Looking & Shopping — a mix of sights & sounds, inside & outside

Mall of America

(The Largest Mall in the U.S.)

With over 520 shops, it would take almost 90 hours if you visited each store for only 10 minutes each!

10,000+ Lakes

With the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago, the lakes of Minneapolis were formed when retreating glaciers deposited ice blocks that carved valleys in the fertile soil. 

Minneapolis has a total land area of 58.4 square miles. Six percent (!!!) is water!

The bodies of water in Minneapolis include 12 designated lakes, 3 large ponds, and 5 unnamed wetland areas.

Chain of Lakes

Minneapolis is known for its gorgeous Chain of Lakes comprised of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Brownie Lake, and Minnehaha Creek. The “chain” connects bikers and runners and walkers. Residents, and visitors, use the “chain” for swimming, fishing, boating, ice skating, and picnics. 

Lake Calhoun

3000 Calhoun Parkway East

Mon-Fri — 2:00 pm – sunset

Sat & Sun — 10:00 am – sunset

bikes * pedal boats * double pedal boats * kayaks * double kayaks * canoes * stand up paddle boards

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous green

There are approximately 770 square feet of parkland for each Minneapolis resident. In fact, 16.6% of the city of Minneapolis is designated parkland. In 2008, Minneapolis was ranked as the city with the most parkland per resident within cities of similar population densities. In 2013, The Trust for Public Land reported that Minneapolis had the best park system among the 50 most populous US cities (woot! woot!)

Nice Ride

  • 1700 bikes are available 24/7 from 190 locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • get on a bike at any station and return it anywhere in the system
  • single rental is $4 for 30 minutes
  • a 3-day pass allows unlimited rides up to 30 minutes in length

Grand Rounds

National Scenic Byway

This 52-mile route is a parkway for cars, a bikeway for riders, and a walkway for pedestrians. It was established as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program.

Theodore Wirth’s Park System

Theodore Wirth became the Parks Superintendent in 1906. During his tenure, the park system expanded by 1810 acres to 5421 acres. That means that Wirth Park is approximately 60% the size of NYC’s Central Park!

The parks were organized around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. The Chain of Lakes includes: Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake Nokomis, and Cedar Lake

Eloise Butler

Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary

The Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary is located within Theodore Wirth Park. This public wildflower garden is identified as the country’s oldest! Who knew?

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls were named for the fictional Native American worman who was portrayed in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha. In the Dakota language, Minnehaha literally translates to “waterfall” or “rapid water”

Hennepin Avenue Bridge

Built in 1854, the Hennepin Avenue suspension Bridge is the first bridge built over the full width of the Mississippi River.