Roseville has an incredible network of bike paths and trails, and some of the best urban green spaces in the midwest.
Pedal your way through this tour to explore the incredible nature, natural history, and recreation that Roseville has to offer.
1. Rosedale Center
Start your journey at Rosedale Center where you can grab breakfast before starting on your ride.
2. Central Park
Central Park is Roseville’s largest park located in the heart of the city. This beautiful green space is divided into 6 distinct areas that are interconnected by a network of walking and biking trails. Follow the trails into the park to the shores of Bennett Lake.
3. Bennett Lake
Bennett Lake is a 28-acre lake known for its shore fishing. Cast a line to fish for Bluegill, Channel Catfish, Walleye, and more! You can enjoy a stroll around the lakeside path or go out on the fishing pier for a great view. Don’t forget to stop at the lakeside waterfall for a scenic photo opportunity!
4. Harriet Alexander Nature Center
At the eastern end of Central Park, you’ll find the Harriet Alexander Nature Center. This spectacular display of natural marsh, prairie and forest habitats covers 52 acres that you can traverse using the HANC boardwalk and trails. Keep an eye out for wildlife like migrating songbirds, painted turtles, and cottontail rabbits!
5. Reservoir Woods
Reservoir Woods was once the site of a 30-million gallon underground water reservoir. In 1997 after use of the reservoir was discontinued the 115 acres of land was turned into the park you can enjoy today. The hilly terrain is some of the highest in the city and features pine forests, wetlands, prairie grass, and savanna. Reservoir Woods is also home to the largest butternut tree in Minnesota – its circumference is almost 17 feet around! The Woodview Off-Leash Dog Park is a 5-acre fenced space in Reservoir Woods where furry friends can frolic and play. You’d never guess you’re just 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and Saint Paul in this incredible outdoor oasis.
6. Minnesota State Fairgrounds
The Minnesota State Fairgrounds is where you’ll find the annual Minnesota State Fair for 12 fun-filled days each summer. If you’re in town for the State Fair, then it’s a must, but the fairgrounds are also home to hundreds of wonderful events all year round. From equestrian events to car shows, swap meets, antique shows, and beer festivals there’s always something to do and see at the fairgrounds! Check their calendar for events during your visit.
7. Bell Museum
Bell Museum was founded in 1872 and is the state of Minnesota’s natural history museum and planetarium. Get hands-on with fascinating exhibits, meet a giant wooly mammoth, and enjoy the view in the digital planetarium. The University of Minnesota’s research and discovery in the arts and sciences are on full display for you to play, see, and learn.
…and back to Rosedale Center
End your day with shopping, dining, and entertainment at Rosedale Center.
This tour is brought to you by the Roseville Visitors Association.