Make sure you get to visit a few of these top Minnesota attractions before the next snow fall. If you haven’t had a chance yet this summer to visit these awesome locations, make sure you get a chance!
#1: The Walker Art Center & Minneapolis Sculpture Garden-
The Walker Art Center was the first public art gallery in the upper Midwest area and was established in 1927. Next to the center is the famous Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which is one of the largest urban sculpture parks in the country. There are plenty of unique sculptures to view and take pictures of. There is also a fun mini-golf course! Some of the favorite sculptures are the Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry. For more information on attractions visit the website: Walker Art Center Website
#2: Minnehaha Falls Park-
Minnehaha Falls Park has 193 acres of beautiful river outlooks, limestone bluffs and all kinds of nature. The park is halfway between the two downtown areas making it convenient to visit. It is also ranked one of the most popular parks in the area. There is a bike and pedestrian trail, areas to have a picnic or relax and watch the falls, and a bandstand for different concerts.
#3: Grand Avenue-
Grand Avenue is located in Saint Paul, and is always busy with activity and people. There are numerous fun boutiques, speciality shops, spas, and many locally owned restaurants along the strip. Grand Avenue is fairly large…running 30 blocks, and parts of the street are filled with beautiful old homes. The nearby University of St. Thomas and Macalester College add charm to the area. Some of our favorite places to stop along Grand Ave. are: Cafe Latte, Bread & Chocolate, Grand Ole Creamery & Pizzeria and the Wild Onion.
#4: Fort Snelling State Park-
Fort Snelling is conveniently located in the heart of the metro area near the airport and the Mall of America. The park offers great outdoor recreation and historical sites perfect to visit in the warm months of the year. Fort Snelling is located along the Mississippi and Minnesota RIvers, and offers a 18 mile hiking trail, 5 miles of biking trails and canoe rentals for Gun Club Lake. There is also a 9-hole golf course, and swimming available in Snelling Lake. There are numerous historic sites within the fort as well as cannon firing! For more information on pricing and attractions visit the website! Fort Snelling State Park
#5: Wheel Fun Rentals-
Wheel Fun Rentals is located in numerous locations throughout the Twin Cities! Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake Nokomis, Minnehaha Falls and the St. Paul Hotel are a few of the rental areas. If you want to sight see in any of these locations, you can rent bikes, special bikes, kayaks, pedal boats, canoes and surreys. (Different rentals at different locations). Wheel Fun Rentals Website
#6: Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway-
The Grand Round National Scenic Byway is a 50-mile route that loops through tree-lined neighborhoods past rivers, lakes, woods and waterfalls. The byway is part of Minneapolis parkland, and Minneapolis has more parkland acres per capita than any other major city in the United States! You’ll be sure to see something of interest in this route!
#7: The Minnesota Zoo-
The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, Minnesota and has been around for over 35 years! This is a very large zoo with animals arranged by living environment, and six different themed areas. There are three different themed walking trails ranging from 1 to 2 miles in length. The zoo also features an IMAX theatre, and zoo passes range from Free-$18 per person. Visit the website for more detailed information on cost and attractions: Minnesota Zoo Website
#8: The Target Field-
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the newer Target Field yet, it’s a must! The ballpark is located in downtown Minneapolis, and is home to the Minnesota Twins, the state’s MLB franchise. The field was built specifically for the Twins back in 2010. There are lots of fun activities to join in on during the game, and there is plenty of great food and drinks. Visit their website for pricing, tickets, transportation information, and more! Target Field Website
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