There are tons of reasons to visit Minneapolis and the surrounding areas, it can be hard to determine what the deciding factors are in planning your trip. Our goal is to make the decision-making process easier, so we’ve narrowed the list down to 10 of the best reasons to visit Minneapolis right now.

Here are the reasons below

Rich History

Did you know that Minneapolis used to be home to many companies in the flour industry? You’ll definitely see the Pilsbury and Gold Medal Flour signs while you’re here. Aside from the flour industry, the mill industry was bustling back in the day. For more information on the history of the Twin Cities, head over to the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

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Ample Entertainment Opportunities

As a whole, Minnesota has over 440 theaters statewide, and about 240 in the city of Minneapolis alone! You have to see a show while you’re in town. Guthrie Theatre in the historic mill district is a must-see for your visit to Minneapolis.

Land of Lakes

With over 13 lakes bordering the city, Minneapolis is a great city to visit if you love being on or near the water. Take a sail on them, or hang out on the shore, but experiencing the outdoors without ever having to leave the area makes visiting that much better.

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Convenient Transportation

The Metro Transit is an affordable option for getting around Minneapolis. Service offers transport between downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as the Mall of America, and many other ideal destinations!

Mall of America

Containing over 500 stores within its walls, the Mall of America is (obviously) the biggest mall in the country. Crossing off every item on your shopping list has never been easier. There are 10 entertainment attractions here (including a rollercoaster!) making the Mall of America a location that’s perfect for the whole family.

Beer Scene

Craft beer is abundantly flowing in Minneapolis, there is no doubt about that. With many local breweries, brewpubs, and bars in the area, beer connoisseurs and newbies are sure to find a brew to fit their needs here. One of our favorites is Bauhaus Brew Labs.

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Outdoor Spaces

With 197 parks and outdoor areas in Minneapolis, spending time in nature is never out of reach. Be sure to visit Minnehaha Park for a relaxing picnic beside a waterfall, and Lyndale Park Gardens for a picture-perfect moment while you’re here!

Twin Cities

Minneapolis and St. Paul make up the Twin Cities, separated by the Mississippi River. This can be sort of confusing to those who are not familiar with the area, but think of it as a two-for-one special! Two fantastic cities, with plenty of things to do, all within an 8-mile radius.

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Music Scene

It’s no secret that Minneapolis has a kickass music scene. From jazz to blues, rock and rap, numerous artists and bands have gotten their starts in this city. As we’re sure you know, Prince absolutely adored Minneapolis.

Cultural Diversity

Hosting visitors is one of the specialties in Minneapolis, considering their Midwestern friendly attitudes. But visitors aren’t the only people from around the world who have taken a liking to the area. Minneapolis actually has one of the largest populations of Somalis in the United States. It is also home to many German, Polish, Italian, and other European immigrants.

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