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Things to do in Anoka County

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Park
“Next to the ocean with a spectacular view of the North shore mountains Clean outdoor swimming pool”
  • 30 locals recommend
Indie Cinema
“The Heights Theater is a historic theater in Columbia Heights. Established in 1926, the ambiance is nostalgic and reminiscent! Beautiful décor, real butter popcorn, clean comfy seats but most importantly-you can bring in Dairy Queen treats from next door as the theatre owners also own the DQ. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Park
“4,900 acres with nature center, camping cabins & activities including hiking, swimming, skiing, snow tubing & disc golf.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Amusement Park
“It has camping grounds, horse rides, water park and hiking trails or biking trails. Such a peaceful environment for you relaxation and sanity.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of trails. Great place for a run or to walk. Great views of the Minneapolis skyline.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Entertainment
“World's Largest Armature sports facility!! This is were they have the junior soccer world cup events and more, known world wide.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Casino
“Running Aces Casino and Racetrack is a 5/8 mile harness horse racing track that is located in Columbus, Minnesota. The Facility also has a Casino with Poker, Blackjack, Pai Gow, and other card games. The Facility features Simulcast Racing Year-Round in the RaceBook, and offers full service dining Year Round in the Famous " Trout Air Tavern ". The Live Racing season typically runs from June through September. There are approximately 53 live race days, with Live Racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
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“Providing only the finest made from scratch foods mixed with a cozy environment and down to earth staff.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“Open-air shopping complex offering well-known chain retailers, food markets & restaurants. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Scandinavian Restaurant
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“Fresh pastries and coffee drinks! Donuts, cookies, incredible cakes... also available is a large menu of non-breakfast goodies, sometimes you crave Swedish Meatballs with Lingonberries! This spot is right up the road (walk, bike, drive) + one of our favorites to grab some morning items and take them on the paddleboat. Or enjoy a lazy morning with delicious goods and enjoy the slow pace of life by the lake.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Winery
“Willow Tree Winery is a new vineyard and tasting room in Ham Lake, producing several varietals and seasonal wines. Willow Tree’s latest wines have just been released. The tasting room is open 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., or by appointment. Groups and group tours welcome.”
  • 1 local recommends
Bar
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“Variety of food choices; great drinks. Sunday brunch buffet is one of our favorites. Nice patio seating.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Tria is known for its romantic setting, outdoor patio dining, wood burning fireplace , and extensive wine bar. It's right up the road from us and guaranteed a delicious meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Local Mexican chain serving a menu of classic dishes & margaritas in a festive setting.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Playground
“This 90 acre park is located on the banks of Ham Lake. It includes a unique 18-hole disc golf course, fishing pier, boat launch, softball and baseball fields, walking trails, playground equipment, and pavillions.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Golf Course
“Majestic Oaks Golf Club is the Twin Cities premiere golf club and special events facility. With two championship 18-hole golf courses and an Executive Nine, Majestic Oaks ranks as one of the largest golf and banquet facilities in Minnesota. Their expansive clubhouse features a full service bar/restaurant and three large private banquet rooms. The club is known for its spectacular cuisine, affordable prices and welcoming atmosphere. The course is also open year round with a 9-hole Snow Golf Course and other winter activities taking place in the winter. ”
  • 2 locals recommend

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Casino
“Running Aces Casino and Racetrack is a 5/8 mile harness horse racing track that is located in Columbus, Minnesota. The Facility also has a Casino with Poker, Blackjack, Pai Gow, and other card games. The Facility features Simulcast Racing Year-Round in the RaceBook, and offers full service dining Year Round in the Famous " Trout Air Tavern ". The Live Racing season typically runs from June through September. There are approximately 53 live race days, with Live Racing on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Providing only the finest made from scratch foods mixed with a cozy environment and down to earth staff.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bar
“Variety of food choices; great drinks. Sunday brunch buffet is one of our favorites. Nice patio seating.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Tria is known for its romantic setting, outdoor patio dining, wood burning fireplace , and extensive wine bar. It's right up the road from us and guaranteed a delicious meal.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Est. in 2012, Smokey's has a truly unique approach to craft smokehouse foods and classic American dishes. You're sure to find our innovative menu to your liking. With over 100 craft beers including 25 tap lines, and many local flavors to choose from you'll find the perfect pairing to our award-winning menu. Smokey's also offers a full menu of signature cocktails, premium spirits, and wine to satisfy your thirst. Our Owners (Chris, Jt, Jeremy) and our amazing staff strive to give our customers an excellent experience with each visit to Smokey's. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Local Mexican chain serving a menu of classic dishes & margaritas in a festive setting.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Hungover? Head to Nat's. It's one of everyone's favorite breakfast around here!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
“Great burgers! Great breakfast! Live music, bingo, Texas Hold 'Em, meat raffles.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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