam’s has something that will grab your interest.
One person’s junk is another’s location for wedding photos or a closeup on an antique classic car and that sums up Sam’s in a sentence. Featuring oddities, eccentric art pieces and antiques that have been lovingly given character, Sam’s is an experience unlike any other.
Featured by CBS, Minnesota and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hot Sam’s is a featured spot for tourists and locals alike. People come from all over the country to get a look at old circus wagons, 50’s automobiles, a shark or two, railroad cars and, of course, the 3 stories high guitar that serves as a landmark.
If you have an hour or a day, come see the treasures hidden in this fun and unique setting. Oh, and everything, and we mean everything, is for sale. It can always be replaced with more, well, treasures.
Gray Line Minneapolis Tour
The Gray Line motorcoach and tour is one way of getting to know Minneapolis and the surrounding area in the lap of luxury. Tour guides who know the area on a first-name basis will take you through Minneapolis and St. Paul and introduce you to all it has to offer. That includes restaurants, shopping opportunities, neighborhoods and other local attractions.
Tours offered by the Gray Line include:
- Black Hills and Badlands Tour
- Holiday Lights Tour
- Minneapolis and Mississippi River Tour
- Taste Twin Cities Food and Drink Tour
- Twin Cities Highlights Tour
Make sure you reserve a spot for your party. Get there early, settle in, relax and enjoy all the City and surrounding area have to offer.
Mall of America
Located 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and about 20 minutes from Lakeville, the Mall of America is something everyone should experience at least once.
The Mall is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the USA, and it hosts over 40 million visitors a year, making it one of the most visited tourist attractions anywhere on earth.
The complex boasts over 520 stores, 60 restaurants, a 7-acre indoor amusement park, an aquarium, mini golf, 2 hotels and much, much more.
Conveniently located on most people’s way to the airport, easily accessible via public transportation and offering ample parking, the Mall of America will make you run out of time before you run out of things you can do there.
Casperson Park and Boat Launch
If you are craving the outdoors, the Casperson Park and Boat Launch on Lake Marion is a perfect way to get outside and enjoy nature in suburbs. The park and boat launch are fun by the City of Lakeville and offer the following:
- Boat Launch
- Fishing Pier
- Grilling Area
- Picnic Areas
- Picnic Shelters
- Restrooms (Not open through 2021)
- Athletic Fields
- Hiking Trails
- Volleyball Courts
Shelters are available for rent. Fees apply for residents and non-residents. Visit the Casperson Park and Boat Launch website for more information on parking and visiting.
Champion Valley – Paintball and More
Champion Valley Paintball offers over 150 acres and 11 themed fields featuring swamps, hills, buildings, forests, etc., that cater to all skill levels. It is the largest paintball park in Minnesota and each activity is professionally supervised.
The facility offers the following:
- Ax Throwing
- Low Impact Paintball
- Archery Tag
- Predetermined Missions
- Picnic and Grilling Areas
A visit to Champion Valley is perfect for corporate parties, team-building exercises, bachelor and bachelorette parties, friend and family events and birthday parties. Each outing takes about 2 hours. Call ahead for rules, prices and reservations.
Brunswick Zone XL – Bowling Plus a Lot More
The Brunswick Zone XL is more of an entertainment complex than strictly a bowling alley. Yes, it has 38 professional-caliber lanes with lounge seats, blacklights, electronic scoring and a huge video wall that lets you keep up with live sports. It has so much more though.
Kids and adults can play in the arcade, which features new and old-school video and arcade=style games. If you are looking for exercise and fun, there is a state-of-the-art laser tag arena. For adults, there is a sports bar, lounge area, private rooms and billiards/pool.
The facility advertises its status as a wonderful place to hold corporate get togethers, social events, kids and teen parties. It also runs specials throughout the week that offer discounts on bowling games, shoes, the arcade and food (tacos on Tuesdays!)
It is advisable to get a reservation for larger groups. Everyone should call ahead to make sure their preferred activity is being offered, given current health precautions.
Gander Mountain Academy
Whether you are looking for firearms instruction, want to learn self-defense or just want to use the firing range, Gander Mountain Academy is the place to be.
Offering one on one instruction from firearms experts as well as state-of-the-art simulation technology, you can learn how to defend yourself and shoot as well as become an expert on firearms safety and safe handling.
The academy offers several different training programs for private citizens and virtual and live firing ranges. No matter what your experience or skill level, you can learn to shoot at Gander Mountain.
This is a seasonal attraction, but one the entire family can enjoy. You can purchase food like apple cider, mini donuts, local honey and apple goods year-round.
The apple goods offered are jams, jellies, spreadable fruit, maple syrup and pumpkins. The farm grows 20 varieties of apples, so no matter what your plans are, there is the right apple for your cooking needs.
The Applewood Orchard facility offers a maze, playground, pedal tractors, tractor tour and you can pick your own apples. Check out their website for details and call ahead for the times they are open.
Lakeville, MN offers something for every visitor and resident in the area. No matter what you are into, arts, sports, the outdoors, shopping, firearms, tourism, all are well represented and easily accessible.
This is just a small sampling of what the area has to offer. For more information, please contact the Tourist Hive.
How far away from Lakeville is Minneapolis by car?
Depending on the route you take, Minneapolis is a little over 25 miles away. You can be downtown in less than 45 minutes and most trips only take about a half-hour. There is also bus service that is conveniently scheduled and affordable.
ortunities in Lakeville, MN or the surrounding area?
Lakeville, MN and the Lakeville area offer hiking, fishing, boating, camping, swimming and much more. In winter, three ski areas are within an hour’s drive. There is also ice skating, cross country skiing and other winter activities that are easily accessible from Lakeville.
Is Lakeville, MN a big city?
Lakeville is a small city with a local community feel that offers access to just about everything in the city and within an hour’s drive. Minneapolis-St. Paul is about a half-hour away and the countryside is less than an hour’s drive away. You can find just about any type of “feel” you want to find in and around Lakeville.