Shakopee is a city southwest of downtown Minneapolis in the U.S. state of Minnesota. Located on the south bank bend of the Minnesota River, Shakopee and nearby suburbs comprise the southwest portion of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the sixteenth largest metropolitan area in the United States with 3.3 million people.
The river bank’s Shakopee Historic District contains burial mounds built by prehistoric cultures. In the 17th century, Chief Shakopee of the Mdewakanton Dakota established his village on the east end. Trading brought about the city’s establishment in the 19th century and Shakopee boomed as a commerce exchange site between river and rail at Murphy’s Landing. Once it was an isolated city competing in the Minnesota River Valley, but by the 1960s its economy shifted to the expanding metropolitan area. Significant growth as a bedroom community occurred after U.S. Highway 169 was realigned in 1996 toward the new Bloomington Ferry Bridge. The city is currently known for the metro area’s largest attractions, Valleyfair amusement park and the Canterbury Park horse racetrack. The Minnesota Renaissance Festival is associated with Shakopee though is located in nearby Louisville Township.
Spend your summer working and playing at one of America’s greatest amusement parks. Valleyfair, the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park, features over 75 rides and attractions including eight thrilling rollercoasters,Dinosaurs Alive, Planet Snoopy with the Peanuts gang, dazzling live entertainment, delicious dining options and the newly expanded Soak City Waterpark featuring Breakers Pipeline, Breakers Plunge and Barefoot Beach!