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  • Outdoor Activities

    »Park at Mall of America

    The mega mall's largest entertainment attraction is also the biggest indoor theme park in the United States. This seven-acre complex, formerly Camp Snoopy, is loaded with more than two-dozen rides, arcade and carnival games, appealing to kids of all ages. Thrills can be had on the Ripsaw Roller Coaster, Log Chute or the Mighty Axe. A one-of-a-kind spinning roller coaster, the Timberland Twister, is the newest thrill ride. Tamer rides include the Screaming Yellow Eagle and a sky-scraping Ferris wheel. For the younger kids, there is a kiddie roller coaster, carousel, mini trucks and a train ride.

    60 East Broadway
    Bloomington, MN 55425

    »Edinborough Park

    Entirely indoors, the park boasts a bubbling brook surrounded by trees and seasonal flowering plants along paved paths perfect for a leisurely stroll. For a more athletic endeavor, Edinborough contains a running track, a small health club with all the up-to-date workout apparatus, swimming pool and a children's playground. There is even an ice skating rink for those who still want to partake in a winter sport, but enjoy climate control.

    7700 York Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55435

    »Fort Snelling State Park

    A great place to hike, bike, ski, fish, canoe or just take in nature, Fort Snelling State Park offers a wealth of outdoor activities. Filled with trails that link Minnehaha Park and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, other attractions here include Gun Club Lake, Snelling Lake, and Pike Island, which sits at the convergence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers. The park also hosts numerous events, and one popular trail leads hikers to the historic Fort Snelling. A day-use only park, visitors should consider beginning their visit with a trip to the Thomas C. Savage Visitor Center.

    101 Snelling Lake Road
    St. Paul, MN 55111

    »Lake Nokomis

    Lake Nokomis is the southernmost of the lakes in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Connected to the other lakes via Minnehaha Creek, this popular scenic lake boasts a busy beach, comfortable picnic area and great urban fishing. Like the other lakes, Nokomis has its share of sailboats and canoes dotting the water. The 2.7 miles of paved paths invite walkers, joggers, bikers and inline skaters to leisurely travel its boundary. This lake seems to be especially popular with the high school crowd, perhaps due to its proximity to many family-populated neighborhoods.

    52nd Street and Cedar Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN 55417

    »Braemar Golf Course

    With a regulation 27 holes and an executive 9-hole course, this golfing complex is what you would expect to find in upscale Edina. The combination of rolling hills, mature trees and numerous water hazards make for a magnificent setting. Before hitting the links, be sure to check out the driving range, the golf dome and the three practice greens. Shoot straight to avoid the high rough or water that comes into play on the majority of the holes. The fairways are mostly flat but rolling terrain, and the greens are well protected with large sand traps. The condition of the entire course is always outstanding, leaving most golfers with the feel of playing a private rather than a public course.

    6364 John Harris Drive
    Edina, MN 55439

    »Saint Paul Winter Carnival

    The nation's oldest and largest winter festival is held over a ten-day period in late January-early February each year. King Boreas and his Vulcans reign over the fun. The Landmark Center and Rice Park in downtown St. Paul are home to the elaborate ice sculptures created each year. Special events include parades, a winter playground, a giant snow slide, an ice carving contest and a treasure hunt for the special Winter Carnival medallion, which is worth thousands of dollars to the winner. Many events are free to all.

    75 Fifth Street West
    St. Paul, MN 55102

    »Cycle Seven

    Cycle Seven is the Twin Cities first conference bike business. To make a reservation, check the calendar to see when the conference bike is available or coming to a neighborhood near you. Email a request for days and times. A conference bike can be rented by the day, by the hour, or for a number of consecutive days. Rentals and tours will continue throughout the winter, weather permitting.

    Southdale
    Minneapolis, Minnesota 55435

    »Hiawatha Golf Course

    The land for Hiawatha Park was acquired in 1922. After dredging operations, nine holes were opened in 1934 and another nine a year later. The ponds come into play on seven holes. Hiawatha Golf Course is a flat course that features the Minnehaha Creek flowing throughout its design and coming into play on a few holes. The greens are sloped and the fairways are narrow. The 18-hole course is built alongside the shore of Lake Hiawatha. Open daily, call for details.

    4553 Longfellow Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55407

    »GEM Sailing

    Offers sailing cruises, sailing instruction, team building, special events, and corporate entertainment.

    10017 Drew Avenue South
    Bloomington, Minnesota 55431

    »John H Stevens House Museum

    Located in Minnehaha Park, the Stevens House is the first permanent settler's dwelling within the original city of Minneapolis. Considered the birthplace of Minneapolis, history shows that meetings at this house lead to the naming of Minneapolis and the organization of Hennepin County. The Junior League of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board have restored it to its original 1849 appearance. Today the house functions as an interpretive museum, with exhibits, a parlor with furnishings from the era and video presentations. Guides dressed in period clothing describe the significance of the dwelling and the Stevens family. Children and adults can experience a number of educational activities centered on the founding of the city of Minneapolis. Group tours by appointment can be arranged.

    4901 Minnehaha Avenue South
    Minneapolis, MN 55417

    »Minnehaha Park & Falls

    This is one of the spectacular urban delights of south Minneapolis. Winding its way from the south shore of Lake Harriet, Minnehaha Creek cuts a 5-mile path along 50th Street on its way to the Mississippi River. Picturesque Minnehaha Parkway, running parallel to the creek, is a splendid drive featuring lush gardens and large shade trees. The route can also be traversed by foot or bike via the trails. The culmination of the gurgling and bubbling creek as it rushes to meet the mighty Mississippi is the cascading splendor of Minnehaha Falls, and 170-acre magnificent Minnehaha Park. One of the city's most-used stretches of parkland, it features several large picnic grounds, formal gardens, playing fields, hiking trails, and undeveloped natural areas. Four different staircases, made of local stone, lead from the uplands to various spots along the creek bottom. There they connect to a trail that follows the creek to its confluence with the river across from St. Paul's Hidden Falls Park. A separate paved trail connects the park to historic Fort Snelling State Park. Of special historical significance is the John H Stevens House Museum that was recently moved to park grounds south of the Falls. Contact the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for additional information.

    4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive
    Minneapolis, MN 55417

    »Lock and Dam #1

    Lock and Dam #1, also known as the 'Ford Dam,' is located near Minnehaha Park in southeast Minneapolis. Construction of the dam, deemed necessary to improve river navigation between Minneapolis and St. Paul, began in 1899 and was completed in 1917. In 1923 the Ford Motor Company was given a permit to build a power plant. It generates enough power to operate the lock along with supplying the needs of the Ford Plant and local residents.Like the observation deck of the Upper St. Anthony Lock and Dam, the Visitor Center provides a bird's eye view of the spectacular 675-foot long dam and locking procedure. Magnificent panoramic views of the river and surrounding area can also be seen from the promenade three stories above the dam. From the deck visitors can witness barges, towboats and a multitude of pleasure craft making their way up and down the lock. The small picnic area nearby allows sightseers to make it a leisurely day of surveying river traffic.

    Hiawatha Ave and 50th Street E
    Minneapolis, MN 55417
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