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Hello Sassy Peeps!
Are you looking for a great vacation destination this summer? A visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota, is the right choice for you and your family. Whether you like museums, live music, outdoor activities, or shopping, this side of the Twin Cities offers many choices. Pack your bags and get ready to discover the following four reasons you need to visit Minneapolis.
Find Music, Museums, and the Mississippi River
Resting on both sides of the Mississippi River, Minneapolis has a vibrant music scene. Visit First Avenue and Seventh Street music venues downtown. These two venues, housed inside an old Greyhound Bus Terminal, helped give a start to Prince, Joan Jett, James Brown, and others. If you’re visiting during August, look for the Minnesota Fringe Festival that showcases local talent.
You’ll discover plenty of Minneapolis museums including the Mill City Museum, once the site of the world’s largest flour mill.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center present paintings, photographs, and more with free general admission. Tickets are required for special classes or events. The Walker Art Center offers free admission on Thursday nights and the first Saturday of the month. Don’t miss The Museum of Russian Art, the Weisman Art Museum, and the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District while you’re in town.
Explore the Land of 10,000 Lakes
In a state known for its thousands of lakes, 22 are in Minneapolis alone. Even the city’s name means “City of Lakes.” The Chain of Lakes — including Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, and Lake Calhoun — is a popular spot for water activities. You can fish, canoe, and go windsurfing or enjoy free music nightly at the bandstand.
The flat terrain of Minneapolis is great for bike riding, and Minneapolis offers many bike-friendly lanes. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway trails circle the city. In town, designated bike lanes built using the old railroad infrastructure keep cars away from riders. If you didn’t bring your bike, you can rent one from the public bike-share program.
Shop the Mall of America
When visiting Minneapolis, don’t miss the Mall of America, one of the world’s largest shopping centers. Family events at the mall this summer include the Double Dare Challenge at Nickelodeon Universe, complete with an obstacle course and the famous green slime. The fun continues until the end of August.
If you would rather stay slime-free, you can ride a roller coaster, watch sharks swim, and shop. Browse more than 500 stores at the mall and enjoy no sales tax on clothing. What a fantastic way to save on back-to-school wardrobe.
Indulge in Hotels, Food, and Baseball
When planning your trip, discover some great Minneapolis hotel options for every budget and style. When you get hungry, don’t forget the many award-winning restaurants or regional Polish and German food in Minneapolis.
Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, is the best stadium in North America, according to ESPN. The distinctive stadium design helps you keep up with the action on the field, even when you’re buying concessions.
Something for Everyone
If you’re wondering where to take the family this summer, Minneapolis, Minnesota offers something for everyone in your family. You and your family can enjoy visiting the sights, sounds, and tastes that the city delivers for its guests. Trust me you won’t be sorry!