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A Summer Day with the Family

Looking for a family adventure that's close to it al, but far from ordinary? Head to Minnesota's Sweet Spot! St. Louis Park and Golden Valley are progressive cities located just west of downtown Minneapolis. Check into one of our relaxing hotels and then get ready to check out the fun!

July 9, 2021

a dozen donuts from Valley Pastries

Start your day with a trip to Valley Pastries in Golden Valley. It’s THE local spot for arguably some of the best donuts in the state. Pick up some of their signature GIANT raised donut holes or one of their many cake donuts, fruit and cream-filled bismarks, Long Johns, turnovers, Danish pastries or fried cinnamon rolls. You’ll also find 12 varieties of homestyle cookies based on old family recipes made daily.

family at the aquatic park

After breakfast, make a splash at the 20,000 sq. ft. outdoor Aquatic Park. The park features a zero-depth water playground, two four-story water slides, drop slides, a diving area, lap swim lanes, a sand-and-water play area, a picnic area with concessions and more. You’ll find plenty of space to stretch out and soak up some sun.

Boy and grandmother playing VR

But the fun doesn’t end there. Back on dry land, get your game on at the nearby REM5 VR Lab, which offers state-of-the-art virtual reality experiences for the entire family. Swim with whales, visit the Eiffel Tower, paint in 3D, fight a zombie apocalypse, play baseball or even become a space pirate! They also serve great snacks, like flatbread pizza, waffle fries and mini donuts, plus beer and wine for the adults.

family enjoying dinner

Ready for dinner? Have a brick oven pizza, gourmet burger or decadent mac ‘n cheese at McCoy’s Public House. Or try the bacon pineapple fried rice at Lat14 Asian Eatery. With over 100 restaurants, including 26 with dedicated patio spaces and even more offering takeout, we’re sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

wooden boardwalk across Westwood Lake

Take a walk along the boardwalk at Westwood Hills Nature Center, try lawn bowling at Brookview or listen to live music on the patio at the Park Tavern. There are so many fun things to do!

Come experience the charm of a small town with all the big city amenities. What will you do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot?

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