Things To Do In North Branch

Up to 55% Off at Luck Golf Course

Luck

$98 $44

Nestled on the south shore of Big Butternut Lake, 18-hole course charts a path through pine, maple, and oak trees and multiple ponds

Up to 59% Off Paintball for Two or Four at Sunrise Paintball

Grantsburg

$60 $29

Paintball packages include admission and options for rental of markers and goggles

Up to 54% Off Golf and Beer

Rush City

$96 $45

18-hole championship course incorporates Rush Creek and wetlands into 6,929 yard-expanse

50% Off Pontoon Boat Rentals

Multiple Locations

$149 $75

Rent pontoon boats to navigate the waters of six different lakes

Up to 69% Karate Classes for Kids or Adults

Forest Lake

$183 $59

Develop self-confidence, discipline, and physical fitness during martial arts classes for all ages and experience levels

55% Off at Patriot Lanes & Lounge

St. Francis

$64 $29

Parties of up to five enjoy two-hours of bowling and re-fuel between frames with pizza and soda or beer

45% Off Aerobic or Zumba Classes

East Bethel

$120 $66

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Up to 73% Off Fitness Classes at Studio K

Andover

$90 $29

Instructors lead variety of 45-minute classes such as yoga, Zumba, and mat Pilates

Comedy at the Courtyards – Up to 30% Off

Andover

$34.95 $25

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Comics from around the country follow a hearty buffet including brisket, pan-fried walleye, and a nacho bar

81% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Look Good Naked

Multiple Locations

$76 $15

Nutritional guides, online resources, and a weekly newsletter augment one-hour boot-camp classes held multiple times a week

Up to 52% Off The Mud Games Obstacle Run

Blaine

$88 $49

Runner trudge through a muddy 3.1- or 1.5-mile course strewn with known and unknown obstacles; the event benefits charities

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

Half Off Pistol-Range Practice

Blaine

$20 $10

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Guests hone their aim on a 50-foot indoor pistol range with 14 lanes; eye and ear protection provided

Up to 63% Off Taekwondo Classes

Blaine

$119 $49

Students of all ages learn taekwondo techniques while working their bodies and developing values such as discipline and self-confidence

Up to 50% Off Ice Skating or Hockey

Blaine

$7 $3.50

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Open skate or hockey sessions on Olympic- or NHL-sized rinks

Up to 75% Off Self-Defense Classes

Ramsey

$150 $39

Learn MMA, tae kwon do, jujitsu, and more during Survival Fighting 101; women can test their new skills against a mock assailant

74% Off Unlimited Classes at CrossFit Ursa

Ramsey

$150 $39

Functional movements combine with high-intensity workouts in these classes, overseen by a military veteran and fitness guru

70% Off Martial-Arts Classes at USA Karate

Multiple Locations

$49.95 $14.95

Karate classes for adults or juniors teach self-defense techniques that improve agility, coordination, and leadership skills

Up to 60% Off Yoga or Zumba Classes

Blisstopia

$69 $35

Achieve a deeper mind-body connection or tone muscles to energetic, latin-flavored rhythms

Up to 83% Off Martial-Arts Classes at Top Tae Kwon Do Institute

Champlin

$150 $29

Adults and children alike learn self-defense skills, boost their physical-fitness levels, and gain discipline in martial-arts classes

Up to 87% Off Boot Camp Sessions at Fit4Life

Circle Pines

$180 $25

Certified personal trainer coaches clients of all fitness levels through interval training; nutrition program customizes meals and coaching

Half Off at School of Shaolin Kung Fu

Coon Rapids

$50 $25

Black-sash-level instructors train students in traditional kung fu and tai chi styles with a focus on wrestling, sparring, and self-defense

52% Off at Average Joes Archery

Coon Rapids

$33.20 $16

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Archery outing with all equipment, open shooting time to practice skills, and virtual experience to test skills

Up to 74% Off CrossFit Classes

Oak Park Heights

$150 $59

Coaches condition athletes for strength, flexibility, and speed with an ever-rotating array of exercises

Up to 75% Off Segway Rental or Tour

Multiple Locations

$80 $20

On guided tours, Segways travel around Lake McKusick or roll along the St. Croix River before heading into Lakefront Park

Up to 67% Off Tubing and Camping

Somerset

$30 $14

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An idyllic tree-lined shore speeds by tubers enjoying a jaunt down gushing rapids near a campsite with ample room for overnight visitors

Up to 61% Off at High Five Archery

High Five Archery

$50 $25

Father-and-son duo oversee range where archers practice, learn during private lessons, or join in group parties with competitive games

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

45% Off Martial Arts

Stillwater

$98 $54

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Up to 73% Off Yoga Classes at Pure Yoga

Stillwater

$130 $35

Voted Best Yoga Studio; classes build strength and flexibility in spacious studio with natural light and a state-of-the-art sound system

51% Off Horseback-Riding Lessons in Stillwater

Stillwater

$100 $49

Lessons in the styles of hunter, jumper, and dressage include high-energy exercises and theory behind proper technique

Up to 56% Off Surrey Rental

Stillwater

$20 $10

Groups tour Stillwater and along the banks of the St. Croix River in open-air, peddle-powered vehicles

55% Off Martial-Arts Classes

Stillwater

$100 $45

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Up to 65% Off Yoga at Studio One Yoga and Massage

Stillwater

$74 $26

Serene studio setting hosts schedule of mind-body classes taught by experienced instructors, including hot yoga, Vinyasa, and tai chi

Up to 51% Off Introductory Archery Lesson

Rogers

$50 $25

Instructors guide students on the range, where they learn to aim and shoot arrows with confidence

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

Up to 55% Off Ethnic Cooking Classes at Ethnic Foods Co.

Maple Grove

$79 $39

Students learn to re-create tasty and nutritious yet simple international meals in their own homes

Up to 59% Off at Tiny Footprint Coffee

Roastery 7

$40 $20

Guests taste five to six different roasts during roughly hour-long tour of a carbon negative commercial roastery

61% Off Upper St. Croix Wine Trail Limo Tour

Running Aces Harness Park

$179 $69

Limo tour stops for samples at a handful of wineries on the Upper St. Croix Wine Trail; includes goodies such as food and gambling discounts

50% Off Nine-Hole Round of Golf

Roseville

$34 $17

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Approachable nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,373 yards of garden- and tree-lined fairways

44% Off Art Camp

Little Canada

$45 $25

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Up to 69% Off Classes at Shape Me Group Fitness

Roseville

$80 $29

Zumba, tai chi, and Yoga Sculpt classes are led by skilled instructors at this energetic group fitness studio

Jesters Comedy Improv – Half Off Comedy Show

Ol' Mexico Restaurante

$20 $10

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Six veteran improvisers transform audience suggestions into impromptu sketches

68% Off One Month of Unlimited Fitness Classes

Maplewood - Oakdale

$120 $39

Classes include Zumba, plyometrics, core, stretch and balance, hip hop, Insanity, and P90X

Up to 64% Off Spanish Camp at Jardín Mágico

Multiple Locations

$275 $99

Kids are fully immersed in the Spanish language in a family friendly setting that includes enrichment activities and organic meals.

Up to 64% Off at Paint the Town Merlot

Lookout Bar and Grill

$35 $15

Professional artist leads students of all skill levels in creating their own impressionist paintings as they sip on their drink of choice

Up to 52% Off at The Refuge Golf Club in Oak Grove

Oak Grove

$122 $59

350 acres of natural wetlands seamlessly integrate into pond-hindered hole layouts on course with five sets of tee boxes

75% Off Fitness Classes at Kosama

Multiple Locations

$159 $39

Certified instructors lead interval training classes designed to increase stamina, build muscle, and burn calories

45% Off Twelve Skating Treadmill Sessions

Maple Grove

$315 $173

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45% Off Services

Oak Grove

$130 $72

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 73% Off Personal Training

Maple Grove

$204 $69

One-on-one sessions focus on resistance training, cardiovascular endurance, or nutrition counseling

44% Off Sports-Equipment Repair

Hudson

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Half Off Guitar, Bass, or Ukulele Lessons

Plymouth - Golden Valley - St. Louis Park

$50 $24.99

In private sessions custom tailored to student's skills, an accomplished instructor teaches lessons in guitar, ukulele, and bass

Up to 61% Off Butcher-Shop Class in Albertville

Albertville

$175 $85

Local butchers with 25 years of experience impart meat-prep skills to classes of six to 12 students

Up to 59% Off Yoga and Fitness Classes at InFIT

Albertville

$135 $59

With 90 classes offered a week, students work through poses in YogaFlow classes or sweat in spin, boot camp, and kettlebell sessions

51% Off Cycling Event for American Diabetes Association

Minnehaha Falls Park

$35 $17

Cyclists choose their route distance, raise money for ADA, and enjoy a cycling experience with post-ride party and events

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

Hubert's Sports Bar & Grill

$80 $39

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

55% Off Scavenger-Hunt Adventure Race

Republic at Seven Corners

$55 $25

Teams race to solve clues and strategize to win cash prizes and awards during urban race; music and drink specials at post-race party

48% Off Go-Karting and Bumper Boats

Coon Rapids

$25 $13

Go-karters careen around the course; bumper boaters take aim at rivals with mounted squirt guns

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Minneapolis

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

50% Off Private Ballroom Dance Lessons and Membership

Richfield

$110 $55

Master an array of joyful ballroom dances, including Latin and swing, in private and group lessons

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown West

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

Up to 74% Off at Corrective Exercise Specialists LLP

Downtown Minneapolis

$200 $59

Certified trainers lead guests of all abilities in exercises based on functional movements, working to improve strength and mobility

Up to 71% Off Group Fitness Classes

Minneapolis

$60 $19

Participants get fit in welcoming group fitness sessions

Up to 72% Off Fitness Classes at The Firm

Minneapolis

$160 $49

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Award-winning gym hosts more than 100 classes a week, such as spinning, heated yoga & Barre; new facility with free parking & freeway access

Up to 79% Off at Kor-Am Tae Kwon Do School

Northwest Richfield

$116 $29

Students learn the scientific and traditional Korean martial art of tae kwon do, honing both their bodies and spirits

Up to 55% Off Tai Chi Classes at Evergreen Fitness

SW Minneapolis

$100 $50

Practitioners of the Chinese martial art relax and increase focus while burning calories and improving balance, agility, and flexibility

Up to 67% Off Barre Classes at Time Out Pilates & Fitness Studio

Minneapolis

$165 $59

Small, controlled movements target and tone muscles of the thighs, abs, arms, and more; keep bodies of all fitness levels lean & strong

Up to 80% Off One or Two Months of Yoga

Logan Park

$300 $59

Community-centered studio with Zumba classes and variety of yoga styles, including restorative, Vinyasa, and Kundalini

Up to 60% Off Classes at Barre Bliss

Lyn-Lake

$155 $59

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Barre blends elements of ballet and yoga to lengthen and strengthen muscles; other classes add cycling or cardio to the regimen

Up to 56% Off Medieval Combat Fencing Class

Minneapolis

$74 $35

Instructors teach centuries-old Western Martial Arts sword techniques in a unique, 11,000-square foot space that was once a bowling alley

Up to 51% Off Cooking Classes at Local D'Lish

Warehouse District

$80 $39

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Casual cooking classes use instructor demos and student participation to teach the basics of assembling meals from fresh, local ingredients

Up to 55% Off Interactive Summer Cooking Workshop

The North Wind Lofts

$110 $55

Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef teaches participants to hand make fresh mozzarella, grill steak, and whip up a custard dessert

Up to 66% Off Yoga at Jeromeo Body Clinic

North Loop Warehouse District

$130 $49

Yogis in training learn the poses and postures of yoga during classes guided by an expert

Up to 80% Off Personal TRX Training Sessions

Minneapolis

$188 $49

For 45 minutes, clients work one-on-one with trainers and use TRX straps to exercise all the major muscle groups

Up to 70% Off Fitness Classes

Kingfield

$130 $39

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Clients will have access to kettlebell, yoga,and qoya classes; low-impact lifting workout burns fat, sculpts muscles, and builds strength

Up to 56% Off at Power Defense Kickboxing

Downtown

$60 $30

Students learn effective self-defense techniques, such as how to target opponents' pressure points and strike out with knees and elbows

Up to 91% Off Boot Camp and Sports Training

Minneapolis

$320 $29

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Veteran US Air Force and Army Sergeant Peterson and staff couple military-style calisthenics with yoga, speed training and or kickboxing.

Up to 59% Off Private Guitar Lessons

Minneapolis

$80 $39

During 30-minute lessons, instructors introduce students to guitar fundamentals and help them develop more advanced skills

Select Local Merchants

Amid the lake-speckled country of northwestern Wisconsin and draped over the terrain’s volatile elevation changes rest the bentgrass fairways and greens of Siren National Golf Course. Sculpted into the land in 2001, the course forces players to corral golf balls over terrestrial ripples with peak-to-peak amplitudes of more than 100 feet, but it offers five sets of tees and generous landing areas as a friendly gesture to less experienced players. After starting out with a moderate-length par 5 to warm up, golfers must hit a long uphill shot—206 yards from the back tees—to reach the par 3 third hole’s green, which is fronted by an intimidating rock wall. The designers saved the hardest hole for last, however, as players must make a decision on the 18th tee to use the driver, lay up for a full wedge shot into the small green, or chip onto the back of a carrier pigeon.

Course at a Glance:

  • 18-hole, par 72 course
  • Total length of 6,737 yards from the back tees
  • Course rating of 73.1 from the back tees
  • Course slope of 132 from the back tees
  • Five sets of tees per hole

8606 Waldora Rd
Siren,
WI
US

Approximately 6,000 years ago, when Sumerian scholars were devising some of mankind's first mathematic systems, a mile-thick sheet of ice began to melt half a world away in the region known today as Minnesota. Slowly, the glacier shrank and poured gallons of water into the land around it, leaving behind gorgeous rock formations dotted with artistic ridges and eye-catching striations. Perhaps most notable of these formations is a structure that resembles a cross, which inspired settlers to name its surrounding river St. Croix, or "holy cross."

Today, modern humans can catch a glimpse of these awesome sights thanks to Wild Mountain. Seasonal activities include skiing, snowboarding, and tubing, where snow-goers explore 100 acres of hills encompassing 26 runs, bunny slopes for newcomers, and four terrain parks for the seasoned veterans. Wild Mountain also holds daily lessons, youth and adult programs, as well as racing competitions and camps run by knowledgable and trained northerners.

37200 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls,
MN
US

Tucked in the cool shadows of old, forest oak trees, St. Croix Valley Golf Course's nine-hole layout invites golfers to swing across 133 acres of rolling topography. Originally sculpted into the woods in 1925, the 3,060-yard course eschews sand traps and favors natural obstacles including ponds, trees, elevation changes, and indigenous photographers who snap their shutters during players' backswings. The golf experts that preside over the pro shop can sharpen swings with lessons, ensure trustworthy equipment with club regripping services, and offer rental clubs so players don't have to hit with the oversized gavel normally used to settle remote control disputes at home.

Course at a Glance:

  • 9-hole, par 36 course
  • Length of 3,060 yards from the farthest tees
  • Course rating of 34.7 from the farthest tees
  • Slope rating of 122 from the farthest tees
  • Four tee options

2200 US Highway 8
Saint Croix Falls,
WI
US

Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.

1009 Highway 95 E
Cambridge,
MN
US

Ever since the Fawn-Doe-Rosa Wildlife Educational Park's opening in 1963, the deer inside have had terrible manners—no matter how many times they've eaten out of a visitor's hand, they refuse to say "thank you." Most people don't hold it against them, though. They're too busy wandering the woodland yard, petting its free-roaming occupants and keeping an eye out for other species. Aside from deer, the park houses elk, ducks, farmyard animals, and even predators in separate enclosures, including a grizzly bear and a mountain lion.

Many of these animals were hand-raised by the park's owners, who work with conservation organizations, rehabilitation experts, and the USDA to ensure the critters' comfort. By allowing visitors to get up close to their friendly, four-legged residents, they hope to make each trip a learning experience, one that connects humans with nature and sparks an interest in its preservation. They also host group tours that touch on wildlife facts, as well as pony rides for children training for a 21st-century revival of the Pony Express mail service.

2131 U.S. 8
St. Croix Falls,
WI
US

At Wild Mountain Winery, everything is local, right down to the grapes and the process in which they're grown. Surrounded by the green hillsides of the St. Croix River Valley, Wild Mountain utilizes the methods of Elmer Swenson—a pioneering breeder who revolutionized grape growing in regions plagued by cold, short seasons, and undomesticated snowplows. Having been perfected over the years, those time-tested processes now result in hardy varietals that represent the local climate, soils, and vines. Travelers along the Upper St. Croix Wine Trail can explore Wild Mountain's territorial flavors in a number of ways, including during weekend tastings that come with a souvenir glass.

16906 Wild Mountain Rd
Taylors Falls,
MN
US