Minneapolis – the largest city of Midwest state, Minnesota, and neighbour to the state’s capital city of St Paul – is a beautiful area with a great history, fantastic scenery and foodie attractions for all to enjoy. It has a lot going for it, and could be your next holiday destination. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what to do there, because we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking to explore a new city, reconnect with nature, or just do something a little different to the norm, then Minneapolis will keep you entertained.
See Minnehaha Falls
Do you love waterfalls? Then you’re in luck: Minnehaha Falls is part of a beautiful stream that then flows into the Mississippi river. It’s a hugely popular spot for tourists who want to spend some time watching the falls (there are shaded areas for visitors in the summer), and there are a number of trails for the adventurous to take a walk or hike along.
Cycle the Chain of Lakes
There are five lakes in Minneapolis and, with the city being one of the best in the US for cycling, you should take in this area on two wheels. There are more than 200 miles of bike trails for you to discover and find out more about the activities and attractions of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and the rest – it’s a truly fun experience (and a great way to exercise).
Eat your way through local delights
If you think one of the best ways to find out about a new city is to try out popular local foods, then you’re going to love your time in Minneapolis. Both sweet and savoury delights await you around every corner – literally.
There are many top restaurants to seek out, as well as brunch options that include traditional pancakes and French toast, to Korean and Latin American twists on your favourite mid-morning foods. If you’ve done your research on local delights, you may want to also try out a ‘Juicy Lucy’: the cheese for this burger is inside the patty. Dessert fans may want to also check out the many ice cream shops of Minneapolis. Some may offer interesting treats such as an ice cream sandwich with a donut, plus edible glitter and tie-dye cones.
Try a tipple
There are plenty of breweries and taprooms in Minneapolis so, if you and your travelling companions fancy it, why not visit some to sample some of the local brews? If you’re up to it, you can even do a short tour route with some of them.
Pretty much all your beer preferences will be covered by at least some of the breweries in the city. There are lagers, IPA, stouts and ales, plus firm favorites and seasonal releases to mix things up. There will be a variety of facilities at these sites, but some will have kitchens or food trucks so you can grab a bite to eat during the day.
Watch (or play) some sport
If you visit between September and December, then you’ve got a perfect opportunity to catch a National Football League (NFL) match with local side, the Minnesota Vikings. The team currently plays in the US Bank stadium.
However, if you want to get involved in sport yourself, you can have a few rounds of golf at the Rush Creek golf club. The stunning greens have played host to three LPGA Tour events and the 2004 US Amateur Public Links Championship – so you can follow in the footsteps of some of the best golfers in the world.
Take a river cruise
Although you might think of The Mississippi River as a wide, meandering river in the south of the US, it actually starts in Minnesota. The first part of the river winds its way through Minneapolis, and taking a riverboat cruise is a fantastic way of seeing the city itself. Learn about the city on one of the public sightseeing tours, just be sure to book your place ahead of time. You can, for instance, opt to go on one of the traditional paddle-boats that would have gone up and down the river many years ago. Adventures further down the river and out of the urban area are also available, as are trips on nearby lakes.
So, there are plenty of things you can do while in Minneapolis – you won’t be short of things to do here, no matter what type of trip you’re expecting to have. So, start planning your holiday to the city and see what else you can discover.