10 Reasons You’re Going to Love Minneapolis

1. Downtown Minneapolis Skyway – Downtown Minneapolis is linked by a skyway system
that links several blocks of downtown buildings with shops, office buildings, hotels, restaurants and the convention center. Several excellent restaurants are within walking distance of convention center

2. Bike Walk Twin Cities – Minneapolis is a beautiful city with miles of paths along the Mississippi river, a chain of lakes in the city and the Minnehaha parkway. The trails are suitable for walking, running, biking and inline skating. Bikes are available for rent at stations throughout Minneapolis and St Paul. Did you know that 3.9% of Minneapolis’ population bikes to work?

Lake Calhoun3. City Lakes-The city lakes have public beaches and watercraft rentals. Lake Calhounhas a popular top rated local dining spot, Tin Fish, and Lake Harriet has a Band Shell with seasonal concerts.

4. Shopping- With no sales tax on clothing in Minnesota, you’ll find an array of great shops downtown. Minneapolis is also home to Mall of America, one of the largest indoor shopping malls in the country with over 500 stores and restaurants, and receives over 40 million visitors annually. There is a large indoor theme park and an aquarium.

5. Target Field: Home of the Minnesota Twins – This beautiful new stadium in downtown Minneapolis is the winner of the 2010 ESPN Magazine top North American sports stadium experience.

6. Guthrie Theater- One of the top regional theaters in the country. The theater has scenic views over the Mississippi river and has three theaters to offer a variety of options for theater goers.

7. Art museums- Minneapolis is home to several wonderful art museums. The large Minneapolis Institute of Arts is a free museum with a variety of exhibits. Additionally, there are other museums including modern art museums, the Walker Art Center and the Weisman Art Museum, The Museum of Russian Art and an outdoor sculpture garden, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

8. Zoos- The Twin Cities area has two zoos. The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St Paul is a free local zoo and even has a carousel and mini golf. The large state Minnesota Zoo features animals of the Northern hemisphere such as grizzly bears in their natural habitat.

Stone Arch Bridge9. Downtown Riverfront/Old Minneapolis- Minneapolis was founded at the St Anthony Falls. The stone arch bridge crosses the Mississippi river. The history of the area is outlined in the Mill City Museum which is housed in a flour mill.

10. St Paul- Minneapolis’ twin city is immediately adjacent and the downtown area is just a few miles away. The downtown has a smaller town feel to it and is home to the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota History Center.