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Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota, Hastings

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Satisfy your inner child and fulfill a dream of operating a piece of heavy equipment at Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota. Choose from a skid steer, bulldozer, excavator, or full-size fire truck, and receive instruction in a safe environment before taking your machine through a series of obstacles and tasks all on your own. The climate-controlled cabs keep you comfortable in any weather. The packages differ in length and equipment usage; check the attraction's website for more details and to view any special offers. Using our world travel planner, Hastings attractions like Extreme Sandbox - Minnesota can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was a great gift for my dad. He did an hour long experience with the excavator and said it was “fun as hell”. He can’t wait to go back and I’ve got gifts figured out for the next few holidays...  more »
  • I brought a small group of students to the Extreme Sandbox and could not be more pleased. The Heavy Equipment Camp taught them about the equipment and potential careers in the field of heavy...  more »
  • This place is amazing! They keep an upbeat atmosphere and make sure you have fun. They use headsets to talk to you during the session. We selected the bulldozer adventure with Adam. He showed us what to do and kept us laughing the whole time. Well worth the money.
  • Fantastic time!!! We recently went to the Extreme Sandbox in Hastings for an afternoon of fun using a gift my wife had purchased for me. Although I had heard about this place I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. First thing you notice when arriving is all the equipment and the unique obstacles placed throughout…at this point you start to realize you’ll soon be in that equipment having a great time. We checked in for our classic sandbox package (1 ½ hours) and were directed to a conference room where we would be getting our instructions, watching a short video on the piece of equipment selected (I selected the excavator), and getting geared up. Once ready, Adam and I walked out to the “job site” and went through what was going to happen. They also have a couple of viewing areas that family and/or friends can watch from. Adam did a great job explaining what to expect and how to control the equipment. He was always communicating via headset what he wanted me to do and gently reminded me if I couldn’t remember what to move. After some instruction it was time to start digging. I got to dig a deep hole (simple but fun…just like a kid at the playground) and then hit a ball off the pile using the excavator bucket like a golf driver, knock tennis balls off cones, play a little excavator basketball and lift and move a car. Oh yeah, if you just want to spin in circles you can do that too! The hour in the excavator went a lot quicker than expected but it was an awesome time. Adam was a great instructor who kept me focused and made sure I was having fun at the same time. When it was over we were able to take some photos next to the equipment to remember the experience (this gives you a great perspective on how big the equipment is). Would highly recommend this to anyone who has always wanted to operate heavy machinery and even to those who aren’t sure…you’ll have a blast!

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