Explore family-friendly things to do in Shakopee and the Twin Cities

Looking for exciting attractions near the Twin Cities? Book a room for your family at the Country Inn & Suites in Shakopee and spend a day at Valleyfair amusement park, which boasts thrilling rides like Delirious, a looping roller coaster that stretches 70 feet into the air. For educational things to do, start with a visit to The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park or enjoy the ageless fun of the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. If you’re here for business meetings and need a break, we’re just around the corner from the thrilling table games and slots at Mystic Lake Casino and the hoof-pounding excitement of Canterbury Park. You can cap the day off with dinner and a show at the world-renowned Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

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Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

5.66 mi / 9.11 km from the hotel
This nationally known theater offers an unbeatable night of entertainment. Be swept away by a great musical, a comedy show, or a concert as you savor a mouthwatering entrée and dessert.

U.S. Bank Stadium

17.95 mi / 28.89 km from the hotel
Catch a Minnesota Vikings game, see an exciting wrestling match, or attend a concert at this versatile stadium in downtown Minneapolis. You can also stop by for a 90-minute tour of the facility.

The Landing–Minnesota River Heritage Park

1.82 mi / 2.93 km from the hotel
You don't have to be a history buff to enjoy exploring this 88-acre living history museum, where costumed interpreters help connect you with Minnesota life of the late 1800s.

Canterbury Park

1.21 mi / 1.94 km from the hotel
Canterbury Park offers gamblers a range of exciting options, including live horse races, table games, and poker tournaments. Little ones can run off some energy at Pepsi Playground or get up close to the horses at the Continental Diamond Bridal Path.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

5.2 mi / 8.36 km from the hotel
Open on weekends every fall, this seasonal attraction immerses kids and kids at heart in Renaissance-era entertainment. Don’t miss fair food like giant turkey legs, and be sure to swing through the artisanal markets to admire hand-blown glass, jewelry, and pottery.

Mystic Lake Casino

3.86 mi / 6.21 km from the hotel
Mystic Lake covers 150,000 square feet of gaming space, complete with more than 4,000 slot machines, 100 blackjack tables, and a variety of bingo games. You can also catch live performances and grab a bite to eat at a variety of on-site restaurants.

SandVenture Aquatic Park

1.74 mi / 2.8 km from the hotel
Beat the summer heat at SandVenture Aquatic Park, which features a unique pool modeled after the area's famous lakes. SandVenture is also home to a 300-foot waterslide and two 12-foot-high drop slides.

Stonebrooke Golf Club

2.02 mi / 3.25 km from the hotel
Round out 18 holes of golf on this championship course with a meal at the on-site restaurant. The lounge and outdoor terrace overlook a beautiful waterfall.


2.85 mi / 4.58 km from the hotel
Minneapolis’ premier amusement park offers fun for all ages, from visits to Planet Snoopy and water park fun at Soak City to thrilling rides like RipCord and Steel Venom. After you’ve hit all the rides, explore a range of shopping and entertainment options on site.

Sea Life at Mall of America®

13.88 mi / 22.35 km from the hotel
Take the family on an underwater adventure at this aquarium, where you can get up close with sharks, Amazonian aquatic life, seahorses, and sturgeon. You can even feed the stingrays yourself.

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

14.39 mi / 23.15 km from the hotel
Find great deals at one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor malls. Twin Cities Premium Outlets features retailers like J.Crew Factory, Michael Kors Outlet, and Talbots Outlet.