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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  • 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.
  • See all that the Twin Cities has to offer by taking the Twin Cities Highlights Tour by Award-Winning City Tours and Gray Line. Peer into the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul, and the diverse neighborhoods in between. Or try our exciting Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, our historic Stillwater Tour and St. Croix River Cruise, and our ever-popular Holiday Lights Tour. We can even design private, customized tours for groups. With educational and entertaining live narratives, our spacious motor coach tours are always engaging. No matter which city tour you choose, you'll have an unforgettable time in the Twin Cities. Our public tours pick-up at the Mall America (Transit Station - east side / lower level). Visit our website for tour dates and prices.
  • Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience is an interactive installation bringing the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse toy to real life. For the first time ever, fans of all ages will be able to literally step inside her world and discover the many rooms and living areas with Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience. In each room, guests will be delighted by surprises and interactive stations related to the room such as a cupcake island at Barbie's kitchen where guests can customize digital cupcakes or the chance to digitally try on fashions from Barbie's dream closet! The Dreamhouse (TM) also includes more than 350 Barbie dolls and other memorabilia. Having a birthday? Book a Barbie (TM) Dreamhouse (TM) Birthday Party in a private Barbie (TM) party room!
  • Come check out Minnesota's largest outdoor waterpark! Bunker Beach now features six towering waterslides, a 900’ lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and as always, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool! Large open areas for sunning and relaxing are scattered throughout the water park. Concession options, changing rooms, and a metro-area location, make Bunker Beach a perfect family destination!
  • Canterbury Park Racetrack Card Club features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing and a deluxe, 24-hour card club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games.
  • 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 great fun for visitors of all ages.
  • Big fun for little kids! At Como Town kids can drive cars, fly planes, fight fires, run, climb and play. Safe and wholesome family fun right next to Como Zoo.
  • CSI: The Experience(TM) gives visitors the opportunity to play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning scientific principles and real investigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-of-the-art crime labs will help visitors piece together the evidence. With input from investigators from the television show, along with their real-life forensic science counterparts, guests will formulate a hypothesis, validate their findings based on scientific evidence and try to crack the case. A video introduction by cast members from the TV show welcomes visitors into the exhibit, leads them through the experience, and then evaluates their crime solving savvy as they exit.
  • Visit Dave Buster's! Our Full Service Dining and Gaming Facility is the best in the industry! We have a complete Full Service restaurant, Bar, and Game Floor all under one roof! So come on down and experience 40,000 square feet of the most fun you can have in one place!
  • EMS Exhibit Center is home to Three Interactive Exhibits: Barbie - the Dream House (TM) Experience, CSI: The Experience (TM), and the Star Trek (TM) The Exhibition: The Exhibition.

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