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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  • Nickelodeon Universe is the nation's largest family indoor theme park with over 30 remarkable rides and attractions shape the seven-acre park, which also features nine places to eat, entertainment and shopping.
  • Located on the east bank of the Minneapolis Riverfront District, the Northeast Business Association offers Old St. Anthony (the birthplace of Minneapolis) and 50-plus restaurants and retail shops.
  • Padelford Packet Boat offers narrated Mississippi River cruises May through September, as well as dinner and brunch, trips and private charters. St. Paul riverboats carry 315, 510 and 730 passengers.
  • 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.
  • Pinstripes is a unique dining and entertainment venue, featuring a bistro with exceptional Italian/American cuisine and wine; bowling and bocce; a year-round outdoor patio and fire pit; and event space and meeting rooms accommodating 20-600 guests. Enjoy Sunday Brunch, lunch or dinner; private parties; weekend live blues and jazz; craft beer wine dinners; parents tot play dates and many other exciting promotions. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Running Aces Harness Park offers fun and excitement for all ages. Bet on live/simulcast races across the country, enjoy fine dining and take advantage of the sports bar open daily.
  • From sharks to sea turtles, and jellyfish to seahorses, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures underneath the Mall of America. Throughout your 75 minute experience you will to come face to face with animals never before seen in Minnesota, giving you a new level of excitement and understanding of the world's oceans. You will be amazed by our 300 foot long tunnel and 1.3 million gallons of water.
  • Springbrook Nature Center is a uniquely diverse natural area of native habitats and wildlife. It has 127 acres of native prairies, oak and aspen forests, oak savannah, and extensive wetlands. Springbrook is a popular City of Fridley park, and is a destination for people from the greater Minneapolis St. Paul regional metropolitan area. Its three miles of hiking trails, floating boardwalks, and interpretive center live animal exhibits are an attraction for families, children and friends. Springbrook Nature Center is a jewel to be cherished and protected. Let the City of Fridley’s Springbrook Nature Center be your choice for a family adventure, or a quiet interlude, to learn about and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature!
  • Don't miss your chance to explore Target Field, rated the #1 Fan Experience in all of major league sports by ESPN the Magazine! During your guided tour to Target Field, you'll see areas of the ballpark guests normally don't see. These spaces may include the press box, clubhouse, dugout and other premium areas (all subject to availability).
  • Come enjoy all the tastes the Twin Cities has to offer on our guided tours! Our walking food tours are a 3 hour experience sampling food at 5 local restaurants all while seeing the sites and learning about the history of the Twin Cities. Some sites include the Guthrie, Mill City Museum, Stone Arch Bridge, Pillsbury Mill, Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Mills Ruin Park, Mississippi River, tallest building in Minneapolis, the oldest street in Minneapolis and Skyways. Or join our Brewery or Winery Bus Tour to 3 local breweries or wineries. You'll enjoy private tours and get to sample some of the best local beer or wine around the Twin Cities. Join in tours are available daily or book a private tour for smaller or large groups. Please visit our website for booking a tour or contact us directly to schedule a private tour.

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