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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    Zip Line Minnesota! Kerfoot Canopy Tour offers a new way to experience the Minnesota River Valley. Smile! Get Outdoors! Enjoy Minnesota's Midwest outdoor adventure at its best! Join us for an adventure filled with nature, fun, zip lines and thrill! Soar through picturesque trees, zip along our cables, chat with our adventure guides, and have a time of your life right here, less than an hour outside of Minneapolis and Saint Paul! A new perspective on many things unravels as you progress through our treetops and over our ravines.
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    Metro Transit's Twin Cities express and local bus routes serve most major destinations, as well as Blue Line between Minneapolis and the Mall of America with service to the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Fort Snelling and MSP Airport (both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2).
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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 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 diverse system of land and water spanning 6,790 acres of parkland and water featuring 251 park properties including the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, 200+ miles of biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 47 recreation centers. Together these properties annually receive approximately 21 million visits.
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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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    An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits. The Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special event throughout the year. The building is also home to the Gale Family Library and archives, a research destination for schoolchildren, family historians and academics. The Minnesota History Center's distinctive architecture adds a unique ambiance for events from 50-1,500 guests. Constructed of Minnesota granite and limestone with marble accents, the History Center's spaces offer classic flair with grand vistas of the State Capitol, Cathedral of Saint Paul and the downtown Saint Paul skyline. The Minnesota History Center is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
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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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    Let's do it all. Mystic Lake has 24/7 gaming action with nearly 4,000 slots, 100 blackjack tables and a 600-seat bingo hall on one of the Midwest's largest gaming floors. Enjoy free live entertainment every weekend and see today's biggest stars shine in the 2,100 seat Mystic Showroom. Pamper yourself in one of 586 luxurious hotel rooms and suites, take a dip in the indoor atrium pool, tee off on an award-winning championship golf course, plan a spa day, and visit 10 distinctive bars and restaurants. Just 25 minutes from Minneapolis, Mall of America and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
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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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