As a nonprofit, the Anoka County Historical Society runs on donations. In their roles as caretakers of Anoka County history, the curators rely on the artifacts given to them by local families, including more than 13,000 photographs. The society's library shelves contain resources including documents and primary records that range from obituaries and newspapers to the personal correspondence and diaries of historic Anoka residents.
But it's not all research-based. Costumed guides bring the county's past to life through exhilarating ghost tours. A blend of history and folklore, the tours transport folks into the past with wild yarns filled with bone-chilling descriptions of rocking chairs that rock themselves and doors that lock themselves. And history buffs looking to go at their own pace can spend some time at the History Center Museum, whose 2,000-square-feet of artifacts and exhibits run the gamut from individual survivor stories to the county's involvement in the Civil War.
If you're looking for a rink that has both professional and family-friendly amenities, Anoka Area Ice Arena Association in Anoka is your ideal choice for a good skate.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Early in the spring, when the threat of snow still hovers over the state of Minnesota, the golf course at Sundance Golf Banquet Bowl is open. Later in the fall, when the threat of snow once again looms and golf carts begin to go into hibernation, the course remains open. Over the years, the 18-hole, par 72 course has become reliable place for determined golfers to battle for being the first or last of the year to sneak in a round. Recently, Sundance augmented its links with a bowling alley, inviting visitors to escape the elements and pick up some strikes in the process. Away from all the competition, the facility's bar and grill refuels tanks with popular housemade pizzas, half-pound burgers, and plenty of beer and cocktails.
ProKart Indoor Racing lets riders tear through concrete turns and down straightaways at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Seated in low-slung black or red go-karts, drivers are just inches above the ground as they careen around the course. Computers track them during the race, recording finishing times. The track at ProKart's Maple Grove facility runs inside and outside, weather permitting.
The low, steady rumbling of balls rolling across polished wood echoes throughout Andover Lanes, where players line up shots or watch their friends topple pins from a seating area outfitted with retro, three-sided tables. Pulsating dance beats reverberate from the alley’s internet jukebox, mingling with the thunderous sounds of pins crashing to create an air of palpable excitement. This excitement is never more apparent than on Friday evenings, when the 24 lanes take on incandescent hues during rounds of cosmic bowling and the alley’s full bar and grill stays busy all night slinging pizzas, wraps, and burgers. The alley’s arcade similarly lights up with glinting pool balls and video-game consoles that keep fingers loose after hours of hurling balls down lanes or bench-pressing french fries. To complement its all-American food and retro vibe, the bar also hosts a wide projection screen for sports games and a stage for karaoke and live musicians
Since 1995, the Bunker Park Stable staff and their trusty team of horses have hosted a wide array of equine-based activities including lessons, trail rides, hay rides, and day camps. The stable’s well-appointed facilities reside inside the 1,600-acre Bunker Hills Regional Park and act as a hub for the vast network of trails that passes through the park’s grassy meadows and vast forests of pine and oak. Horse-top visitors may witness native park wildlife such as white-tail deer, sandhill cranes, and hawks and overhear songbirds as they belt out choruses in the hopes of becoming the next superstar discovered in a forest, just like Celine Dion.