Minneapolis Saint Paul Official Visitors Guide to the Twin Cities 2013 : Page 78
Special SponSored Section METRO Meet Minneapolis 888-676-6757 www.minneapolis.org Brit’s puB MInneapoLIs When you think of a major metropoli-tan city, what usually pops into your mind? Sprawling skyscrapers? A vibrant nightlife? Maybe a rich art and theater scene alongside professional sporting events? What about a park every six blocks? Minneapolis has all this. And that’s what makes us the City by Nature. Only in Minneapolis can you step outside your hotel and kayak the Mississippi River. Minneapolis is a perfect blend of urban chic and natu-ral beauty, creating a city where out-door fun is minutes from your door. Rent a bike at one of the many Nice Ride stations and conquer “The Most City By Nature Bike-Friendly City” on two wheels. Have some fun on the water in our Chain of Lakes, or walk to places like St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge to see beauty normally reserved for postcards. And, when the snow drops and the water ices over, strap on some skis or ice skates and glide around our winter wonderland. After exploring the nature in Minneapolis, you’ll still find the dynamic vibe of a thriving metropolis. Minneapolis is home to restaurants known nationally, with James Beard Award winners and finalists cooking up a variety of remarkable cuisine. Complement that dinner with a show twin Cities Marathon at one of our many renowned theaters, boasting everything from Broadway-quality shows to up-and-coming under-ground productions. Shop around at our fashionable stores, and don’t feel bad if you feel the urge to splurge; there is no sales tax on apparel in Minnesota. When the day is done, relax and unwind in our wide array of accommodations downtown, enjoying high-class ameni-ties without the high price. No matter the season, no matter the weather, Minneapolis has enough outdoor and indoor adventure to keep you busy day after day. We’re the per-fect blend of nature and city. Welcome to the City by Nature. The Minneapolis Bucket List Summer Take part in the official party of Minneapolis: The Aquatennial Festival. Spend the first two weeks of August racing from show to show for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Enjoy lawn bowling on the roof at Brit’s Pub. iPod out of juice? Head on over to one of the five major Minneapolis parks anytime during the week to hear live music, part of Minneapolis Music in the Parks. Canoe and look at the beautiful houses along Lake of the Isles in Uptown. 450 different types of food served up deep fried, in a bucket, wrapped up and even on a stick warrant a trip down to the Minnesota State Fair. Shop and eat your way through Mill City Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning. “I highly recommend this tour. Great way to see sights of the city you’ve never thought existed.” Dance, drink and get “diva-d” at Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest free gay pride festival in the country. Kayak, canoe or slide row St. Anthony Falls with the people at Above the Falls Sports. —Meyskog, Minnesota Hit the trifecta of nationally-View the larg-acclaimed art festivals: est fireworks Uptown, Powderhorn and display west of the Mississippi every July, Loring Park Art Festivals. then head to the Soap Factory for the annual Ten Second Film Festival. Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of the 65 stations and explore the city on two wheels Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and of eco-friendliness. the country’s second oldest public rose gar-den, located on picturesque Lake Harriet— on Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes. Rock out at the party “of a higher order”: the Basilica Block Party. Throw your tam in the air with Mary— the Mary Tyler Moore statue on Nicollet Mall, that is. Walk around and create your own adventure. Enjoy sidewalk dining at dozens of restaurants along downtown’s Nicollet Mall. Learn about Minneapolis history in 19 minutes flat at Mill City Museum. 78 | Minneapolis Saint Paul Official Visitors Guide 2013 Left P hOtO by tOdd buchanan; RiGht Ph OtO cOuRteSy Of cOMPetitiVe iMaGe When you visit a city, there are places that are fun to see, but not necessary to capture the essence of a city. Then there are the things that are true must-sees; things that define a city. This is a list of those must-sees. Consider this the ultimate list of things you must do when you visit Minneapolis. These ideas span across all four seasons, with a perfect blend of city and nature. From flying kites in the winter to attending a game in the best sports venue in America, this is one bucket list you’ll want to complete.
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