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Family Fun in Roseville, MN

Julie Wearn

Featuring: Julie Wearn

CEO of Roseville Visitors Association , Visit Roseville

Local charm and outdoor beauty bloom in Roseville.

Perfectly positioned between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Roseville, Minnesota is a hidden gem in itself. Full of picturesque parks, unique art, and endless opportunity for family fun, Roseville is a city full of energy, waiting to be explored. We chatted with Julie Wearn from Visit Roseville to get her recommendations on the top things to do.


What's the best hidden gem you've rediscovered in Roseville?

Roseville's Parks

The park system in Roseville is incredible. There are a total of twenty-six parks. Some are tucked away and most of them connect, which is great for biking and runners. You're right in the city, but it feels like you're in the middle of a forest. Minnesota's largest butternut tree is in Roseville Reservoir Woods Park and Central Park has a nature center that includes an interpretive center and an indoor climbing tree for kids.

"I would consider the park system in Roseville to be a hidden gem. You are in the city, but it feels like you are in the middle of a forest. The city is steps away from you." Julie Wearn, Visit Roseville


What is the best spot for walking with your dog in your destination?

Reservoir Woods Park

You can walk for miles in this 115-acre Roseville park and see little sign of development — just hilly terrain with lots of pine trees, wetlands, prairie grass, and savanna.

The site includes some of the highest ground in Roseville. It was home to a 30-million gallon, underground water reservoir that had been operated by the City of St. Paul. When the reservoir became outdated, St. Paul sold the land to the City of Roseville.

It is kept in pristine and forest-like condition at the urging of neighborhood task forces and park and recreation planners. Reservoir Woods Park is also the home of the Woodview Off-Leash Dog Park.

#3 Family Fun

What activity is in your backyard and also on your bucket list?

SeaQuest in Rosedale Center

SeaQuest in Rosedale Center. It's a petting zoo-style aquarium. It's a great activity for families and the kids love it. They get to meet, feed, and play with all kinds of aquatic animals and birds.

Rosedale Center is the second most visited mall in Minnesota. It contains 164 shops, so if playing with stingrays isn't your thing, you can roam the mall and discover all the other activities Rosedale has to offer!


What local maker or brand do you love supporting?

Bent Brewstillery

Bent Brewstillery takes traditional guidelines and "bends" them to create new flavors and add a unique style to their beers and spirits. Head over for a relaxing drink, or to learn more about their process.

For those who are interested in Minnesota's craft beer and distillery culture, there are several tasting experiences you can join in on. Roseville offers guided tours for people who want to taste locally made drinks and meet new people.

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Is there anything else we should give a special mention to?

Roseville in Bloom

Roseville in Bloom is an activity that brings our community and visitors together. Visit bars, restaurants, and shops in Roseville all while getting a close look at locally-produced art. There are seven-foot tall roses painted by Minnesota artists displayed all over Roseville. Make sure to bring your camera and capture the vibrant colors!

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About the Contributor
Julie Wearn

Julie Wearn

CEO of Roseville Visitors Association

About The Contributor

Julie is a creative, natural leader committed to driving growth for the Roseville, Minnesota tourism community.