1 Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-7600 | www.valleyfair.com
Opened in 1976 by two local businessmen, Valleyfair is the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. The park features more than 75 rides and attractions on 90 acres of land, with coasters big enough to define the City skyline. With Soak City Waterpark, Planet Snoopy, Dinosaurs Alive!, thrilling coasters, food and games, Valleyfair encourages fun for the entire family from May through August.
*Weekends in September and October, Valleyfair transforms into a Halloween-themed park. During the day, Planet Spooky is open for trick-or-treating, storytelling and activities with Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang. At night, Halloween Haunt at ValleySCARE welcomes mature park-goers to experience haunted rides, mazes and attractions.
1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-7223 | www.canterburypark.com
One of two major horse racing tracks in Minnesota, Canterbury Park is open for live thoroughbred and quarter horse racing from May to September. The Canterbury Card Club, a large card casino featuring poker and blackjack, is open year-round. During the off season, Canterbury also houses special events and concerts and continues the spirit of live racing with winter snowmobile races.
2187 Highway 101 E., Shakopee, MN 55379
763-694-7784 | www.threeriversparks.org
Ever wonder what life in Shakopee was like more than 150 years ago? Operated by the Three Rivers Park District, The Landing features authentic 19th-century buildings and costumed tour guides to help visitors travel back to a time of settlers and farmsteads along the Minnesota River Valley. The Landing is open weekends and weekdays seasonally, with special events offered during the holiday season.
Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival
3121 W. 150th St., Shakopee, MN 55379
952-270-MAZE (6293) | seversfallfestival.com
Since 1997, Sever’s Corn Maze has been a yearly tradition in Shakopee. Open select weekends in September and October, Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival features a uniquely designed corn stalk maze, live music, pig races, camel rides, petting zoo, a giant corn pit and much more.
Scott County Historical Society’s Stans Museum
235 Fuller St. S., Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-0378 | scottcountyhistory.org
On the grounds of the Scott County Historical Society sits the Stans Museum, the boyhood home of Nixon-era politician Maurice Stans. The museum features a variety of artifacts and exhibits detailing the history of life in Scott County and is open for lectures and guided tours.
River Valley Theatre Company
952-856-0684 | www.rivervalleytheatrecompany.com
Founded in 2007, this community theater group performs two to three productions a year, including a summer musical. Past productions include “The Wizard of Oz,” “Anything Goes,” “Lend Me a Tenor” and “Rumors.” The non-profit organization also has a youth studio. Performances are typically held at Shakopee High School or Shakopee West Junior High School.
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
952-854-5900 | www.fws.gov/refuge/Minnesota_Valley
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is part of a corridor of land and water stretching nearly 70 miles along the Minnesota River, from Bloomington to Henderson. Comprised of more than 14,000 acres, the refuge has multiple units, offering a variety of free outdoor recreational experiences for individuals and families. The Wilkie Unit is located in eastern Shakopee. The Louisville Unit is just west of Shakopee along Highway 169.
Stonebrooke Golf Club
2693 County Highway 79, Shakopee MN 55379 | 952-496-3171 | www.stonebrooke.com
An 18-hole, par-72 course near Lake O'Dowd, Stonebrooke Golf Course is known for its signature eighth-hole, which include a ferry ride. Stonebrooke Clubhouse features a full-service restaurant, lounge and outdoor terrace. Stonebrooke´s nine-hole, par-30 Waters Edge Executive Course is located across County Road 79, next to the driving range.
Mystic Lake Casino
2400 Mystic Lake Blvd., Prior Lake, MN 55372
952-445-9000 | www.mysticlake.com
Founded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in 1992, Mystic Lake Casino Hotel is the largest casino in the Midwest. Mystic Lake features thousands of casino games, several restaurants, a par-72 championship golf course, spa, fitness center and hotel. Just minutes from Shakopee, Mystic Lake Casino is also home to the Mystic Showroom, where comedians and musicians from Foreigner to B.B. King have taken the stage.
3525 145th St. W., Shakopee, MN 55379
952-445-7361 | renaissancefest.com
Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has become the largest Renaissance festival in the nation, drawing in hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Festival-goers experience one-of-a-kind entertainment, from live jousting to costumed performers and artisans, on grounds modeled after a 16th-century village. The Renaissance Festival runs weekends in August and September.
As Halloween nears, the Renaissance Festival grounds are transformed into the Trail of Terror. With an indoor maze, haunted hayride and special events and attractions, the Trail of Terror offers spooky thrills during weekends in October.
Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area
19825 Park Boulevard, Jordan, MN 55352
651-259-5774 | www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/minnesota_valley
This state recreation area is ideal for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and snowmobiling. The landscapes are just as diverse as the trail system and include wetlands, floodplain forest and bluff-top oak savanna. Wildlife observation and bird watching are popular activities year-round. The multi-use Minnesota Valley Trail, which starts in Shakopee, parallels the Minnesota River.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Dr. Chaska, MN 55318
952-443-1400 | www.arboretum.umn.edu
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, encompassing more than 1,100 acres of display gardens, plant collections, prairie and woods, is the largest public garden in the Upper Midwest. Established in 1958 as part of the University of Minnesota, the Arboretum is a community and national resource for horticultural and environmental information and research.