I have been living in Minneapolis for about ten years now, and I have always felt great pride in our little metropolitan area nestled in the upper Midwest. We have a unique set of attractions, and while our biggest attraction is the Mall of America, I want to introduce you to some additional areas of interest.

Getting to Know the “Mini Apple”

Minneapolis is often called the “Mini Apple,” as we are second only to New York City for theater seats per capita. Our Hennepin Theatre District takes over the entirety of Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis hosting great Broadway shows like Wicked, Lion King, The Book of Mormon, and countless other shows and acts, there’s always something going on in the city. The newly renovated Orchestra Hall or the comedy and satire acts at the legendary Brave New Workshop, are a great way to spend a Saturday night.

Explore the Great Outdoors

Minnesotans love their outdoors. If you crave a little nature with your busy cities, then look no further than the Lake District. There’s a reason that Minnesota is called the Land of 10,000 Lakes (we actually have 11,842!). Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Lake Harriet are right in the downtown and Uptown neighborhoods, and are a great way to spend an afternoon.

During the summer you’ll find families enjoying the many beaches dotting the lakefront. While in the frigid winters, you’ll find cross-country skiers making their way around the frozen lakes. Minneapolis also boasts about 100 parks, including the beautiful Minnehaha Regional Park, which features a beautiful 53-foot waterfall. The Mill Ruins Park is also a must see, as it contains the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill and is located just off the Mississippi River.

Find Your Favorite Flavors

The food scene is something that I have really seen develop in Minneapolis recently, and you’ll find no shortage of unique and tasty options while you’re here.

The one thing I always tell newcomers is that you must try a Jucy Lucy (and yes, I spelled that correctly!). It’s two hamburger patties surrounding some good ol’ American cheese, melting it into ooey-gooey awesomeness! Several restaurants boast to having the best, but the true champion of the Jucy Lucy is Matt’s Bar, located in South Minneapolis. This tiny dive bar has proven time and time again that the original is always the best; they’ve even hosted President Obama recently.

Another one of my favorite spots is located in the North East neighborhood, Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge. Set up like a tiki bar, this unique and fun cocktail lounge has great tropical-themed drinks, great food, and a great atmosphere. I would recommend you try their Potluck Pickle Roll-ups (a.k.a. Minnesota Sushi).

Finally, one of my downtown favorites for unique eats is Hell’s Kitchen, which originally started as a breakfast-only restaurant and has grown a cult following of quirky Minneapolitans. Try their house-made peanut butter, check out their Bloody Mary Bar, or take in live music while noshing on their all-day breakfast menu. They even have their own bakery upstairs!

All in all, Minneapolis boasts a mix of rich culture, great food, and stunning nature to ensure a great experience while visiting. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

This article was originally published by Hilton Suggests.

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