The Edina Summer To-Do List

18 ways to get out and enjoy the sweetest season in Edina.

Published in Edina Magazine, June 2011.

Summer is here like you wouldn’t believe! Just look at those blue skies, warm temperatures and sandaled feet. As if you needed any more excuses to get out there and have a good time, here are a few more. Beating the heat, getting a great meal, or just spending some relaxing time in a park, we have it all here in Edina!

Ice Cream at Edina Creamery
Get the mint chip for a creamy summer cool down or the lime sorbet for a tangy treat. 5055 France Ave. S.; 612.920.2169

Summer concerts and movies at Centennial Lakes Park
Who can say no to live music and family-friendly movies on the big screen, right in your own back yard? These shows are just the excuse to get out and have some fun in the sun, or under the stars. Check the Centennial Lakes Park website for a full compilation of movie and concert listings. 7499 France Avenue South, 952.833.9580

Go swimming!
Edina has a luxurious public swimming pool, which provides fun for children of all ages to swim, and catch some rays! 4300 W. 66th St.; 952.928.4582

Root Beer Float at Convention Grill
Sit in the retro cool diner and sip a root beer float with your sweetie! 3912 Sunnyside Rd., 952.920.6881

Grab a Ginger Peach Cosmo on the patio at Edina Grill
What’s summer in Minnesota without enjoying drinks and dinner on a lovely outdoor patio? The refreshing Ginger Peach Cosmo is the perfect pair to a summer evening. The Edina Grill has also revised their menu for the summer, so checking out the new meals and cocktails here is a definite must. 5028 France Ave. S.; 952.927.7933

Walk the Edina Promenade
It’s an outdoor museum! Every summer there are new outdoor art pieces along the Edina Promenade. After lunch at the Galleria, meander your way down the three-quarter-mile pedestrian path to the park, enjoying the relaxing ambiance of the trees and sloping hills. South of the Galleria between York and France Ave.

Get on your bike and ride
Edina has wonderfully calm and quiet local streets that are great for tooling around on your cruiser or road bike. You can also ride on the city’s miles of paved bike trails! Take a fun summertime ride to lunch, happy hour, the park, or just to go!

Braemar Golf Course
Golfing is definitely the ultimate summer game. Public access for nine- and 18-hole rounds is available for less than $20. Or if 18 holes aren’t your thing, work on your swing at the driving range. 6364 John Harris Dr., 952.903.5750

Centennial Lakes Farmers’ Market
From peas to flowers, the farmers’ market is the best way to spend a weekday afternoon. Walk or bike to the market and really soak up the sun’s rays … and stay green, too! Every Thursday starting June 16. 3–7 p.m. 7499 France Ave. S.; 952.833.9580

Polar Wrap at Juut
What better way to escape the summer heat than to be wrapped in a cool, skin-reviving sheet and then receive a pampering massage? Two hours sessions start at $135. 2670 Southdale Center; 952.925.4343

Lunch at Good Earth
An environmentally friendly lunch on an environmentally friendly day? Who could ask for more! Be sure to eat on Good Earth‘s patio and try their monthly specials with super in-season fare to make the experience complete. 3460 Galleria; 952.925.1001

Arneson Acres
If you want to feel like royalty—or maybe just enjoy a summer day—Arneson Acres park’s idyllic fountains, floral arrangements, and general beauty make the perfect place to picnic or take a leisurely afternoon stroll. 4711 W. 70th St.; 612.915.6616;

Sandal shopping at 50th and France
It’s already June, which means it’s time to start adding to this summer’s sandal collection. Between hitting all stores with summer shoe offerings—from Bay Street Shoes to Bluebird Boutique—you can walk among the greenery and enjoy the summer sun on your face…and feet!

Fourth of July Parade
A yearly tradition filled with lots of red, white and blue. Don’t miss it! Along 50th, starting at City Hall. 10:00 AM.

Get the Coolest Shades at StyledLife
Their style consultants will set you up with the absolute latest trends in sunglasses, from Wayfarers to aviators, by the hottest designers. 3510 Galleria; 952.928.8888

Visit Lake Harriet
A short walk from the bustle of 50th and France, Lake Harriet has separate biking and walking paths, a splendid bandshell featuring summertime entertainment. From Gilbert and Sullivan to a Led Zeppelin tribute to big band jazz, there will definitely be a concert for you here. There is ample seating and a well-stocked snack bar at the pavilion. 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., Mpls.; 612 .230.6400

Minnesota Mosaic Guild Art Show
See amazing pieces of mosaic work from local artists. All pieces will be for sale! June 30-August 3. 4701 W. 64th St.; 952.903.5780;

Frisbee with your pooch
Is your dog feeling the heat? Van Valkenburg Park is the answer! This dog friendly park provides you and your best furry friend with 42 acres to romp. Bring toys—and plastic bags—and watch your four-legged pal play with other pups. Permit required for off-leash area. Lincoln Drive in Northwest Edina