Maple Grove residents have the best of both worlds, living in a tight-knit community with a small town charm while having access to all the amenities of a major metropolitan area. A wide variety of events are held both in Maple Grove and nearby in the Twin Cities. Popular events include Holidazzle Parades, Winter Carnival, Minneapolis Aquatennial, Sommerfest, Uptown Art Fair, Minnesota Renaissance Festival, and Minnesota Winter Jam.
Things to Do in Maple Grove
Spring and summer are spent boating or fishing in the area's many lakes and rivers, attending outdoor festivals or dining on patios. Autumn offers apple picking among brightly colored trees, while winter brings skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.
Maple Grove Shopping & Entertainment
First class shopping, tasty eateries, movie theaters, athletic clubs, golf courses, ice arenas, community centers, public swimming pools, an inline skating park, a water park and more than 32 miles of paved trails can all be experienced throughout the year.
Education in Maple Grove MN
Maple Grove has three school districts comprised of numerous elementary, middle and high schools. Two colleges are located nearby -- North Hennepin Community College and Hennepin Technical College. The University of Minneapolis - Twin Cities is just a short drive away. The students of Maple Grove have the support of parents, volunteers, community businesses, retired educators and community members to ensure that each child succeeds.
Up until 1851, the Winnebago Indians were the only inhabitants of the Maple Grove area. But by 1855, the settlement of farms and construction of homes, churches and the first town hall were underway. In 1860, the first schoolhouses were built and several are still in existence today, remodeled as private homes. The city was incorporated in 1954 when it established a four-member council with a mayor. Early businesses and agriculture in Maple Grove included potato-growing, creameries and saw mills. The city became a commercial center in 1915, housing general stores, a Great Northern train depot and a cheese factory. Today, thanks to an influx of new residents seeking a more rural lifestyle, the city continues to flourish.