Hinckley: Top Sensations & Celebrations
Without a doubt, the number one question potential visitors ask is: what are the “can’t miss” things to do in Hinckley? (And, since you’re asking) Below you will find some of the most fun-filled and popular activities that our guests enjoy. It is by no means complete, but it is an excellent place to start. We invite and encourage you to create your own Hinckley can’t miss list, and look forward to your suggestions and additions to ours. Let us know!
Foodie alert! Everybody loves a good meal, and there are definitely some must-eat destinations in Hinckley:
Every visit should include a world-famous caramel roll from Tobies. They are so huge and deliciously decadent that you’ll need a fork and knife to tackle one. Daggett’s Fresh Foods and Chris’ Food Center also offer delicious, fresh bakery goods daily.
If you like pizza, then get yourself downtown, to the Farmer’s Cafe & Pizza. Topped any way you want it, their pizzas rival some of the best pizza parlors anywhere. If a burger is more to your liking, Bear Creek Tavern and The Final Score both have a great selection to choose from.
When dinner time comes around, everyone should enjoy at least one meal at The Winds Steakhouse. If you like steak, this is your place. Prefer fresh fish or seafood? Those palate pleasing options are on the menu also. Aside from the Winds Steakhouse, check out the Grille House and Rival House at the Grand Casino for your favorite dishes like crispy chicken wings, bacon cheeseburger, deep-fried shrimp, signature Prime Rib and some smokehouse items like pork pastrami, great big beef ribs, tender brisket, and super-sized pork chops.For a relaxing, family-style meal, The Whistle Stop Café, and Tobies offers a wide variety of superb menu choices, guaranteed to please even the most discriminating palate.
Game On! Lady Luck smiles a lot in Hinckley. With more than 2500 slot machines, pull tabs, blackjack and poker, Grand Casino Hinckley is the quintessential destination for gaming aficionados. Come on in to Silver Sevens, a place that offers a bar and bar-top video machines. Right in the middle of all the gaming action, you can kick back and savor a beer, your favorite drink, or one of their specialty cocktails!
Listen To The Music! Grand Casino Hinckley plays host to world-class musicians and entertainment acts throughout the year at its convention center and outdoor amphitheater, and live entertainment acts also appear weekly at the Rival House. Hinckley and Pine City both offer free summer concerts in the park, showcasing popular local and regional acts. If you’re feeling a little soulful, First Presbyterian and St. Paul Lutheran Church both offer Gospel Music concerts throughout the summer.
Five Fantastic Fairways: Looking for a quick 9 holes to get your golf fix in? No problem. Grab your clubs and head out to the Moose Lake, Pokegama or Pine City courses, If you’re up for a real challenge, take on all 18 holes at Grand National Golf Course, one of the region’s only PGA certified courses.
The Call of The Wild! Nature enthusiasts are sure to find something for every outdoor interest. The 72 mile long Willard Munger Trail is perfect for a leisurely bike ride or relaxing walk. St. Croix and Banning State Parks offer a multitude of camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking opportunities on the Kettle and St. Croix Rivers.
Festival Fun. New for 2019, Pyro Borealis Street Dance & Fireworks Celebration offers a full day of live music, food, fun and refreshments. Enter your name for a chance to win a FREE ATV and bring along the kids for a jumptastic good time in the bounce house. A breathtaking fireworks display caps off the day’s events, on June 29. The Grand Celebration Powwow, also in June, provides a spectacle of color and heritage, expressed through native dance, that is a truly memorable experience and a must see. Hinckley hosts its annual Corn and Clover Carnival on July 12th and 13th and Rib Fest on September 7. Sandstone’s Quarry Days and Moose Lake Agate Days are also very popular summer celebrations for residents and visitors alike.
Lights Out! At the end of your fun-filled day of adventures in Hinckley, nothing is more relaxing than a massage at the Grand Harmony spa, followed by a long soak in a hot tub, while enjoying the luxurious amenities of a suite at America’s Best Value Inn, Days Inn, The Grand Casino Hotel, Grand Hinckley Inn or Grand Northern Inn. You will feel right at home (except you don’t have to make the bed) at any of these properties, while experiencing the very best in modern accommodations, amenities, cleanliness and service.
If a home away from home or driving your home away from home is more your style, be sure to book a stay at the Grand RV Park. There are plenty of rental spaces available and the chalets provide all the comforts of home, without having to mow the lawn! There’s even a pool and onsite store to ensure your stay is more fun and convenient.
Whatever your interest, Hinckley has summer fun and excitement for everyone. With so many places to go, sights to see and doings to do, you may have to visit more than once to truly discover the experience that makes this “Distinctly Hinckley!”