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Shakopee Winter Weekend Itinerary In Shakopee
Feeling a bit of cabin fever? Plan a wintertime getaway to Shakopee! From snocross races to the great outdoors, this weekend itinerary has something for everyone—including plenty of tasty eats.
Kick off your long weekend in Shakopee with the 2022 Pirtek Snocross National. Snocross is the snowmobile version of motocross, with riders racing around tight turns and steep jumps. Canterbury Park will be hosting the first stop on this year’s national championship tour January 7-8, 2022.
General admission and reserved stadium seats are available, or grab some friends and splurge on a VIP clubhouse table for six. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and the final race of the day is scheduled for 9:00 p.m. on January 7, 2022.
After a day of snocross thrills, explore downtown Shakopee—the historic business district is home to unique local shops and public art, and you can grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant.
If you didn’t catch snocross on Friday, the fun continues on Saturday. Races start at 8:00 a.m. and run through the day until the pro final at 9:10 p.m.on January 8, 2022.
Next, experience a frozen wonderland with a winter hike—Shakopee’s many parks have options for whatever level of adventure you’d like to take on.
For a low-key hike, check out The Landing. The 0.7 mile trail (1.4 miles round trip) is plowed and packed. Peek in the windows of historic buildings from the 1800s, and learn about the structures from interpretive signs.
If you want to get off the beaten path, Murphy-Hanrehan Park Reserve offers 5.7 miles of rugged, unmaintained trails through forests and prairie. The park has been designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, so you might spot some feathered wildlife. It’s also a great spot for experienced cross country skiers, and it’s known for being one of the most challenging ski areas in the Twin Cities metro.
After a day of outdoor activities, cozy up with dinner at a local restaurant. Warm up your taste buds at Pablo’s Mexican Restaurant, which serves an extensive menu of California-style Mexican cuisine including street tacos, fajitas, and burritos. There’s also a delicious lineup of flavored margaritas—if you can’t make up your mind, order a flight with three miniature drinks.
Another dinner option is McCoy’s Copper Pint, where you can enjoy comfort food classics like beef stroganoff, fish and chips, and made-from-scratch chicken wild rice soup. The menu also offers wood stone pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches.
Fuel up for the day with a hearty brunch. Wampachs is a local standby, with a menu of diner-style favorites including omelets, pancakes, and combination platters. Ruby’s Family Restaurant serves classics with a twist, like carnitas French toast, steak benedict, and banana pecan pancakes. At O’Brien’s Public House, you can pair gastropub fare with a mimosa or build-your-own bloody mary.
Year-round, the Minnesota Valley State Recreation Area offers stunning scenic views and recreation opportunities. During the winter months, you’ll find five miles of ungroomed cross country ski trails as well as 35 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. You can also go snowshoeing and look for wildlife—deer, mink, rabbits, squirrels, and foxes make their homes in the park.
Wrap up your winter weekend in Shakopee with a pint of locally-brewed craft beer. Shakopee Brewhall is housed in a historic downtown building that dates back to the 1800s and serves an ever-changing lineup of lagers, IPAs, sours, and darker seasonal styles.
Badger Hill Brewing has over a dozen beers on tap, ranging from Traitor IPA to Badger Snack Peanut Butter Stout. Every Sunday in January from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., enjoy free bingo complete with Badger Hill prizes.
This winter, plan a getaway to Shakopee! Shakopee is home to Valleyfair (the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest), 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.