Richfield Lake Park
- (6400 Dupont Ave. S,
, 612-861-9395, website
) Richfield Lake Park is a neighborhood park where people of the community like to go for a quiet walk with the dog, a picnic, or to allow their children to play on the playground. It has a half-court basketball court if you want to play some hoops, and it has a walking path. There is a lot of nature in this park, so you can enjoy the wild in the middle of your hectic day.
- (6500 Uptown Ave.,
, 612-861-9385, website
) Sheridan Park is a great place for a contemplative walk on the walking path if you want to get away from the real world for an hour or two. It also has a softball field, tennis courts, and a playground for the children. It also has a half-court basketball court and a volleyball court as well.
- (1800 63rd St. E,
, 612-861-9385, website
) Taft Park is next to Taft Lake, and the latter has been a fishing pond since 1975. If you love to fish, you can get your fill here year round as they have ice fishing, too. The park itself has a walking path, a football field, softball fields, a hockey rink, and more. There's a playground for children as well, and it's a great place to have a picnic. It's a good place for a bit of meditation or physical activity during your busy day.
- (6335 Portland Ave.,
, 612-861-9350, website
) Veterans Park, which is also called Veterans Memorial Park, is one of Richfield's best-known parks. It has so much to do, and everyone should be able to find something fun/engaging here. It has an outdoor pool, the Honoring All Veterans Memorial, an ice arena, and the largest picnic pavilion in Richfield. It has an 18-hole mini-golf course and malt shop, which is run by Wheel Fun Rentals
(they also rent bicycles, obviously). The park also hosts several events such as the Richfield Farmer's Market, the Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K, and the Richfield Red, White, and Blue Days. It will soon be home to the Richfield Band Shell, a gathering place for the neighborhood to enjoy live performances.
Wood Lake Nature Center
- (6710 Lake Shore Drive
, 612-861-9365, website
) Wood Lake Nature Center is 150 acres of idyllic natural environments, complete with a variety of flora and fauna to take delight in. The staff is dedicated to nature preservation and nature education. There are several wildlife viewing areas, a 100-seat amphitheater, and three miles of boardwalks and trails--walking and skiing. Pets, bikes, and rollerblades are not allowed to preserve the pristine nature of the environment. The trails are wheelchair-accessible in the summertime.
- (7700 Nicollet Ave. S,
, 612-259-8868, website
) Andale Taqueria is a casual neighborhood Mexican restaurant where you can go to grab a quite and satisfying bite. They have a market next door, and everything they make is from scratch with ingredients from the market, and it is made daily. The staff is friendly, and the service is family-style--which means plenty for everyone. The menu includes tortas, tacos, quesadillas, and burritos. They also have specialties, including pozole, chimichangas, and molcajete. They have vegetarian options, and they serve breakfast all day long.
- (6633 Penn Ave. S
, 612-455-0452, website
) Cone Brothers draws its inspiration from the 1950 ice cream shop, and their emphasis is on quality rather than quantity. The tiny shop is filled with fun and kitschy items as well as turquoise-colored walls. They have 20 flavors of high-quality ice cream made by hand, and they like to shake it up on a seasonal basis. The flavors include Zanzibar chocolate, cappuccino break, and peanut butter cup. They also have hot dogs, vintage sodas, and smoothies.
- (6736 Penn Ave. S,
, 612-869-4040, website
) Fireside Foundry started as Fireside Pizza in 1959, and they are dedicated to their roots while simultaneously expanding and growing with the modern age. They pride themselves on their steampunk decor which is inspired by the technology of the 1800s. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the staff is friendly. They still make pizzas based on their original recipe, but they also offer plenty of new items which are sure to excite everyone's taste buds. A few of their pizzas are Kiss My Pizza, Vegetable Special, and Bacon Cheeseburger. They also have calzones, meatballs, and steak kabobs, sandwiches, pastas, and entrees. They now have a full service bar including several Minnesota craft beers.
Joy's Pattaya Thai Restaurant
- (7545 Lyndale Ave. S
, 612-866-0660, website
) Joy's Pattaya Thai Restaurant is, of course, a Thai restaurant, and the owner, Joy, is focused on reproducing authentic Thai cuisine based on her time living and working in Thailand. Pattaya is an island in Thailand and a popular tourist destination. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and the service is laid-back and friendly. They are trying to evoke the breezy atmosphere of Pattaya to make everyone feel relaxed and comfortable. Their menu includes pumpkin panang curry, shrimp & chicken pad kapow, crab fried rice, and roasted duck curry. They have vegetarian and vegan options, and try the mango with sticky rice for dessert.
- (817 66th St. E,
, 612-345-5258, website
) Local Roots is a family-owned restaurant with an emphasis on locality and sustainability. It was opened in 2017 by Joe and Courtney Norgaard who started a line of Local Roots products in 2009, and they adhere to organic products as much as possible. They are proud to give back to their community, and they take satisfaction in making tasty and healthy dishes. The atmosphere is casual/comfortable, and the service is very kid-friendly. The menu includes pulled pork hash, a vegan veggie wrap, and a pickled beet salad. They also have a kids menu and coffee as well.
Vina Restaurant Richfield
- (6401 Nicollet Ave.
, 612-866-5034, website
) Vina Restaurant Richfield is a Vietnamese restaurant that is passionate about serving traditional dishes with the freshest ingredients. The original Vina Restaurant was opened in St. Paul in 1982, and the original owner maintains Vina Restaurant Richfield. The atmosphere is low-key, and the service is fast and friendly. The menu includes pho, wonton soup, fried rice, lomein, and plenty of entrees. They have a lengthy vegetarian menu as well, including curry mock duck, tofu with fried potatoes & onions, and kung pao tofu. They have takeout as well.
- (1400 66th St. E,
, 612-866-0318, website
) Frenchman's Pub opened in 1933 and now goes by Frenchman's Bar or simply Frenchman's, but it adheres to its roots of being a local watering hole. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, and the decor matches that. The menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and beer-battered cod. They have several kinds of beer as well, of course. They have pool tables and flat-screen TVs for entertainment. This is the perfect place to go to relax after work.
- (6612 Penn Ave.,
, 612-869-9945, website
) Sandy's Tavern is a neighborhood bar that has been around since the Prohibition Era. It was built to resemble a farm house to hide the booze from the cops, and it worked. They have a casual and low-key atmosphere with cozy decor. They have won awards for their burgers which includes an olive burger. They also have beer-battered (Red Hook) shrimp and a whole lotta beer. They have a pool table and a claw machine, and it's a great place to chill and relax with family and/or friends.
Community Arts & Recreation
Richfield Art Center
- (6335 Portland Ave.,
, 612-861-9385, website
) Richfield Art Center is located in Veterans Park and is run by the city of Richfield. They are dedicated to supporting and promoting local artists, and to that end, the Richfield Arts Commission find volunteers who help host family arts events at the Richfield Art Center throughout the year. It is also used as studio space for artists.
Richfield Community Center
- (7000 Nicollet Ave.,
, 612-861-9385, website
) Richfield Community Center is situated in the northeast corner of Augsburg Park, and it has been opened since 1974 (it was a library prior to that). It provides a place for members of the community to participate in a variety of programs, ranging from yoga to dart baseball to card games and mahjongg. There are also affordable meals served as well as tax advice classes. Richfield is committed to helping all the members of their community, and the community center is one way they are achieving that goal.
JUL: Richfield Red White & Blue Days
- (6501 Portland Ave.,
, , website
) Richfield Red White & Blue Days is held at the Richfield American Legion Post 435 in Veterans Park, and it is to celebrate the Fourth of July. It will include the 40th
annual Richfield Red White & Blue Days parade, family night, street dancing, the 18th
annual car show, fireworks, and much much more. It's a great way for members of the community to gather and get to know each other, and to have a lot of fun while doing so.
JUL: Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K
- (636 66th St. E,
, 612-861-9369, website
) The Urban Wildland Half Marathon & 5K is an annual event, and all proceeds go to the Wood Lake Nature Center. This is the 17th
year these events have been held, and they take place in the Richfield Ice Arena. All participants receive finisher medals and race shirts.