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About Anoka

At the confluence of the Rum and Mississippi Rivers, a historic park connects the walking and biking trail system throughout the city. The Anoka Nature Preserve, at the North end of the city, is a 200-acre natural area offering passive recreation, trails, and access to the Rum River. Anoka provides unlimited water recreation opportunities, 30 parks and playgrounds, with four major park complexes including a lit and supervised sledding hill, 15 ball fields, four tennis courts, and four pickle ball courts.

Throughout its history, Anoka has promoted economic development. Current efforts focus on housing rehabilitation and development, commercial redevelopment, and historic preservation of the Central Business District. Development continues in and around Anoka due to several development trends including the metropolitan expansion, the Twin Cities to St. Cloud corridor growth, Anoka County growth, and Anoka’s Northstar Commuter Rail Station area development.

Throughout Anoka businesses, services, entertainment, and activities are abundant. Annual summer events include the Annual Fireworks and Ice Cream Social, Anoka Riverfest and Craft Fair, Anoka Classic Car Show, Anoka Food Truck Festival, in addition to Discover Anoka Days. Anoka is known as the “Halloween Capital of the World”; so each year the month of October is filled with fun activities for all! Experience Anoka’s Tree Lighting & Hometown Holiday Celebration in December and Anoka Winterfest in January/February.

Fine Dining

Anoka is home to a plethora of restaurants. From the 10k Brewing and Avant Garden to The Mad Hatter Restaurant & Tea Room; there is something for everyone!

Downtown Anoka

Anoka is blessed to have a genuine, historic downtown, not a manufactured “Main Street”. They are real. They are classic. With easy and free parking there is no reason not to visit!

Halloween Capital of the World

Anoka has been crazy about Halloween ever since it hosted one of the first Halloween parades in 1920. Every year they celebrate this festive holiday with parades, house decorating contests, and fun for the whole family. Join them for a ghoulishly good time!