Summer Explorations: Outdoor Recreation in Edina, Minnesota

Though Edina, Minnesota, is a draw for visitors any time of the year, the summer’s mild temperatures and abundant green space make it ideal if you’re seeking an adventurous vacation and want to enjoy a season of outdoor recreation. Whether you want to hike, bike, golf or swim, Edina is the perfect blend of fun in the sun. With so much to choose from, the hardest part will be deciding what to do first. Need a few ideas for your itinerary? You can’t go wrong with these popular destinations.


Braemar Golf Course

Braemar RenderingThe grass is greener on the new and improved Braemar Golf Course. Recently reopened after a complete renovation, this stunning course is the bell of the ball when it comes to teeing off in Minnesota.


“Braemar is excited to open the new Championship 18 golf course,” said General Manager Joseph Abood. “The Championship 18 is the last piece of a $7.5 million renovation at Braemar Golf Course that also included new putting and chipping practice areas, a remodeled pro shop, and the new outdoor Braemar Courtyard for games and events. Combined with the Academy 9 Par 3 course, outdoor driving range, Red River Kitchen restaurant and Braemar Golf Dome, Braemar Golf Course is now a complete year-round destination for golfers.”


The Championship 18, designed by renowned and award-winning golf course architect Richard Mandell, features open fairways, six tee boxes, advanced bunker designs and spectacular views.


“It is the first, new public 18-hole course in the state in more than a decade, and a fun course for all ages and abilities,” said Abood. “It will be the premier public golf course in Minnesota.”


If some people in your group are not fans of golf, the course has other things to keep them busy. They can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Red River Kitchen, which offers panoramic views of the course.


Centennial Lakes Park

Outdoor rec Edina Centennial Lakes ParkA local treasure, Centennial Lakes Park, is an all-in-one destination that always has an event or an activity taking place.  You can stroll along the paved pathways, buy local produce, see live entertainment, play games, rent a paddle boat, or enjoy some self-reflection by the pond. It’s a little slice of paradise that everyone in Edina loves.


“Centennial Lakes is a soothing retreat in the middle of a busy metro. From concerts and movies in the park to miles of walking paths and an amazing 18-hole putting course and games area to a weekly farmers market, the park offers activities for everyone to enjoy,” said Laura Fulton, the park’s assistant manager.


As expected, the event calendar is packed with activities and events all summer, so no matter when you arrive, you have something fun to do. People from all around gather at Centennial Lakes Park, and you’ll always find a warm welcome.


“The diversity in the park allows for people from all walks of life to come together in a community meeting place throughout the year,” said Fulton. Centennial Lakes Park is a hidden gem in the city of Edina and we would love to invite all people to come out and experience all it has to offer!”


Edina Aquatic Center

Attractions Edina Aquatic CenterOf course, you can’t mention summer outdoor activities and not include a trip to the pool. But why hang out at the hotel pool when you have the entire Edina Aquatic Center to splash and play at?


The pirate-themed center is a water wonderland for swimmers of all ages. Jump into the Olympic-sized pool with two diving boards and lap swimming lanes. Or make a splash at The Lost Wave Surf Simulator, Pirate’s Plunge Body Slide & Tube Slide and Shipwreck Express Zip Line, and the younger kids can enjoy Lil’ Lagoon Water Playground.


When you want to take a break from the water, explore Oakwood Forest—the dry playground— or grab a drink or snack to replenish your energy.


Having a family reunion in or around Edina? Make group reservations at the center to make planning easier. Or if you’ll be in Edina for an extended period of time this summer, grab a season pass to enjoy the aquatic center all summer.


Nine Mile Creek Bike Trail

9 mile creek bike trailTo see a different side of Edina, explore the area on two wheels at Nine Mile Creek Bike Trail.


“This trail traverses the wetlands and woodlands through Edina and conveniently connects to other regional trails in the Twin Cities, providing resident and visitor bike enthusiasts with a safe and scenic riding experience,” said Shelly Loberg, director of Explore Edina.


Connecting Hopkins and the Minnesota River Bluffs LRT Regional Trail with the cities of Edina, Minnetonka, and Richfield, Nine Mile has over 15 miles of trails for you explore by bike or on foot. You’ll also find multiple public parking lots, giving you easy access from wherever you are, including The Promenade at Centennial Lakes Park.


On your journey through this winding series of 10-foot wide wooden boardwalks and paved pathways, you’ll find marshlands and forests, a bridge over the namesake Nine Mile Creek and plenty of spectacular nature views. You might even catch a glimpse of the local wildlife! Alternatively, you can stick to the cityscape portions that offer plenty of pit stops for dining and shopping.


Book your stay at one of these great properties!

westinThe Residence Inn by Marriott Minneapolis Edina features separate living room areas and windows that open, along with free Internet service and a free, hot breakfast. A free shuttle, to and from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is available. Westin Edina Galleria offers a sophisticated feel and lots of shopping just around the corner. Rooms include ultra-comfortable beds and cozy robes, with separate oversized soaking tubs and showers. Homewood Suites Edina Minneapolis has modern suites with separate sleeping and living areas, including fully equipped kitchens and dining area. It’s also pet-friendly, features an outdoor fire pit and offers complimentary breakfast. Check out these packages for special rates and offers.


Whichever direction you choose, the memories you’ll create in Edina will last a lifetime.