Area Guide

Things to Do in Chaska MN

Located just 30 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Oak Ridge Hotel is the perfect place to enjoy nature by the city.

Explore miles of hiking and biking trails right here at our lakefront property, or hop on our free shuttle to visit nearby attractions like the Minnesota Arboretum, Chaska Town Golf Course and charming downtown Chaska.

Whether you prefer to go on a scenic lake cruise, tour local vineyards or bet on horses at the racetrack, Oak Ridge Hotel puts the best of suburban Minneapolis at your fingertips.

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Eden Prairie Center

distance: 11 Miles from hotel

Eden Prairie Center offers shopping, movie theatre and restaurants.

Chaska Event Center

distance: 3.7 Miles from hotel
Chaska Event Center

Experience the new, state of the art, event center located in beautiful downtown Chaska!

Many beautiful gathering places throughout Firemen’s and Veterans Park for all special events. Catering opportunities for all sizes and budgets.

The event center is also home to The Crooked Pint restaurant and bar.

ENKI Brewing

distance: 5 Miles from hotel

Perfectly situated near the shores of Steiger Lake, Victoria, MN, the ENKI Brewing taproom offers an open atmosphere, fun for both intimate dates and large groups. Drive up or peddle out to experience all we have to offer. Come on out for a tour on Saturdays at 2pm and 4pm. We're open the following hours...

  • Tuesday-Thursday, 4 - 10pm
  • Friday, 2 - 10pm
  • Saturday, noon - 10pm
  • Sunday, noon - 7pm

Paisley Park

distance: from hotel
Paisley Park

Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen. Fans have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

Schram Vineyards

distance: 11 Miles from hotel
Schram Vineyards

Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery began as the dream of a farm boy who loved making wine. He met an uptown girl with a taste for wine and beer and they put down their roots in the fields of Waconia in 2008. The dream came to fruition when they opened their doors in 2013 as a winery, and soon after, as a brewery as well. Marrying country and city, wine and beer — Schram brings vineyard wine and craft beer drinkers together in Minnesota at last! 

Excelsior Brewing Company

distance: 6 Miles from hotel
Excelsior Brewing Company

Our Brewery

A Lake Minnetonka inspired microbrewery, right in the heart of Excelsior. The brewery is a full production brewery offering several unique brews. The brewery offers tours, growler sales and trucker caps. Stop by and let’s get to know each other.

Lions Tap

distance: 10 Miles from hotel
Lions Tap

Lions Tap has been rated as having one of the best hamburgers in the Twin Cities area by almost all surveys around.

Fresh ground beef individually pattied daily, and our own “secret” seasoning are two of the reasons for the hamburgers famous reputation. Simple. Hearty. Juicy. Napkins are plentiful, and necessary.

Maynards Restaurant

distance: 7 Miles from hotel

Established in 1998, Maynard’s Restaurant began operating on a very historic piece of property in Excelsior, Minnesota on Lake Minnetonka. The same land was occupied by the Excelsior Amusement Park from 1925 – 1973, and then saw restaurants come and go over the next couple decades.

Maynard’s is locally owned and operated, and prides itself in giving back to the communities it serves. Known for the best views of Lake Minnetonka and the best waterfront dining in the state, Maynard’s is a place everyone can enjoy. Our American Casual menu is sure to suit even the most specific appetite, and our bar area is a great place to gather for the big game and enjoy our award winning happy hour.

Maynard’s is a place the locals can call home while still serving as a main tourist attraction of the Twin Cities Metro. We pride ourselves in a quality product at a fair price, but believe our consistent service and attention to detail (even amongst the big summertime crowds) sets us apart from the rest.

Carver Park Reserve

distance: 8 Miles from hotel

Situated on the western edge of the Twin Cities, Carver Park Reserve is home to Lowry Nature Center, Grimm Farm Historic Site and King Waterbird Sanctuary. Here, you may spot trumpeter swans, osprey, mink, white-tailed deer, barred owls and a variety of waterfowl and songbirds. Explore year-round activities that take advantage of winding trails, rolling wooded terrain and interconnected lakes and marshes.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour

distance: 25 Miles from hotel

Kerfoot Canopy Tour is one of Minnesota's longest, highest, and fastest zip line if you are looking for a Twin Cities fun adventure -- Book today! Located less than one hour from Minneapolis, our guided 14-zip line experience will engage you for about 2.5 hours and is one of the top things to do in Minnesota.

Mystic Lake Casino

distance: 13 Miles from hotel
Mystic Lake Casino

Mystic Lake is the largest casino resort in the Minneapolis area. Highlights include a spa, a dozen restaurants and bars, 100 blackjack tables, over 4,000 slot machines and a 2,100-seat theater with live entertainment. 

Mall of America

distance: 21 Miles from hotel
Mall of America Exterior

If it’s your first time in the Minneapolis area, you won’t want to miss the Mall of America. Located just over 20 minutes from the hotel, this gigantic mall receives over 40 million visitors annually – more than any other mall in the world. (852) 883-8800.

Minnesota Arboretum

distance: 3 Miles from hotel
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Logo

Located just six minutes away, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to more than 1,200 acres of gardens, tree collections, prairies, woodlands and trails. The arboretum is open 363 days a year (closed for Christmas and Thanksgiving). Hours vary.

General Store of Minnetonka

distance: 10.5 Miles from hotel
General Store Exterior

The General Store of Minnetonka is unlike any you’ve seen. This family-owned business is a local favorite, with more than 15,000 square feet of home décor, special gifts and old-time classics. (952) 935-7131.

Bluff Creek Golf Course

distance: 5.5 Miles from hotel
Bluff Creek Golf Course Logo

This 18-hole public golf course features many elevation changes that can challenge almost any golfer. Don’t miss the scenic views overlooking the Minnesota River Valley as you drive up. Visit the Bluff Creek Golf Course website to book a tee time. (952) 445-5685.

Valleyfair Amusement Park

distance: 10 Miles from hotel

Kids and thrill-seekers will love Valleyfair. At 125 acres, it’s the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. Valleyfair is home to a water park, 48 thrilling rides and eight rollercoasters. Open May – October; hours may vary.

Parley Lake Winery

distance: 9.5 Miles from hotel
Parley Lake Wine Logo

Taste handcrafted Minnesota wines on Parley Lake Winery’s beautiful vineyard, located just 15 minutes away. Stroll through seven acres of vineyards, 20 acres of orchards and support this local winery by bringing a few bottles of wine home with you. Open seasonally, Friday – Sunday (Noon to 5:00 p.m.). 

Sovereign Estate Winery

distance: 13 Miles from hotel

This award-winning winery and vineyard has its own wine bar and fine dining restaurant. Come in for a wine tasting that includes seven wines and a souvenir glass to keep. Open seasonally, July – December. 

Paradise Charter Cruises

distance: 5.5 Miles from hotel
Paradise Charter Cruises Logo

Take an unforgettable cruise down the Mississippi River on a historic paddleboat, and view Minneapolis’ breathtaking skyline from the water. Paradise Charter Cruises offers sightseeing cruises, scenic tours and private charters on Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River. (952) 474-8058.

Hazeltine National Golf Club

distance: 1 Mile from hotel
Hazeltine National Golf Course Logo

This beautiful, members-only golf course is considered one of the top private clubs in the Midwest and was named one of the “Top 50 Private Golf Range Facilities” by the Golf Range Association of America. Hazeltine has hosted the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Senior Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Amateur and Ryder Cup Matches. (952) 556-5400. 

Dahlgreen Golf Club

distance: 8.5 Miles from hotel
Dahlgreen Logo

Situated five miles west of Chaska, Dahlgreen Golf Club is a championship 18-hole golf course that’s open to the public. Visit their website to book a tee time. (952) 448-7463.

Chaska Town Course

distance: 2.7 Miles from hotel
Chaska Town Course Logo

Voted one of the “Top 10 Best Golf Courses in Minnesota” by Golf Digest, this public course is built on 285 acres of oak groves, open prairie and marshlands. Visit the Chaska Town Course website to book a tee time. (952) 443-3748.

Canterbury Park Racetrack

distance: 8 Miles from hotel
Canterbury Park Logo

Located just 15 minutes from Oak Ridge Hotel, Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino is home to live racing, simulcast racing and a 24-hour casino featuring Texas hold’em, blackjack and more. 

Al & Alma's Charter Cruises

distance: 12 Miles from hotel
Al & Alma's Sign

Al and Alma's offers a variety of great cruises on Lake Minnetonka. Individuals and small groups can join a public brunch or dinner cruise, while larger groups can book their own private yacht for a day on the lake. (952) 472-3098.

Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

Overhead View of Oak Ridge Hotel & Conference Center

1 Oak Ridge Drive, Chaska, MN, 55318, USA