Summer Bucket List 7

Get Ready To Capture the Essence of the Great Outdoors

Summers in Minnesota are short-lived: To get the most out of summer this year, make a plan—a bucket list, if you will—of those activities you’d like to squeeze into this summer. You may discover some new favorites! We’ve assembled a list of suggestions to get you started.

Bryant Lake Regional Park

Don’t overlook the obvious! Hiking, biking, swimming, disc golf, geocaching, fishing and more. This park has it all for outdoor enthusiasts. Conveniently located in Eden Prairie, this family-friendly, natural resource is ideal for weekend and evening excursions near home. 6800 Rowland Rd, Eden Prairie.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Ah, the Arboretum. If you haven’t visited this gem, you are surely missing out! Situated on 1,137 acres, with over 5,000 plant species and varieties, there are hours of eye-guzzling plant-beauty and art to be admired. You can purchase tickets to ride the tram which will transport you deep into the Arboretum’s grounds, allowing you to see more of the gardens. The Arboretum also has 65 acres of on-leashes dog trails. 3675 Arboretum Dr., Chaska.

Jasper Guide Services

Fishing is the ultimate outdoor summer activity. Nothing beats the peaceful tranquility of dropping a line, being quietly serenaded by a loon in the distance and the hypnotic gentle rocking your boat as it sways to and fro keeping rhythm with the waves. To really ratchet up your fishing experience, treat yourself to a guided fishing trip on Lake Minnetonka. Captain Dan Jasper knows the area lakes well and will guide you and your group to fishing nirvana. 952-220-4954

Floyd’s Bar in Victoria

Patio, cocktails, music, food, and fun. Need I say more? There’s truly something for everyone at Floyd’s. Don’t let summer slip away without whiling away a summer evening sippin’ something cold on Floyd’s patio. Known for great food, ice cold beer, and live entertainment—Floyd’s is a favorite with the locals. 1758 Arboretum Blvd, Victoria.