The once rural town of St. Anthony is now a bustling, first-ring suburb in the Twin Cities metro. Situated directly west of upbeat Northeast Minneapolis and with great access to other suburbs like Columbia Heights and Lauderdale, this city is an attractive place to both live and visit.
About St. Anthony
As one of the oldest suburbs of the Twin Cities, the history of St. Anthony’s begins in 1838, when a Fort Snelling storekeeper claimed his plot of land east of St. Anthony Falls. Due to its close proximity to both St. Paul and Minneapolis, it became essential in the state’s milling and trade industries. Later in 1858, the city was officially mapped out and organized as the Township of St. Anthony. Prominent real estate developer, Al Forsyth, bought what is today known as St. Anthony Boulevard and petitioned the city to incorporate the street into Minneapolis. However before that could take place, the township managed to incorporate as a village, even though it was still largely a rural area. The decision upset many, but was ultimately ruled legal by the Minnesota Supreme Court. Thus, another page in the St. Anthony history book turns. Over the next several decades, St. Anthony Village’s population grew rapidly, attracting a more white-collar population that slowly overtook the largely agricultural town. In 1973, along with several other towns across Minnesota, the town officially switched from municipality to city, supplying its current title of the “City of St. Anthony Village.” Today, the St. Anthony has a smaller population of about 10,000 and occupies parts of both Hennepin and Ramsey counties. For those that live here, there are a nice mix of amenities and friendly neighborhoods, and for those visiting, there are more than enough recreation, dining and other things to do to stay entertained.
Things to do in St. Anthony
Take a look at some of the recommended things to do in St. Anthony below:
St. Anthony Parks
- Find the largest recreational area in St. Anthony at Silverwood Park. The grounds include an art gallery and outdoor amphitheater, along with spacious green areas, hiking trails and a small lake.
- Explore a quiet, neighborhood retreat at Silver Point Park, featuring baseball fields, ice skating rink, playground and picnic areas. A similar spot on the north side of town is Emerald Park that also includes a basketball court and soccer field.
St. Anthony Shopping
- Grab everything you need with one trip to The Quarry, located on the south side St. Anthony. Here, you can get lost in Target, grab some groceries at Cub Foods and afterward, enjoy some retail therapy at Patina.
- A basic shopping hub, St. Anthony Shopping Center is anchored by a fitness center, Chinese restaurant and auto parts store.
St. Anthony Restaurants
- Have a casual night out at Village Pub, a neighborhood hangout offering a large patio, lawn games, along with traditional American fare and beer list.
- Specializing in ribs, you can get a variety of delicious barbecued meats with all the fixins’ at Hickory Hog.
- Try some traditional Mexican, from tacos to burritos to happy hour items and margaritas at Catrinas Cerveza and Grill.
- Head to The Unofficial for a wide array of cocktails, microbrews and finger foods, as well as video games and outdoor seating.
St. Anthony Entertainment
- The area’s best place to hit the links is at Gross National Golf Club, where you’ll find a pristine 18-hole course with well-maintained holes and a driving range.
- Catch an event at the outdoor Salo Park Amphitheater, featuring a summer concert series with live music every Thursday.
- Try something unique with a Discovery Flight, where you get the opportunity to fly a plane yourself, under guidance of a professional. See what St. Anthony and the rest of the Twin Cities suburbs look like from above while exploring the lifestyle of a pilot.
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