Lakeville offers a variety of benefits to its residents, including affordable homes, good schools and an abundance of recreational opportunities. The parks and recreation department maintains 53 parks and miles of trails, as well as providing a variety of classes and programs year-round for the enrichment of residents of all ages. The Lakeville Area Arts Center encourages cultural expression throughout the community, hosting art classes and theatrical productions. Prominent in downtown Lakeville, the former church stands testament to the city's creative past and future.
Also downtown is the Lakeville Senior Center, a vital resource for elderly people pursuing information on a variety of issues. In addition, summertime farmer's markets, concerts, holiday-themed festivities and April's Ironman Bike Tour make the community's downtown an exciting hub for both everyday life and special-occasion leisure.
One of Lakeville's most desirable qualities is its proximity to the Twin Cities. Ideally situated along Interstate 35, which travels directly into the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Lakeville is just minutes from major attractions including the Mall of America, Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, the Minnesota Zoo, and Mystic Lake Casino, the state's most popular gaming center.
Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in the nearby Buck Hill Ski Area. A mecca for skiing, snowboarding and tubing in fall and winter and a haven for mountain biking, racing and boarding during the warmer months, the facilities are truly an X Gamer's fantasy. Nearby Canterbury Park is a good bet as well. Showcasing events from horse racing to under-the-stars concerts, this racetrack hosts a wide range of entertainment all year long. On a more educational note are the many museums of the Twin Cities. From art to animals to astronomy, Lakeville residents are within miles of a variety of educational facilities.