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Top 5 Reasons to
Visit Inver Grove Heights

With budget-friendly attractions, restaurants, and accommodations, Inver Grove Heights is a great destination for a cost-effective getaway.  Whether you’re planning a family vacation, couples weekend, outdoor adventure, or foodie experience, check out these itineraries for free and low-cost fun.

For families…

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The indoor water park at Veterans Memorial Community Center provides thrills for a small price—daily passes are only $6 for kids and $9 for adults.  Smaller children can check out the waterpark’s play area and dumping bucket, and older kids can zoom down the waterslides.


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Drkula’s 32 Bowl is a budget-friendly indoor activity, with all-you-can-bowl 1.5 and 2 hour blocks that include shoe rental.  The new Hyperbowling system adds a fun video game element the whole family will enjoy.

park- Budget-friendly Itineraries in Inver Grove Heights

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Take the kids to an Inver Grove Heights park for a no-cost way to spend the afternoon.  Family-friendly amenities include playgrounds, a sledding hill, and outdoor skating rinks.

Eat at restaurants with kids menus to save money when dining out—check out this list of diverse local options that will satisfy the pickiest eater.

For couples…

Inver Grove Heights’ most iconic attraction is completely free of charge—the Rock Island Swing Bridge is a historic swing bridge that has been converted into a walking pier jutting over the Mississippi River.  It offers a unique panoramic view of the river and is the perfect backdrop for a romantic photo.

Enjoy an easy-on-wallet date night at Iwa Sushi, which offers sushi specials for two that include two bowls of miso soup, two house salads, two sushi rolls, and a chef-selected assortment of sushi.

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Brunch is typically a more budget-friendly meal than dinner, and Mallards serves a delicious Sunday brunch, with specials like brandy French toast, chicken and biscuits, and lobster quiche.  

For outdoors lovers…

Disc golf enthusiasts rejoice—the 18-hole disc golf course at North Valley Park is completely free October through April (during the rest of year, a daily pass is only $5).  The course has four different layouts based on varying skill levels, making it fun for both experts and novices.

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Spend the day cycling, hiking, or running on one of Inver Grove Heights trails for a cost-free way to explore the community and get some exercise.  The paved Mississippi River Greenway stretches 26 miles along the river, with scenic overlooks and connections to other local trails.  Check out the free bike repair station at the Swing Bridge Trailhead if you have any issues.

Hiking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, snowshoeing, and more: local nature areas are a free way to appreciate all of Minnesota’s seasons.  Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area is one of the largest undisturbed natural areas in the Twin Cities metro and has great views of the Mississippi River.

For foodies…

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Find bold flavors on a budget with lunch at iPho2, a Vietnamese restaurant that serves banh mi, pho, vermicelli salads, and rice platters with your choice of meat, seafood, or tofu.  Other Inver Grove Heights lunch options that are delicious and light on the wallet include Taqueria El Girasol, which serves Mexican fare, and Oyevida Lifestyle Cafe, where the menu features wholesome bowls and sandwiches with plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options.

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Jersey’s Bar & Grill is a local favorite for its lineup of award-winning burgers, sandwiches, and dinner entrees, and they offer nightly food specials—check the website for details.   Another beloved spot for local eats is B-52 Burgers and Brew, which specializes in gourmet burgers and also offers nightly specials like Wednesday wing night and a Friday fish fry.

Treat yourself to dessert at Hometown Sweets, which has an impressive array of bulk and nostalgic candies—purchase as much or as little as you want.

For everyone…

Inver Grove Heights hotels have some of the most affordable rates in the Twin Cities metro and also offer complimentary breakfast and free parking.  When you stay in Inver Grove Heights, you’ll enjoy easy highway access, and you’re within ten miles of downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  

Book your stay at these Inver Grove Heights hotels today!


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