Happy Hour Ideas in the Willmar Lakes Area

Our local restaurants, shops and attractions are open and have taken measures to ensure your safety.

Let’s Be Active

Enjoy a morning of outdoor yoga on Saturdays at Goat Ridge Brewery! Every Saturday (unless posted) from 10:15-11:30 am, drop-in or register ahead of time at the bar for a yoga class that suits all ability levels. For only $20 you can enjoy a relaxing morning of yoga and finish it off with a delicious craft beer (or other beverage on tap).

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A gym session or brisk walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier, more relaxed and less anxious. So join one of the many fitness and wellness centers in the Willmar Lakes Area and start creating a healthier and happier YOU. Many of them are even offering online classes and workout routines as well.

The more than 250 workouts on The Body Coach TV, formulated by host Joe Wicks, are engaging and upbeat. (He’s relaxed enough to let his toddler daughter ham it up during one live session.) You can find a variety of 15- to 20-minute workouts, as well as a “7 Days of Sweat” challenge. Wicks also has a bunch of short, charming videos for kids that’ll get them moving.

A lot of people are enjoying Fitness Blender for its solid, no-frills, gimmick-free workouts. The channel has roughly 600 to choose from, including a lower-body set done with resistance bands and a no-equipment-required, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) cardio workout.

Fun for the Whole Family

Looking for a fun, family activity? Reserve an interactive movie kit from the Willmar Public Library here. Each kit includes an interactive movie script, a bag of microwave popcorn, and props for up to 6 participants. *Limit 1 per week per household.

Spend an afternoon at Robbins Island Regional Park with the kids and take in the StoryWalk as you stroll around the perimeter of the Willmar Destination Playground. The story featured is “Up, Down, and Around” by Katherine Ayres. This is a great way to experience reading and nature at the same time!

Enjoy a night of live trivia every other Thursday night with the staff of the Willmar Public Library. Join their Facebook Group and play live online trivia solo or assemble a team. These events are for ages 18+.

Do you like puzzles?  Why not give our Willmar Lakes Area puzzles a try or check out the Kandiyohi County Historical Society’s puzzles.  Compete against your friends and family to see who can solve them the quickest.

Let’s Add a Little Arts & Crafts

The Willmar Public Library is offering a variety of arts and crafts activities. Join in on the Craft & Coloring Virtual Chat on the 4th Wednesday of each month and enjoy a friendly conversation while you work on your artwork. Or see what Community Art Project opportunities they are offering each month.

The ArtyFactory Art Lessons Gallery offers free online art lessons that include basic drawing classes for pencil, ink and colored pencil. For visitors who want to expand their knowledge of art, the site also offers an Art Appreciation Gallery and a Design Lessons Gallery.

We Can’t Forget About All of the Great Food in the Willmar Lakes Area

With so many diverse restaurants in Kandiyohi County, sometimes it can be hard to choose where to go. Our restaurants and bars are open, following safety protocols and ready to serve you.  If you are not ready for indoor dining many of them have a drive-thru, offer curbside or delivery. To see an updated list of which restaurants are offering takeout or delivery click here.

Call ahead and order your favorite crowler to go from Foxhole Brewhouse.

And the Delicious Local Beer

Goat Ridge Brewing Co. is open for indoor or outdoor dining or you can get your Beer To Go Thursdays-Fridays from 4-8pm and Saturdays from 12-8pm. You can walk-up or come-in and get beer, gear, and gift cards. There’s also a Beer Club that offers home delivery. Just call 320-354-2383 to place your order or order online by clicking here. And enjoy live music most Saturdays starting at 7:30pm.

Foxhole Brewhouse in Willmar is open for indoor and outdoor dining. Off sale pick up or curbside pick up is still available. Just call 320-441-2071 to order or order online by clicking here. Gather your friends and join them on Wednesday nights for a free night of live trivia, Trivia Mafia! Prizes go out to the top three teams as well as the leading team at half time. 

If you have more fun ideas of how to engage in a Happy Hour of sorts, let us know. We’d love to hear them!

Fish our lakes

The possibilities are endless on our 30 recreational lakes…boating, swimming, fishing, water skiing, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boating, hydro biking, paddle boarding and so much more!

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Explore our Trails

Surrounded by beautiful lakes and scenery…who wouldn’t take a hike or a leisurely bike ride to enjoy the view? With miles of trials to choose from, you can always find new places to explore.

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