Local attractions inspire ideas for fun things to do in Hinckley MN all year round. There’s everything for everyone.
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Grand Casino Hinckley Hotel
The Grand Casino complex just off Interstate 35 boasts live entertainment, fine dining and the area’s best games; including state of the art slots, blackjack and poker. The Casino hosts top entertainers year round in the Events & Convention Center as well as a Summer Concert Series in the 5,000 seat outdoor amphitheater.
Kick your heels up every night at the Rival House with a mix of thrilling entertainment, from LIVE bands to DJs to karaoke. Located on the southwest corner of the Grand Casino Hinckley property, Rival House features your favorite cocktails, beer, and beverages along with a great pub menu fit for all ages. In there you can also bowl like you’ve never experienced before! The four lanes at Rival House feature the first system of its kind in the state with HyperBowling. Or bring the entire family along for a variety of fun arcade and classic games at the Grand Arcade. Roll a Skee-Ball, drive your fantasy car, or get your hands on one of your favorite games you and your kids can play at a variety of arcade machines to choose from.
The Kids’ Cove is another ingenious addition to the Casino’s amenities. While you’re having fun at Grand Casino Hinckley, your kids will be having their own great time, fully supervised by the best in child care professionals. They can climb, crawl, bounce, or slide – you name it! Every hour on the hour, your kids can take part in structured activities that include storytime, arts and crafts, games, and more! If you don’t want to leave your four-legged friends behind, bring ‘em along to Grand Casino’s Pet Kennel. All Guests can take advantage of this free service, a service that offers quality boarding for your pets, so you can kick back and enjoy your casino adventure.
Hinckley Fire Museum
The Hinckley Fire Museum interprets the story of the Great Fire of 1894 in the restored depot that was originally built in 1894, just after the fire. The museum, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, includes the original waiting rooms for men and women, the Beanery and the Freight Room, where once every hour a 20 minute documentary video about the fire is played. Life in the 1890’s is on exhibit. Open May to mid- October. Fri-Sun in May, 10am-4:15pm; Tues-Sun in June, Sept. and Oct.; Open 7 days a week in July and Aug.;Tours available by appointment on weekdays in May.
Willard Munger State Trail
The Willard Munger State Trail is a collection of multiple use trails between Hinckley and Duluth, and is the 5th longest continuously paved trail in the nation at 70 miles. It consists of interconnecting trails offering hiking, bicycling, in-line skating and snowmobiling. It highlights the picturesque scenery and rich history of East Central Minnesota. The trail follows the route of the railroad that saved many lives in the historic Hinckley and Cloquet fires in the nineteenth century.Trailhead is just off Old Hwy 61 on Hwy 18 (just past the RR tracks on the north side).Be sure to check trail closings before planning your trip: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/willard_munger/index.html
Grand National Golf Club
Enjoy the ultimate challenge at Grand National Golf Course. No matter what your skill level, Grand National is home to some of the best golf in Minnesota. Enjoy gently rolling hills, ponds, marshes and creeks, hardwood native trees, and wide Bentgrass fairways.
Grand National Golf Club provides golfing enthusiasts one of the most beautiful and challenging 18-hole courses in the state. Rolling hills and deep valleys create a unique setting for even the most experienced golfers. Grand National Golf Club is an 18-hole championship golf course consistently ranked among the best courses in Minnesota by local and national publications.
Tobies Restaurant & Bakery
Minnesota’s famous half-way stop. Legendary cinnamon & caramel rolls. Offers full dining menu, homemade pizza (eat-in or take out), specialty drinks; amenities include ice cream shop, bakery and gift shop. Has a Tavern too which offers tap and bottled brews from microbreweries all over Minnesota.
Stadium seating/high back rocker seating, 3D movies; Open at noon daily throughout the summer. Free refills on large pop and popcorn; discounts available for groups. Order handcrafted artisan pizza for dine-in at the lobby or while watching a movie, or order online at https://www.grandcinemaonline.com/grand-cinema-pizza
St. Croix State Park
Plan an extended visit to St. Croix. With over 34,000 acres and two great rivers—the Saint Croix River, which is a National Scenic Riverway, and the Kettle River, a State Wild and Scenic River—there’s so much to do. The park has miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, biking, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Campers can reserve drive-in, walk-in, backpack, and horseback campsites. Large groups can reserve the modern group centers or the primitive group camps. You can also go canoeing or fishing, or swim at Lake Clayton while exploring St. Croix State Park.
Osprey Wilds Environmental Learning Center (Sandstone)
Year-round nature programs; Wildlife.
Green conference & retreat center rentals
School field trips and nature immersion learning experiences
Field trips and customized retreats for groups of any age and size
Antiques America Mall
Antiques America Mall in Hinckley has over 50 dealers and 10,000 square feet, showcasing a unique ever changing selection. The mall is a spacious 2 level multi-room building for an easy, comfortable non-traditional antique shopping experience. For over 13 years they have offered customers antiques, mantiques, classic vintage items and collectibles.