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Laid Back Summer Escape

There’s no better place to experience the best of summer than Lakeville, with its beautiful lakes, exciting recreation opportunities and outdoor dining options. Bring your beach towel, sunscreen and some walking shoes for three days of fun!

 

DAY 1

 

Welcome to Lakeville! By now, you may have passed by one of our city’s five beautiful lakes. Once you check into your chosen Lakeville hotel, you’ll venture out to the water!

 

Beach lovers – it’s time to grab your beach bag and head to Orchard Lake Beach for an afternoon of sun, sand and relaxation! You could spend the day lazing on your beach towel and soaking up the sun, followed by a cool dip in the lake. Or, you could challenge your friends to a sand volleyball match or chase your little ones on the playground equipment!

 

Beach lovers – grab your beach bag and head to Antler’s Park Beach, located on the east side of Lake Marion. This expansive, recently renovated park features a large swimming beach surrounded by grass and a canopy of trees.

 

You could spend the day lazing on your beach towel and soaking up the sun, followed by a cool dip in the lake. Or, you could join a sand volleyball match or partake in some lawn games. If you brought the whole family, your littlest members will enjoy exploring the playground equipment and cooling off in the splash pads!

 

On Saturdays and Sundays, take advantage of stand-up paddleboard rentals for invigorating exercise and a chance to experience the lake in a new way. Onsite food trucks and ample picnic tables provide an opportunity for the perfect al fresco dining experience.

 

For those looking to catch some fish, you’ll want to visit the fishing piers at Casperson Park and Valley Lake Park. You can also fish from the shoreline at Casperson Park and Antlers Park. Didn’t bring a pole? No problem! Fleet Farm and Gander Outdoors in Lakeville have you covered with a wide range of fishing gear.

 

If you’re looking to venture out onto the water, you’re in the right place! Whether you’re hoping to relax on a pontoon, speed across the water on a jet ski, or explore the lake at your own pace in a kayak, the gorgeous lakes in the Lakeville area will keep you entertained. Lakeville’s largest body of water, Lake Marion, offers 560 acres to explore, with a boat launch at Casperson Park.

 

Water activities aren’t the only thing Lake Marion has to offer — lace up your shoes and set out on Juno Trail for a scenic lakeside walk or run. If mountain biking is your thing, pack up your bicycle and hit the trails at the West Lake Marion Mountain Bike Trail at Casperson Park. This 5-mile mountain bike single-track trail system features segments for beginning, intermediate and advanced bicyclists.

 

Casperson Park is also home to a new outdoor Performance Stage for concerts and other entertainment. The wood amphitheater stage is the home of Lakeville’s community band and will feature shows scheduled by the Lakeville Area Arts Center.

 

After a fun day on the lake, you’re bound to have an appetite. Summer is primetime patio dining season in Lakeville, so tonight, you’ll be chowing down on some local grub in the great outdoors at Lakeville Brewing Co. in downtown Lakeville. In addition to being a family-friendly environment, your well-behaved furry friends are also welcome out on the patio. As the name implies, you’ll find a long list of house-made craft brews at Lakeville Brewing Co. and a large selection of cocktails and wine. You’ll find something for everyone on the food menu, including a variety of vegetarian options and seasonal features. You could also be treated to live music on their outdoor entertainment stage!

 

DAY 2

 

Start your day in historic downtown Lakeville for breakfast at Tapestry Coffee. This quaint coffeehouse roasts its beans ethically and sustainably and serves up locally baked goods from either Great Harvest in Burnsville or Sweet Kneads Bakery in Farmington, with gluten-free options available daily from Sift Gluten Free Bakery.

 

If you happen to visit on a Saturday, treat yourself to the Lakeville Farmer’s Market – a downtown favorite featuring locally grown food, homemade goods, fresh flowers and more from local and regional farmers.

 

It’s just a short walk to the Lakeville Area Art Center, where you can view eight colorful outdoor art installations. These sculptures are part of Lakeville’s “Outdoor Art Walk,” which includes additional installations throughout the community. Visit the Lakeville Public Art page for a complete map.

 

This afternoon, you’ll head to nearby St. Paul for a visit to the historic Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, where admission is always free but reservations are required. The zoo features a vast range of wildlife, including seals, gorillas, large cats, giraffes, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and polar bears. You don’t want to miss the conservatory, where you can walk amongst butterflies, tour exotic and native gardens, and experience an authentic neo-tropical rainforest. If you have kids in tow, they will love Como Town, the family-friendly amusement park located next door.

 

Tonight, enjoy a leisurely dinner cruise on the Mississippi River aboard one of the Padelford fleet of riverboats. The boat departs from Harriet Park in St. Paul – reservations are required. You’ll be treated to a delicious dinner while taking in the beautiful views of St. Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park.

 

DAY 3

 

Rise and shine! It’s time to get your blood pumping with a hike. This morning, you’ll head to Lakeville’s Ritter Farm Park to experience a slice of nature in the middle of the city. The 340-acre park offers 8.6 miles of hiking trails that take you through pristine prairies and woodlands. There’s even a fenced-in dog park, where your best friend can get some energy out and socialize with other furry friends.

 

After your hike, stop by Chart House in Lakeville for patio seating with panoramic views of Lake Kingsley and a decadent brunch buffet. Enjoy carved New York strip, sweet crepes, biscuits and gravy, and other brunch favorites while sipping a mimosa or bloody mary. If you’re lucky enough to snag a reservation on the High Noon Pontoon, you can enjoy a tiki hut ride around the lake, complete with bar se

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