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Upon arriving in Minneapolis, you'll be greeted by incredibly friendly, active locals. But don't be intimidated, Minneapolis does the outdoors in style. You can bike the trails and when you need a break, there are a number of places to pull off and enjoy a snack or cold beer. And not only can you swim in any of the 22 beautiful lakes, you can take a break for delicious fish tacos. Once you've tired yourself outdoors, Minneapolis is full of great dining and attractions for the entire family. And one thing is for sure: you can't go wrong in a city that's home to The Mall of America. A dynamic city with personality to spare, Minneapolis is also affordable and easy to navigate, with everything you want to do nearby.
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
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Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis
Photo Credit: Meet Minneapolis

I live here!

And I just need to clear one thing up - the Mall of America is NOT in Minneapolis! It is in Bloomington, which is a suburb. I know, some people get confused as our suburbs go on and on and on and for some it feels like they're still part of one sprawled out city, but for those of us who live here there is a HUGE distinction between the city that we love and the suburbs.

Minneapolis is so many great things, that is one of the things that keeps us here even when we complain or have a winter like our current one, with temperatures dipping down into the negative day after day. We have an amazing local music scene. Many people think of Prince or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, but we are also home to the Honeydogs, Rhymesayers which includes Atmosphere, Brother Ali, the late-great, Eyedea, and many more. We have so many places to go listen to live music from First Avenue, The Fineline Music Cafe, Cabooze, The Nomad, Triple Rock to outdoor music concerts all over the city during the Summer. We sit outside in lawn chairs and watch movies; anything from ones released within the last year to ones I grew up watching in the 80's!

Here are some things worth checking out: (1) Central Library. We have an AMAZING downtown library, it is modern and beautiful and there are often events going on. (2) Riverview Theater - its a "cheap theater" meaning the movies they play have been out a little while/may have already gone to DVD but it has the best butter popcorn ever and a super cool/retro vibe. (3) St. Anthony Main, right along the Historic riverfront area of Minneapolis, a short stroll to Nicollet Island, great views of downtown, a bustling and dynamic area with lots of bars and restaurants close by. There is a theater that plays mainstream movies but also lots of special features and hists various film festivals. http://www.mspfilmfest.org/MMXIII/ and http://www.stanthonymain.com/ (4) Go to a show, there are SO many theatres to choose from in both Minneapolis and St. Paul - checkout the calendar on citypages.com to see what is happening while you're here. My favorite little gem is in ST. Paul and is called Steppingstone Theatre - its a community theatre and has put on some great plays: http://www.steppingstonetheatre.org/ (5) Get active. We are constantly named one of the most active/fit cities and for good reason. There are so many walking and biking paths, go walk around Lake Nokomis, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, rent a bike, a kayak, a canoe, a paddle board or if its yucky outside head to Vertical Endeavors or the Minnesota Climbing Cooperative - or to REI in Bloomington to do some indoor climbing http://www.mnclimbingcoop.com/open-hours (6) Try some food, try some culture. There are SO many great restaurants everyone. Hit up "eat street' which is Nicollet Ave, or go on LivingSocial to see what great "deal" for a new restaurant is there (that's how I've tried some new ones). If its warm go to the Farmer's Market tucked kind of back behind the Minneapolis Basilica/under the highway - might want to ask a local how to get there but its so worth it with all the fresh produce and fresh squeezed juice and delicious cinnamon rolls made right there - oh and Smoke Rainbow trout to die for! If you are looking for an even more ethnic experience head over to St. Paul for the Hmong Marketplace! It is full of all kinds of cheap goods, yummy food, and you will feel like you've been transported to a southeast asian market right in the Twin Cities http://www.hmongtownmarketplace.com/


the Mini Apple

Minneapolis is one of the niftiest, trendiest cities, and if you're looking for winter adventure, this is the place!

Skiing, skating, and snowmobiling are possible late fall through late spring, and fishing is good all year around!
In the hubbub of the city, you can be shopping at the Mall-of-America (MOA) finding all the name brand stores, or purveying in several smaller sections of the metro like DinkyTown; and many of the burbs have their own giant malls to distract you.

The summer is glorious in Minneapolis, so take at least a day if you're a naturist or water enthusiast and explore the Chain of Lakes, which offer evening summer concerts, bird sanctuaries, gardens, and beaches (I know...beaches in a landlocked state).

Remember that it's a twin city, so St. Paul (and the nearby Eau Claire, WI) will offer you things to do alone, as a romantic couple's get-away, or as a family. Our family took a huge vacation here one year and we played for a full day at VALLEY FAIR, the amusement park located just south of MPLS in Shakopee, and then we spent the next day tailgating and enjoying the Vikings' game in the Hubert H. Humphrey MetroDome! WOW

One last mention that's a definite MUST SEE, is the Minnesota Zoological Gardens in Apple Valley, where you're the observer on the tram, and the animals roam free.

Historical place.

I have family who lives here and this place is just amazing. You can visit skyscrapers and in the next 5 minutes visit an antique store.
This place is absolutely safe and clean. Excellent for family and friends.
I came here for a short time, not enough to see everything and go everywhere, but I wish I'd been able to! The shopping was Uh-MAZING! The Mall of America was incredible, and I felt like I was in shopping heaven! I hope to go back soon!

Food Tours

Experience one of a kind restaurants-price includes food. You won't need lunch afterward!
Cost: $42 PP
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Family Attractions

Zoos, Parks, Gardens and museums are just the start of things to enjoy.
Cost: Varies
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Sledding, Tubing, Snowshoeing

Bring a nature guide or two to one of the parks and look for animal tracks, spot birds' nests, or brush up on your winter botany.
Cost: Rentals start at $12
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Mall of America

With more than 500 stores in this mega-mall complex, no sales tax on clothing and more than 40 million visitors annually; no wonder it considered one of the country's top attractions!
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