Rivers and Lakes

Minnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes, and Minneapolis is known to house a few, too. The mighty Mississippi roars through our city, and our lakes are 24/7 ready for fun: liquid or frozen.

Morning
Enjoy breakfast downtown at any one of our fabulous restaurants—from celebrity chefs to local favorites and ethnic specialties—we're sure to have something for every taste. Or savor breakfast at Nicollet Island Inn, surrounded by panoramic views of the Mississippi River.

By car or by bike, tour the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway and discover the beauty of the Mississippi River and our Chain of Lakes. The Grand Rounds is the only National Scenic Byway in the United States that is located within an urban area. Stop at the free Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum to enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi River and the building designed by architect Frank Gehry. Then visit Minnehaha Falls for another stunning display of the mighty Mississippi and the only waterfalls in the United States that is located within a metro area.

Afternoon
Stop for lunch on the Mississippi River bank at Pracna on Main Historic Dining Saloon, the oldest restaurant on the oldest street in Minneapolis. After lunch, take a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge to Mill City Museum. Located within the ruins of the historic milling district, the museum is packed with interactive exhibits, an eight-story Flour Tower and fun for visitors of all ages.

Or, enjoy lunch in the heart of Uptown at Barbette, just blocks from Lake Calhoun. Then tour the Bakken Science Museum & Medicinal Garden on the west side of Lake Calhoun.

Take a ride back in time on a Como-Harriet Street Car Line at Lake Harriet. Stroll along the lake or visit the bird sanctuary, rose gardens (second oldest public rose gardens in the U.S. with 60,000 blooms in peak season) and peace gardens near Lake Harriet.

Evening
Savor dinner as you cruise down the Mississippi River aboard the Minneapolis Queen Paddlewheeler, which provides a beautiful look at historic Minneapolis. Or, relax on the patio of Spoonriver in the Riverfront District. Next door at the Guthrie Theater, take in an amazing view of the riverfront area from a bridge-like cantilever that suspends from the lobby over the Mill Ruins Park.

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  • Enjoy guided biking and walking tours around the Twin Cities. Explore the sites and learn about the local history. The tours may include the historic riverfront and mill area, Nicollet Mall, the Walker Sculpture Garden, the Twin's Stadium, Minnehaha Falls, the city lakes and beyond. Experience one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. Get out, get active and enjoy our fabulous cities.
  • Unique spaces, distinctive environment, scenic views, chef-designed farm to table menus using locally sourced ingredients, wellness activities from yoga to spa services tailored to meet your needs. From the moment you take your first tour of our venue until your event is complete, we are your partner in planning.
  • Treasure Island is a Caribbean-themed hotel with whirlpool suites, restaurants and 25,000 square feet of meeting space. The facility provides entertainment, daycare, pools and hot tubs, slot machines, blackjack tables and bingo, a 137-slip marina and 120-passenger luxury yacht.
  • This tropical themed waterpark is perfect for the year-round fun! The waterpark extravanganza includes Shipwreck Beach, volleyball and basketball water games, and a 3 story Shark Attack ride, where riders can choose from over 100 songs to accompany a light show on the ride down! Located at Shoreview Community Center, along with an all inclusive Fitness Center, and extravagent Tropical Indoor Playground!
  • Twin Cities In Motion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization promoting healthy lifestyles through running events and community outreach since 1982. Our goal is simple--to inspire millions of miles and create billions of smiles among runners, friends, families and communities we reach.
  • Our newly-expanded facility offers seven multipurpose rooms, outdoor gear rental, and a climbing wall. We also house a state-of-the-art aquatic center, a variety of fitness equipment, and wellness resources to help you reach your goals.
  • Valleyfair is the Upper Midwest's largest amusement park featuring over 75 rides and attractions including eight roller coasters, Soak City Waterpark, live entertainment, Dinosaur's Alive, Planet Snoopy and the all-new family area, Route 76! Inspired by when the park opened in 1976, Route 76 includes a new ride Northern Lights, return of the Antique Autos and more!
  • Enjoy one of the Water Park of America's 403 deluxe accommodations, located on Bloomington's main business district and adjacent to Mall of America.
  • Wilderness Inquiry offers Mississippi River half-day canoe adventures through the heart of the Twin Cities. Our Voyageur canoes are 24-foot wooden boats, hand built in St. Paul, and accommodate 9 passengers plus an experienced Wilderness Inquiry guide or National Park Service Ranger. No experience necessary; all ages and abilities are welcome. $45 adult, $30 youth fees include all paddling and safety gear, water, snacks and shuttle service back to launch site. Private trips for groups available. Call for details: 612.676.9400.
  • Find thrilling adventures at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park in Mounds View! Jump around in the dodge ball courts, foma pit, or slam dunk room! Need a break from jumping? Enjoy the arcade room or some illuminating laser tag!

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