1,840 acres to hike with rampant wildlife,picnic shelters,indoor amphitheater,a children's playground,and a water slide/pool facility.
Take I-94 east past downtown St. Paul to McKnight Road and take a left. Both park entrances are on the left off of Lower Afton Rd.
In all the cities and countries that I have visited, Minneapolis area has some of the best Christmas decorations ever. With a white covering of snow, cold clean air, and wonderful decorations... it will definately fill you with the proper holiday cheer.
Pick up any local paper and look in the back for that season's best ranked decorations. They also sometimes give neighborhood names on the local news.
The neighborhoods of Golden Valley and Crystal are usually good bets.
Nordeast lies across the Mississippi river from downtown Minneapolis. The Riverplace area directly accross the Hennepin bridge is the more glitzy and commericialized zone, with yuppie condos, bars and resaurants. Further in you will find the true Nord-East, everyday normal type bars and restaurants.
Nordeast was in the past a very blue collar area, but recently is attracting the young and artistic crowd that usually moved to Uptown. The Uptown area has changed from the artsy, youthfull, punkish area it was in the 80's and early 90's, to become overcommecialized and overpriced.
Head down Marshall St. and stop in at Tony Jarros for there famous "Greenie" drink. Or step across the street to Psycho Suzi's, have a drink and see the lastest in tatoos and body piercings on patrons and staff alike.
Try Mayslacks on 4th St. NE to see a good rock show then head down the road and enjoy a drink at Grumpy's. If you are adventureous goto Ground Zero on NE 4th St. on "Bondage a-go-go" night. It's an eye opener.
Whatever your taste you can find the perfect bar to hang out at in Nordeast.
As you cross the Mississippi River on Hennepin you come to the northeast "gateway" -- which consists of a small sign and these interesting medallions -- found on each side of the street. After you pass through some small industry on the right, you enter a wonderfully ethnic/funky neighborhood, which includes several Eastern European stores and restaurants as well as other interesting cafes and stores.
This sign is in ceramic tile on the outside of a commercial building on University Ave. as you drive towards Target/Walmart from the U.
It is nice to see such a lovely old bit of the past in the middle of urban commerce.
The Cedar/Riverside neighborhood. At the intersection of Cedar Ave and Riverside Ave is the center of this multicultural part of town. There are some cool bars and restaurants along with shops. The Somali population and East African in general is taking hold here and making it's mark with restaurants. The Red Sea often has the cities coolest bands (reggae, hip hop, world music) perform weekly and they serve a wide variety of food, located on Cedar. The Odaa is an Ethiopian restaurant also on Cedar Ave. You'll find African markets too. This area is also referred to as Seven Corners. It's on the U of M's West Bank.
Mercado Central is a coop for Latino immigrants. It's full of shops offering imported goods, mostly Mexican. There's a food court with Central American cuisine for cheap! Also, the Mexican bakery has wonderful fresh breads. Located at E Lake St. and Bloomington Ave S.
Nicollet Island is a little oasis in downtown Minneapolis. Take a drive around and see the beautiful old homes. It's very small and you could walk if you're already in the St. Anthony Main shopping district. The homes are located behind DeLaSalle High School. If you can see the Premium Grain Belt bottle cap sign off of Hennepin Ave E. you're close.
visit the beautiful kenwood/lowry hill neighborhood in uptown. this area was home to the wealthy buisnessmen and city elite who built there mansions on a hill over looking the city in the early 1900's. this neighborhood is just behind and to the west of the walker art center/minneapolis sculpture garden. it is hilly so wear good shoes -this area is purely residential, no cafe, no restroom.
Minneapolis was [is?] the heart of the grain industry -- so it is not a surprising sight to see an old grain elevator in the middle of gentrification. I hope they save the sign!!!