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99 Things To Do in the Burnsville, MN Area

Checkout 99 things to do while you are in Burnsville! Explore by category below and be sure to Plan Your Stay to fit in all the fun.  

Indoor Fun | Nature & Outdoor Recreation | Attractions & Family Fun | Sports | Eat & Drink | Events | Shopping | Plan Your Stay


Indoor Fun


Ames Center

Presentations at the Ames Center include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists. Additionally, the center is home to an art gallery, featuring local and national artwork.


Wyndham Burnsville Nicollet Inn

Plan your dream indoor wedding at the Wyndham Minneapolis South/Burnsville (one-stop planning, full-service hotel). Their ballroom is 3,186 square feet and can seat up to 300 people or divided into small rooms for more intimate get-togethers.


Fox Den Board Game Cafe

Cozy up with a board game with friends, as well as some tasty food and drink at Fox Den Board Game Cafe. The cafe will also be carrying a selection of trading card games and favorites in tabletop roleplaying series.



Get ready to crack codes, solve puzzles and try to escape at Escapology. Up to 8 players will be challenged in their mission by working together to find clues, solve puzzles, and pick locks that will free them from their game. This is a great experience for team building events or just a fun time with friends and family.



Grand Slam Sports

Bring the family to Grand Slam Sports for hours of non-stop entertainment, including laser tag, mini golf, arcade and more.


ProKART Indoor Racing

Feel the need for speed? Hit the track at ProKART Indoor Racing.



Grab your board, scooter or skates and hit up SkaterApolis – Minnesota’s original mall skatepark.



Life if better on wheels! Skateville, Minnesota’s premier roller-skating rink, great for family fun!



Conquer Ninja Gym

Get ready to channel your inner ninja or monkey while you tackle the course at Conquer Ninja Gym. Adults can be big kids again during open gym or the kiddos can enjoy a special birthday that they will be sure to remember.


OrangeTheory Fitness Burnsville

Drop in for a row, strength train, and cardio workout at OrangeTheory Fitness Burnsville. This backed-by-science workout utilizes heart rate training to ensure the maximum burn.


CMX Odyssey – IMAX Cinema

CMX Odyssey – IMAX Cinema features 14 screens, plus a 300 seat IMAX auditorium, reserved recliner seating. Remodeling is underway with a full bar coming to the second floor this summer.  


Nature & Outdoor Recreation

Crystal Lake


Alimagnet Dog Park

Take your dog to the seven acre, off-leash dog park at Alimagnet Dog Park. Additionally, at Alimagnet Park you will find walking trails and picnic areas to enjoy a day outside with the family.


Birnamwood Golf Course

Tee it up at Burnsville’s nine-hole, par 27 public golf course – Birnamwood Golf Course.


Buck Hill – Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing

Hit the slopes and tubing lanes at Buck Hill. Be sure to check their hours of operation as they are only open during the winter months for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing.


Buck Hill


Buck Hill – Disc Golf Course

Buck Hill offers year-round recreation with disc golf. If you’re looking for a challenge, this 18-hole course is sure to impress with 80 acres, diverse terrain, and elevation.


Burnsville’s Public Art

Take a tour of Burnsville’s public art – oh and did we mention it’s free?!


Chain of Lakes

Walk, run, bike, walk or people watch along the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis, including Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, and Bde Maka Ska.


Crystal Lake Beach

Crystal Lake Beach, Crystal Lake covers 300-acres which makes it Burnsville’s biggest lake. Cruise the lake via kayak, canoe, or paddleboard or get your license and plan to fish during your visit.


Legends Club

Enjoy Minnesota’s premier public golf course, Legends Club, just minutes from Burnsville. This 18-championship golf course in Prior Lake was designed by Gill/Miller Golf Architects. Plus, onsite you will find Legends Club Grill which offers a variety of tasty eats and daily specials to refuel after your game.


Minnehaha Regional Park / Minnehaha Falls

One of the oldest and most popular parks in Minneapolis, Minnehaha Regional Park/Minnehaha Falls, features a 53-foot waterfall plus miles of walking paths through lush nature and playgrounds to keep the kiddos entertained.


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Nothing says fall in Minnesota like apple picking! Head to Minnesota Landscape Arboretum to pluck some juicy locally grown apples.


Nicollet Commons Park

Nicollet Commons Park is one of the first “town square” style parks to be developed into the metro area suburbs and serves as the focal point of Burnsville’s Heart of the City. The park features a 250-seat amphitheater for concerts and events, open green space, places for patrons to sit and enjoy lunch and a water feature.


Terrace Oaks East

Terrace Oaks East is a 4-acre park located on the south side of Burnsville, offering trails for mountain biking (non-winter months), walking, tennis courts, and more.



Pack your pickleball racquet and enjoy an afternoon of fun on one of Burnsville’s outdoor pickleball courts (Wood Park, Colonial Park, Neill Park, Red Oak Park).


Red Oak Disc Golf

Red Oak Disc Golf in home to Burnsville’s scenic 20-hole disc golf course. The perfect way to spend a day outside to enjoy some sun and low-impact physical activity.

Red Oak Disc Golf


Saint Paul Farmers’ Market

Visit the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, checkout the numerous locations, times, and days to best plan your trip to enjoy some fresh locally grown produce.  


Attractions & Family Fun

Crayola Experience


Ames Center

The Ames Center is home to all things the theatre and art lover will love. Plan on catching a live performance, concert or even an art show!


Canterbury Park

Canterbury Park is the perfect place to scratch that itch to wager on a live race. Be sure to check out their schedule for live racing and other upcoming events.


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, the largest dinner theater in the country, combining two of the best things – theatre and food!


Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Photo Credit: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres


Como Zoo & Conservatory

Como Zoo & Conservatory is so much more than your standard zoo. Not only will you find a plethora of animals, but you will also find lush gardens, art, special events and classes.


Crayola Experience Mall of America

Crayola Experience, located in the Mall of America, is a colorful experience that your kiddos will not soon forget. Get ready for color time, selfies, playground fun and so much more.


First Avenue and 7th Avenue Entry

First Avenue is the premier convert venue with an impressive history of the greats that have passed through their doors. It is celebrated as one of the longest-running, independently owned and operated venues in the US and their stars on the wall prove it.


FlyOver America

FlyOver America get ready to channel your inner pilot in this flight simulation ride that brings guests on a breathtaking, aerial tour of some of the greatest landmarks and regions throughout the US in virtual flight technology. The attraction is a fully immersive experience including wind, mist and even scents.


Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling, is calling you history lovers. This National Historic Landmark resides on Dakota homeland, known as Bdote, with history spanning 10,000 years. Learn stories of the military fort and its surrounding area, home to a wide history that includes Native peoples, trade, soldiers and veterans, enslaved people, immigrants, and the changing landscape.


Minnesota History Center

The Minnesota History Museum is the ideal place for children and adults to come together and to learn more about the history of our state told through stories, people and places.


Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo, plan your visit in advance to be sure to take advantage of the many special exhibits which many require reservations, including the Discovery Bay aquarium, Wells Fargo Family Farm, and the now open Treetop Trail! The Treetop Trail (the 1.25-mile elevated walkway and the longest elevated pedestrian loop in the world) will give zoo-goers access to hundreds of acres of hardwood forest, ponds,and marshes as well as new perspectives of many zoo animals, including tigers, moose, bison, and diverse wildlife that call Minnesota home.

Minnesota Zoo
Photo Credit: Minnesota Zoo


Mystic Lake Casino

Looking for some golfing and gambling? Mystic Lake Casino has you covered. Not only can you try your hand at a game of poker and stroke on the course, but you also find concerts, a spa, restaurants, other events.


Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe is calling you thrill seekers! Adults and small children are welcome to enjoy endless fun with unlimited wrist bands.


Paisley Park

Paisley Park, where art, music, fashion, and culture are celebrated and inspired by the visionary creative spirit of Prince. Known as his home and studio, Paisley Park now draws people from around the world to attend tours, concerts, and events. Come feel the love, awe, and wonder that are expressed in Prince’s emotional words: “Paisley Park is in your heart.”


Science Museum of Minnesota

Science Museum of Minnesota, children and adults will be sure to learn something during their visit. Learn about dinosaurs, the human body, the planets and so much more. The perfect combination of education and fun.

Science Museum of Minnesota
Photo Credit: Science Museum of Minnesota


Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

Sea Life is the largest aquarium in Minnesota and is loaded with fish, sharks, stingrays, turtles and so much more. Start your visit by walking through a tunnel which makes you feel fully immersed, like you are walking on the ocean floor. Continue on as you stop by numerous exhibits where you can learn more about ocean life.


US Bank Stadium

U.S. Bank Stadium is not just a location, but an epicenter of excitement, opportunity, and Minnesota pride. U.S. Bank Stadium’s multi-purpose design allows for hosting major national and international events. Plan to catch a game, concert, or other special events.


Valleyfair Amusement Park

Valleyfair Amusement Park with more than 75 rides and attractions, Valleyfair is the Twin Cities’ amusement park where families come to play the Minnesota way! Discover your next adventure on one of eight thrilling coasters or learn to love thrills on one of Planet Snoopy’s 16 kid rides. Catch a wave and cool off in the area’s premier waterpark, Soak City, featuring gallons of awesome splish-splashin’ family fun.



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St. Paul Saints – View Schedule


Eat & Drink

Olivia's Organic Cafe


Blue Ox Sandwich Company

Blue Ox Sandwich Company, locally owned, made-to-order sandwiches, salads, soups, and ice cream shakes.


Bricksworth Beer Co.

Bricksworth Beer Co. serving Detroit-inspired Pizza & Beer in Burnsville! Bricksworth also has Trivia Night and live music.


Buck ’54

Indulge in classic American cuisine at Buck ‘54. Daily Happy Hour from 3:00 – 6:00 PM and the outside patio deck that overlooks the rolling hills of Buck Hill. Enjoy Wednesday’s Weekly Wheels Car + Bike Meet (summer) and live music on Friday’s (live music on the deck during summer months).


Chianti Grill

Chianti Grill is locally owned and operated and offers authentic and innovative Italian dishes along with grilled steaks, fresh seafood and an extensive wine selection in a comfortable, moderately upscale setting.



Donut Star Bakery

Donut Star Bakery, where you can plan on grabbing a good ol’ fashioned simple cake donut or something a bit more eccentric like their Burnsville Blaze Special – a chocolate cake donut with a swirl of “Blaze” orange vanilla buttercream.


Ineffable Brewing Co.

Ineffable Brewing Co. not only offers a tasty selection of craft beers, but their food menu offers some mouthwatering options like, gooey mac n’ cheese and nacho fries. They also offer trivia on Thursday nights and live music Friday nights.


J’s Family Restaurant

J’s Family Restaurant, established in 1973, an old mom and pop kind of place featuring home cooking.


JL Beers

JL Beers come for the beer (over 40 taps of craft beer) and fresh cut French fries.


Jensen’s Café

Experience the Ultimate Bloody Mary at Jensen’s Café and don’t forget the delicious breakfast and lunch menus.


Mediterranean Cruise Café

Mediterranean Cruise Café allows you to take a break from the traditional boardroom and depart for authentic Greek culture, award-winning cuisine and world-renowned hospitality. Not only will you enjoy the food, but you can catch special events like salsa dancing and belly dancing.


Morgan’s Farm to Table

Morgan’s Farm to Table is located in the Wyndham Minneapolis South/Burnsville which offers added convenience if you plan your stay at the hotel. Plan to grab a sustainably sourced breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Olivia’s Organic Café

Olivia’s Organic Café offers a menu loaded with gluten-free, dairy-free, organic and locally sourced options. They are locally and women owned (mom and daughter).


Olivia's Organic Cafe


Porter Creek Hardwood Grill

Porter Creek Hardwood Grill offers a fresh contemporary American menu with California-Mediterranean influences. The menu features meat and fish prepared on wood-burning grills and ovens & an extensive wine and spirits list. Gluten free menu options available. Other features include outdoor dining, fireplaces and a water table.


Trove Brewing

Burnsville’s newest brewing, Trove Brewing features traditional beers with a touch of modern flavors and styles. Dog friendly.


Don Chon Mexican Grill

Don Chon Mexican Grill is authentic, locally owned, and local favorite for street tacos, nachos, chimichangas and so much more.


The Buzz Coffee & Café

The Buzz Coffee & Café offers an extensive selection of waffles, breakfast sandwiches and wraps, and for lunch, deli sandwiches and wraps, panini’s, soups and salads! You will also find gluten-free and vegan options.





Art and All That Jazz

Art and All That Jazz takes place 2024 dates to be announced, at The Ames Center and Nicollet Commons Park. View the schedule and more here.


Burnsville Festival & Fire Muster

Burnsville Festival & Fire Muster takes place on September 5-7, 2024, includes tons of family fun which includes a medallion hunt, food trucks, inflatables, live music, craft beer and more!


Dakota County Fair

Dakota County Fair which takes place on August 5-11, 2024, is located in Farmington, MN and includes numerous must-see events like farm animals, fair food, live music and more.


Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo

Farm Babies at the Minnesota Zoo is overloaded with baby animal cuteness. This event takes place April 26-May 19, 2024.


Minnesota Zoo


International Festival of Burnsville

International Festival of Burnsville takes place at Nicollet Commons Park on July 20, 2024 – 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm and features a range of music and dance groups representing cultures around the globe. In addition to music, guests and their families can purchase food, admire culture displays, and engage in kid-friendly activities.


Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Minnesota Renaissance Festival starts August 17 and goes every weekend thru September 29, 2024, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 27th.. Grab your goblet and giant turkey leg and get ready to be entertained!


Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota get-together, the Minnesota State Fair takes place August 22-September 2, 2024. Check out the lineup of food vendors and big names at The Grandstand.


Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park

Rockin’ Lunch Hour at Nicollet Commons Park occurs on select Thursdays over the summer months and includes mini concerts geared toward pre-school aged audiences looking for a rockin’ good time!



Heart of the City Run

Get your blood pumping by taking part in the Heart of the City Run 5K, 10K, or 15K race on September , 2024. This event supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities and Kids Feeding Kids organization.


Summer Concert Series at Canterbury Park

If live outdoor music is your jam, you won’t want to miss the Summer Concert Series at Canterbury Park. Here are just a few big names to mark your calendar for:

  • June 7, 2024 – Night Ranger
  • Jund 14, 2024 – Hairball
  • August 2, 2024 – 38 Special
  • August 16, 2024 – Craig Morgan


Back to the 50’s Weekend

Back to the 50’s Weekend allows you to take a step back in time. This event takes place at the Minnesota State Fair Grounds on June 23-25, 2023. Over the weekend you will be able to see live entertainment, a car show, numerous vendors, and much more.




AntiQues Minnesota

AntiQues Minnesota is the state’s largest antiques mall, with over 350 vintage dealers showcasing antiques and collectibles.


Droolin’ Moose

Droolin’ Moose is the perfect stop for those craving chocolate. You will find tasting samples, unique packaging with engaging graphics and gourmet chocolate choices – all housed in a store with an artistic, comfortable and eclectic feel.


Ficus & Fig

Ficus & Fig offers a wide variety of home décor items, bath & body products, accessories, unique gifts for all occasions and so much more! Located in Burnsville’s popular Heart of the City.


Mall of America®

Mall of America® because this one is just too big to miss. Whether you are in search of good food, shopping or entertainment you will find everything under one roof.


Mall of America
Photo Credit: Mall of America


Palms, Psalms and Prosecco

Palms, Psalms and Prosecco is a gift shop featuring all things cozy and uplifting! Hand poured soy candles, clothing, spa items, and more!


Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Twin Cities Premium Outlets because who doesn’t love scoring a good deal on high quality name brand items?


Zombie Boardshop

Whatever your boarding need Zombie Boardshop has you covered. Zombie is and independently owned skate, snow, and surf shop with a truly unique shopping experience.


Plan Your Stay


AmericInn by Wyndham

AmericInn by Wyndham provides award winning service to give you that “home away from home” feeling. Their numerous amenities include: free WiFi, free homestyle breakfast featuring Belgian waffles, indoor heated pool, fitness center, guest rooms equipped with 42” flat-screen HDTV and a mini fridge.


Wyndham Minneapolis South/Burnsville

Wyndham Minneapolis South/Burnsville is the ideal choice if you are traveling with your dog as they are dog-friendly! You will also find they offer almost everything including: family suites, executive level, executive suites, meeting space, sundries shop, business center, fitness room, microwave and fridge in every room, 100% smoke free, and free Wi-Fi.


Burnsville Inn & Suites

Burnsville Inn & Suites is a 2-story hotel offering free parking and Wi-Fi. Each room is also designed for your comfort and convenience by coming equipped with a microwave and fridge.


Fairfield Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott allows you to use and gain rewards on every stay. You will also find amazing amenities which include a free buffet and hot breakfast daily, indoor pool and hot tub, free coffee and tea, and fitness center.


Hampton Inn

Hampton Inn by Hilton, allows you to use and gain rewards on every stay. You will also find great amenities and features which include: connecting rooms, free hot breakfast, digital key, pet-friendly rooms, business center, accessible business center, elevators, exercise facility, guest rooms, parking, meeting rooms, entrance, roll-in shower, etc.


InTown Suites

InTown Suites extended stay suites is the ideal location whether you plan to stay for one night or a week or more. Their rooms offer kitchen so you are able to cook your own meals during an extended stay and optional guest laundry facilities.


LivINN Hotels

LivINN Hotels have come to be known as the “Best Value” hotel chain for lodging accommodations in the Minneapolis Saint Paul, Minnesota area. Whether you’re on the road, here for an extended stay, or just need a comfortable place to call home for a while, LivINN Hotels offer you more for less.

LivInn Burnsville


Motel 6

Motel 6 is a budget-friendly option that is conveniently located near public transit. Some perks include: pets allowed, kids stay free, free local calls, wifi access, and more.


Prime Rate Inn

Prime Rate Inn an affordable hotel where you will enjoy all of the comforts of home! All of their non-smoking lodgings have been recently renovated to provide you with updated, stylish accommodations throughout your stay. Other amenities and perks include: a complimentary donut in the morning, complimentary coffee, tea and hot cocoa 24 hours a day, indoor pool, arcade area, and free parking.  




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