visit the Mall of America. ...
visit the Mall of America. Besides being the largest mall in the US, you can get a good starting point for resources of sites and happenings around Minnesota. I love walking around the many city, county, and state parks that are so abundant here.
Think about the great people...
Think about the great people that come from here!!!Brenda Ueland, Author, Knighted by the King of NorwayPatty Berg, Golfer, Women's Golf Hall of FameAndrews Sisters, Singers, popular group during WWIIPrince (Rogers Nelson), Singer/SongwriterLouie Anderson, ComedianJames Arness, ActorPeter Arness (Peter Graves), Actor, star of Mission ImpossibleEthan and Joel Cohen, Filmmakers, FargoKimberly Elise, Actress, John QLinda Kelsey, Actress, Lou Grant, cast memberCharlie Korsmo, Actor, Hook, Dick TracyRachel Leigh Cook, Actress, She's All ThatLea Thompson, Actress/Dancer, Caroline in the CityJean Paul Getty, Oil Executive/PhilanthropistDr. C. Walton Lillehei, Surgeon, performed world's first open heart surgeryJohn Pillsbury, FinancierMichael Todd, producerJesse Ventura, politician, entertainer
Comedy troup performers....
Comedy troup performers.
Known for theaters, I attended the nations oldest ongoing satirical comedy and improv theater, Brave New Workshop. Very talented comic performers called my nephew, Jason, from the audience onto the stage for “questioning” as an “airport terrorist” in “Bushwhacked II”. This production satirically portrays our President and recent crisis both humorously and with respect.
Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Twins(Baseball) and the Minnesota Vikings(football). They play in the Humphrey Dome. The Minnesota Timbervolves(Men-NBA) and the Minnesota Lynx(Women-WNBA) play in the Target Center. Professional Hockey is played in St. Paul at the River Center by the Minnesota Wild.
One Great Walk on the Riverfront
While parts are this walk are not exactly off the beaten path, other parts are not frequented by visitors so.....
This is one of our very favorite loops as it's mostly on pedestrian/bike paths that run through parks, over a historic bridge, around the only inhabited island on the Mississippi, and by good jump-off points for eats/drinks. It also includes a good section of the Heritage Trail. The jaunt is about 3 easy miles and big fun on a beautiful spring, summer or fall day. The entire route follows the river so it's pretty much impossible to get lost.
Walk from downtown or park the car in one of the pay lots or the ramp near Washington Ave. S or 2nd St. and 3rd Ave S., near the river. Head east towards the river and onto the paved bike/walking path - bear right and onto the bike/pedestrian-only Stone Arch Bridge. Pause on the bridge to watch the boats coming through the St. Anthony Upper Lock and Dam, then continue over to the east side of the river.
Once across, bear left (north) to explore Father Hennepin Bluffs Park and then through Pillsbury Park to Historic Main Street. This is good place to stop for refueling (see my St. Anthony Main tip). Here also is access (when open) to Hennepin Island and Water Power Park. Continue on Main Street to the Merriam Bridge, bear left and cross over to Nicollet Island. Explore the island and end up in the tiny, Victorian-era residential section (see my Nicollet Island tip). Cross the pedestrian bridge to Boom Island Park and follow the path through the park and up to the Plymouth/8th Avenue Bridge, enjoying views of the downtown skyline. Cross the bridge over to the west (downtown) side, bear left and follow the path back to the Stone Arch Bridge. You can stay on the upper sidewalk or catch the more interesting unpaved section closer to the river.
On the east side of the river, another jumping-off point would be to go right on E. Hennepin Ave. a block or so to the restaurants, bars and couple of shops in the Old St. Anthony area (see my Best Pub Crawl without a Car tip).