Minneapolis is small enough to be livable, and large enough to fully support recreation, a downtown riverfront, cultural institutions, historic districts, a major university and medical center, and professional sports. These are 7 Benefits of living in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minneapolis is two cities in one. This is because it has a Twin City, St Paul. Minneapolis-St Paul ranks as the 16th largest US urban area. St Paul is Minnesota’s capital.
Minneapolis is a city of parks and lakes along the Mississippi River. The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway follows the greenway banks of the Mississippi, then circles back inland through three parks and around five lakes. Minneapolis has 81 miles of on-street bikeways and 85 miles of off street bikeways, making it the #2 U.S. biking city.
Walk through the Riverfront Park and old Mill City in Mill Ruins Park on the Downtown Riverfront. Bring a camera to photograph views of the city, the river, bridges, and historic mill ruins. Go deeper into the landscape at the Mill City Museum. Commuting options to Downtown Minneapolis include bus, light-rail service, carpool, vanpool and bike. There is light-rail service to Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport from downtown as well as with the Mall of America.
The Landmark Center is the destination for culture. Come for special events, exhibitions, public programs, and the fine arts including music, dance and theater. Other renowned arts can be enjoyed at the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Walker Art Center, and Minnesota Dance Theater. See visiting artists in performance at the Target Center.
Twelve Historic Districts feature distinct historic neighborhoods from turn of the century (1800s to 1900s) multi-family dwellings (South Ninth Street) to the Victory Memorial Drive and War Memorial to the fashionable residences of Washburn Fair-Oaks. Tours of these districts are a good way to explore residential areas.
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis has its own historic district featuring Fraternity Row. Students commute between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. The University of Minnesota is ranked among the top 25 research universities in the U.S. The University of Minnesota Medical School is ranked 6th for primary care and 34th for research. In all, the University offers 143 degree programs.
The Metro dome in Minneapolis is home for Minnesota Vikings professional football. For baseball, the Twins new home is Target Field, a fully accessible, unique sports arena. Other professional teams play Ice Hockey (Minnesota Wild), Soccer (Minnesota Thunder), and Basketball (Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.) A full range of men’s and women’s athletic activities are found at Gopher Sports, at the University of Minnesota, including a 35km cross-country ski race cuts through the Twin Cities in February.
Art-A-Whirl is an Art Studio Tour and Open House in May. June features a Pride Festival & Parade that is one of the nation’s largest annual Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual and Transgender celebrations. It is also the month for the Stone Arch Bridge Festival of art and music on the riverfront. The Twin Cities Marathon is in October.