Talk about central: At just a 15-minute drive from the downtowns of both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Eagan is located in the heart of a vibrant metro area. The community is also less than 10 minutes from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Mall of America, and the Minnesota Zoo. The city of Eagan itself is also home to some of the metro area's most popular attractions, including Cascade Bay, Minnesota's largest outdoor municipal water park, and 2,000-acre Lebanon Hills Regional Park. Hiking, biking, and kayaking in that park and others among Eagan's many parks and nature preserves are favorite local pastimes.
Eagan is located along two major freeways (I-35 and I-494), which means easy access to anywhere in the Twin Cities metro area within half an hour. Eagan is a five-minute drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, which is served by 38 airlines, including Air Canada, AirTran, Air France, Delta, Frontier, Great Lakes Airlines, Icelandair, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, Sun Country Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United, and US Airways. Most Eagan hotels offer shuttle service to and from the MSP International Airport.
Largest among stand-alone meeting venues in Eagan, the Royal Cliff Conference Center is a full-service conference center that can accommodate up to 500 people for a meeting. In addition, the Eagan Community Center can handle a meeting of up to 400 people in seven flexible areas, including a room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the surrounding park, and the Eagan Civic Arena offers groups space for a meeting of up to 200 people.
Hotel venues in Eagan include the 187-room Holiday Inn, which can host a meeting for up to 125 people; the 108-room Best Western Plus Dakota Ridge, which can accommodate a meeting of up to 130; and the 99-room Hilton Garden Inn, with space for meetings of up to 90.
Special event settings of natural beauty abound in the Eagan area and include the Visitor Center at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, which can host a banquet for 50 people and a reception of up to 70 people. The Lodge on the Lake, part of a camp that is set on 88 lakeside acres, can host a banquet of up to 100 people. Moonshine Park Retreat Center, overlooking LeMay Lake, can host a special event for up to 20 people. And in neighboring Apple Valley, groups of up to 40 people can hold a reception or banquet in the Minnesota Zoo's LEED Gold Certified function room, stepping outside to watch the zoo's grizzly bears.
Dining options in Eagan range from family-friendly restaurants and ethnic choices to a large selection of steak houses and supper clubs. Several eateries cater to groups. Jensen's Food and Cocktails, a local favorite place to celebrate special occasions, can host private groups of up to 100 people; Casper's Cherokee of Eagan, known locally as The Sports Barn, is a steak house in a huge red barn that features a casual loft area seating 50 people that has two 13' x 10' television screens; and the Lone Oak Grill, famous for its house-smoked ribeye steak and customizable mac and cheese (add anything from roasted tomato to smoked chicken), can handle a private dinner for up to 53.
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