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If you’re dreaming of your next big adventure, Lakeville, Minnesota, holds nothing back when it comes to fun and excitement. Whether you enjoy close encounters with majestic creatures, hair-raising thrills, or heart-pumping fun in the great outdoors, there’s an experience for every type of adventurer in the Lakeville area, just minutes from our award winning hotel community!
Animal Adventures – Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Animal lovers of all ages have many unique opportunities to get close to their favorite critters—all within a short distance from Lakeville!
Go Where the Wild Things Are
Get to know animal species from throughout the world at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, MN. Located on 485 acres of wildlife, the Minnesota Zoo is home to more than 4,990 animals and 533 species in award-winning exhibits. You’ll see lions, tigers, bears and a whole lot more – including farm animals, endangered species, bird shows, close encounters and feeding demonstrations. For those who want to go behind the scenes, the Minnesota Zoo offers unique experiences, including overnights, guided tours, camps, travel opportunities and more.
Exotic Species in the City
Minnesota’s first zoo opened in St. Paul, MN more than 100 years ago with just three deer. Today, visitors to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory have the opportunity to explore 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 can learn even more about the zoo and its animals through a variety of educational opportunities, including camps, child and family classes, school programs, group tours and adult programs. Make it an all-day adventure with a tour of the gardens in the adjacent conservatory and a visit to Como Town, the family-friendly amusement park located next door.
Under the Sea Adventures
Discover the secrets of the sea with a visit to SEA LIFE at Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. This 1.3-million-gallon aquarium is home to thousands of sea creatures, including freshwater stingrays, a 4-foot alligator, 350-pound sea turtles and 9-foot sharks. The latest addition to SEA LIFE is the “Brave the Rainforest” adventure, where you can come face to fear with creepy cockroaches, hungry piranha and curious crocs. There are new interactive exhibits and animal encounters that have never been seen before at the aquarium, including pop-up tanks, a creature meet and greet area, special weather effects, and more!
Northwoods Fun is Par for the Course
Though the animals at Moose Mountain Adventure Golf at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN aren’t real, the fun and excitement definitely are! This 18-hole miniature golf course features an original, whimsical design with an old-time northwoods feel — complete with life size moose, horses and more. This custom crafted course is fully accessible so all can enjoy the adventure.
Swimming with the Sharks
Shark Attack 5D Extreme Attraction by Matrix Technology at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN, is an immersive virtual reality experience on a motion platform. During this exhilarating adventure, guests are put through a narrated aquarium experience observing various sea life until one of the greatest predators on earth attempts to break through the glass, creating quite a thrill.
Thrill Seekers – Unforgettable Adventures for Adrenaline-Junkies
If you’re craving novelty, risk and a rush of adrenaline, then Lakeville, MN, has some epic adventures planned for you!
Rev Up for Excitement and Thrills
Fasten your seatbelt – you’re in for a WILD ride! Valleyfair in Shakopee, MN, offers more than 75 exciting rides and attractions for thrill-seekers of all ages. Discover your next adventure on one of eight exhilarating coasters, learn to love thrills on one of Planet Snoopy’s 16 kid rides, or slip and slide at Soak City waterpark. Valleyfair’s newest attraction, Delirious, is a 70-foot looping thrill ride that coils riders upside-down on a seven-story, 360-degree freestanding structure with a high capacity, high-speed train. You’ll complete 10 revolutions in less than a minute!
Race Toward Adventure
Experience the thrill of breakneck speeds and burning rubber at Elko Speedway, in Elko, MN. The speedway offers multiple live racing events from May to September, with door-to-door NASCAR racing on a 3/8 mile asphalt oval track and special “Eve of Destruction®” nights featuring daredevil stunts, monster trucks, school bus races, motorcycles, motocross, live music, a petting zoo, bull rides and even fireworks! Afterwards, head over to the Elko Drive-In Theater for a classic movie-watching experience.
Will You Escape?
Test your wits, critical thinking and cooperation skills as you work to solve a series of puzzles and riddles at Escape MSP in Lakeville, Minnesota. This escape room game locks you and your team of 4-10 players in a fully themed room with two goals: collect the hidden asset and escape the room before time runs out! Whether your mission requires you to find stolen treasure, save yourself from the wrath of Al Capone or rescue an ancient kingdom from evil, you’ll have a blast trying to escape before it’s too late.
Tag – You’re It!
There’s danger around every corner in the state-of-the-art laser tag arena at Bowlero in Lakeville, MN. Put on your power pack, grab your laser, take aim, and have a blast as you go toe-to-toe in the ultimate high-intensity challenge. Whether you bring a team or go rogue, you’ll experience the thrilling fun that’s perfect for party time or anytime!
Mega Fun for Everyone
Just a short drive from Lakeville brings you to America’s largest indoor amusement park and other thrilling adventures at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. Nickelodeon Universe is a 7-acre park in the center of the mall with 27 rides that range from the great-for-tots Wonder Pet’s Flyboat to the thrilling big kids-only Avatar Airbender. You don’t want to miss the high-flying adventures of Dutchman’s Deck, which features the tallest Sky Trail® ropes course in the world and the longest indoor zip line in North America. For those who like to keep their feet on the ground, Mall of America also offers exceptional virtual reality experiences. XD Ride pairs the thrill of a roller coaster and the interactive simulation of a video game, and the Mystery Mine 5D Extreme Attraction by Matrix Technologies combines 1G force with an adventurous ride in a mine car that will deliver an amazing and memorable adrenaline rush.
The Ultimate Outdoor Challenge
Located just a few miles south of Lakeville, MN, Sand Creek Adventures in Jordan, MN, offers the ultimate in physical and mental challenges for groups and individuals. Enjoy a thrilling zipline tour spanning the Sand Creek bluffs, with a 100-foot vertical height over the water. The high ropes challenge course will test the confidence and determination of every participant at every level. For the ultimate team building exercise, try the low ropes challenge course which is designed to help teams of five or more unify mind and muscle.
Outdoor Enthusiasts – All-Natural Adventures Await
Whether you love biking, swimming, golf or skiing, Lakeville offers a recreation opportunity for every nature-lover.
Happy Trails to You
With 100 miles of bike and pedestrian trails, Lakeville, MN, is a bicyclist’s dream! This extensive trail system offers bikers, runners and walkers gorgeous views, rolling hills and accessibility to all that Lakeville has to offer. Thrill seekers will love the West Lake Marion Park mountain biking trail, which features nearly 5 miles of off-road trails built by biking enthusiasts. The trail is a single-track trail system that includes multiple switchbacks, berms and rollers with segments for beginning, intermediate and advanced bicyclists. Map your next ride, jog or stroll with Lakeville’s interactive trails feature.
Hit the Beach
There’s no need to leave Lakeville to go to the beach this summer! Stay in town and enjoy all the amenities that Lakeville’s beaches have to offer. Antler’s Park Beach on Lake Marion has a large swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic area, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, and playground equipment. On Saturdays and Sundays, stand up paddleboard rentals at Antlers Park give you a unique way to experience the lake and get a little exercise. At Orchard Beach off Judicial Road in Lakeville, you’ll find a picnic area, shore fishing, a playground and a swimming beach.
Extend the Ski Season
Enjoy the fun of skiing without the snow! Buck Hill’s Neveplast artificial snow system has extended the ski season to the summer and fall. This synthetic surface is just like the real thing, with the ability to simulate snow conditions. Novices can easily snow plow, enthusiasts can practice their favorite discipline at any time of day, and competitive athletes can train like they do on snow. The fall skiing season begins in September; however, Buck Hill takes special requests all summer and holds youth camps in June.
Book a Tee Time
Lakeville is a golf-lovers paradise with seven beautiful and challenging public 18-hole courses in a 15-mile radius. These courses offer incredible scenery and second-to-none amenities for players of all skill levels. 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 – or better yet, play all of them! View Golf Courses >