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Your Minneapolis adventure awaits.

It should be no surprise that we are the American Fitness Index’s “Fittest City in America.” Lakes galore, the most bike-friendly city in the nation, a park every six blocks and four professional sports teams guarantee that your family's visit to Minneapolis will be active.

Watch the polar bears play at Como Zoo, one of the country's only free zoos. Make sure to also catch Sparky the seal's big performances! And no matter the season, enjoy one of the widest arrays of professional teams in the nation. Enjoy a Twins game in the outdoor majesticness of Target Field, or feel the air vibrate as the cheers for the Vikings erupt.

Ice skating: Take the kids out for an afternoon of ice skating in one of Minneapolis’ outdoor rinks! With a list of over 20 outdoor spaces, there are plenty of opportunities for skating, hockey, broomball and more.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Bring the whole family for free weekend fun between noon and 4 p.m. With weekly activities, enjoy all the seasons from the cold winter months to the blooming spring. From chocolate tasting to scavenger hunts, this 1,100 acre park is a great spot for families who love the outdoors.

Chain of Lakes: Located 10 miles from downtown, the Chain of Lakes is a 13-mile stretch of paved shoreline paths along four of the largest lakes in Minneapolis. Rent a canoe or kayak for some adventure, or take a stroll through this urban and natural setting.

Enjoy guided biking and walking tours around the Twin Cities with The Fit Tourist. Explore the sites and learn about the local history. The tours may include the historic riverfront and mill area, Nicollet Mall, the Walker Sculpture Garden, the Twin's Stadium, Minnehaha Falls, the city lakes and beyond. Experience one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. Get out, get active and enjoy our fabulous cities.

Pursue your creative side with group programs and activities for all ages. Improve your skills or break out of your comfort zone and try new things. Explore programs including pottery, music, theater, dance, and more. The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board offers a variety of Nature programs and activites. 

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Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Minneapolis

Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure - Minneapolis

Turn Minneapolis into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement of the Amazing Race with a three-hour city tour. Guided from any smart phone, teams make their way among well known and overlooked gems of the city, solving…

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Anderson Race Management

Anderson Race Management

Anderson Race Management provides run, biking, swimming and triathlon event management, promotion, timing and rental equipment services for events throughout the Midwest and is based in the Twin Cities. We can provide these services for non-profits, for-profits…

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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

One of the last free zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Located next to Como Town Amusement Park, the historic Cafesjian's Carousel, and in Como Park, the zoo and conservatory are…

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James J. Hill House

James J. Hill House

Rugged Stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the gilded Age Mansion, the…

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Lakewood Cemetery Tours

Lakewood Cemetery Tours

On this self-guided tour of Lakewood, you will walk through almost 150 years of local history as you read about the people who made Minneapolis what it is today.

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Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of five Minnesota park agencies and one of approximately 130 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA). The MPRB is a…

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Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club

Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club

Often thought of as the United States’ premiere shotgun sports facility, the Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club was one of the first in the country to offer the game of sporting clays in 1986. Today we've grown into a facility that features five world class sporting…

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Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota's largest public garden on 1,000 acres, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is open year-round and offers seasonal tours of beautiful display gardens and plant collections.

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Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo

Discover over 4,700 animals from tropical rainforests, northern plains, oceans and reefs, the woodlands of Minnesota, Russia’s Far East, and a family farm. The Minnesota Zoo is open 363 days a year with miles of indoor and outdoor trails. It’s where amazing…

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Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop

Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop

Osseo Gun Club & Pro Shop is Minnesota's largest, indoor, firing range. From firearm and machine gun rentals including a full retail store with onsite gunsmith services to Friday Firearm sampler classes- Ladies introductory firearm classes and permit to carry…

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Taste Twin Cities

Taste Twin Cities

Come enjoy all the tastes the Twin Cities has to offer on our guided tours! Our walking food tours are a 3 hour experience sampling food at 5 local restaurants all while seeing the sites and learning about the history of the Twin Cities. Some sites include the…

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Twin Cities Food Tours

Twin Cities Food Tours

Twin Cities Food Tours provide three hour seasonal walking tours, combining great food, Minnesota history and cultural information. Private group tours/gift certificates also available.

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Wheel Fun Rentals

Premier bike and boat rentals destination in Minneapolis with multiple locations through the Twin Cities including Lake Calhoun and Minnehaha Falls. Wheel Fun Rentals features the largest selection of specialty cycles, bicycles, boats, and more! Guaranteed fun…

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Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry

Wilderness Inquiry offers Mississippi River half-day canoe adventures through the heart of the Twin Cities. Our Voyageur canoes are 24-foot wooden boats, hand built in St. Paul, and accommodate 9 passengers plus an experienced Wilderness Inquiry guide or…

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