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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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • From the highlights of the Twin Cities to the back beat of the streets, we offer amazing tours that educate and entertain. Whether you'd like to choose one of our standard tours or customize your own, our professionally trained guides and expert coordinators will keep tour group's needs and interests in mind. Step on guides and translators available. Tour Registration, Secure Payments Accurate Reporting.
  • Foci Minnesota Center for Glass Arts, Foci MCGA, seeks to engage the Minnesota community in the study and appreciation of glass arts by offering classes, demonstrations, workshops and other avenues toward understanding the potential of the glass art form. The studio is a central location and community for professional and emerging glass artists, located in Minneapolis, MN.
  • The restored fort welcomes you to the 1820s. Soldiers, fur traders, servants, cooks, tradesmen, officers and laundresses are eager to share their stories with you.
  • Ivy Spa Club is beyond a spa. It is beyond a fitness facility. Ivy Spa Club offers massage, facials, body treatments, nail and foot care. Ivy Spa Club is Simply Beyond.
  • Tour one of the largest homes on historic Summit Avenue, with year-round hours of Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1-3:30 p.m.

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