Southwest Suburbs
Posted on Jan 20, 2016

The Southwest suburbs of the Twin Cities include Bloomington, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Chanhassen, Hopkins, St. Louis Park, Chaska, Victoria and the Lake Minnetonka region.

Boaters, anglers and recreationists are drawn to Lake Minnetonka, which is Minnesota’s ninth largest lake. Robust neighborhoods and hundreds of miles of multi-use trails have helped lure scores of active adults and families. As enticing are the eclectic yet charming downtown areas in communities like Victoria, Wayzata and Hopkins.

Named No. 1 “Best Place to Live” in America by Money Magazine, Eden Prairie offers countless activities from all things Vikings at Winter Park to endless shopping at Eden Prairie Center. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the 125 miles of bike paths and walking trails throughout the city including the Luce Line Regional Trail. The route is popular with bikers, joggers, dog walkers and even snowmobilers and stretches 63 miles from the western metro suburb of Plymouth to the small town of Cosmos in west-central Minnesota.

The Southwest metro is home to hundreds of restaurant options from American classic sports bars to fine dining. Entertainment includes Canterbury Park Racetrack in Shakopee, Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, Al & Alma’s Charter Cruises, ValleyFair Amusement Park and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska to name a few. For shoppers, Bloomington is the proverbial Holy Grail offering Mall of America, the largest shopping center in the country with more than 400 stores that draw 40 million visits a year.

Minnetonka high schools were ranked in the top 10 by U.S. News and World Report, while Eden Prairie is consistently known for its competitive sports team. The Southwest region also home to successful and well-known businesses like Cargill, Super Valu, Nordic Ware and Health Partners.