There’s nothing like summer in the City of Lakes. Minneapolis and St. Paul are always beautiful, but during the summer the weather is so perfect that there isn’t a better place to be. Maybe it’s the way the sunshine sparkles like diamonds on the thousand plus lakes in the area, or the way the cool breeze rustles through the flowering trees. Whatever it is, Minneapolis is a nature lovers dream. So pack up your sunglasses, some good walking shoes, and your favorite hat, and go enjoy a summer in the City of Lakes. Here are some great things to do while visiting.
Situated on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park provides solitude from the busy city of Minneapolis. The 193 acre park, located about 6 miles southeast of Minneapolis, is a popular spot for both residents and tourists alike. The park’s crown jewels is the 53-foot tall Minnehaha Falls. It was made famous by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s renowned poem, “The Song of Hiawatha.” It’s rich history has played a vital role in the city, from its status as a holy site among local Native American tribes, to its old mill that provided power during the last half of the 19th century. The picturesque park is a perfect place for outdoor recreation, including biking, jogging and volleyball.
Minneapolis has been called one of the healthiest city in the country, largely in part to its extensive parks and trail systems. Elm Creek Park is the perfect place for a day hike. The 4,900 acres park has a ton of beautiful hiking and biking trails, swimming holes, and a variety of wildlife. It boasts over 50 miles of hiking trails and over 15 miles of horse trails. Winding through natural forests, pristine wetlands, and rolling prairies will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
Chain of Lakes
Located only about 5 miles southwest of the downtown area of Minneapolis, the Chain of Lakes is a water lovers paradise. No trip to the Minneapolis is complete without a stroll around some of the city’s most popular and beautiful lakes. Each of the five lakes that comprise the Chain of Lakes district is unique. Lake Harriet features a bird sanctuary, live music and entertainment during the summer months, rose gardens that smell as good as they look, and two lovely beaches that the family will enjoy. Lake Calhoun draws a bit more active crowd because of the access to boat and bike rentals and jogging and biking paths. Lake of the Isles, Brownie Lake, and Cedar Lake are the remaining three lakes and a perfect place for a relaxing picnic or walk.
Summer in Minneapolis provides a whirlwind of entertainment opportunities with a plethora of sports, live music, and family-friendly festivals. There are plenty of great places to stay in the area and so much to do. Plan ahead so you can get the best prices and not a waste a moment of your summer in the City of Lakes.