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Things to do in Roseville, MN

One of the Twin Cities’ most charming suburbs is Roseville. Adjacent to both Minneapolis and St. Paul, the town has great access to beautiful parks, top-quality dining, fantastic entertainment and shopping, and so much more. With that being said, let’s take a look at all of the great things to do in Roseville has to offer to both residents and visitors alike — here we go!

About Roseville

Before Minnesota was a state, the city that’s now Roseville was once home to Dakota and Ojibwa tribes, at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. The first settlers migrated to the area throughout the early- and mid-1800s, claiming the area for themselves as “Rose Township”, named after one of the first pioneers to survey the area, Isaac Rose. This large area incorporated parts of Roseville, Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as other nearby suburbs like Columbia Heights. By the turn of the 20th century, the area thrived as a stronghold for agriculture within the Twin Cities’ overall economy. With increasing access via a series of railroads and public transportation systems, interest in the township grew, attracting many new residents prior to World War II. 

By the end of the war, the township could no longer maintain effective control over an increasing population and commercial district. Thus, Roseville incorporated as a village in 1948, allowing rapid influx of people and businesses to the northeastern metro area throughout the baby boom and well into the 21st century. Today, Roseville residents enjoy a more spacious and less congested suburban setting in comparison to the neighboring Twin Cities. 

Things to Do in Roseville

With a ton of fantastic local restaurants, shopping centers, public parks, entertainment venues and beyond, there are plenty of fun things to do in Roseville. Here are some of the highlights:

Dining in Roseville

  • Chianti Grill: Choose from a number of modern Italian dishes, as well as extensive wine pairings, in an upscale and comfortable setting.
  • La Tapatia Restaurant & Food Truck: Come as you are at this traditional Mexican spot specializing in quesadillas, burritos and tacos. In addition, you may see them on the streets, selling food from their truck.
  • Good Earth Restaurant: Head here for health-conscious fare on a wide-ranging menu that includes smoothies, bison burgers and vegan options.
  • Maverick’s Real Roast Beef: Down-home meat-based grub spot, specializing in roast beef, brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. Great for carry out options. 
  • Grumpy’s Bar & Grill: Classic Twin Cities’ hang-out for craft beer and bar food plus darts, jukebox and arcade games.

Recreational Areas in Roseville

  • Acorn Park: Shady, well-treed park with a disc golf course, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, walking trails, and a winter skating rink.
  • Lexington Park: One of Roseville’s most stunning city parks, find everything you’d want in an outdoor recreation area, plus climbing rocks and a warming house.
  • Reservoir Woods Park: This rugged 120-acre features forested trails through unique wetland and grassland environments.
  • Pioneer Park: Get away from the hustle and bustle at this quiet, five-acre park with sports facilities, children’s playground, hiking paths and picnic areas.

Shopping in Roseville

  • Rosedale Center: Get everything under the sun at this huge shopping mall that hosts 14-million people every year. Find traditional chains like Macy’s, AMC Theaters and Von Maur, among a litany of other shopping and entertainment venues.
  • HarMar Mall: Shop in a relaxing setting at this breezy complex featuring well-known  retailers like Barnes & Noble, Burlington Apparel and Famous Footwear, plus find casual dining at Leann Chin, Smashburger and more.
  • Altar’d State: Find something unique at this boutique shop selling stylish clothing for young women, along with jewelry and accessories.

Entertainment Things to do in Roseville

  • Como Park Zoo & Observatory: Minnesota’s most popular zoo is in Roseville, with attractions like animal exhibits, the conservatory, an amusement park, Lake Como, a golf course and a swimming pool.
  • Bell Museum: The town’s top museum, featuring world-renowned Minnesota wildlife dioramas, numerous animal specimens from all over the world, and the 120-seat digital Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium theater.
  • Discovery Flight: Try something out of the ordinary with this one-hour introductory course, where you get to fly an airplane under the guidance of a professional. See if flight school is for you, while taking-in the view from thousands of feet above Roseville.


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