The Northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities include the communities of Maple Grove, Plymouth, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Coon Rapids, New Hope, Rogers and Medina. The area offers a wealth of recreational, residential and employment opportunities within minutes or just a short ride from the cities.
The Northwest prides itself on countless opportunities to connect with nature in the thousands of acres of parks, miles of paved trails and numerous pristine lakes. The Elm Creek Park Reserve is a popular outdoor hotspot located in Maple Grove. It includes 4,900 acres of recreation including skiing, hiking and a man-made swimming pond. The Eastman Nature Center, also part of the Elm Creek Park Reserve, is burrowed in the sugar maple forest of Rush Creek. The recently reconstructed building offers wildlife watching areas and an open air deck.
Art and entertainment are bountiful in the Northwest suburbs. Take in a show at the intimate Plymouth Playhouse or enroll in an art class at the Maple Grove Arts Center. If shopping and dining are more your thing, enjoy a stroll through the many shops, boutiques and restaurants of The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove or along the city’s bustling main street. Osseo’s sweet downtown plays host to the annual Marching Band Festival, a street marching competition between the high school bands. Musicians also play for residents Tuesday evenings during the warmer months in the city’s bandshell.
Equally charming in the Northwest region is Anoka. The river city is known as the “Halloween Capital of the World” for hosting one of the first Halloween parades in 1920. Today residents celebrate Halloween with elaborate costumes and parades throughout the city.