Although just three square miles, there’s more beauty in the city of Mound, MN than almost any other suburb in the Twin Cities Metro area, thanks to the surrounding natural scenery. Situated on the western shores of Lake Minnetonka and just 20 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, it’s in a magnificent location for those that like access to big-city amenities but prefer a gorgeous, quaint, suburban setting. With that being said, there are plenty of things to do and see in Mound – let’s take a look.
The town of Mound began to take shape when prominent Minnesota governor and senator, Alexander Ramsey claimed Lake Minnetonka in the mid 1800s. Its unique name is taken from a series of ancient Native American mounds that were constructed in the area thousands of years ago. In the early days, the town grew alongside neighboring suburbs like Minnetonka, Wayzata and Excelsior, thanks to its location on Cooks Bay, a frequent stop of steamboaters and fishermen. In 1900, the northside business district that we know today grew rapidly thanks to the introduction of a new Great Northern Railroad line, ushering a larger working and residential population. One of the most famous businesses to set up shop here was Tonka Toys, which was headquartered in Mound for nearly four decades. As the 20th century progressed, Mound became a popular lakeside destination, as a number of resorts, lodging and even a casino were built. The city’s strong tourism industry continued well into the modern era and helped mark its spot as a highly sought-after place to live and visit. Today, the town is known as an affluent suburb thanks to its location, valuable real estate, great schools and thriving commerce sector. So, whether you’re a resident or tourist of Mound, let’s explore some of the great things you can do in this suburb.
Things to Do in Mound
With its great mix of natural attractions, dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities, Mound has a number of things to do – take a look at some of the following highlights:
Parks & Recreation in Mound
- Mound is on the western shores of the expansive Lake Minnetonka, one of Minnesota’s most popular bodies of water, and for good reason — it offers more than 14,000 acres to explore, 32 parks, hundreds of dock sites as well as access to the Dakota Rail Trail, a paved path that takes you over 20 miles from Wayzata to Mayer.
- Go fishing on 160-acre Dutch Lake, a much smaller and quieter option compared to nearby Minnetonka. You’re likely to hook a variety of fish, from bluegill to largemouth bass to walleye and beyond.
- Grab some air at Zero Gravity Skatepark, featuring a small bowl, kickers, rails and a half pipe.
Food & Beverage in Mound
- Take a load off at Backchannel Brewing, where you’ll find home-brewed tap beers and a taproom that overlooks Lake Minnetonka.
- Serving up a wide range of burgers, sandwiches and other fried fare, Scotty B’s Restaurant is a popular option when you’re craving American eats.
- In business for over 70 years, Al & Alma’s Supper Club is a local favorite, with water-side views in a classic, throwback setting.
- Enjoy classic pub fare and drinks at the laid-back Surfside Bar and Grille, located on the shores of Landon Lake.
- After a day on the lake, head to downtown Mound and enjoy a scoop or two (or three) of your favorite ice cream at Lost Lake Creamery, with plenty of standards and unique flavors alike.
Shopping and Entertainment in Mound
- The best women’s clothing boutique in the city is at Miss Kasual, where you’ll find everything from chic professional wear to everyday outfits and more.
- Find something special at Penny Wise Thrift Store, offering second-hand and vintage home décor, clothing and accessories.
- Get the chance to fly an airplane under the direction of a professional, while taking in the view of Mound from above. The area’s top flight school, Inflight Pilot Training and their Discovery Flight course gives you the chance to take to the skies, thousands of feet above the Twin Cities suburbs.
Get in touch with Inflight Pilot Training to find out more. Our team of certified flight instructors can put you on the correct path toward obtaining a pilot license. Whether you’re interested in a Discovery Flight or are ready to sign up for training, we’re here to help. Gain the chance to take flight and experience the lifestyle of a pilot — all it takes is a quick call or note to our team to get started. For additional information on Inflight training programs, contact us today or call (952) 698-3000.