Until 1893, Hopkins was part of Minneapolis. That year, residents of Hopkins sent the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners a petition signed by 41 residents, asking that a separate village be formed. Following an election, the community was then incorporated as the village of West Minneapolis. In 1928 the village name was changed to Hopkins, and in 1948 Hopkins officially became a city.
Hopkins is a dynamic community of over 17,000 residents located just 13 minutes west of Minneapolis. Founded rich in tradition and growth, Hopkins offers the advantages and conveniences of a large City but yet the security of a small town.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is only fifteen miles from Hopkins.
Highway 7 runs east-west through Hopkins and connects the city to Interstate 494 and Highway 100. Highway 7 also continues east into Minneapolis. Highway 169 runs north-south connecting the city to Interstate 694 and Interstate 394.
Most people travel by car in Hopkins. Metro Transit serves the Hopkins area with bus service and the schedule can be found on the Metro Transit website . Taxi service is also available by request, although it would be rather hard to hail a cab down from the street.
Shady Oak Beach, 5200 Shady Oak Rd, ☎ +1 952 908-7083, . 76 feet of sandy beach shoreline, 2 sand play areas, water play area, sand volleyball court, concession stand, restroom/changing areas, canoe rental and fishing. $5.
The Depot Coffee House, 9451 Excelsior Blvd, ☎ +1 952 938-2204, . The Depot is a renovated train depot that now serves as a coffee house, youth community project, and trailhead for area bike trails.
In the Twin Cities metro
Mall of America in nearby Bloomington. Minnesota has no sales tax on clothing.
Valleyfair is an amusement park that's within an hour's drive in nearby Shakopee.