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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  • Rugged Stone, massive scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the gilded Age Mansion, the setting of the public and private lives of the Hill family. The James J. Hill House is a National Historic Landmark and is one of 26 historic sites and museums operated by the Minnesota Historical Society.
  • Jefferson Bus Lines is a full-service transportation company designed to handle your group tour and charter needs with clean, modern equipment, experienced drivers and customized tour planning.
  • 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.
  • Kiku Enterprises is dedicated to offer you an array of services for your travel needs including bilingual interpreter, guide, hotel, ground transportation, setting up itinerary, and making appointments to technical and educational study. Minnesota is a leader in the industry and offers top quality products, services, technology and policy both in the public and privates sectors for a wide range of industry from farmers to universities. While you work hard, you need to spend some time enjoying Minnesota. We can create a tour itinerary according to your time availability, interests in culture, arts, sports and history or ethnic foods of all kind.
  • 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.
  • metroConnections offers award-winning sightseeing tours for individuals and groups, with English and bilingual speaking step-on guides available.
  • Every Saturday 8am to 1pm, this market is not only a fun neighborhood and destination spot for Minnesota residents, but another way to share the many benefits of local sustainable and organically produced foods.
  • 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.
  • Minneapolis means the City of Lakes, but you'll also find a variety of inviting trails and paths, regional parks, neighborhood parks, recreation centers and more. There's so much to see and experience, from the Grand Rounds Parkways, to our enticing Chain of Lakes, plentiful parks, beautiful gardens and activity-filled Recreation Centers. Minneapolis Golf offers five 18-hole championship golf courses, one 9-hole Par 3 golf course, one 9-hole executive golf course, and three driving ranges. We also offer banquet and meeting spaces for weddings, golf tournaments, corporate outings, and other special occasions.

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