Coming to town for the Granite Games this year and wondering what else there is to do between all the exciting on-the-floor action? Buckle up, because, with our move to the Twin Cities area, the question really ought to be, “What isn’t there to do around here?”
But First, Food
We take food seriously here. And Eagan has come a long way from the days it was known as the Onion Capital of the USA (that’s true, look it up). These days, whatever you’re craving, there’s a restaurant nearby serving it up. Check out these short lists for top-rated dining experiences in the Eagan area:
If you’re looking for top brands and designers and a little retail therapy, you won’t be disappointed. Everyone knows about the iconic Mall of America, yes, but additionally, you can check out the Twin Cities Premium Outlets, featuring 100+ outlet stores from leading designers.
Don’t let Eagan’s proximity to the Twin Cities fool you. The area is known for its beautiful wooded areas and gently rolling hills. Plus, it’s home to over 1200 ponds, lakes and wetlands and is situated on the Minnesota River. If you’re looking to unplug and get away from the crowds, there’s no better way. If you love starting your day with a trail run, want to hit up some prime hiking with your travel crew, chill on the water, or get your adrenaline pumping with some mountain biking, the options are endless. Here are just a few we recommend nearby:
- (8 AM – 10 PM daily) (permit required, can be purchased at the entrance): Featuring hiking, running, bike trails, fishing, bird watching, and more.
- (5 AM – 10 PM daily): Featuring miles of trails, Schulze Lake, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, bonfire pits, hiking, running, fishing
We know little ones have a lot of extra energy to burn. No matter what yours are into, you’ll find something in this list to delight them!
- For the Animal Lover: There are two great zoos nearby, the Minnesota Zoo & Como Zoo & Conservatory. Como Zoo is free and accepts optional donations if you’d like to give back.
- For the Water Lover: Schulze Lake offers a family-friendly beach, situated within Lebanon Hills Regional Park.
- For the Future Pilot: Take a trip to the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing (only open Saturdays, 11 AM – 4 PM). The CAF is a great place to take your kids if they’re interested in aviation! It currently has 6 vintage WWII aircraft, a large motor pool fleet, and a unique collection of WWII artifacts. The CAF’s goal is to preserve our history and educate future generations of Americans.
No Shortage of Craft Brewing
If you’re a craft beer lover, our local breweries are a must. The list is long in the Twin Cities area, but two we recommend near our venue are:
For the Young at Heart
You’ll never hear us say kids get to have all the fun. If you’re looking for some recreational activities for your crew, you’ll find anything your heart desires. Here are some highlights we recommend:
- Mini golf and arcade, food and drinks at Can Can Wonderland (family-friendly!)
- Arcade games and bar at Up-Down Minneapolis
- Laser tag, mini-golf & batting cages at Grand Slam Sports & Entertainment Center (family-friendly!)
- Escape room fun at Trapped Puzzle Rooms or The Escape Game Minneapolis (located in the Mall of America)
- Go-kart racing at ProKART Indoor Racing Burnsville
It’s Football, Not Futbol
If you’ve got a big NFL fan in your midst, take them to the Vikings Museum, where they’ll experience the history of both the Minnesota Vikings and football in Minnesota. You’ll see historical artifacts, interactive exhibits, and a 360-degree video theater. Kids under 5 get in free, and discounts are available for children 6-12, seniors 65+, and military members.