The sun is shining and everyone wants to be outdoors! From our lakes and trails to our parks and golf courses, Lakeville, MN offers plenty of outdoor adventures to keep the whole family entertained all summer long.
Fitness meets fun on the lake
On Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to sunset at Antlers Park in Lakeville, MN, you can experience the lake in a whole new way: from a stand up paddleboard. This popular water sport is not only fun, it also offers great exercise and a unique way to explore Lake Marion. Your paddleboard rental with Keya Board Co. includes free lessons, so you will be up and paddling in just minutes.
Hit the trail
Lakeville, MN, is home to more than 100 miles of bike and pedestrian trails, offering unlimited possibilities for your next cycling adventure. Whether you’re biking to a park, cruising for cardio, or just out for a leisurely ride, you’ll be able to get most anywhere in town on this extensive trail system. For thrill seekers, there is the new up and coming West Lake Marion Park mountain biking trail, which will offer 4.5 miles of off-road awesomeness built by biking enthusiasts. The trail will be completed later this summer. You’re in for a good ride! Download Trail Map
Take a hike (and bring your dog)
Ritter Farm Park is a nature lover’s paradise in Lakeville, MN. This wildlife refuge boasts 340 acres of untouched open space, nearly nine miles of hiking and equestrian trails, and gorgeous scenery at every turn. Let your dog run free in the new off-leash dog park, which offers five acres of fenced space to roam, plus water bowls and waste bags.
Caution: Flying discs
Set amongst the rolling hills of the Kenwood Trail Middle School grounds, Kenwood Trail Disc Golf Course offers a fun and challenging experience for newbies and experienced golfers alike. With no green fees, cart rental or tee time to book, the entire family will enjoy this free and exciting game. Just make sure to bring your own set of discs. Download Course Map >
Whether you’re into tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, jetskiing, fishing, cruising or swimming, boating is just plain fun! Thankfully, there are beautiful lakes in the Lakeville, MN area to keep you entertained all summer long. Lakeville’s Lake Marion offers 560 acres to explore, with a boat launch at Casperson Park. In nearby Burnsville, Crystal Lake is 280 acres, with a boat launch at Crystal Lake West Park.
Cast your troubles away
If you’re looking for a fun and simple way to enjoy the great outdoors, then grab a fishing pole, tackle and bait, and head to one of Lakeville’s fishing piers. Whether you’re going out alone for some quiet time, creating memories with your kids or just hoping to catch dinner, you’ll love the view from our local piers.
- Lake Marion: Piers located in Lakeville at Casperson Park and east frontage road of I-35 in the northeast arm of the lake
- Valley Lake: Pier located at Valley Lake Park off Galaxie Ave. and 160th Street, Lakeville
- Crystal Lake: Pier located in Burnsville on the north shore
Life’s a beach
On a hot summer’s day, there’s no better way to cool off than a visit to the beach. Antler’s Park Beach on Lake Marion in Lakeville, MN, has a large swimming beach, picnic area, volleyball courts, horseshoe pits, playground equipment, restrooms and stand up paddleboard rentals on Saturdays and Sundays. Orchard Lake Beach off Judicial Road in Lakeville offers a picnic area, shore fishing, playground and a swimming beach. In nearby Burnsville, there’s Crystal Beach, where you’ll find concessions, canoe rentals, and play equipment.
Picnic in the park
Whether you’re planning a picnic for two or a BBQ for a crowd, Lakeville, MN, offers plenty of shelters to keep you out of the elements, yet within eyesight of beautiful scenery, wildlife and entertainment. You’ll find shelters at parks, beaches and wildlife refuges—each with their own amenities such as grills, swimming, fishing piers, play equipment and more. Locate Picnic Shelters >
Meet a local farmer
From luscious strawberries and ripe tomatoes to crisp green cucumbers, there is nothing more delicious than fresh produce picked by a local farmer. At the Lakeville Farmer’s Market, you can find vegetables, fruit, meat, baked goods, honey and more on Wednesdays and Saturdays in summer and fall. Farmers will be on hand to answer your questions and share the benefits of eating local. Learn more about the Farmer’s Market >
Fast and furious fun
Speed your way into summer fun at Elko Speedway, just a few miles south of Lakeville, MN. The speedway offers 20 live racing events from May to September, with special “Eve of Destruction®” nights featuring daredevil stunts, monster trucks, school bus races, motorcycles, motocross, live music, a petting zoo, bull rides and even fireworks!
A memorable movie experience
Did you know there are less than 400 drive-in movie theaters in America – and there is one just a few miles south of Lakeville, MN? This summer, give your family a one-of-a-kind movie experience at ELKO! Drive-In Theater. From the comfort of your car, you’ll enjoy the latest blockbuster hits in state-of-the-art digital projection and FM reception, along with a fully stocked concession stand. Come early for tailgating, picnicking and BBQing before the flick begins. Ticket sales open at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, with the movie beginning 15 minutes after the last race.
Lakeville offers two unique play destinations for kids: Land of Amazement 2.0 and King Park. Located in Steve Michaud Park, Land of Amazement 2.0 is Lakeville’s newest play area. This large climbing structure invites imaginative play with slides, ramps, forts, climbers and swings. For kids with and without disabilities, King Park is an inclusive playground offering accessible play structures with climbers, swings, spinners and sensory panels.
Lakeville’s King Park is home to the Miracle Field, where the South Metro Miracle League plays. Miracle League offers opportunities for children and adults ages 3 years old and over with cognitive and/or physical disabilities, to play baseball, regardless of ability. This custom-designed, rubberized turf field accommodates wheelchairs and other assertive devices while helping to prevent injuries.
A golfer’s paradise
If you love golf, then you’re going to want to stay in Lakeville, MN. With seven beautiful and challenging public 18-hole courses in a 15-mile radius, you don’t have to travel far to find the amenities you desire. Choose from Legends Golf Club, The Wilds Golf Club, Willingers Golf Club, Crystal Lake Golf Club, Heritage Links Golf Club, Southern Hills Golf Course and Boulder Pointe Golf Club – or better yet, play all of them! View Golf Courses >
Dine in the great outdoors
Lakeville, MN offers many beautiful patios for outdoor dining and drinking, including our popular lakeside restaurant, Ruppert’s Chart House Restaurant & Event Center. View Restaurant Patios >