7 Reasons to Visit Minneapolis
Planning a trip to the twin cities? There's nowhere quite like Minneapolis. Known for its beautiful lakes and parks, it also offers a host of cultural landmarks, contemporary art scenes, bustling shopping opportunities and fantastic food! When you visit Minneapolis, you'll want to make sure you experience everything that makes it so special — and what better way to learn than from us locals? For all you adventurers aiming to explore our iconic city, here are seven reasons it's an ideal choice:
Love to hunt for clothing, gifts, food, trinkets and other fun finds? Minneapolis is known for its plethora of shopping malls, including the world-famous Mall of America, which encompasses an aquarium, Nickelodeon Universe theme park and other attractions in addition to more than 520 stores. Another favorite is Nicolett Mall in downtown Minneapolis, where a car-free environment makes the lifestyle and fashion shopping experience even more enjoyable.
If you're a sports fan, Minneapolis has plenty to offer. With the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, the Vikings' U.S. Bank Stadium, and the Minnesota Timberwolves' and Minnesota Lynx's Target Center, there are plenty of professional sporting sites to keep you busy on your trip. If you're hoping to get in some exercise yourself, try ice skating at the historic Depot; taking a sight-seeing stroll; or jogging or biking around the Mill District, downtown Minneapolis, across the Stone Arch Bridge or along the banks of the beautiful Mississippi.
For history buffs, Minneapolis offers a rich setting for learning, exploring and appreciating the past. Visit historical landmarks like the Basilica of St. Mary and Washburn Park Water Tower, or dive into the story of our city by touring the Mill City Museum and Minnehaha Depot.
4.THE ART SCENE
For artists, art appreciators, observers and explorers alike, Minneapolis is rich in cultural offerings. Delve into the contemporary art scene at the Walker Art Center, explore the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden — famous for Claes Oldenburg's iconic "Spoonbridge and Cherry" creation — and admire the stunning modern architecture of the Minneapolis Central Library. If you're more interested in music and theater, stop in at Orchestra Hall and immerse yourself in the Hennepin Theatre District.
No matter your interests, Minneapolis will provide you with something exciting to do. Stop by the Minneapolis Convention Center for shows and sporting events, head to the Mall of America for theme parks and amusements, get involved in workshops at the Children's Theatre Company, explore the hopping Minneapolis Riverfront District and so much more!
In addition to all its urban excitements, Minneapolis offers a beautiful setting for exploring natural beauty. Split by the Mississippi River, it offers beautiful views and walking opportunities, not to mention its collection of peaceful parks. Visit the lovely Nicolett Island in the center of the Mississippi to explore even more parks and natural charm.
Who's hungry? When you're looking for good eats, Minneapolis is the best place to be — especially for flavorful, crave-worthy Minnesota-style pizza. Enjoy your visit in Minneapolis, and make sure to stop by Tasty Pizza for an amazing, affordable dinner while you're in town.