Shakopee, MN

Located just 20 minutes southwest of the Metro area, Shakopee has a small town feel with the convenience of a big city. Founded in 1851 by Thomas A. Holmes, this city was named after a Dakota Chief, Chief Shakopee II, whose band was living in the area along the Minnesota River. Today it is home to over 39,000 and offers a variety of single-family homes as well as a variety of recreational and entertainment opportunities. While the city may be small, Shakopee is a great place to live, work and play.

Downtown Shakopee

While downtown Shakopee may be small, this historic downtown features a number of quaint boutiques and restaurants, an old fashioned bakery, Turtle’s 1890 Social Center and a bi-weekly classic car show in the summer.

ValleyFair Shakopee

In addition, Shakopee is known as a regional entertainment destination and is home to attractions such as Valleyfair Amusement Park and Canterbury Park Racetrack. It also features the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and The Trail of Terror.

Disc Golf in Shakopee

However if you are in search of something more leisurely, you should check out the expansive green spaces at the 18 hole frolf, or Frisbee golf course. Unlike many of the frolf courses in the area this one stands out because it allows patrons to play at no cost.


It would be hard to mention Shakopee without mentioning the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. This group is behind Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, the Midwest’s largest casino as well as Little Six Casino. Combined, the two employ over 4,200 people making it the largest employer in Scott County. Besides gaming, the tribe is also very active in the community and giving back. For example, the Dakota tribe have a community center that is owned by the tribe but is also open to the residents living in the community. Here patrons can drop off the kiddos at the daycare, break a sweat in the gym or score a strike at the bowling alley.

Dangerfield in Shakopee

Hungry? Well, you will be sure to find a variety of sports bars, ethnic restaurants and tiny cafes here. Our personal favorites include El Toro, which boasts an outstanding salsa selection and Taco Loco, a hidden gem. On the other hand if you are seeking a more unique experience you may want to give Dangerfield’s a try. This upscale restaurant, open 364 days a year overlooks the Mississippi River and has a screened in porch for dining. Additionally, they boast a comedy club and a stellar Sunday brunch.

Shakopee Playground

Next, the schools in Shakopee are known to be both dynamic and diverse. The schools are also concerned and involved about the Shakopee community. For example, the Shakopee High School won the Regional Jefferson Award for outstanding community service and even traveled to Washington DC to receive this award. How awesome is that?!

House in Shakopee

For those looking to become a part of the community, the housing market in Shakopee offers a variety of options. From town homes and newer two-story homes to single family homes, this town suits a wide variety of styles and budgets.

Overall, Shakopee is a city that prides itself on being an affordable city with a wide assortment of fun entertainment options located just outside the Twin Cities. If you are looking for the best of both worlds, Shakopee is the place for you.


Neighborhood Resources

Neighborhood Schools

Faith Communities

Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District 191 Assembly of God
Living Hope Lutheran School Christ Lutheran Church
Shakopee Public Schools District 720 Cross of Peace Lutheran Church
Shakopee Area Catholic School First Presbyterian Church
SouthWest Metro Educational Cooperative Friendship Church
Irshad Islamic Center

Public Parks

Living Hope Lutheran Church
Autumn Hill Park Living Waters Christian Center
Green Meadows Park Meadow Spring Community Church
Hiawatha-Wermerskirchen Park Parish of St. Joachim & Anne
Huber Park Renew Community Church
Lions Park River of Life Community Church
Memorial Park Shepherd of the Lake
Prairie Bend Park Slavic Baptist Church
Saddle Ridge Park St. John’s Church
Tahpah Park & Joe Schleper Stadium The Russian Evangelical Church
Westminster Park ValleyView Baptist Church

Local Restaurants

Arizona’s Bar and Grill
Dangerfield’s Restaurant
Dragon Cafe
El Toro Mexican Restaurant
Mr. Pig Stuff BBQ
Pho 83 Inc
Stonebrooke Bar and Restaurant
Taco Loco
Turtle’s Bar & Grill
Wampach’s Restaurant Incorporated
Zuppa Cucina