Moving to Minneapolis? To many, Minneapolis is a hidden jewel among the larger cities across the United States. Consider this…the city is one of the top ten greenest cities in country, because of its 80 miles of bike paths, drinkable tap water, abundance of lakesand trees, and new light rail line. Fit Pregnancy also recently put Minneapolis in the top three best cities to have a baby for 2007, based on criteria related to doctors, hospitals, midwives, birth and health risks, stroller-friendly parks, affordability,and many others. The city is also known for its supreme air quality, many smoke-free destinations, and has been deemed one of the country’s most athletic in the states. Minneapolis is definitely more than meets the eye.
Nature enthusiasts take advantage of the many outdoor activities around Minneapolis like bicycling or running along the many bike trails, walking through the city parks, and exploring the hiking and ski trails. The Grand Rounds is a national scenic byway that allows you to see the many wonders of Minneapolis, including the Downtown Riverfront, the Chain of Lakes, Mississippi River, and Minnehaha Park, the site of Minnehaha Falls. Because of the many waterways, the city is home to a number of amazing bridges, including the Stone Arch Bridge – the only stone bridge built over the Mississippi River.
Don’t let Minneapolis’ reputation for harsh winters keep you away. During the winter and all year round, one of the city’s most popular destination is the country’s largest mall, the Mall of America. This indoor facility has over 500 stores, 30 attraction rides, an aquarium, the NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, the ACES Flight Simulator, and a miniature golf course known as Moose Mountain. The city also hosts many festivals such as the annual Holidazzle Parade, a lights parade with fairytale characters, and the Minnesota Fringe festival celebrating music, dance and theater. The Minneapolis Aquatennial is a summer festival with milk carton boat races and spectacular fire works.
The Loring Park neighborhood is home to restaurants, theaters, cultural arts centers, and is near many of the city’s universities including Hamline University, the University of Saint Thomas, and Metropolitan State University. The Riverfront District is an extremely popular neighborhood drawing people from their suburban homes to the urban condos and town homes. People have easy access to the arts, parks, restaurants, nightlife, and enjoy living right along the Mississippi.