Part of the Mississippi National River and

Recreation Area, one of five national parks

in Minnesota, the Minneapolis Central

Riverfront is the birthplace of Minneapolis.

The Stone Arch Bridge provides the perfect

view of St. Anthony Falls, the Mississippi’s

only natural waterfall, which powered the

city into industrial existence. Explore the

area by walking, boating or taking a Segway

tour, possibly to the Mill City Museum to

experience the historical connection between

1Minneapolis and the river.

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen

Spoonbridge and Cherry 1985 –1988 aluminum,

stainless steel, paint Collection Walker Art Center

Gift of Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his

parents, William and Mary Weisman, 1988


Take your picture with a 1,200-pound cherry. The iconic Spoonbridge

and Cherry sculpture is the centerpiece of the 11-acre Minneapolis

Sculpture Garden, which features works by international

contemporary artists.

An integral, thriving part of the community, the Minneapolis arts economy grew to the

sixth largest in the nation according to Minneapolis Creative Vitality Index. (May 2013)

Experience America’s favorite pastime

at the “greenest” stadium in the United

States. Target Field is home to Major

League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins and

is situated right in the heart of downtown

Minneapolis. Other professional sporting

events that can be seen in Minneapolis

Saint Paul include: National Football

League’s Minnesota Vikings; National

Basketball Association’s Minnesota

Timberwolves; National Hockey League’s

Minnesota Wild; and Women’s National

Basketball Association’s Minnesota Lynx.


The 85th MLB All-Star Game is coming to Target Field in 2014. Baseball’s best will

converge in this midsummer classic for five days of events on the field and at the

Minneapolis Convention Center leading up to the big game.

Party with music royalty – voted the #2 Best City for Music by, Minneapolis is the hometown of musicians such as

Bob Dylan, the Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Semisonic,

The Jayhawks, Paul Westerberg and Prince.

Made famous by Prince, First Avenue ranks 3rd Best Venue for live music by Rolling

Stone. (April 2013)



Explore the natural beauty of a National Scenic Byway without leaving

the city. The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is the U.S.’s longest

continuous system of public urban parkways (52 mi / 83.7 km). Lovely

parks, trails, lakes and parkways surround the city of Minneapolis,

including the urban “Chain of Lakes,” Minnehaha Falls, Mississippi

River and much more.

Minneapolis is among the Most Bikeable Cities. (May 2012)


0 %From Nicollet Mall, the main street of

shopping in downtown Minneapolis, take

a clean and green ride on the light rail

(LRT) to the famous Mall of America. The

largest retail and entertainment complex

in the United States, the Mall of America

boasts 520 stores, dozens of restaurants,

nightclubs, a theme park and an aquarium

- all under one roof! And the best thing

about shopping in the state of Minnesota is

NO SALES TAX on clothing and shoes!

Endless options in shopping and entertainment land Mall of America in Travel Channel’s

Top 10 shopping malls you have to visit. (November 2012)



These unique touring adventures

let you see the best of Minneapolis

while reducing the carbon footprints

left behind:

Segway Magical History Tours:

Glide around on a five-mile tour

of historic St. Anthony Falls,

downtown Saint Paul or the

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

with Segway Magical History

Tours. Zero-emissions are given

off during operation, allowing you

to tour the city on wheels without

harming the environment.

Above the Falls Sports:

Use the power of your body

to propel a kayak through the

waters of the Mississippi River.

Scheduled and private tours

available for all skill levels, novice

to expert.

Fit Tourist:

Move through the city on two

wheels. The Fit Tourist offers

personalized guided bicycle

tours of Minneapolis and the

surrounding area for individuals

and small groups. They provide

bikes and helmets, and take you

on unique trail systems to see

amazing views of the city skyline,

the riverfront and area lakes.

Nice Ride:

Want to see the city on your own?

Or get from one point of the city

to another quickly and efficiently?

Take a trip on a Nice Ride bike, our

“green bike”-sharing program.

Free apps available for finding

the nearest stations and bicycle

availability, as well as suggested

sightseeing routes. Every trip you

take is free up to 30 minutes with a $6

subscription; so hop on and go where

you want to when you want to.

City Running Tours:

Offers both guided personalized

and group running tours,

accommodating your needs as both

a runner and tourist. Share your

love of running as we share our city

with you!

MSP Tours

Ride the clean and green light rail

system to explore Minneapolis

world-renowned architecture,

shopping, lakes, art and diverse

culture, with a self-guided audio

excursion. Available in multiple




MSP International Airport is

located just 10 km south of

downtown Minneapolis. As a

major U.S. gateway from Europe,

Asia and Latin America, MSP

services over 1,000 daily non-stop

arrivals and departures

from 20 international and 118

domestic cities.



Amsterdam (AMS)

3 times daily in summer;

2 times daily in winter with KLM/

AirFrance/Delta Air Lines

Tokyo (NRT)

Daily flights with connections

through Asia with Delta Air Lines

Paris (CDG)

Daily flight with Delta Air Lines;

Air France non-stop seasonally

London (LHR)

Daily flight with Delta Air Lines

Reykjavik (KEF)

Daily flights seasonally –

connections to 18 cities in

Europe with Icelandair

Other international non-stop

flights from:

CUN Cancun, MX

CZM Cozumel, MX

MBJ Montego Bay, JM

MEX Mexico City, MX

MZT Mazatlan, MX

PVR Puerto Vallarta, MX

SJD San Jose Cabo, MX

YEG Edmonton, AB, CA

YQR Regina, SK, CA

YUL Montreal-PET, QC, CA

YVR Vancouver, BC, CA

YWG Winnipeg, MB, CA

YXE Saskatoon, SK, CA

YYC Calgary, AB, CA

YYZ Toronto, ON, CAEurope with






The Light Rail Transit (LRT) connects downtown Minneapolis with the MSP

International Airport and Mall of America. It conveniently serves several

stations, including downtown’s Warehouse District and Target Field. Fullyautomated

ticket machines accept major credit cards, so international

visitors don’t need to exchange money to ride.


Downtown Minneapolis has a unique skyway system, the largest of its kind in

the world, located a floor above street level offering enclosed travel between

buildings. More than eight miles of glass-enclosed walkways connect

hotels, shopping centers, sports and entertainment venues, restaurants and

parking ramps. Visitors can leave their coats in their hotel rooms and walk in

climate-controlled comfort.




Visitor and vacation guides

Press kits, photos, video and


Cooperative marketing funds

Promotion and linking from our

multi-lingual sites to your

product web pages


Complete itinerary planning

FIT and group packaging


Free hotel referral service

Technical study and business tours

Familiarization tours

International media services,

media fams and story ideas

Welcome bags and discount books



Architecture & Arts

Walker Art Center; Fredrick

Weisman Museum; Mill City

Museum; Guthrie Theater

Convention & Tourism


Minnesota Association of Charter

Schools; City Academy High

School; YWCA Children’s Center;

The Children’s Theatre Company;

National Sports Center

Emergency Operations Training


District Energy; Midwest Center

for Wind Energy; Target Center;

Minneapolis Convention Center;

Phillips Eco Center; LRT (Light

Rail Transit); Nice Ride Minnesota

Medical and Healthcare

Mayo Clinic; Courage Center;

Sister Kenny Institute; North

Memorial Medical Center;

University of Minnesota Medical

Devices Center

Retail & Retail Development

Mall of America; Flagship Target

Store; SuperValu; Best Buy;

Uptown Minneapolis; West End

Urban Development & Riverfront


Minneapolis/ Saint Paul Riverfront;

Target Field and Warehouse

District; City of Minneapolis/

City Planning and Economic

Development Office; Lowertown

Saint Paul


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