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Watch fireworks on the banks of the Mississippi or explore mind-blowing art

Minneapolis began life as a humble fur-trading center on the banks of the Mississippi River in the 17th century. Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the downtown’s gleaming skyscrapers show just how far the city has come. Fortunately, locals have gone to great lengths to preserve the past while keeping an eye on the future of this Midwest metropolis.


Water, Water Everywhere

Although Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, residents of Minneapolis are content with the handful of lakes located in town. Lake Harriet is a great place to go sailing, kayaking or fishing just a few short miles from downtown. The band shell on the north shore of the lake hosts numerous live music events during the summer. Lake Calhoun, the city’s largest lake, offers a fishing pier and a boat dock as well as sandy beaches for soaking up the sun and cooling off in the water. Lake of the Isles lets small, four-legged visitors run free at an off-leash dog park.

If you’re visiting on July 4, unfold a picnic blanket in the Riverfront area on the Mississippi and watch one of the largest fireworks displays in the country. An even bigger pyrotechnics show erupts over the river during Minneapolis Aquatennial each summer.


Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center is a 17-acre campus and encompasses 20th-century masterpieces by Edward Hopper, Yves Klein, and Chuck Close and more.

The Walker’s crown jewel, the renowned Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—the largest urban outdoor sculpture garden in the nation—displays more than 40 sculptures, including Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry.” This is a 29-foot-high sculpture of a cherry perched on the tip of a gargantuan spoon that arches over a pond.

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