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Great Outdoors Summer Getaway

Summer in Lakeville means hot days, warm nights and lots of fun activities to enjoy. Whether you’re catching a live performance on a patio, playing 18 holes of golf or betting on a win at the horse races, you’ll love every minute of your stay in Lakeville.




Check into your Lakeville hotel – all of which are located within a short distance of I-35 – and get ready for an evening full of fantastic eats and drinks in the great outdoors!


Tonight, you’ll brew up some fun in historic downtown Lakeville. Make your way to Angry Inch Brewing and kick back with a cold beer on their dog-friendly patio. Brewer-owned and operated, Angry Inch Brewing makes Belgian-inspired beers, with unique twists. They also offer an assortment of non-alcoholic beverages, including craft sodas and cold-pressed coffee. Inside the taproom, you’ll find a stately bar constructed of reclaimed mahogany from old Minnesota bleacher seats and an assortment of board games to keep you entertained for hours.


When your stomach starts growling, head next door to The Better Half and grab a spot on their patio for cocktails and a tasty dinner. Whether you’re craving a light and fresh salad, a juicy smash burger, a vegan entree or a ribeye, The Better Half has you covered. Their watermelon mojito and Better Half mule will quench your thirst perfectly!


If you’re not ready to go back to the hotel, you’ll find music and entertainment at Babe’s Music Bar just down the road. With live bands on Fridays and a DJ and dancing on Saturdays, Babe’s is a great place for a party! They also have a large patio for a relaxing outdoor nightcap.




This morning, you’ll grab a beverage and something to nibble on at one of the convenient Caribou Coffee locations throughout Lakeville.


Next, you’ll hit one of the Lakeville area’s golf courses. There are seven beautiful and challenging public 18-hole courses within a 15-mile radius, making Lakeville a haven for golf lovers. Choose from Legends Golf Club, The Wilds Golf Club, Willingers Golf Club, Crystal Lake Golf Club, Heritage Links Golf Club, Southern Hills Golf Course and Boulder Pointe. Each course offers incredible scenery and second-to-none amenities for players of all skill levels.


All of your hard work on the course calls for lunch! If you’re looking for something quick and delicious, Lakeville’s Raising Cane’s will not disappoint with its cooked-to-order chicken fingers and craveable Cane’s sauce. Or, if a post-game beer is in order, Northern Taphouse in Lakeville will satisfy with its incredible craft beer list featuring breweries throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and beyond. Their food menu is also second to none, with an assortment of unique smash burgers, hand-stretched stone-fired pizzas, shareable apps and other delicious entrees.


Tonight, you’ll head to nearby Shakopee to experience the heart-pounding excitement of live horse racing at Canterbury Park! As one of the nation’s premier live racing venues, Canterbury Park draws more than 450,000 people annually during the summer meet, which runs from May to September. In addition to live racing, there are also plenty of places to eat and drink, from bars and sit-down restaurants to a trackside cantina and food stands.


After the races, take a short drive to Mystic Lake Casino, which is only four miles from Canterbury Park. Try your luck at the slot machines or blackjack table, or pull up a seat in the modern bingo hall for “Cosmic Bingo.”




If you woke up hungry this morning, you’re in good luck. There’s an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet with your name on it at Trigger’s Bar and Restaurant in nearby Prior Lake. Brunch includes a prime rib carving station, build-your-own omelet, entrees, and desserts.


Trigger’s is located in the Horse and Hunt Club, which is a 600-acre property dedicated to the sport of hunting and shooting. After brunch, you can try your aim at clay target shooting, which is open to the public 7 days a week, all year long. There’s also a 3D archery course with 26 different targets designed with realistic scenery, preparing archers for that buck shot in the woods this fall.

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