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Things to do at Shady Rest Resort

Shady Rest Resort provides a safe, secluded and private Minnesota family vacation. With nearly a mile long driveway, traffic is limited to only those that are our guest at the Resort.


There’s plenty of fish just waiting to be caught, some right off the docks. For as long as there has been a Minnesota fisherman, Alexandria, with over 100 lakes in the area, has been the premier fishing region in the State.

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Our beach is clean and sandy with no drop-offs. It features an “in water” slide, swim raft, and a sundeck that helps keep the sand off while you’re soaking in the sun.

We have 2 playgrounds, One is our giant “Rainbow Playground” that the kids find hard to leave.

Cruising and Campfire

How about a cruise around the lake.

We have 4 pontoons for rent that would be perfect. Or, if you would like a little exercise, take a ride in one of our paddle boats.

At the end of the day you can make your campfire, roast some marshmallows, enjoy our great sunsets, and count the stars.

Bring your boat

The lake is great for tubing or water-skiing. Did you know the first water-skis were made in Minnesota? On June 22, 1922, Ralph Samuelson of Lake City made history as friends watched him zigzag behind a boat. He made the skis by bending the tips of 2 eight foot planks with iron brackets.
We also have 2 Tennis Courts just remodeled, 2 horseshoe pits, a volleyball, badminton, shuffleboard, bocce ball, and a basketball half court. Indoors we also have a game room that has a Pool Table, and Foosball along with a number of Video games.

Our commitment to Families.

At Shady Rest, we believe that the family vacation should be about the family being together. All during the year, children are away from their parents…at school, daycare, after school events or off with their friends. At Shady Rest, we’ll provide a great setting for parents to bond with their children. Whether it’s, shooting some basketball, playing shuffleboard, going fishing or swimming together, visiting an area museum, taking a walk, or just sitting around a campfire at night roasting marshmallows, it’s all about finding time to be together. They grow up fast, let your stay at Shady Rest be among the times they remember.

More Things to do in the area

Everyone loves to relax on their vacation, but taking a little time to visit the local area is a must. Not only is the Alex area famous for its’ many lakes and great fishing, but how would you like to visit, what might be, the “Real” birth place of America!

The Runestone Museum, in downtown Alex., has the actual Kensington Runestone that was found by an area farmer in 1878. The inscriptions on the stone set the claim that the Vikings visited the Alex area over 100 years before Columbus! Learn the history of the Vikings and Norse adventures.

There is also Fort Alexandria with its’ log cabin, store, church, 1805 school house, caboose, and large agricultural exhibit. There is also a Native American exhibit filled with beautiful Ojibway and Dakota artifacts.

If you’re in a major shopping mood, we’re only 2 hours from the Mall of America! A great day trip. Casinos are about 2 hours away also.

Big Ole


Maritime Museum

Casey's Amusement Park


There are a bunch more in Alexandria that are not that much farther away and worth the drive.


If you are tired of cooking and would like to have someone else do the work, there are plenty of good eateries to be found in the area.


There are many shops, big and small, being added to the Glenwood and Alexandria area. Enjoy a wonderful stroll of downtown Alexandria with all their shops, antique stores, and eateries. It’s like going back in time. There’s also the major stores like Walmart, Target, Fleet Farm and Menards or walk through the Viking Mall that will be featuring Kohls.

Car Racing:

The Viking Speedway in Alexandria is a great track to watch racing every Saturday night.

Casey’s Amusement Park:

Go Karts, Bumper Boats, Mini Golf, Batting Cages, More.

Theatre L’Homme Dieu:

Great summer theatre with performances like “Steel Magnolias”, “Oklahoma”, and “Dial M for Murder”. Limited dates.

* There’s also Erickson’s petting Zoo, Bingo, Movie theaters, Bowling, Dancing, great Dinning, and great site seeing. Special events also happen like “Waterama” in Glenwood, “The Alexandria Band Festival”and Grape Stomp” in Alex and “Sinclair Lewis Days” in Sauk Centre.

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