Sports | Parks | Trails

The sun is shining brightly as a 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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