With winter setting in over Minnesota, it can be hard to remember why we live here. That goes double for Minneapolis, where commutes and parking are worsened by snow and ice. So every once in awhile, it’s nice to have a little reminder of just why we love the City of Lakes. Here are 11 reasons why Minneapolis is the best city.
1. It's the City of Lakes.
Minneapolis has 13 lakes within city limits. That means there's always something to do outside, no matter the time of year. Summertime brings the best fun, with canoeing, swimming, and fishing among the most popular activities.
2. Affordable sporting events are easily accessible.
With Target Field right in downtown Minneapolis, it's incredibly easy (and pretty affordable) to catch a Twins game on a nice summer day. If you're willing to pay a bit more, the brand-new U.S. Bank Stadium hosts the Vikings.
3. Minneapolis has a beautiful skyline.
One of the best ways to see downtown Minneapolis is from afar. When night falls, the city skyline is absolutely beautiful - especially when you can see it reflected in the Mississippi River.
4. There are endless cultural opportunities.
If you love art or theater, Minneapolis is definitely the place to live. The city also has a thriving music scene, many literary events, and just about every other cultural happening you can imagine.
5. There's lots of shopping in the city - and near it.
If you get tired of the many locally owned stores that can be found in Minneapolis, you can easily venture out to the suburbs. There are plenty of popular malls, but Mall of America is by far the largest. Many Minnesotans look down on the huge mall, but it is convenient for when you want to get everything in one place.
6. You don't have to go far to get a good drink.
With so many breweries within city limits, it's not hard to find a great beer in Minneapolis. No matter your tastes, you'll likely find something that is right up your alley.
7. Minnehaha Falls is seriously beautiful.
What other major city has its very own waterfall? Minnehaha Falls is an incredible waterfall located within a beautiful park. Whether you view it from above or climb the dozens of stairs down to the creek, a trip to Minnehaha Falls is magical. It's part of what makes Minneapolis great.
8. There's plenty of hiking and biking.
Not only are there numerous hiking trails running through Minneapolis, there are plenty of bike trails as well. Even better, those who don't own a bike can easily rent one and explore the city on two wheels. Maybe that's why Minneapolis is considered one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.
9. The city is full of amazing food.
Whether you're in the mood for a feast of breakfast favorites or something a little more upscale, Minneapolis has you covered. You'll never go hungry in this city, and our many highly-rated restaurants are proof in point.
10. There's another great city right next door.
If you ever run out of things to do in Minneapolis, St. Paul is only a few miles away. The other Twin City is just as full of food, fun, and friendly faces, and it's just as worthy of exploring as Minneapolis.
11. The weather doesn't stop anyone from having a good time.
In some cities, everything shuts down when the temperature dips or if an inch of snow falls. In Minneapolis, people embrace the weather. Winter activities are everywhere, from cross country skiing in Minneapolis parks to celebrating the holiday season at Holidazzle. As long as you bundle up, you'll have fun in Minneapolis all year long!
Would you agree that Minneapolis is the best city? Do you have any other reasons why it’s the best? Let us know what you think in the comments below!