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Our Community

Where happiness lives

Our Community

A vibrant community…

  • Home of the Minnesota Zoo, at Top-10 US Zoo
  • 1.3 million annual visitors
  • 5-Minutes from Minnesota’s largest mall
  • Even closer to NEW Twin Cities Premium Outlets
  • 17th Best Place to Live (CNN/Money)
  • Amongst Best School Districts in U.S.

Where Happiness Lives

Apple Valley has lakes, a ski-slope within 5 minutes, hundreds of stores and restaurants and 52,000 people living across the Minnesota River from 3 million.  We have a close-knit community with all the amenities of an international airport, major sports, arts, theater and fine dining just minutes away.

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Patio Dining
  • Many Apple Named Streets
  • Shopping
  • MN Zoo
  • Theaters/Also IMAX
  • Nightlife
  • Top Education


Whatever your cravings, you’ll find what you’re looking for with 50+ restaurants from fine dining to fast dining, all within walking distance.   Apple Valley has nearly every national, regional or local choice, coffee shops every few blocks, nightlife at VIVO (owners of ZELO, downtown Minneapolis) an over $5 million restaurant within a block or two of both hotels. Some local favorite locally owned restaurants feature some of the best patios and sports bars and numerous international fare. In Apple Valley, variety is the word.


Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley

A Top-10 Zoo with massive expansion recently with the new Grizzly Coast, expanded Minnesota Trail, new Bird Show auditorium, Mechanical life-like Dinosaur exhibit or new Black Bear exhibit, everything is designed for up-close and personal in interactive emersion.

Great Clips IMAX Theatre

The largest screen in Minnesota seats almost 600. Be it 3D, the latest first run Hollywood blockbusters and documentaries or nature at its best, combined tickets with the Zoo are also available

Family Aquatic Center

This zero foot entry pool for over 1,000 visitors boasts some of the top waterslides available, lazy rivers for tubing and even out of water sandboxes and covered family picnic areas, fun is in every breath

Bowling at Apple Place

With tournaments or on your own, alleys are just across from both our hotels.


People gravitate from all over the south of the river region of which Apple Valley is the “core” in order to meet friends, family or make new friends.  Check out all of the dining, pub and entertainment options at www.VisitAppleValley.com


Apple Valley is a “Planned Downtown Core” with a square mile of shops and restaurants with lively nightlife for all ages. Drop the family at the Minnesota Zoo and catch us quickly at our array of big-box, grocery, locally owned shops or hundreds of options for about anything you could wish.

If you need more gifts for others or to reward yourself a little, try the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets just over Apple Valley’s northern border and just before Minnesota’s largest mall.

Hot Deals

People shop in Apple Valley to save as well.  Our wide variety includes local mixed with all the big name national stores, all in a concentrated downtown anchored by 23 banks & credit unions who keep reinvesting in new options.