A Horticulturist's Dream

Haven't you heard? Minneapolis is ripe for the picking. If you're looking for flowers and fauna, there's no better place to be. Take some tips, then take a stroll through our lush metro area.

Morning
As soon as the rooster crows, head to Lake Harriet, a pearl within the city’s Chain of Lakes, to catch a glimpse of the beaming sunrise. Follow the pedestrian paths around the lake to Lyndale Park Rose Garden, where you will find more than 100 varietals of roses. After sauntering through the garden, head west to the Harriet Band Shell to catch live music and soak in the natural landscape (along with the buzzing city life).

Hungry yet? Head to the quaint Linden Hills neighborhood, laced with earthy boutiques, shops and restaurants. Grab a cappuccino or latte at Zumbro or Sebastian Joe’s to wet your whistle.

Afternoon
Next, take a drive out to the ‘burbs. Don’t worry—you’re in for a treat. Make your way to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Run by the University of Minnesota, the Arboretum features thousands of acres of gardens with annual and perennial displays. And—to boot—get your heart pumpin’ with 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails while passing by the Arboretum’s 5,000 plant species.

For lunch, eat within the Arboretum’s main house, where you can find healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. If you have time, hit up the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden where you will see not only world-renowned sculptures like the Spoonbridge and Cherry, but also a beautiful greenhouse and lush greenscape.

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  • 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.
  • Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and hosts countless special events. Landmark Center also houses Anita's Cafe, Landmarket Gift Shop, five gallery spaces, and a number of St. Paul's premier arts and culture organizations.
  • Magnolia Blossom Cruises is a quaint river boat on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, MN that can accommodate up to 110 people for your special occasion. The Magnolia Blossom is a perfect venue for weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and all other occasions. Public tours available at select times during the year.
  • Mall of America (R) is the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex, featuring 520 stores, 60 restaurants, the nation's largest indoor theme park - Nickelodeon Universe and many other attractions.
  • metroConnections offers award-winning sightseeing tours for individuals and groups, with English and bilingual speaking step-on guides available.
  • Offering everything from heirloom vegetables and organic fruits to flowering plants, pastured meats, dairy, and eggs. Check out Mill City Farmers Market's wide selection of specialty foods including farmstead cheeses, preserves, breads, and more. Weekly kitchen demos, live music, kids' activities, and more! The first farmers market in Minneapolis to focus on locally grown, seasonal foods from the region's finest sustainable, organic farmers, and small businesses. Open every Saturday May 9 through October 31, 8am to 1pm. And monthly winter markets inside the Mill City Museum (Second Saturdays, November through April).
  • Minne International is a Japanese in-bound tour operator, offering a full-range of services including guides, interpreters, transportation, technical visits and seminars on local business and the Mall of America.
  • Just across the street from the Walker Art Center is the first major urban sculpture park in the United States - the 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. At its center is the beloved Twin Cities icon, the found-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry. During the summer, spend the afternoon hitting the greens at the artist-designed mini-golf course.
  • The Minnesota Historical Society has been sharing the stories of Minnesotans for over 165 years! Join us for programs and events at 26 historic sites and museums statewide. The Twin Cities metro area historical sites and museums include the Minnesota History Center, Mill City Museum, Historic Fort Snelling, James J. Hill House, Alexander Ramsey House, Minnesota State Capitol, North West Company Fur Post, and Oliver H. Kelley Farm. Visit our website to learn more!
  • 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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