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Biking and Bikesharing

  Biking and Bikesharing With an excellent regional network of bike lanes and separated bike trails, plus relatively flat terrain, Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the country’s best metro areas for recreational biking and bike commuting. Thanks to Nice Ride Minnesota, the local bikesharing program, you don’t have to bring your own bike to navigate the Twin Cities on two wheels. […]

 American Swedish Institute

 American Swedish Institute The American Swedish Institute is a stunning stone mansion on Minneapolis’s south side. Once a private residence, it’s now a museum and cultural center charged with promoting Scandinavian culture in Minneapolis-St. Paul and preserving connections with the old country. The adjacent Nelson Cultural Center hosts frequent, free musical and spoken word performances and readings from […]

Lake Nokomis

Lake Nokomis A few miles southeast of Lake Harriet, along Minnehaha Parkway and beautiful Minnehaha Creek, lies Lake Nokomis. Lake Nokomis is entirely surrounded by Lake Nokomis Park, which features a moderately sized beach and a third Wheel Fun Rental hub. Spend some time walking or biking around the lake, hit the beach (weather permitting), and […]

Lake Harriet

Lake Harriet Lake Harriet is just south of Lake Calhoun, with a large wooded area connecting the two. There’s a small beach, extensive grassy shoreline, and a second Wheel Fun Rentals outpost on the northwest shore. The adjacent Lake Harriet Band Shell features concerts and performances most summer evenings and weekend afternoons. On the northeast shore, check […]

Lake Calhoun

Lake Calhoun Lake Calhoun is home to Minneapolis’s biggest and busiest municipal beach. On summer weekends, come early to ensure a spot on the sand. If you want to explore the lake (and the rest of the Chain of Lakes) by boat, visit Wheel Fun Rentals on the lake’s northeast shore. Wheel Fun rents out kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, […]

Lake of the Isles

Lake of the Isles Favored by local athletes, businesspeople, and celebrities, Lake of the Isles is the ritziest of Minneapolis’s lakes. On winter weekends, pickup pond hockey is a regular occurrence here. The southwest side of the lake offers great skyline views in all seasons, so don’t forget your camera.  

North Loop

North Loop Formerly known as the Warehouse District, the North Loop is a rapidly gentrifying expanse of old warehouses and industrial buildings northwest of downtown Minneapolis. Avoid the area around Target Field (where MLB’s Minnesota Twins play) on game days, when nearby streets and establishments come alive with fans. Otherwise, take a ride on the Cedar Lake Trail, […]

Northeast Minneapolis

Northeast Minneapolis Northeast Minneapolis is a hip, artsy neighborhood with dozens of galleries, open art studios, dive bars, and craft breweries. Don’t miss Art-a-Whirl, an annual mid-May festival during which the neighborhood’s artists and artisans throw open their doors to the public and sell like mad. (It’s like Black Friday, but for craftspeople.) Local art hubs include […]

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden The free-to-enter Minneapolis Sculpture Garden occupies a Walker-owned parcel just north of the museum. It’s home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, among other notable works, and boasts an impressive native grass garden that flourishes in the warm months. For a year-round botany experience, peek into the adjacent Cowles Conservatory, a cornucopia of succulents […]