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Springtime Fun in Lakeville

There’s no better place to be in the spring than Lakeville, with its budding trees, green landscapes, gorgeous scenery and beautiful lakes! Whether you’re relaxing with a fishing pole in your hand or dining on a patio, an invigorating springtime retreat awaits!




The stunning spring weather beckons and we have just the place to enjoy it! Once you’ve checked into your Lakeville hotel, you’ll visit one (or more) of Lakeville’s many parks. Our extensive park system makes way for an array of unique experiences, whether you’re looking to go fishing, relax on a blanket in the warm sun, go on a nature hike or let the kids loose on a playground.


Anglers will find opportunities to dip their poles in the lake from the shoreline at Antlers Park and Casperson Park. There are also fishing piers at Casperson Park and Valley Lake Park that showcase views of the lakes.


If a relaxing beach day is more your style, you’ll love basking in the sun at Antlers Park, situated next to Lake Marion. While the water might be a little chilly for a dip in the lake, you can experience it from the comfort of a canoe, kayak or paddleboard!


The kids (and adults, too!) will love the Land of Amazement 2.0 playground at Steve Michaud Park in Lakeville. This 21,000-square-foot park features a 100-foot zipline, plus many climbing opportunities, nooks for hideouts, shaded areas, platforms and slides.


Lakeville’s parks have plenty of benches and picnic tables, which are perfect for taking in the scenery or having a picnic. Grab food to-go at one of Lakeville’s restaurants, like Raising Cane’s, Erberts and Gerberts, or Culver’s, and savor lunch while surrounded by nature!


Tonight, your immersion in nature continues at Buck 54 Bar & Grill at the base of Buck Hill in Burnsville. Known as “South Metro’s favorite outdoor dining deck,” you’ll take in beautiful views of the rolling ski hills and maybe even some live music! Quench your thirst with a cold beverage and nosh on classic American favorites like cheese curds, chicken wings, burgers and more.


After dinner, satisfy your sweet tooth at Dairy Delite in downtown Lakeville. This 50’s style ice cream shop serves up ice cream, malts, shakes and frozen treats. Enjoy your creamy concoction at the outdoor tables or take a stroll through Lakeville’s historic downtown.




This morning, you’ll start off your day with a classic breakfast at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Lakeville. Known for their fluffy buttermilk pancakes and Mammoth Muffins®, Perkins serves up homestyle breakfast dishes all day, so you can sleep in and still enjoy your favorites.


Next, you’ll venture just a little south of Lakeville to Hot Sam’s Antiques and Foto Park. This 10-acre antique junkyard is home to many eclectic and colorful photo props, including a beach (complete with a tiki hut), 24-foot guitar, lifesize sharks, aliens, train cars, and more. You’ll discover something new and eye-catching around every corner, making Hot Sam’s a photographer’s dream.


After a fun morning of exploration, you’ll stop at one of Lakeville’s “best-kept secrets” for lunch – Red Fox Tavern. This woodsy watering hole is just down the road from Hot Sam’s. It offers casual American food, with ingredients sourced locally from surrounding cities, including hand-pressed bison burgers from Grazing Acres Farm in nearby Elko.


Your next adventure takes you to nearby Shakopee for heart-pounding excitement at Canterbury Park. The live horse racing season kicks off Memorial weekend and goes through the middle of September, with an atmosphere that’s fun for the whole family. There are lots of options for eating and drinking, from sit-down restaurants and bars to food carts. Watch and wager on simulcast horse racing from tracks around the world in the third-floor racebook or try your hand at the Card Casino that’s open 24/7.

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