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'''Apple Valley''' is a city in [[Minnesota]].  It is located in northwest Dakota County and is a suburb of the [[Twin Cities]] of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The city has a rich scholastic athletic history.  Apple Valley is nationally known for its beautiful groves of apple trees.  Upon its founding, the township planted a tree in every yard.  Ironically, it is the lemon that has garnered much of the attention.  Local support for lemonade stands remains strong after the Suzie Williams Incident of 1982, when a foreign businessman attempted to buy out the entire stock of lemonade in the city, robbing hundreds of ten year olds of low paying jobs.  In response, the city passed a referendum to ban all foreign investment into local produce ventures.  Michael Hoch, the German entrepreneur who attempted the buyout of Suzie's Lemon Stand, moved to Seattle and went on to start his own company, Mike's Hard Lemonade.  Today, the city still holds a grudge and refuses to sell Mike's in any of its liquor stores.   
'''Apple Valley''' is a city in [[Minnesota]].  It is located in northwest Dakota County and is a suburb of the [[Twin Cities]] of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The city has a rich scholastic athletic history.   
==Get in==
==Get in==
Apple Valley is located just minutes south of the [[Minneapolis]]-[[Saint Paul]] International Airport (MSP).  See [[Minneapolis]] for more flight details.
Apple Valley is located just minutes south of the [[Minneapolis]]-[[Saint Paul]] International Airport (MSP).  See [[Minneapolis]] for more flight details.

Revision as of 00:26, 22 July 2010

Apple Valley is a city in Minnesota. It is located in northwest Dakota County and is a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The city has a rich scholastic athletic history.

Get in

Apple Valley is located just minutes south of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP). See Minneapolis for more flight details.

Get around

Getting around in Apple Valley is very easy and affordable. Local taxis are frequent and public buses are available. The most popular mode of transit is automobile. Walking and biking are also popular. The city is home to many trails and public parks.



  • Minnesota Zoo, 13000 Zoo Boulevard Apple Valley, +1 952 432-9000, [1]. Although the face of Apple Valley, its zoo and its police department is the amur tiger, this is the home of the infamous komodo dragon. Although the dragons have been known to be a danger to humans because of their deceiving speed (up to 13 mph), these docile creatures have grown slightly overweight while in captivity and do not pose a threat to lost children. The mini-donuts outside the Northern Trail are a must.
  • Bogart's and Apple Place Bowl, 14917 Garret Ave S, 952-432-1515, [2]. Live music, bowling, drinks...what more could you ask for? Located behind the library in a vivid and exciting part of the city, Bogart's is great for catching local bands, singing a little karaoke or trying your luck at the Love Tester outside the bathroom. Free drinks 8:00 - 10:00 PM on Wednesdays for the ever so popular Guys Night Out - remember bring your guy friends!
  • Apple Valley Community Center, 14603 Hayes Road (north of Cty Rd 42), 952) 953-2300, [3]. open until 10:00 PM, 7:30 PM on weekends. The Community Center, or AVCC, is home to many adult and youth recreational athletic leagues. A great location for your next basketball or volleyball tournament, organization meeting, gang fight, or family banquet. There are four full size basketball courts, though they are dangerously slippery, so remember to bring an ice pack and crutches.
  • Valleywood Municipal Golf Course, 4851 - 125th Street West, (952) 953-2323, [4]. Widely recognized as one of the premier public golf courses in the Twin Cities area. 18 hole, par 71, driving Range, practice green, quality pro shop, bar and grill (food & beverage cart) and club rental.
  • Lebanon Hills Regional Park, 651-437-3191, [5]. Campgrounds, white sand beaches, hiking and biking trails, fishing docks, canoe rental, picnic shelters, visitor's and learning center.
  • Alimagnet Lake and Park. Great for frisbee golf.
  • Lac Lavon Park, (southwest), [6]. Lac Lavon was discovered in 1806 by the American expedition of Lewis and Clark. It was here that Sacajawea met her future husband, explorer Toussaint Charbonneau while he was trying to unhook a pesky bullhead from his fishing line. The reception was held on the grounds of nearby Southview Elementary.
  • Johnny Cake Park and Aquatic Center. Johnny Cake is one of the state's premier softball and soccer complexes. Across the street the aquatic center provides hours of relief from the humid summer weather.
  • Redwood Park and Pool, 311 County Road 42, [7]. Open June 12- August 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Galaxie Library - Dakota County, 14955 Galaxie Av. (located in the Dakota County Western Services Center.), 651-437-3191, [8]. M-Th: 10:00 AM - 8:30 PM, F-Sat: 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Sun: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM.


  • Half Price Books, 7600 W. 150th St., +1 952 431-0749, [9]. Independent used bookstore. Great selection and unbeatable prices.


  • enjoy!, 15435 Founders Lane (Galaxie Commons), 952-891-6569, [10]. An elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. A stylish, metropolitan bar designed to make happy hours even more so. Steaks, pasta and seafood dishes. A delicious ambience - whether you dine indoors or outside on the patio, enjoying the beautiful vistas of the neighboring man-made lake. $15 - $30.
  • World Buffet, 15050 Cedar Ave (SE corner of Cedar and Galaxie), 952-997-9888. Lunch and dinner. Despite its name, World Buffet offers only Chinese cuisine and chicken wing. $5 - $10.
  • Song Long, 14871 Granada Drive (in the Times Square shopping mall), 952-891-2668, [11]. Lunch and dinner. Vietnamese. So good, your meal will be Sai-gone in seconds. Take out available. Lunch specials $5.99, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Mon - Fri. $5 - $15.
  • Von Hanson's, 7533 148th Street (Co. Rd 42 and Cedar Ave), (952) 431-3330, [12]. The flagship store. Von Hanson's is the staple neighborhood meat market. Things are done the old fashioned way here - no pre-packaging - just great service. Grab some fresh baked buns and beer brats and enjoy.
  • Egg Roll King, 15100 Cedar Ave. South, (952) 431-2233, [13]. Reasonable prices, great tasting fare, and out-of-this-world service: you can expect all three from this local mainstay. Step back in time to the Ming Dynasty and enjoy authentic far eastern cuisine. Try the house General Tso's or lo mein noodles. Drinks extra. $5 - $10.


  • Panino Bros., 7083 153rd Street West (corner of 153rd and Galaxie, near a useless roundabout), 952-236-9292, [14]. 11:00 AM - 2:00 AM, 7 days a week. Happy hour is from 2:00-6:00pm and 10:00pm-1:00am every day, $2 taps. If you are a strict Atkins dieter, avoid the breadsticks. Great locale for Vikings games and Buck Hunter tournaments. Come on over after you're done shopping at Wal-Mart. $5 - $10.
  • Wild Bill's Cowboy Sports Saloon, 15020 Glazier Ave (NW corner of Cedar and 150th), [15]. Monday-Friday 3 - 6:30pm. Get a taste of the ol' Wild West with 21st century sports entertainment and countless flat screen, hi-def TVs, Stop in for lunch and get a $5 burger Monday - Friday. Yee-haw! $5 - $15.
  • Major's Sports Cafe, 14889 Florence Trail (corner of Cedar and Galaxie, across from the county library and next to Barnes and Noble), (952)432-4787, [16]. Although known for its exotic assortment of appetizers, such as nacho chips and cheese sticks, Major's is a growing nightlife establishment. The sprawling dancefloor features local DJs and popular music. Cover charge: your dignity. $10 - $20.


  • Grandstay Residential Suites, 83 153rd Street West (153rd and Galaxie), 952-953-6111, [17]. Feel at home in our one of our hotel suites offering pool and hot tub access, complimentary breakfast, free high speed internet and a fully equipped kitchen in every suite. Nightly, weekly and monthly extended stay rates available. Panino's is located on the ground floor. $100.00 - $150.00.
  • AmericInn Hotel and Suites, 15000 Glazier Avenue South (corner of Cedar and Cty Rd 42), 952-431-3800, [18]. Complimentary shuttle service to the Mall of America, MN Zoo, and the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport. Families like our Two-Room Suites, but we also feature Jacuzzi Suites, and a Grand Master Suite which has a jacuzzi and fireplace. $100.00 - $150.00.


Apple Valley Visitor Information,

Get out

The Mall of America is ten minutes north on Cedar Avenue. From there the light rail can bring you to the airport and downtown Minneapolis.

Routes through Apple Valley
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