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Revel In the Outdoors in Minneapolis, MN

Featuring: Amanda Smerlinski

Marketing Manager , Meet Minneapolis

It may be the largest city in Minnesota, but Minneapolis offers a surprising number of ways to connect with nature.

Local destination expert Amanda Smerlinski takes us on a tour of her favorite outdoor spots in the Twin Cities.

#1 Medal-Worthy Parks

Where do you go for visual inspiration and creativity?

Gold Medal Park

I head downtown, to Gold Medal Park. It's incredible that in the middle of a bustling downtown area, you can find this beautiful stretch of grass, water, and trees along the Mississippi River.

#2 Hidden History

What hidden gems you have rediscovered in Gold Medal Park?

Mill City Museum

Gold Medal Park is home to the Mill City Museum. It's a really interesting museum and historical space that showcases the history of grain milling in Minneapolis.

"There is an interesting contrast in Minneapolis between the large urban city, and all the parks, lakes, and trails that run through the city." Amanda Smerlinski, Meet Minneapolis

#3 Entertaining Outdoor Spaces

Name the place that’s right in your backyard but also on your bucket list.

The Lake Harriet Bandshell

I've been wanting to get to The Lake Harriet Bandshell. The Minneapolis Parks Department does an incredible job hosting movies and concerts there in the summer.

#4 Urban Waterways

What is your favorite spot for a picnic lunch?

Lake Bde Maka Ska

Minneapolis is known for its chain of lakes, one of which is Lake Bde Maka Ska. It is next to the Uptown neighborhood which is very well known for a spot to find up-and-coming restaurants and bars.

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#5 Hidden Falls

What is your favorite hidden spot on the chain of lakes?

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls is connected to the Minneapolis chain of lakes. You can follow the trails that connect the lakes, and find your way to Minnehaha Falls, which is a beautiful natural sight.

#6 Local Lakes

Where would you take a local “know it all” to show them a new side of Minneapolis?

Lake Nokomis

Lake Nokomis is located in a very cool area. Not only does it have a beautiful natural setting, but you'll find restaurants, shops, and lots of unique mom and pop small businesses nearby.

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About the Contributor

Amanda Smerlinski

Marketing Manager

About The Contributor

Amanda has spent the past five years sharing the best travel experiences Minneapolis has to offer travelers from around the world.