Plan for a great day – and evening and night – in St. Louis Park, which has several attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here is a sampling:
Try the VIP Section
Watch a movie in style and comfort at the Showplace ICON, where a VIP area can be booked with a private screening room and plush seating along with an upstairs restaurant/bar. Up to 10 people can enjoy the experience, and the private room has many speakers. Showplace ICON also has 16 “regular” theaters.
Bend Your Elbow
Sample the thirst-quenching offerings at Steel Toe Brewing, a popular microbrewery that serves craft selections like Rainmaker, Dissent and Before the Dawn. The taproom opens at 3 p.m. Monday-Friday, and noon on weekends. Also available in St. Louis Park is Yard House, which has daily happy hours and brews a variety of ales and lagers.
Bowl a Few Games
Invite a bunch of people and enjoy an afternoon or evening at The Park Tavern Bowling & Entertainment Center, which has an excellent onsite restaurant. Also in St. Louis Park is Texa-Tonka Lanes that features 24 lanes, bumper bowling, pro shop and a full-service bar and grill.
Peruse the Pavek
Learn about the days before iPads and TVs at the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting, which houses dozens of old radios restored to their original condition. Attractions include rare Vitaphone radios, a Ham radio set, demonstrations of how the first records were made, and pioneers of the medium. Tours are available.
Bring the Kids
Visit Oak Hill Park, especially from Memorial Day through Labor Day when the attraction operates a splash pad with bubbling hoses, water nozzles and sprinkler arches. For older kids and adults, Oak Hill Park is equipped with softball diamonds, trails, basketball courts and a wintertime lighted ice skating rink.
Ride a Segway
Explore St. Louis Park in an unusual way aboard a Segway Transporter, which are owned by Evolve Segway. The local company rents the conveyances to customers by the hour, day, weekend or week, and participants can ride along the city’s many trails and the lakeshore.
Wine All You Want
Purchase a glass or bottle of wine at Warehouse Winery, billed as “Minnesota’s Only Urban Winery” and located about a mile from downtown St. Louis Park. Every second Wednesday of the month features a Wine Down Wednesday social hour of samplings, and the winery itself is located in a trendy refurbished warehouse.
If golf is your bag, go clubbing at the public Meadowbrook Golf Course that opened in 1926 and today features an 18-hole layout measuring 6,529 yards from the back tees. The scenic venue has characteristics like ponds, sand traps, rolling fairways, wildflowers and a Minnehaha Creek that traverses several holes.
Sharpen your skates and organize a group to rent the St. Louis Park Recreation Center, where either of two indoor ice arenas can be booked for about $200 an hour. The facility is ideal for birthday parties, family celebrations, company gatherings and school group events, and a banquet room can also be reserved.
Try dishes like corned beef, pub meatloaf, shepherd’s pie, fish ‘n’ chips and Guinness mousse at a couple of Irish taverns in St. Louis Park. Cooper Irish Pub and Kip’s Irish Pub both feature happy hours Monday-Friday, and the Irish menu items are complimented by many American fare choices.