DID YOU KNOW?
• The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
• The Mall of America in Bloomington, MN is 9.5 million square feet (equivalent of 78 football fields).
• Third lowest unemployment rate in United States.
• CNBC Ranked Minnesota as Number 4 in America’s “Top States to Live” in 2016.
- Minnesota was also ranked Number 2 in Quality of Life and Number 2 in Education.
• Business Insider ranks Minnesota the 4th best state to raise a family, taking in to consideration, “1) Family Fun, 2) Health and Safety, 3) Education and Child Care, 4) Affordability and 5) Socioeconomics.”
• A booming local economy, continued job growth, superb transportation, great natural resources and a consistently high quality of living have landed this Midwest city on everyone’s “Best” list including Inc. Magazine’s “Best Places to Start and Grow a Company,” Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” and author Sandra Gurvis’ “30 Great Cities to Start Out In.”
ATTRACTIONS IN THE AREA
Boom Island Park provides a leisurely atmosphere for the entire family. Recreational amenities include a boat launch and marina, promenades, a tot lot playground and picnic areas.
Gold Medal Park
Minneapolis's newest park officially opened to the public on May 16, 2007. It runs along the riverfront and is next to the Guthrie Theater.
Lake Calhoun is part of the Chain of Lakes and is a popular site for fishing, wind surfing, swimming, sailing, canoeing, walking, jogging, biking and roller- and in-line skating. In 1999, the Chain of Lakes drew over 5.5 million visitors making the Lakes the second most popular visitor destination after the Mall of America. The distance around Lake Calhoun is 3.2 miles for bicycles and skaters and 3.1 for walkers and runners. Watercraft rental is available through Wheel Fun Rentals. Tinfish Restaurant is located in the Calhoun Pavilion.
As one of the picturesque lakes in the renowned Chain of Lakes, Lake Harriet features 67 acres of land and 344 acres of water. It is noted for biking and walking trails, a variety of water activities and summer concerts at the stunning band shell. Trails around the lake are 2.99 miles for bikers and skaters and 2.75 miles for walkers and runners. A tot lot is located near the band shell. Visitors can purchase refreshments at the concessions building, pump fresh drinking water at the well, and enjoy nightly concerts from early June to Labor Day. Lake Harriet offers two supervised beaches: North and Southeast. Lake Harriet's North Beach now features a floating swimming dock, adding a splash of fun to the lake! New in 2011 is the addition of Bread & Pickle, a restaurant that offers local and sustainably grown or harvested ingredients in a zero-waste environment. Watercraft rental is available through Wheel Fun Rentals.
Lake Minnetonka (meaning "Big Waters" in the native Dakota language), is located twenty miles due West of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Minnesota. Formed by glacial melting following the last Ice Age, Lake Minnetonka is one of the largest lakes in the state, boasting 110 miles of shoreline.
Lake Minnetonka is a very popular fishing lake. Boat rentals and dinner cruises are also available. There are two restaurants, Maynard's and Lord Fletchers on lakefront property.
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting over 850,000 thousand visitors annually. Located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, the 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers. Visitors take advantage of abundant activities in the summer, including concerts, picnics, walking, biking, and viewing the falls. It's also become a popular site for weddings. Walking the lower trails in autumn reveals beautifully changing leaves.
Off-Leash Dog Park Located on the south end of Minnehaha Park
Wheel Fun Rentals Offers bike rentals through October
Sea Salt Eatery Offers fresh seafood April through October 30
Located at the heart of Minneapolis, Nicollet Island is the only inhabited island on the Mississippi River. This forty-eight-acre wonderland is a bucolic refuge, hiding right under the nose of Downtown. Many don't even notice it as they drive over the Hennepin Avenue bridge to Northeast Minneapolis on the East Bank of the Mississippi, but it contains many marvelous secrets including the Nicollet Island Inn, the Nicollet Island Pavilion, DeLaSalle High School, twenty-two historic Victorian-era homes, and acres of park land and trails for jogging, biking, walking, and any number of activities.
Stone Arch Bridge
The Stone Arch Bridge is the only bridge of its kind over the Mississippi River. It is made of native granite and limestone, and measures 2100-feet long by 28-feet wide. The bridge consists of 23 arches, and spans the river below St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, MN.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half-acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. The Zoo & Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is open year round. During the winter, the zoo and conservatory are open from 10AM until 4PM. During the summer, hours are extended until 6PM. Admission is free to the public; however a $2 donation is suggested for adults and $1 for children.
The Depot Skating Rink
Named one of the top ten best places in the United States to ice skate by the USA Today and MSNBC, The Depot Rink is a historic Downtown Minneapolis train shed that now houses a modern-day, indoor rink with floor-to-ceiling glass walls showcasing views of the downtown city skyline. Take a moment out of your busy winter schedule for the perfect place for birthday parties, family outings and reunions, school field trips, holiday parties, romantic dates, team building, and employee appreciation parties. We offer public skating or private rink rental, a full catering menu, and group party packages.
Visit the completely remodeled LEGO Store featuring a giant pick-a-Brick wall with 180 different LEGO elements to choose from, a variety of play tables to inspire creativity and eight larger-than-life models including a LEGO robot towering over 34 feet tall!
Minnesota Children’s Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum is dedicated to providing children with a fun, hands-on and stimulating environment to explore and discover. The Museum helps to instill a life-long love of learning by nurturing the real-world skills children need to become engaged citizens in the future. For more than 30 years, Minnesota Children's Museum has embedded the research on play, creativity and child development into its interactive learning environments and programs. Open-ended experiences are designed for children to explore, discover, immerse, imagine and connect.
Founded in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo exists to connect people, animals, and the natural world. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globe. Education programs engage audiences at the Zoo, throughout the region, and around world. Conservation programs protect endangered species and preserve critical ecosystems.
Nickelodeon Universe is a seven-acre (28,000 m²) indoor amusement park located in the center of the Mall of America.
The Science Museum's building is 370,000 square feet, built into the bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River. The museum's 70,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery and five permanent galleries covering the topics of paleontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum's collections. The Mississippi River flows just outside the windows of the museum and past the museum's ten acres of outdoor exhibits and programming space. The Science Museum of Minnesota employs over 600 full and part time staff and is supported by more than 1,000 dedicated volunteers. The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its interactive exhibits, dynamic traveling exhibitions, and internationally distributed large format films.
Underwater Adventures is the largest Underground Aquarium in the World -providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures with fascinating new displays, cool hands-on activities for kids, over 10,000 sea creatures including tons more sea creatures than ever before and an ocean full of fun!
Valley fair is a 125 acre amusement park located in Shakopee and is currently the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. The park has over 50 rides and water attractions and currently operates 8 roller coasters, one of the most popular being Wild Thing.Valley fair also has a water park, Soak City located completely within it.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the nation's largest urban sculpture parks. When the Garden opened in 1988, it was immediately heralded by the New York Times as "the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture." The Garden's centerpiece and most popular work is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988), which has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities. The Garden has demonstrated extraordinary appeal in the community, and is a vital force for bringing new visitors inside the Walker and building new audiences for contemporary art. More than 15,000 people attended the Walker's Rock the Garden concert and 15th-Anniversary celebration in June 2003
It's an adventure on the avenue. Bundle up your family and head to Downtown Minneapolis for the Target Holidazzle Parade, A Fairytale for All - where all your favorite storybook characters come to life. Starting November 25th and running Thursdays through Sundays at 6:30 until December 18. Brave the wind chill and watch street side, or keep warm in the "Hot Seats" or downtown skyways.
The annual end-of-summer celebration is a great place to score food on a stick, hop a coaster in the Midway or spy newborn farm animals. Enjoy fun in the August sun, then take a break from the hot streets and step inside to see how creative Minnesotans make seeds into art or sculpt in butter. The fair runs for 12 days ending on Labor Day each year.