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.
Journey back in time to an 16th Century European village at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, located in Shakopee. The 2013 Festival will commence Weekends August 17 through September 29, plus Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 27. Gates are open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., rain or shine. King Henry and his court invite one and all to experience the magic of our Realm with 16 stages of live entertainment and live armored jousting! Over 250 artisans fill the Festival marketplace to display and sell their handcrafted wares for a truly unique shopping experience. Patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets and enjoy 7 themed weekends, food and fun for the whole family, and much more
The Festival is located seven miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169. Free parking is provided and discount tickets are available online. For more information visit www.renaissancefest.com.
The Minnesota State Capitol is located in Minnesota's capital city, Saint Paul, and houses the Minnesota Senate, Minnesota House of Representatives, the Office of the Attorney General and the Office of the Governor.
Discover the history, art, culture, architecture, and natural beauty of Minneapolis with a tour of the city's most popular places. You can easily explore any of the 19 stops along the Hiawatha Light Rail Line with MSP Tours. Our customized audio tours allow you to experience the best of Minneapolis at your own pace and return to the airport on time for your departure flight.
A world-class casino with over 4,000 slot machines, 88 blackjack tables, high-stakes bingo and Las Vegas-style entertainment, the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel features 586 elegant rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants and championship golf course.
Paradise Charter Cruises has been providing private charters on beautiful Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River for over 18 years. They are ideal for corporate or personal events, as they accommodate for groups from 10 to 150.