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Let’s face it. We all cherish summer as the fleeting, “enjoy-it-while-it-lasts” season it is here in Minnesota. So when the weather’s nice and those vacation days beckon, it’s good to have a gameplan for making the most of summer.

We’re here to help.

This page is filled with our sponsors’ great ideas for summer — trips, activities, products — all kinds of fun to make 2015 your “Best. Summer. Ever.”



AirMaxx Trampoline Park

AirMaxx Trampoline Park is fun to the maxx. Specializing in fun for all ages, guests can jump on our trampolines in one of three courts or enjoy a jump into our awesome foam pit. You can also enjoy some games in our lobby while you cool off from all the great exercise.


We host the best birthday party in St. Cloud and have great specials to take advantage of week in and week out. Corporate dodge ball packages are also available during the week that will make last year’s outing pale in comparison. Visit us online.


A maze’n Farmyard

Good old-fashioned family fun is what we’re all about. Your kids will love our interactive barn, featuring a variety of farm animals they can pet and feed. Be challenged by our 20,000 square foot maze. We’ve also got a 150-foot giant slide, pony and wagon rides, mini golf, a bounce barn with five inflatable bouncers, snack and gift shop and more. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our clean playground and shelter area. Ideal for group parties.  Located just 3-½ miles west of Eden Valley.  Call 320.453.6901 or visit us online at Open daily through Labor Day, then open weekends in September and October.


Apostle Island Cruises

Boat cruises are a great way to tour the Apostle Islands. Want to go beyond simply sightseeing and learn about the culture, history and highlights of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands? Then climb aboard one of several Apostle Islands boat cruises.


Located right in the downtown harbor of Bayfield, Wisconsin, Apostle Islands Cruises offers a variety of guided tour cruises that combine spectacular views with interesting insights. One of the most popular island cruises features a tour of the Raspberry Island Lighthouse, which re-opened in 2007 after extensive renovations. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit this stunning, historically furnished lighthouse and learn about the lives of the lighthouse keepers who lived there from a Park Ranger who will serve as your guide.


Arrowwood Resort & Conference Center

Travel to a resort focused on Minnesota’s natural splendor for your family reunion. A beautiful lakeside location with lots of space for activities and events, the many dining and catering options, and the friendly and courteous service provided by all of our staff will make your family smile.


Whether your reunion is for 20 or 200, Arrowwood Resort can accommodate. Gathering spaces, meals and snacks, comfortable accommodations are all included. We work with you to incorporate your ideas and plans into the family reunion of a lifetime.


We’re right near local hotspots such as Carlos Creek Winery and the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum. You’ll also find the Big Splash Waterpark and Atikwa Golf Course on our resort property. Arrowwood Resort in the perfect getaway.


Eddy’s Resort

On the western shores of Lake Mille Lacs, a classic vacation spot just got a makeover! Fun for any season, Eddy’s Resort is a great spot for a family getaway, ladies weekend, or just grabbing a drink and a bite to eat. Explore winding ATV and bike trails or head onto the lake for a leisurely cruise or fishing excursion. And Grand Casino Mille Lacs is only four miles away! Enjoy the view from The Launch Bar & Grill, featuring delicious food with craft beer and cocktails.

Eddy’s Resort is now accepting reservations: call 800-468-3517 or visit


Hemker Park and Zoo

Before the summer ends make sure to experience the Hemker Park and Zoo. We’re located just off Interstate 94 near Freeport. But you’d think you were worlds away when you see the many species of exotic animals we have for you to enjoy…including their brand new giraffe! We’re a family-run business that gets you closer to the animals. We also feature mobile programs where we can bring animals to your school, business, church or municipal event. Check our website for upcoming special events, our summer zoo camps and discounted admission offers!


Red Door Resort

Enjoy our family-owned resort nestled along the north shore of Lake Mille Lacs. With 10 motel rooms, 11 cabins, seasonal RV park, Fish-house park, boat harbor and restaurant, choose us for your family summer getaway that will be remembered for years to come. Bonfires and s’mores at night and enjoy our swimming area, water trampoline, kids play area, basketball court, shuffleboard and horseshoe pit by day. Looking to enjoy the lake? Bring your boat or rent one of ours. We are located minutes from area golf, casinos and more. Call today for best availability at the Red Door Resort.


River’s Edge

Tubing, waterslides, camping and more — waterfun for everyone is waiting for you at River’s Edge. They offer a great, nearly 3-hour, tubing ride down the Apple River with a complimentary shuttle at the end of the trip. And have a blast with all the other fun things you can do at River’s Edge like mini golf, the outdoor heated pool, Saturday night karaoke and DJ, volleyball, horseshoes, arcade, outdoor movie theater, and more.


Check out the great packages they have available on their website and on the Value Connection. Located at the top of the Apple River just outside of Somerset, Wisconsin. Call 888-247-3305 or get details on their website.


St. Cloud Skatin’ Place

When cousin Rick comes over this summer and you’re bored stiff, lace up your skates and join the fun at St. Cloud Skatin’ Place. With great music, an awesome laser tag course, fabulous skating and the best birthday parties around, time will fly at the Skatin’ Place.


NEW this summer — purchase a summer pass for only $30 and get into ANY of our open skate times for FREE. Get out of the sun and enjoy the rink at St. Cloud Skatin’ Place.


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