Naturally Minneapolis

Looking for nature? Lakes galore, the most bike-friendly city in the nation, a park every six blocks and four professional sports teams guarantee that your visit to Minneapolis will be active. Here's an overview of what the metro area possesses. Take a look around.

Morning
If you’re truly an early bird, watch the sunrise over Lake Calhoun, one of the best places in the city to see nature and get some urban flavor at the same time. Enjoy yourself on the dock, and when the morning runners come out head to Common Roots Cafe for a chill, organic breakfast.

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 Arb features more than 1,000 acres of gardens, model landscapes and natural areas, from woodlands to wetlands to prairie. And, with 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails, you’ll be able to explore the area for hours. The Arb has great seasonal offerings, along with exhibits and more, so be sure to check them out before you enter their green utopia.

Evening
Dinner time! The hike has got you starved. Experience the ‘burbs a little more and trek over to Lake Minnetonka—yes, the lake of Prince fame. Try Lord Fletchers, situated on the Lake’s bank. They’ve got drinks, good and a guaranteed good time. If you hit it in the summer months, be sure to sit out on the docks for boat-watching and other merriment.

On your way back to the cities, hit up a rooftop bar for a little urban “nature”: Solera and Seven Sushi have some of the best views of Minneapolis.

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    Perfect for Celebrations, Family Outings, Retreats, Bachelor/ette Parties, Fitness, Corporate Outings and Simple Get Away Breaks. ATFS offers spectacular Mississippi River group kayaking tours out of our downtown Minneapolis location! Ever have that Mark Twain dream of spending time on the Mississippi? Well, now's your chance to explore the River at its most majestic. Check out our 2.5 hr, 1/2 day, full day tours!
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    The Mall of America is the largest U.S. retail and entertainment complex, featuring 520 stores, 50 restaurants, the nation's largest indoor theme park - Nickelodeon Universe and many other attractions.
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    Metro Transit's Twin Cities express and local bus routes serve most major destinations, as well as the Hiawatha light-rail line between Minneapolis and the Mall of America with service to the VA Hospital, Fort Snelling and MSP Airport (both the Lindbergh and Humphrey Terminals).
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    The story of a mighty river, a young city and how one product - flour - fueled the growth of Minneapolis. Mill City Museum's 12,000 square feet of exhibit space is packed with fun for visitors of all ages.
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    The Minneapolis Queen is a perfect way to experience the history of beautiful downtown Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Queen also makes the perfect venue for private events such as weddings, meetings, private parties and group tours. The 125 passenger Minneapolis Queen offers public tours and private charters on the Mississippi River cruising through historic Downtown Minneapolis. We are conveniently located at Bohemian Flats just south of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront District.
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    With more than 2,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound to have a wild time at the Minnesota Zoo.
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    Nice Ride is a bike sharing program dedicated to building community around a convenient easy-to-use transportation option that gives residents and visitors a healthy, fun, different way to get around town.
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    Experience a Segway on a Magical History Tour of the historic Minneapolis Riverfront! Our three-hour guided tour features stops at St. Anthony Main, Father Hennepin Park, Pillsbury A Mill, Stone Arch Bridge, Mill Ruins Park, Gold Medal Park, Guthrie Theatre, Mill City Museum, West River Parkway, Hennepin Avenue Bridge, and Nicollet Boom Islands. Private tours are available upon request for groups of 12 or more, or rent 2-70 Segways for corporate events, parties, and conventions.
  • As Lake Minnetonka's largest fleet, Al and Alma's Charter Cruises has catered to business and personal event specialists for over 30 years. They offer private cruises for groups up to 400, and feature public weekend brunch and dinner cruises.
  • Explore the unexpected at the Alexander Ramsey House, a Victorian-era home filled with thousands of original family items and furnishings. Through special events and programming visitors can immerse themselves in life from the 1870s. The home was built by Alexander Ramsey, Minnesota's first territorial governor. Open year round for seasonal events and programming. Victorian Christmas at the Ramsey House: Experience the sights, sounds and tastes of a Victorian Christmas with special holiday tours. See Original family ornaments and family gifts, hear holiday music played on the 1875 Steinway piano, and taste fresh cookies baked in the wood stove. Discover how the Ramsey family and servants celebrated the exciting holiday.The Alexander Ramsey House is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.

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