What’s great about the Twin Cities
In the metro area alone, there are 950 lakes and 136,900 acres of parkland. Popular activities include golfing, boating, hiking, fishing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing. Minneapolis’ famed skyway system connects 52 blocks downtown — nearly five miles — so it’s possible to eat, work and shop without going outside.
What’s your sport?
Minnesota is home to five professional sports teams: the Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves and the Lynx. The University of Minnesota’s teams can keep you entertained with college sports, and our minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, is a popular summertime draw.
Where the arts flourish
Minneapolis is second in the U.S. for theaters per capita and hosts the Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood, and the Jungle Theater, among others. We're also known for our art museums, including the Walker Art Center with its expansive outdoor sculpture garden — the largest urban garden in the country. The Twin Cities is also one of the few metropolitan areas in the country with two world-class orchestras: the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Minneapolis is also home to The Minnesota Opera and the Minnesota Ballet.
The Twin Cities is home to the first indoor mall in the country, and continues to stay at the forefront of good shopping with destinations like the 4.2 million-square-foot Mall of America. There are also many boutique-filled shopping districts such as the Uptown area in Minneapolis and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. For antiques, used books and reclaimed architectural pieces, excursions to stores in the Warehouse District, Lowertown in St. Paul, and nearby Stillwater provide a great assortment of finds.
Getting around the Twin Cities is easy. You can commute via bus, carpool lanes or light rail. And the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport is just 20 minutes from downtown.
What you may not know about Minneapolis
- Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the country.
- The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional playhouse in the country.
- ESPN The Magazine has ranked Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, as the best stadium experience in all professional sports in North America.
- Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
- The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture garden in the country.
- Chanhassen, a Minneapolis suburb, made the top 10 in the 2011 Money Magazine's Best Places to Live1
Whether you’re searching for a school for your family or want to expand your own education, Minnesota has outstanding educational systems. There are numerous public and private higher education institutions located throughout the Twin Cities, including the University of Minnesota and its Carlson School of Management, which boasts a top ranking among MBA programs in the U.S.
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1Source: August 2011 issue ofMoney Magazine