Summer is just about here and that means epic fun in the sun, communing with nature, biking, swimming, boating and much more. The city of St. Louis Park has all that and more, with tons of trails, lakes and scenic sanctuaries all designed to help you connect with Mother Earth — and have fun while doing it. In this post, we’ll run down a few of our favorite local spots for outdoor enjoyment.
Westwood Hills Nature Center
8300 W. Franklin Ave.
St. Louis Park
Experience nature in the city when you visit this sprawling 160-acre preserve. Stroll winding trails through marsh, woods, and restored prairie — you may even get a peek at one of the many wild animals that make their home at Westwood, such as deer, turtles, fox, mink and owls. The park also features a playground for the kids and the Interpretive Center, where you can learn more about the area.
The perfect spot for a summer kickback with friends, Oak Hill Park offers numerous picnic shelters, tables, and outdoor grills for the ultimate cookout. A great spot to bring the kids, it also features baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, a playground, swimming pool, paved trails and more. If you’re looking for an outdoor experience with all the amenities, Oak Hill is a solid choice.
The lake formally know as Calhoun is a renowned, city-wide destination. Popular amongst runners, walkers, inline skaters, families and beach bums alike, Bde Maka Ska is your one-stop-shop for fun in the sun. Not to mention, it’s within walking distance of Parkway 25! Enjoy 3 different swimming beaches or rent a canoe, kayak or paddle board and get out on the water. They’ve also got a sand volleyball court, soccer and softball fields, a picnic area and a paved walking trail that rings the lake for a beautiful summer stroll.
SLP is connected to three major bike trails that span from downtown Minneapolis, all the way to Chaska. The Cedar Lake Trail, Cedar Lake Extension Trail and Cedar Lake Regional trail will take you through both urban and natural areas, keeping the scenery interesting. Smoothly paved trails make it easy for beginning and intermediate riders to enjoy themselves, while season riders can push themselves to the limit with longer distance rides.
Parkway 25, a new luxury apartment building near Minneapolis, is situated in St. Louis Park, a bustling area filled with great places to shop, experience and to grab a bite. Whether you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go lunch, delectable baked goods or a sit-down experience, SLP has got you covered. In today’s post, we’ll run down a few of our favorites, and leave the eating up to you!
Wakame Sushi & Asian Bistro
If you’re a fan of sushi, you’ll easily become a regular at Wakame. This Excelsior Blvd. gem offers a plethora of specialty rolls and fresh sushi as well as an extended menu of Asian entrees, appetizers, soups and more. You’ll love to belly up to the bar here too — they offer great happy hour deals on food and drinks twice daily from 3pm-6pm and 9pm-Midnight!
If you haven’t had a Rustica baguette, you really haven’t lived. A perfect blend of crusty and chewy, it’s no wonder their baguettes are in demand all over the city. Not to say everything else at Rustica isn’t something to write home about — it most definitely is. Stop in Saturday morning for a cup of coffee and an ooey-gooey chunk of caramel monkey bread, or pick up a beautiful variety of seasonal desserts to impress guests at your next dinner party.
A contemporary take on the classic Jewish deli, Prime is an eclectic spot that serves everything from potato knishes to juicy burgers. Try the famous Delmonico steak for a protein rush or get nostalgic with pastrami piled high on rye. Prime serves a variety of both traditional Jewish and American fare that will please just about anyone. Not to mention, everything on the menu is kosher!
Go for a stroll around the lake and finish it off with a stop at Yogurt Lab. This fro-yo shop allows you to customize your treat, with dozens of flavors and toppings to choose from, making building your dessert is just as fun as eating it! Featuring a fresh daily frozen yogurt recipe made with organic yogurt and hormone-free milk, you can try flavors such as pomegranate, avocado, red hots, cotton candy, salted caramel and many, many more.
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