It’s finally summertime! Nice weather, sunshine, and outdoor activities for the family are right at your fingertips. What do you do with (or without) your kids to enjoy the nice weather and stay active? There are so many fun things right in our area to do. Pools, trails, museums, etc. Are you looking for something to get out of town for a bit during the week to break up the routine? If your answer was YES then head on over to Henderson, MN for the Classic Car and Bike Roll In every Tuesday night from May through September.
Henderson is a small town on the river roughly 30 minutes north of Mankato. A straight shot on 169 and a jog off on 93 and you’re there. I will warn you that there is road construction on highway 169 right now, so if you’re feeling adventurous take the scenic route (back roads) to add a little spice to your night! Classic car enthusiasts and bikers come from near and far to this tiny town on Tuesday nights. In fact, with averages from 300-600 cars and bikes arriving, the population of Henderson nearly doubles in size!
Cars and bikes not your thing? Come on over anyway! There is truly something there for everyone. The shops and boutiques stay open late these nights so if you’re wanting to window shop or need to find a gift for a special someone, you found the right place! There are plenty of local food vendors as well as the bar and grill so you and your family will never go hungry. A night of no cooking? Yes, please! And when you’re done eating you can even get an ice cream treat at the local ice cream parlor! If your kiddos need to burn off a little extra energy, walk over to the west end of the town and there is a great playground for them to run around on.
For me personally, it’s not just a fun weekly summer event. It was my dad’s favorite thing to do before he passed away. He looked forward to the roll ins all year long. He would even drive his classic car over there early to stake out his favorite spot (and even get a little perturbed when another car parked in “his” spot). He loved seeing and talking to everyone, and enjoying the nice weather. After his passing, we wanted to keep his tradition alive for us and for my son. My mom still drives his car over every week and parks it in “his” spot and his close friends placed a memorial bench there for him honoring his memory.
What are you waiting for? Bring your lawn chairs or grab a spot on one of the benches and pack your cooler (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are acceptable!). The whole family can enjoy this free, YES FREE, event all summer long. Make sure to park on one of the side streets as the main drag is reserved for the classics and the bikes. You can typically find my family and I sitting on my dad’s bench enjoying a cold beverage, the local fare, and plenty of people watching. Stop by and say hi if you decide to make it over!
Interested in other local summer activities? Here is a guide to local summer events in the area!