10 Things to Do in Lakeville That You Shouldn't Miss

December 25, 2017 Karren Gelb

Lakeville /ˈleɪkvɪl/ is a city in Dakota County, Minnesota, United States. It is a suburb of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, approximately 20 miles (32 km) south of both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul. Lakeville is one of the fastest-growing cities in the Twin Cities area. The U.S. Census Bureau recorded its population at 55,954 in 2010.
Restaurants in Lakeville

1. Paragon Odyssey 15

14401 Burnhaven Dr, Burnsville, MN 55306-8004 +1 952-892-3456
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Paragon Odyssey 15

IMAX The Mezz Bistro Lounge, serving small plates and specialty beverages CLUB LEVEL with VIP Luxury Seats; we welcome guests of all ages to enjoy a movie in our Club Level auditoriums before 4:00 pm*. It is truly a VIP experience for the whole family. After 4:00 PM, the Club Level is reserved for guests 21 and older. Reserved Seating Stadium Seating Birthday Parties & Corporate Events Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program *Club Level upcharge charge applies.

Reviewed By pizzabooger - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Went to a movie for the second time after buying this plastic cup the guy said that if you buy this cup you will get free refills up to a 1 year just bring it with every time you come to a movie and the pizza booger said sir that's a great deal I'll take it.So guess what happened to the pizza booger the next time in the lady says to yours truly the pizza booger sir you can't use that after today that was never meant to be used
More then one time .So once again don't pick your nose while watching a movie in public .So tell next time booger out

2. Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124-8199 +1 952-432-9000
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 703 reviews

Minnesota Zoo

Reviewed By Scott M

The Minnesota zoo is in Apple Valley Minnesota which is roughly 15 minutes from Minneapolis our family has been there three times and we still enjoy ever visit. The zoo has a marine section where you can touch nurse sharks and stingrays and is very much an experience for the kids for sure. The dolphins show is free and the trainers are very good at putting on a show.
The polar bears have a fun with the guests last time we were there the polar bear was tossing a ball to the kids
There is camel rides at the zoo as well and is free no extras, they have a few areas in the zoo that are good for kids to play and they have gym equipment there too
The entry fee is rather heap considering the size of the zoo I have been to smaller zoos and paid more

3. Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123-1904 +1 651-554-6530
Excellent
84%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

5 based on 134 reviews

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Reviewed By Cami B - Eagan, Minnesota

This is a cute park, with loads of hiking trails. This is the place to go for locals when wanting to take a hike in the city, or there is a small little lake that gets packed on the hot days that locals rush to as well. Nothing out of the ordinary with this place, just a nice break from the city.

4. Cleary Lake Regional Park

18106 Texas Ave, Prior Lake, MN 55372-3105 +1 763-694-7777
Excellent
65%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 41 reviews

Cleary Lake Regional Park

Reviewed By roseee311 - Prior Lake, Minnesota

I love going to Cleary Lake. I am a runner and it is a perfect 3.4 miles to do once or many times. I always feel safe and it is the right mix of flat and hills. We also love the dog park that is right next to it. I go here many times per week.

5. Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

15501 Murphy Lake Road, Savage, MN 55378 +1 763-694-7777
Excellent
46%
Good
54%
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4.5 based on 15 reviews

Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve

Reviewed By Todd F - prior lake mn

This large reserve encompasses both rolling hills and prairies. It gets some visitors but is large enough that it is anything but crowded. Almost every time I have visited (which is fairly frequently), once I leave the parking lot I typically see less than a dozen people. It definitely doesn't feel like you are within the metro area. Bring your water if your are going to be there for a while as there are not a lot of options as the park reserve is fairly undeveloped.

One parking lot on the north side of the park serves trailheads for cross country ski, hiking and mountain bike trails and is my favorite part of the park. Most folks can handle the less challenging hiking loops. The combination of trees and a lot of up and down on the trails make for a good test on both the ski and mountain bike trails. There are a number of loops so you can pick your level of challenge. If you are looking for something more suited to beginners, try Cleary Lake Park a few miles to the south on hwy 27

Another lot further south serves hiking, horse and dog trails. This area has more prairies, is more open and is not as hilly. This portion of the park is even less crowded.

There is a small lake access lot to the south but the lake is small and weedy and I have only seen an occasional canoe.

You can make your visit as long as you wish. You can do a short hike or you can spend all day skiing ducking into the warming hut as needed. One full loop of the mountain biking trail (~11 miles) takes ~1 hour.

6. Buck Hill

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN 55306-5418 +1 952-435-7174
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Buck Hill

Recreation area offers year-round fun: winter offers trails and parks for both skiers and snowboarders; summer offers tubing and mountain bike racing events for two-wheel enthusiasts.

Reviewed By Jewelss0416 - Orlando, Florida

My 10 and 17 year old daughters had a great time. We got there around 8:30am and stayed till almost 9pm. They had different level hills for all ski levels. This was the first time my daughters have skied so I had them take a 90 minute class. Once they finished the lesson, you couldn't get then off the hill. There was a warm area with chairs and a great view. We also did snow tubing. That was very cool and fast. They even had a nice warm fire to sit around. If we ever make it back to Minnesota we will be back. It made a ski lover out of us.

7. Apple Valley Aquatic Center

14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124 +1 952-953-2300
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Apple Valley Aquatic Center

Reviewed By SaraGee - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Having just taken my girls to the indoor water park near MOA for the last time before it closed, I realized why I love the Aquatic center so much. It's CLEAN. The water is clean, the facilities are clean, the staff is really great with all the kids. I can't say enough good things about the AV Aquatic Center. My ONLY complaint is I wish they'd have some better food options. But that's minimal since I can also bring my own food in. I highly recommend this oasis... but get there early it fills up FAST on nice days.

8. Gray Line Minneapolis

22750 Pillsbury Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044-8345
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 8 reviews

Gray Line Minneapolis

Gray Line is the world wide leader in sightseeing tours and transportation. We offer deluxe tours of the Twin Cities, as well as award winning transportation. We invite you to the #1 selling city tour in the Twin Cities! We offer our Twin Cities Highlights Tour, Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, Stillwater Tour & St. Croix River Cruise, and Holiday Lights Tour with Live Commentary!

Reviewed By bkpoud2 - Attleboro, Massachusetts

Nice overview of the twin cites of Minneapolis, and St. Paul. This was a three hour tour that covered a lot. Our tour guide was excellent on pointing out the landmarks in both cities. Along with a lot of history of the area, and some fun facts. We even went out to the famous "Mall Of America" and at the end of the tour if you stayed on the motor coach you go back and spend some time there on your own. We also stopped several times to take pictures.

9. Twin Cities Escape Rooms

12245 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337-1650 +1 952-595-5180
Excellent
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5 based on 22 reviews

Twin Cities Escape Rooms

Twin Cities Escape Rooms features several fun, immersive adventure and puzzle games. Player teams are challenged to escape themed settings filled with riddles, searches, interesting locks, and interactive game elements. Following storylines created to intrigue, teams have one hour to solve the room; escape is thrilling and designed for (safe!) adrenaline rushes!

Reviewed By Jeanine H - Minnesota

This was our first attempt at an escape room. It was challenging but doable. We needed clues but we were able to complete our room. A good time had by all.We're so glad you gave us a try - and hope you'll come back for more! Thanks for your business and your review.

10. Great Clips IMAX Theatre

12000 Zoo Blvd, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN 55124-4623 +1 952-278-3111
Excellent
32%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Great Clips IMAX Theatre

Reviewed By rockyjoe - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Great Clips IMAX Theatre is located about twenty miles south of both St. Paul and Minneapolis in Apple Valley. To get there just take 35-W south from Minneapolis or 35-E from St. Paul. It is also located on the property of the Minnesota Zoo although you need to purchase a separate ticket to enter. If you go to the Minnesota Zoo just to see an IMAX movie make sure you enter the zoo driveway and then turn left and park right in front of the IMAX. There is also an entrance to the zoo near the IMAX if you want to go there after a movie.

I went on a Sunday morning in early June with my wife to watch the 11:00 AM showing of the “Flight of the Butterflies” and enjoyed this movie and the theatre (although it seems to be a typical IMAX Theatre). The movie was in 3-D and the combination of seeing it in an IMAX theatre and seeing it in 3-D was awesome and I am amazed at how much better the 3-D technology has become since I was younger (it has been a long time since I saw a 3-D movie). This theatre shows nature movies and also shows current movies in 3-D like San Andreas and Jurassic World. While the theatre is pretty large there were only about 10 people watching the early 11:0 AM movie. The zoo became a lot more crowded after noon so I am sure the theater filled up as well.

Overall I enjoyed watching the “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3-D and recommend that you go to the Great Clips IMAX Theatre and watch it (or any other good movie). Ticket prices were not too bad at $7 per person. Even though it is a typical IMAX theatre it is still a great place to watch a 3-D movie.

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