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10 ways to stay cool in Shakopee this Summer
Hot days call for waterparks, air conditioned activities, and cool treats! Here are the best ways to stay cool in Shakopee this summer.
Valleyfair is the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park, and admission includes the on-site Valleyfair Soak City Waterpark. Cool down with attractions for all ages, including a zero-depth kids’ play area, wave pool, thrilling water slides, and a relaxing lazy river. Book a cabana for a private space in the shade.
Enjoy a lake-inspired setting with waterslides and a diving board at SandVenture Aquatic Park. The sand-bottom, chlorinated pool has a sandy beach, and amenities include locker rooms, family changing rooms, and a concession stand.
Get in some swim time whatever the weather at the Shakopee Indoor Aquatic Center. In addition to a zero-depth entry leisure pool and lap pool, the aquatic center has play features and a water slide.
Head to the Lions Park Splash Pad for a low-key way to cool off. The inclusive splash pad is accessible to people of all ages and abilities.
Catch some refreshing breezes from the Minnesota River at Huber Park. The riverside park in downtown Shakopee offers a large playground and access to local trails. Huber Park also offers free fitness classes in the park and a performance and event series with music, movies, and more.
Enjoy the latest summer blockbusters in air-conditioned comfort at Marcus Southbridge Crossing Cinema. Theaters have recliners and stadium seating, and in addition to popcorn and candy, there’s a full menu of appetizers, burgers, and pizza.
Gather some friends for a cool round of bowling at Shakopee Bowl. The bowling alley also has a sports bar and grill, arcade games, and darts.
Gaming, dining, drinks, entertainment—Mystic Lake is an ideal destination for days when it’s just too hot to set foot outside. Minnesota’s largest casino offers slots, bingo, blackjack, and interactive electronic table games including roulette, the Big Six Wheel, and more. There’s a wide range of dining options, from casual bites to an upscale steakhouse, as well as free live music at the DrinX bar.
In addition to tasty pastries, the Donut Hole serves refreshing bubble tea. Customize your beverage with over a dozen flavors, from classics like taro and Thai tea to unique options like cotton candy and bubblegum, plus your choice of tapioca pearls, popping boba, or jellies.
The sweet treats at Coffee Ta Cream hit the spot all summer long. Choose from gourmet flavors from Minneapolis-based Sebastion Joe’s, or enjoy a crowd-pleasing scoop of Minnesota’s own Kemps ice cream. A wide variety of flavors are available and rotate regularly.
This summer, plan a cool getaway to Shakopee! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair, Canterbury Park, and the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and is conveniently located to area attractions including Mystic Lake Casino, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and Chanhassen Dinner Theater.