Hinckley: Top Summer 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. Cassidy’s Restaurant, 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 Firestorm Café. 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. For a relaxing, family-style meal, The Whistle Stop Café, Tobies and Cassidy’s offer 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 2000 slot machines, pull tabs, blackjack and poker, Grand Casino Hinckley is the quintessential destination for gaming aficionados.
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 appear weekly at the Silver Sevens Lounge. 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 Sandstone, 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.
History Awaits You. Revisit our area’s rich and colorful heritage at The Hinckley Fire Museum, North West Company Fur Post and Pine County Historical Museum. Bring the entire family and get your learn on.
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. The Grand Celebration Powwow 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 (featuring the Pyro Borealis Fireworks Finale) and Rib Fest, 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 conveniences of home, away from home. 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!”