It’s easy to find something fun to do in Minnesota. The hard part is fitting it all in. The plethora of exciting things to see and do has made tourism a major business in this state. Our access to nature also makes us famous. Ask Minnesotans what they like about living here, and they’re sure to bring up Minnesota’s beauty – its lakes and forests, its pastoral country scenes – and how easy it is to get out and enjoy nature. No city is far away from a walk in the woods, a beach by the lake, a spot to go fishing. And even in Minneapolis, the state’s biggest city, you can find all of those things right in town.
The Adventure of a Lifetime…
What exactly is there to do in Minnesota? It might be easier to ask what you can’t do in Minnesota. Minnesotan’s have access to world class shopping, music, sports teams, and breathtaking scenery.
Mall of America (MOA)
As the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the USA, the MOA draws visitors from around the world. Guests flock to the MOA for good reason. With space big enough for an indoor amusement park, elegant stores, and modern restaurants, the MOA has something for every taste and age.
Art in Minnesota
The Minnesota arts scene will entertain and enlighten you. Its vibrant arts environment is one of the reasons Minnesota is often cited as a “most livable” state. Two excellent professional orchestras, several exciting dance companies, a fine opera company and several art museums help make the Twin Cities the cultural center of the Upper Midwest.
Music of Minnesota
Minnesota is home to a thriving music scene. The Twin Cities music scene includes jazz and blues clubs, along with a wide selection of nightclubs that bill rock, country and progressive bands. The WE Country Music Fest in Detroit Lakes and the Bayfront Blues Festival in Duluth are two of the biggest events of their kind in the country. Minneapolis is also home to events such as Rock the Garden and the Basilica Block Party.
Sports in Minnesota
For the sports fan there is always an opportunity to watch or play sports in Minnesota. With professional Baseball, Football, Basketball, Hockey and Soccer teams you can find a a sport in every season.
For those looking to get involved in sports, there are numerous opportunities to participate. Students can participate in everything from running on the shores of Lake Superior to afternoon Ultimate Frisbee games. With so much to do it is no wonder that Minnesotan’s are among the fittest in the country.
The Great Outdoors
The rugged North Shore of Lake Superior, the majestic Mississippi River and its headwaters, the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness – all draw visitors from afar. Thousands of lakes splash the countryside, and much of Minnesota is blanketed with forests.
Minnesotans take full advantage of winter! Winter enthusiasts take to the snow with zeal. Minnesota’s winter playground offers beautiful cross-country ski trails, 20,000 miles of snowmobile trails, cozy ice-fishing huts, and numerous downhill ski and snowboard areas, including the largest in the Midwest. Snowshoeing and dogsledding are other winter adventures. And there’s always the simple fun of sledding down the neighborhood hill.
A Few Recreational Highlights:
- More paved bike trails than any other state, running through scenic countryside along former railroad beds.
- Seventy-two beautiful state parks and four diverse national parks, plus a stretch of the seven-state North Country National Scenic Trail.
- Adventures like Lake Superior and whitewater kayaking, mountain biking and rock climbing.
- Fishing for walleye, bass, northern pike, trout and a variety of panfish.
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