Forest Lake Offers Natural Beauty near the Twin Cities
Breathe deeply and experience a rush of natural beauty during your stay at the Country Inn & Suites, Forest Lake, located just an hour from the bustle of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Golfers can test their mettle at Castlewood and Forest Hills, and snow sports aficionados shouldn't miss a snow tubing slide at Eko Backen. Fish at one of Minnesota's famous 10,000 lakes, find out more about rescue operations for wolves, cougars and other Minnesota animals at the Wildlife Science Center, or shop for an undiscovered treasure at Lindstrom Antique Mall. If you are a history buff or have Swedish heritage, don't miss the fascinating historic buildings of the Gammelgården Museum. Traveling with kids? Be sure to call for a close-up tour of aviation's golden age at Golden Wings Flying Museum.Set aside time to enjoy these local attractions:
- Lake 5 Theatre (2 miles)
Locally owned, this movie theater hosts the latest blockbusters at affordable rates. Thursday night specials occasionally include free admission to classic movies.
Phone: +1 (651) 464-4222
- Castlewood Golf (4 miles)
More than 85 years old, this public golf course offers a relaxing afternoon on the links. Challenge yourself on nine well-crafted holes that measure 3,043 yards from the white tees.
Phone: +1 (651) 464-6233
- Forest Hills Golf Club (4.5 miles)
This scenic, private golf course offers 18 holes plus several leagues and special golfing events for members.
Phone: +1 (651) 464-3097
- Masquers Theatre Company (5.7 miles)
For date nights and family entertainment, one of Forest Lake's best options is Masquers community theatre. Check the schedule for high-quality performances of shows like Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Steel Magnolias and Annie Get Your Gun.
Phone: +1 (651) 464-5823
- Wildlife Science Center (6.6 miles)
Founded to protect endangered wolves, the Wildlife Science Center now also offers educational programs for all ages. Tour the property to meet rescued red wolves, cougars, bobcats and more.
Phone: +1 (651) 464-3993
- Eko Backen (9.2 miles)
Especially popular for summer weddings and picnics with a beautiful natural backdrop, Eko Backen also shines in the snowy winter months, when bundled-up snow tubers fly down the slopes.
Phone: +1 (651) 433-2422
- Lindstrom Antique Mall (12.3)
Housed in a building now more than a century old, Lindstrom Antique Mall offers more than 9,000 square feet of serious antique shopping and fascinating historical finds.
Phone: +1 (651) 257-3340
- Gammelgården Museum (13 miles)
Discover what life was like for Swedish immigrants settling in Minnesota during the 1800s. Tour the historic buildings, try your hand at chores around the farm, have a picnic and visit the unique gift shop.
Phone: +1 (651) 433-5053
- Golden Wings Flying Museum (19.6 miles)
Call ahead to schedule a tour of this inspiring museum filled with biplanes from the golden era of flight. You can get close to most of the planes, which hail from the 1920s and 1930s and have been restored to flying condition.
Phone: +1 (763) 786-5004