Local Flair

Go Retro in the Metro

June 15, 2021

In St. Louis Park and Golden Valley, we’re big on nostalgia. We know how to have good, old-fashioned fun – but with a modern twist. The whole family will enjoy these local attractions and restaurants!

clays galaxy drive in

Clays Galaxy Drive In

For the ultimate, out-of-this-world retro dining experience, head to the coolest drive in restaurant in the St. Louis Park galaxy: Clays. Pull into the car port, place your order over the vintage-style speaker, and a car hop will bring your order right to your car. Or sit outside at one of the many picnic tables. Enjoy 50s and 60s music as you dine on handmade burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, floats and more. Four-legged family members even get a free doggie ice cream cone.

contestant trying to solve a word puzzle

Game Show Battle Rooms

Game shows have been popular since the 70s. At Game Show Battle Rooms, you and your family and friends can battle it out playing your favorite game shows. Your game show host will lead you through classic games such as Friendly Feud, Wheel of Phrases, and Name That Price. Or go primetime and play Minute Games, Matchup, and Friendly Feud. Plus, all bookings are private – you’ll only play against people in your own group, so choose your teams wisely!

shiny bowling alley lanes

Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center

A local favorite for nearly 60 years, the Park Tavern is the perfect family hangout, with twenty lanes of bowling, arcade games, pool tables and dart boards. Hungry bowlers can take advantage of the full-service restaurant and bar, which offers a comprehensive menu complete with freshly-made pizza, killer tator tots, and vegan and gluten-free options. A large outdoor, pet-friendly patio offers the perfect spot to enjoy warm summer breezes.

Pavek Museum display of vintage broadcasting equipment

Pavek Museum

The Pavek is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of vintage radio and television equipment. A favorite of schoolchildren, visitors can learn about the history of electronic communication and the science of electromagnetism and sound. Their unique collection includes items such as a Philco Mystery Control Radio, Theremin, Magnetaphon, and a Spark Gap Generator. The museum is also home to the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

St. Louis Park Aquatic Park

Nothing says summer like hanging out at the local pool! The Aquatic Park offers 20,000 sq. ft. of fun. It features a “wade-in” water playground, two four-story water slides, drop slides, a diving area, lap swim lanes, a sand & water play area, concessions and more. A great way to keep cool on a hot day!

grinding a rail

3rd Lair Indoor SkatePark & SkateShop

Although you can’t catch big waves here, you can catch some big air. Skateboarding has been around since the late 40s/early 50s, and 3rd Lair Indoor Skatepark is the best indoor skateboarding park in the Twin Cities. Rent a board (plus helmet and pad) and try out your moves. Or hit the streets at Carpenter Park, an all-concrete outdoor skate park designed with stairs, rails, a mini half-pipe and more.

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