Quite possibly the fittest city in America, Minneapolis is a fun and incredibly scenic city for getting active and outdoors. From working up a sweat yourself, to watching professional athletes sweat, here are four ways to have an active vacation in Minneapolis.
Miles and Miles of Biking Trails
With one of the only fully urban scenic byways in the country and 200 miles of recreational paths, you’ll have your choice of trails and paths throughout the city. Ride along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis or follow the Cedar Like Trail along Interstate 394 to beautiful Cedar Lake. If you’re unsure about the best places to bike, to show you the most scenic trails.
Not possible to bring your bike to the twin cities? No problem. You can pick up a rental bike from the Nice Bike sharing program at South 4th Street in downtown.
Access the waterfront trail system quickly and easily from the Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites. This elegant and comfortable hotel offers guests the convenience of an indoor pool and an on-site restaurant.
Water and Ice Sports
If you love to get out on the water or the ice during the winter, there is no shortage of opportunity in Minneapolis. This land of lakes has 22 lakes in the metropolitan area and four large lakes known as the Chain of Lakes. These water playgrounds are perfect for kayaking, motor boating, jet skiing, or fishing during the summer. In the winter, explore the lakeshore on a pair of skates or join in a game of pond hockey.
Professional Baseball and Football Teams
Sports fans will be delighted with the display of professional athleticism in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Twins play at the modern downtown Target Field. If you’re visiting anytime between April and September, book tickets to see the Twins play one of their 81 home games. While you’re there, sample some non-traditional snack food, like Bacon Sloppy Joes or Porkchop on a Stick.
Another downtown sports venue, TCF Stadium, is home to the Minnesota Vikings. With just nine home games, be sure to book your regular season tickets early!
Just a short walk or cab ride away from these sport stadiums, you’ll find Lowes Minneapolis Hotel. Grab a few pre-game drinks at the on-site bar and lounge.
Golf Like a Pro
Minneapolis locals love their golf and professionals love golfing in Minneapolis. The state has hosted all 13 USGA championships. There are a variety of public and private golf courses within a short drive of downtown Minneapolis and most courses will open in late spring and close in the fall.
If your idea of a great vacation is spending more time outside than inside, plan to visit Minneapolis.
A former journalist, Tammy Banfield is a freelance travel writer who loves scouring the web for the best travel experiences. Tammy has written about more than 2,000 hotels, throughout Canada and the United States, for sites like Hipmunk.