Feeling cooped up? Catch spring fever in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley! Enjoy the days getting longer and venture back into the great outdoors with these fun activities.
- Take a hike (or a canoe) at Westwood Hills Nature Center, home to 160 acres of marsh, woods and restored prairie. Try geocaching and enjoy birdwatching and wildlife spotting, including deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls, on over 3 miles of trails. The Interpretive Center offers fun, hands-on educational programs, exhibits and live animals, including a resident red-tailed hawk.
2. Break out the spandex and hit the trail. Three different bike trails run through St. Louis Park. The 3.6-mile Cedar Lake Tail, with separate lanes for bikers and walkers, connects St. Louis Park with downtown Minneapolis. The Cedar Lake Extension Tail is a 4.3-mile paved trail that connects to the Southwest Trail in Hopkins. And the 5-mile Cedar Lake Regional Trail follows the rail line along Hwy 7 and winds west through Hopkins to Chaska.
3. Catch the first blooms of the season at the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary at Theodore Wirth Regional Park. You’ll find more than 500 plant species and 130 bird species. The woodland section of the garden comes alive in spring with bloodroot, wild ginger, trillium, bluebells, and trout lilies making their appearance.
4. Melting snow and warmer temperatures also means the start of patio season. Soak up some sun and enjoy a cocktail and some killer mac and cheese at McCoy’s Public House. Or head to the Three One Six Bar + Grill at Brookview for tasty burgers, totchos and craft brews, plus sweeping views of the golf course. Feeling chilly? Warm up by their cozy fire pit.
5. Have an egg-cellent afternoon with the family at the St. Louis Park Lions Club Egg Hunt. Held on April 20 at the ROC, children ages 3-8 will hunt for candy and special eggs. Bring a camera to take pictures with the Park Bunny and Lion’s Club Lion.
6. Go fly a kite! The 31st Annual Kiwanis Kite Fly takes place on April 27 at Louisiana Oaks Park. Watch the sky come alive with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes. Free kites will be handed out to children, while supplies last.
7. From the Final 4 to the Timberwolves, Lynx and Twins, there’s always a game on and we have plenty of great viewing spots! Hop over to Bunny’s, voted best sports bar in the Twin Cities, and watch the game on one of 30 big screens, grab a free basket of popcorn, and cheer on your team. Or head to the Park Tavern for pizza, burgers, and beer. Shoot some pool, throw some darts, and bowl a few frames before or after the game. You can even rent the party room for a private viewing party.