The 10 Best Things to Do in Apple Valley, United States

December 7, 2017 Harland Bartelt

Apple Valley is a city in northwestern Dakota County in the State of Minnesota, and a suburb of the Twin Cities. As of the 2010 census, the city's population was 49,084, making it the 18th most populous city in Minnesota. In 2013, Money Magazine named Apple Valley the 17th best place to live in the United States, up from 20th in 2010, 24th in 2008 and 28th in 2007.
Restaurants in Apple Valley

1. Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124-8199 +1 952-432-9000
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 703 reviews

Minnesota Zoo

Reviewed By Scott M

The Minnesota zoo is in Apple Valley Minnesota which is roughly 15 minutes from Minneapolis our family has been there three times and we still enjoy ever visit. The zoo has a marine section where you can touch nurse sharks and stingrays and is very much an experience for the kids for sure. The dolphins show is free and the trainers are very good at putting on a show.
The polar bears have a fun with the guests last time we were there the polar bear was tossing a ball to the kids
There is camel rides at the zoo as well and is free no extras, they have a few areas in the zoo that are good for kids to play and they have gym equipment there too
The entry fee is rather heap considering the size of the zoo I have been to smaller zoos and paid more

2. Lebanon Hills Regional Park

860 Cliff Rd, Eagan, MN 55123-1904 +1 651-554-6530
Excellent
84%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 134 reviews

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Reviewed By Cami B - Eagan, Minnesota

This is a cute park, with loads of hiking trails. This is the place to go for locals when wanting to take a hike in the city, or there is a small little lake that gets packed on the hot days that locals rush to as well. Nothing out of the ordinary with this place, just a nice break from the city.

3. Paragon Odyssey 15

14401 Burnhaven Dr, Burnsville, MN 55306-8004 +1 952-892-3456
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Paragon Odyssey 15

IMAX The Mezz Bistro Lounge, serving small plates and specialty beverages CLUB LEVEL with VIP Luxury Seats; we welcome guests of all ages to enjoy a movie in our Club Level auditoriums before 4:00 pm*. It is truly a VIP experience for the whole family. After 4:00 PM, the Club Level is reserved for guests 21 and older. Reserved Seating Stadium Seating Birthday Parties & Corporate Events Diamond Rewards Loyalty Program *Club Level upcharge charge applies.

Reviewed By pizzabooger - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Went to a movie for the second time after buying this plastic cup the guy said that if you buy this cup you will get free refills up to a 1 year just bring it with every time you come to a movie and the pizza booger said sir that's a great deal I'll take it.So guess what happened to the pizza booger the next time in the lady says to yours truly the pizza booger sir you can't use that after today that was never meant to be used
More then one time .So once again don't pick your nose while watching a movie in public .So tell next time booger out

4. Mall of America

60 E Broadway, Level 2, Bloomington, MN 55425-5510 +1 952-883-8800
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

Mall of America

Mall of America(R) is one of the top tourist destinations in the country! The Mall welcomes more than 40 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world to enjoy over 520 retail and specialty stores including Nordstrom and Macy's. Experience unique dining and entertainment at over 50 restaurants plus enjoy leading attractions like the nation's largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe(R) indoor theme park, SEA LIFE(R) Aquarium, LEGO(R), A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and more! By hosting more than 400 events each year, the Mall has become the place where fans can meet and greet their favorite celebrities or take part in interactive, one-of-a-kind events.

Reviewed By scooterpieMinnesota - Owatonna, Minnesota

And do some shopping! Wasn’t extremely busy but enough people for a Tuesday. Lots of people must go there to just walk. We walked every level. Was nice. Lots of different stores to suit everyone no matter what age. Good place for food too. Anything and everything.

5. Apple Valley Aquatic Center

14421 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd, Apple Valley, MN 55124 +1 952-953-2300
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 21 reviews

Apple Valley Aquatic Center

Reviewed By SaraGee - Apple Valley, Minnesota

Having just taken my girls to the indoor water park near MOA for the last time before it closed, I realized why I love the Aquatic center so much. It's CLEAN. The water is clean, the facilities are clean, the staff is really great with all the kids. I can't say enough good things about the AV Aquatic Center. My ONLY complaint is I wish they'd have some better food options. But that's minimal since I can also bring my own food in. I highly recommend this oasis... but get there early it fills up FAST on nice days.

6. Buck Hill

15400 Buck Hill Rd, Burnsville, MN 55306-5418 +1 952-435-7174
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 71 reviews

Buck Hill

Recreation area offers year-round fun: winter offers trails and parks for both skiers and snowboarders; summer offers tubing and mountain bike racing events for two-wheel enthusiasts.

Reviewed By Jewelss0416 - Orlando, Florida

My 10 and 17 year old daughters had a great time. We got there around 8:30am and stayed till almost 9pm. They had different level hills for all ski levels. This was the first time my daughters have skied so I had them take a 90 minute class. Once they finished the lesson, you couldn't get then off the hill. There was a warm area with chairs and a great view. We also did snow tubing. That was very cool and fast. They even had a nice warm fire to sit around. If we ever make it back to Minnesota we will be back. It made a ski lover out of us.

7. Twin Cities Premium Outlets

3965 Eagan Outlets Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55122-4417 +1 612-444-8850
Excellent
44%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 183 reviews

Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Find an exciting collection of over 100 outlet stores from the world's leading designers and name brands. Offering savings of 25% to 65% every day. Including: Coach, Nike Factory Store, Under Armour, Saks 5th Ave OFF 5TH, Lucky Brand, The Express Outlet, Armani Outlet, and much more.

Reviewed By The_Bohemian - Maplewood, MN

The Samsonite store featured deeply discounted artificially high prices on lower-end Samsonite products. A "better" 25" bag is arbitrarily priced at $300 then discounted 50% to $150 while a similar or better Samsonite product can be bought elsewhere for about $100. That and the disinterested staff made for a disappointing experience.

The Levis store does not carry pant sizes with a waist bigger than 40. The Crocs store had a good clearance sale.

8. Nickelodeon Universe

5000 Center Ct, Mall of America, Bloomington, MN 55425-5505 +1 952-883-8600
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Nickelodeon Universe

Reviewed By ColleenJ98 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Recently visited here with my 11 and 13 yr old kids. We purposely waited until after 5pm to buy the twilight wristbands. At first I thought they were very overpriced but after spending about 2.5 hours I felt we got our money’s worth.

The rides were much better than I thought they would be for an indoor theme park. We would have stayed longer but we were tired from walking around the mall.

Definitely recommend going on a Wednesday night as it wasn’t very crowded. Longest wait we had was 10-15 minutes.

9. Great Clips IMAX Theatre

12000 Zoo Blvd, Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN 55124-4623 +1 952-278-3111
Excellent
32%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Great Clips IMAX Theatre

Reviewed By rockyjoe - Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Great Clips IMAX Theatre is located about twenty miles south of both St. Paul and Minneapolis in Apple Valley. To get there just take 35-W south from Minneapolis or 35-E from St. Paul. It is also located on the property of the Minnesota Zoo although you need to purchase a separate ticket to enter. If you go to the Minnesota Zoo just to see an IMAX movie make sure you enter the zoo driveway and then turn left and park right in front of the IMAX. There is also an entrance to the zoo near the IMAX if you want to go there after a movie.

I went on a Sunday morning in early June with my wife to watch the 11:00 AM showing of the “Flight of the Butterflies” and enjoyed this movie and the theatre (although it seems to be a typical IMAX Theatre). The movie was in 3-D and the combination of seeing it in an IMAX theatre and seeing it in 3-D was awesome and I am amazed at how much better the 3-D technology has become since I was younger (it has been a long time since I saw a 3-D movie). This theatre shows nature movies and also shows current movies in 3-D like San Andreas and Jurassic World. While the theatre is pretty large there were only about 10 people watching the early 11:0 AM movie. The zoo became a lot more crowded after noon so I am sure the theater filled up as well.

Overall I enjoyed watching the “Flight of the Butterflies” in 3-D and recommend that you go to the Great Clips IMAX Theatre and watch it (or any other good movie). Ticket prices were not too bad at $7 per person. Even though it is a typical IMAX theatre it is still a great place to watch a 3-D movie.

10. Twin Cities Escape Rooms

12245 Nicollet Ave, Burnsville, MN 55337-1650 +1 952-595-5180
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 22 reviews

Twin Cities Escape Rooms

Twin Cities Escape Rooms features several fun, immersive adventure and puzzle games. Player teams are challenged to escape themed settings filled with riddles, searches, interesting locks, and interactive game elements. Following storylines created to intrigue, teams have one hour to solve the room; escape is thrilling and designed for (safe!) adrenaline rushes!

Reviewed By Jeanine H - Minnesota

This was our first attempt at an escape room. It was challenging but doable. We needed clues but we were able to complete our room. A good time had by all.We're so glad you gave us a try - and hope you'll come back for more! Thanks for your business and your review.

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