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Exploring Minneapolis: Top things to do in the Mill City

Nestled on the Mississippi River, Minneapolis blends its outdoor adventures with a rich cultural scene in the great Midwest. Looking to check out this friendly metropolis before snow season hits? Here are three favorite things to do when visiting the western half of the Twin Cities.

Parks galore: Minneapolis is home to 180 parks, including the Minnehaha Regional Park and the Theodore Wirth Regional Park. The Minnehaha Park is a popular site among visitors and a perfect place to escape the city bustle. Make sure to check out the beautiful 53-foot Minnehaha Falls, the park’s most famous feature. If you’re looking for more outdoor activities, the Theodore Wirth Regional Park is the largest in the city and offers multiple activities all year round. Boasting more than 740 acres of land, it includes multiple amenities such as a golf course and a fishing pier.

Taking in the lakes: Being the largest city in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, a trip to Minneapolis would not be complete without visiting the Chain of Lakes. Immerse yourself in nature and explore these five lakes, including Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun). If you’re up for a short drive, be sure to visit Long Lake near Park Rapids for beautiful views and campsites. Whether you’re in the mood for paddle boarding, kayaking or peaceful picnics, these spots have something for everyone.

Creative inspiration: With a thriving arts scene, enthusiasts are sure to be entertained. The Walker Art Center is filled with modern and contemporary art galleries. Visitors can also stroll the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden just outside the art center, which features the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. You can also delve deeper into the realm of art history and stop by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The museum hosts more than 80,000 art pieces that range back to 4,000 years. Discover the cutting-edge exhibitions and these two top-notch sites during your next visit.

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