Grab your scarves and mittens and come see where Minnesota nice meets Minnesota snow & ice!
Vacation or staycation, Minnesota’s Sweet Spot offers fun for all ages. From water parks and nature centers to game rooms and a museum, you’ll find a little something for everyone to enjoy in St. Louis Park and Golden Valley. Pack up the kids – and the dog! – and prepare for an amazing getaway!
Fuel up for your adventures in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot with lunch at McCoys’ Public House. This family-owned eatery, located in the heart of Excelsior & Grand, has been a neighborhood gem since 2003. The restaurant features spacious, comfortable booths, a large bar area with numerous big-screen TV’s for watching the game, and an outdoor patio that’s perfect for enjoying some sunshine and people watching. Serving modern American comfort food, their known for their brick oven pizzas, black angus burgers, and decadent mac & cheese.
Finish the day with a movie at the ShowPlace ICON Theatre. This 16-screen theater features stadium seating and the latest in cinematic digital sight and sound. Splurge on VIP seating and watch your movie in style as you put your feet up and sink back into a luxurious recliner.
Start your morning 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.
For an easy, casual lunch, it’s off to Yangtze Chinese. They offer a wide variety of classic Hunan, Szechuan, Mandarin & Cantonese dishes. House specialties include Volcano Chicken made with crisp chicken cutlets topped with flaming lemon sauce, Imperial Beef served with scallops and broccoli, and Vegetarian Mock Duck. On weekends, an award-winning Dim Sum menu is served until 2 pm.
Afterwards, hop an Uber for a quick trip downtown to Target Field and spend your afternoon at the Twins game. Kids can bring their gloves and try to catch a foul ball. Win or lose, it’s sure to be a fun family outing.
After the game, adults will love the flavorful (and ample) margaritas at Teresa’s Mexican Grill. Teresa’s is known for their authentic Mexican cuisine featuring classic dishes such as tacos, burritos, enchiladas, flautas, quesadillas, arroz con pollo and more. Kids, meanwhile, will enjoy the delicious desserts, such as the chimicheese cake, churros and fried ice cream. Bonus: picky eaters can order chicken fingers and fries!
A true family-friendly destination, the Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center has been a St. Louis Park landmark for over 60 years. They’ll “bowl” you over with their breakfast menu. The whole family will love their signature breakfast pizza featuring garlic cream sauce, fontina and mozzarella cheese, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs and hashbrown potatoes, drizzled with Hollandaise sauce. Other classic dishes include omelets, eggs benedict, huevos rancheros, pancakes, French toast and Belgian waffles. Stay and bowl a game or two and let the kids try their luck in the arcade. They even have a collection of vintage video games and pinball machines.
Enjoy a late lunch on the patio at Revival. The restaurant oozes Southern charm and features classics such as fried chicken, white cheddar grits, fried green tomatoes, collard greens and hush puppies. Your kids will be begging to stop next door at Angel Food Bakery. Trust us – it’s worth it! You’ll be hard pressed to decide from amongst their delectable array of doughnuts, cupcakes, cookies and frozen treats. Order extra to take home with you!
All too soon it will be time to pack up the car or head to the airport. Hopefully, you’ll leave with fun memories that the entire family will cherish.
This is just a sampling of what you might do in Minnesota’s Sweet Spot. View our list of Experiences to help plan your trip!