Welcome to Carver
A pleasant community with a historic downtown framed by rolling hills
Carver is a quaint-but-growing community located along the Minnesota River southwest of Minneapolis. This peaceful community surrounded by rolling hills with bluff views is just a little over a half-hour outside of the urban center. It offers a suburban, semi-rural respite from the big city. With a charming historic downtown, there was once a Native American Wahpeton village here. The area takes its name from the explorer Jonathan Carver, who explored the area in the 1760s. Many historically significant homes and buildings were successfully preserved, blessing the town with a lovely historic district. Large and sprawling ranch-style homes are prevalent in the area.
There are some fun local events and there is a lot of green space to get out and enjoy fresh air nearby. The town is known for being a great place to enjoy living in peace and quiet with a small-town feel and friendly neighbors, while not being far away from the urban centers of the Twin Cities.
What to Love
- Small, peaceful community
- Easy access to the river and green space
- Comfortable commute to the Twin Cities
- Gorgeous views
- Quaint downtown
- Growing economy
Carver offers small-town living at its finest, on the southwest edge of the Minneapolis suburbs. Outside of the historic downtown, the community is spread out. Neighbors are friendly and welcoming but also enjoy their peace and quiet. They love the nature and scenery nearby and getting out to appreciate the river and nearby creeks, marshes, and lakes.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There is a nice handful of local eateries and cafes in the historic district of Carver. The Carver Creamery
is a long-time favorite for ice cream. Harvey’s Bar serves casual fare in a friendly neighborhood bar and grill atmosphere. Lisa’s Place
is a classic small-town bar where everyone is a local. The Dog House is another popular watering hole.
The charming downtown also has several neat shops. Locals love to see what they can find at the Carver General antique store. The Funky Dove has unique items ranging from dog toys and hand-knitted cat socks to handmade soaps and handmade jewelry. Temperance Arts and Gifts
also has a variety of handmade wool items. Old Carver Fishing Bait and Tackle have everything you need for a fun day out on the water. Finally, Fleet Farm
is a one-stop-shop for everything from pet supplies to home decor to outdoor gear and bait and tackle.
Things to Do
Carver offers easy access to lots of natural areas. Carver Riverside Park
has a boat launch, archery range, trails, and a campsite. The Carver Community Park
has playgrounds, baseball and softball fields, a volleyball course, an ice skating rink, and a skate park. The Minnesota Wildlife Refuge is located just south of Carver and has a nature center as well as hiking trails. Meanwhile, golfers can enjoy the nearby Dahlgreen Golf Club
The community’s signature event is the Carter Steamboat Days, held every year around the turn of summer to fall. There are a variety of attractions during this fun-filled weekend, including fireworks, live music, car shows, water fights, and a medallion hunt.
The Eastern Carver County School District
manages the schools in and near Carver. Students of Carver attend the local elementary school and the highly-rated upper-class schools in nearby Chaska. A few of the nearby schools include:
Get in Touch
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