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Minneapolis is a popular destination for endless outdoor exploration. Concrete jungle? Think more urban wilderness. Minneapolis offers a chain of lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, 250 miles of bike trails and lanes, and the best park system in the nation. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

City of Lakes

 

Minneapolis, or better known as the City of Lakes, features the best of both worlds. Balancing city vibes and trendy restaurants, with the beauty of the great outdoors. Savor in the delicious flavors of Minneapolis’ restaurants, followed by a stroll around one of the many waterways.

 

  • Mississippi River

     

    Visit the nearby Mississippi River where you can picnic at Mill Ruins Park, explore the historic walls of the flour mills from the 1800s, or take a stroll across the iconic Stone Arch Bridge for the best views of the city. Across the river, check out the historic St. Anthony Main for a hidden gem full of bustling restaurants and live music along the cobblestone street.

     

    Local Tip: Check out the Stone Arch Bridge at sunset for one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city.

  • Chain of Lakes

     

    As a local favorite, the Chain of Lakes is a must-see spot. During the summer, you will see the shores filled with volleyball players, kayakers, bikers, rollerbladers, dog walkers, fishers, swimmers, and plenty of people enjoying the great outdoors. Once the lakes freeze, you will quickly see people pull on their ice skates, grab their fat-tire bikes, and head out to spend the day ice-fishing.

    One of the best parts about the Chain of Lakes is the ability to spend the whole day here. Whether you’re taking a stroll around the lake, sunbathing on the beaches, or exploring the nearby restaurants, there is much to discover.

  • Minnehaha Falls Minneapolis

     

    One of the most popular outdoor spots, Minnehaha Falls offers 167 acres of playgrounds, botanical gardens, space to picnic, and the most notable–a 53’ waterfall for the perfect Insta-worthy photo. Making it an even better spot in the summer is the delicious, Sea Salt Eatery.

    Don’t worry if you’re not visiting in the summer, once the temps drop, the falls freeze into one of the most breathtaking sites in winter in Minnesota–making it almost superior to the summer.

     

    Local Tip: Minnehaha Park also offers the best off-leash dog park in the city. The 6 acres of woods and trails leads to the banks of the Mississippi river for a splash in the water.

City of Lakes

 

Minneapolis, or better known as the City of Lakes, features the best of both worlds. Balancing city vibes and trendy restaurants, with the beauty of the great outdoors. Savor in the delicious flavors of Minneapolis’ restaurants, followed by a stroll around one of the many waterways.

 

Mississippi River

 

Visit the nearby Mississippi River where you can picnic at Mill Ruins Park, explore the historic walls of the flour mills from the 1800s, or take a stroll across the iconic Stone Arch Bridge for the best views of the city. Across the river, check out the historic St. Anthony Main for a hidden gem full of bustling restaurants and live music along the cobblestone street.

 

Local Tip: Check out the Stone Arch Bridge at sunset for one of the most Instagrammable spots in the city.

Chain of Lakes

 

As a local favorite, the Chain of Lakes is a must-see spot. During the summer, you will see the shores filled with volleyball players, kayakers, bikers, rollerbladers, dog walkers, fishers, swimmers, and plenty of people enjoying the great outdoors. Once the lakes freeze, you will quickly see people pull on their ice skates, grab their fat-tire bikes, and head out to spend the day ice-fishing.

One of the best parts about the Chain of Lakes is the ability to spend the whole day here. Whether you’re taking a stroll around the lake, sunbathing on the beaches, or exploring the nearby restaurants, there is much to discover.

Minnehaha Falls

 

One of the most popular outdoor spots, Minnehaha Falls offers 167 acres of playgrounds, botanical gardens, space to picnic, and the most notable–a 53’ waterfall for the perfect Insta-worthy photo. Making it an even better spot in the summer is the delicious, Sea Salt Eatery.

Don’t worry if you’re not visiting in the summer, once the temps drop, the falls freeze into one of the most breathtaking sites in winter in Minnesota–making it almost superior to the summer.

 

Local Tip: Minnehaha Park also offers the best off-leash dog park in the city. The 6 acres of woods and trails leads to the banks of the Mississippi river for a splash in the water.

City of Lakes

Biking Trails

 

Consistently ranked as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, Minneapolis’ 250 miles of on- and off-street bikeways offers endless adventures. Go for a sunset loop around one of our many lakes, tour Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront, or cruise along the Mississippi river. 

 

Check out our complimentary Emery Cruiser Bikes, perfect for an adventure around the city!

 

  • Bde Maka Ska Biking

     

    As one of the most scenic bike trails in the city, this 15 mile route really shows off what the City of Lakes has to offer. Connecting the shorelines of Bde Make Ska, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Brownie Lake, this trail gives you the option to circle all of the lakes or cruise around a couple to take in the beauty of Minneapolis.

     

  • midtown greenway minneapolis biking

     

    Connecting the paths around the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi river, the Midtown Greenway is a former railroad corridor that offers 5.5 miles of walking and biking trails. This trail is open 24/7, lit at night, secluded from the road, snowplowed in the winter, and offers two lanes for biking and one for runners, making this one of the best ways to get around the city.

  • Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

     

    This 50 mile route takes serious dedication, or can be explored as a short adventure to see some of the sights. This trail weaves through almost all that Minneapolis offers, connecting the Downtown Riverfront, Mississippi River, Minnehaha, Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth Park, Victory Memorial, and Northeast neighborhood. This route provides endless exploration taking you through woodlands, riverbanks, wetlands, lagoons, gardens, and parkways.

Biking Trails

 

Consistently ranked as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, Minneapolis’ 250 miles of on- and off-street bikeways offers endless adventures. Go for a sunset loop around one of our many lakes, tour Minneapolis’ downtown riverfront, or cruise along the Mississippi river. 

 

Check out our complimentary Emery Cruiser Bikes, perfect for an adventure around the city!

 

Chain of Lakes

 

As one of the most scenic bike trails in the city, this 15 mile route really shows off what the City of Lakes has to offer. Connecting the shorelines of Bde Make Ska, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Brownie Lake, this trail gives you the option to circle all of the lakes or cruise around a couple to take in the beauty of Minneapolis.

 

Midtown Greenway

 

Connecting the paths around the Chain of Lakes to the Mississippi river, the Midtown Greenway is a former railroad corridor that offers 5.5 miles of walking and biking trails. This trail is open 24/7, lit at night, secluded from the road, snowplowed in the winter, and offers two lanes for biking and one for runners, making this one of the best ways to get around the city.

Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

 

This 50 mile route takes serious dedication, or can be explored as a short adventure to see some of the sights. This trail weaves through almost all that Minneapolis offers, connecting the Downtown Riverfront, Mississippi River, Minnehaha, Chain of Lakes, Theodore Wirth Park, Victory Memorial, and Northeast neighborhood. This route provides endless exploration taking you through woodlands, riverbanks, wetlands, lagoons, gardens, and parkways.

Biking Trails

Outdoor Parks

 

Named the best park system in the nation for seven years, Minneapolis residents have a lot to brag about when it comes to our parks. With never being more than 6 blocks from a park, this is the city to explore the great outdoors, no matter the season.

 

  • Theodore Wirth Park

     

    As the largest park in Minneapolis, Theodore Wirth Park offers many activities for every season: scenic fall color-filled bike trails; snowy trails for fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or skijoring in the winter months; a wildflower garden and bird sanctuary in the spring; and disc golf, golf course, archery range, and picnic spots in the summer. This is the spot to enjoy being in nature no matter the weather or time of year. 

  • Loring Park

     

    Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city is the peaceful Loring Park. As a gathering spot for many, this park features beautiful gardens, a fountain, and plenty of pathways to take a stroll. You will always see something happening in the park, from chess games to yoga classes to outdoor concerts.

  • Gold Medal Park

     

    Gold Medal Park is the perfect urban escape. With artsy sculptures, 200+ trees, and beautiful views of the Mississippi River, this park is the perfect respite in the heart of the concrete jungle.

  • Boom Island Park

     

    A popular destination in the summer, Boom Island Park is located on the Mississippi riverfront and offers the perfect space to picnic and enjoy views of the Minneapolis skyline.

     

    Local Tip: With an abundance of space, delicious nearby restaurants available for takeout, and spectacular views of the city, this spot is a local favorite for a picnic in the park.

Outdoor Parks

 

Named the best park system in the nation for seven years, Minneapolis residents have a lot to brag about when it comes to our parks. With never being more than 6 blocks from a park, this is the city to explore the great outdoors, no matter the season.

 

Theodore Wirth Park

 

As the largest park in Minneapolis, Theodore Wirth Park offers many activities for every season: scenic fall color-filled bike trails; snowy trails for fat tire biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or skijoring in the winter months; a wildflower garden and bird sanctuary in the spring; and disc golf, golf course, archery range, and picnic spots in the summer. This is the spot to enjoy being in nature no matter the weather or time of year. 

Loring Park

 

Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city is the peaceful Loring Park. As a gathering spot for many, this park features beautiful gardens, a fountain, and plenty of pathways to take a stroll. You will always see something happening in the park, from chess games to yoga classes to outdoor concerts.

Gold Medal Park

 

Gold Medal Park is the perfect urban escape. With artsy sculptures, 200+ trees, and beautiful views of the Mississippi River, this park is the perfect respite in the heart of the concrete jungle.

Boom Island Park

 

A popular destination in the summer, Boom Island Park is located on the Mississippi riverfront and offers the perfect space to picnic and enjoy views of the Minneapolis skyline.

 

Local Tip: With an abundance of space, delicious nearby restaurants available for takeout, and spectacular views of the city, this spot is a local favorite for a picnic in the park.

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