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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Minneapolis Attractions

Minneapolis is an exciting city with a lot to offer. There are both urban adventures and more rural ones, as you'd expect in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
This 8 acre museum was founded in 1883. Today, it's home to more than 83,000 artistic objects. Its collection covers all mediums, including paintings, sculpture, textiles, decorative arts,and photography. The collection also spans all 5000 years of recorded human history. There are wings dedicated to African, American, and Asian art.

The museum doesn't charge an admission fee to its general collection. It provides guided tours, but also has audio tours for self-guided discovery. The museum is also proud of its interactive learning centers spread throughout the exhibits. These stations provide context and activities to help visitors learn more about the pieces on view.

Lake of the Isles
This lovely lake in the middle of the city has a number of activities, including just providing a great setting for a comfortable walk or picnic. If you're in Minneapolis during the winter, there is ice skating and hockey on the lake.

There are two islands which are wildlife refuges and untouched forests. This lake is attached to other lakes, Lake Calhoun and Cedar Lake. You can rent a canoe at Lake Calhoun and row your way to the Lake of the Isles.

The area surrounding the lake is known for its historic houses. One of which, the Purcell Cutts House, is on the National Register of Historic Places and presents the Prairie School of architecture at its finest. There are monthly tours of the house. It's managed by the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, so checking their site should tell when the next tour will be.

Guthrie Theater
This is a mutli-venue theater that presents a variety of theatrical and musical performances. It also holds workshops, tours, and classes. One of its special programs, Shakespeare at the Guthrie, stages the Bard's plays attracting some of American's best actors.

The building itself is also noted for its architecture, which GQ Magazine named one the 10 Most Important Buildings of the 21st Century. It sits along a bend in the Mississippi River and has amazing views of the surrounding area. The best place to enjoy those view is the theater's Endless Bridge.

Minnehaha Park
This 193 acre park is the city's oldest and most beloved. Getting to the park is an easy walk from the city's light rail train. At its entrance are the charming Minnehaha Falls, a small, wooded waterfall. They freeze midstream in the winter, creating a surreal natural experience.

There are numerous trails that you can walk, or hire a bike or pedal surry to ride around. Half the park is well manicured and includes various statues and historic buildings. The other half is left much as nature created it, where people can also do some rock climbing.

The park also holds cultural events.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Across the street from the Walker Art Center, this open air museum has more than 50 sculptures on display. From the whimsical to the intense, it's a natural outgrowth of the Walker Art Center's stellar reputation as a museum of modern art.