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.
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. edit
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. edit
Hopkins Center for the Arts, 1111 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 979-1100, . The Center is a focal point for arts, culture and entertainment. It is located in downtown Hopkins, within walking distance of several restaurants, antique and other shops and a movie theater complex. Parking is free.edit
Hopkins has the unique distinction of being the trailhead for the Southwest Regional LRT Trail and the North Trail Corridor. It also contains 18 parks and recreational areas, a large percentage of its 4 square miles.
Meadowbrook Golf Course, 201 Meadowbrook Rd, ☎ +1 612 929-2077, . This is a very demanding course. It was built on gently rolling hills, and features tree-lined fairways and large greens. The course overlooks the scenic Minnehaha Creek. Water hazards come into play on five holes.edit
Oak Ridge Country Club, 700 Oak Ridge Rd, ☎ +1 612 935-7721, . This course was built on hilly terrain, so you can expect many changes in elevation and uneven lies.$75. edit
Bud's Music Center, 820 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 938-6341. Music instruction and education, instrument rental and purchase, local CDs.edit
Cosecha Designs, 1002 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 401-8169, . “The Bead Store,” is an exotic, exquisite and eclectic beads, jewelry, rare gifts and objects of art store. Meet Cosecha Designs award-winning artists and friendly staff.edit
Sea Level, 8590 Excelsior Blvd, ☎ +1 952 933-2244, . Tropical fish, aquariums, and supplies. Specialize in salt water fish and coral, koi and pond fish, exotice fresh water fish.edit
Hopkins has a good selection of unique restaurants, especially along Mainstreet. For travelers on a budget Hopkins is home to quiet a few different fast food restaurants.
Big 10 Restaurant & Bar, 1106 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 930-0369, . A collegiate sports cafe serving award-winning food including hot subs, fresh hand-pattied hamburgers, malts and shakes, wraps and chicken wings.edit
Hoagies Restaurant, 824 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 935-2865. Full breakfast menu with homemade cinnamon and sticky rolls. Lunch includes a daily special along with homemade soups.edit
Jasmine Garden Chinese Cuisine, 1601 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 931-0403, . Dine-in, carry-out and catering available.edit
Mainstreet Bar & Grill, 814 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 938-2400, . Great food with fun atmosphere, everything from bingo to live music. Homemade soup and daily specials.edit
Pizza Luce, 210 Blake Rd N, ☎ +1 952 767-0854, . Since 1993, Pizza Luce has been a Twin Cities favorite. Innovative specialty pizzas, regionally brewed craft beer, vegan and gluten-free options.edit
Samba: Taste of Brazil, 922 Mainstreet, ☎ +1 952 935-2708, . Authentic Brazilian cuisine and grocery. Live music on Thursday nights.edit
There are not many places to stay inside the Hopkins city limits, however, there are plenty of places to stay in the bordering cities.
Travelodge Hopkins, 1501 Highway 7, ☎ +1 952 935-7711. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Provides rooms with extra services like free weekday newspaper, free fresh-brewed coffee in your room, free incoming fax service, no long distance access charges, and free cable.edit
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