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Welcome to the Minneapolis Northwest Tourism Media Room! Here you’ll find the basic information on our area, the latest happenings, story ideas, photo gallery and more.

About Minneapolis Northwest

Minneapolis Northwest is comprised of Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, and Maple Grove, MN. Our area is a located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and is centrally located along I-94/694/494 and Hwy 610. Visitors are lucky to have the buzz of the city right in their backyard, but get to do away with hassles like paying for parking. 

A fast growing region that is surprisingly diverse and unexpectedly scenic, there is much more to be discovered in Minneapolis Northwest than you might think!

A few things we’re known for :

Shopping
Did you know? The Arbor Lakes shopping & dining district in Maple Grove has more combined sq. feet of retail than Mall of America! (which, btw is only a short drive from Minneapolis Northwest).  Plus for savvy bargain hunting, Albertville Premium Outlets is a must-stop. Nearby Cabela’s is a regional destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

Biking
In Minneapolis Northwest hop on the MRT (which traverses the entire Mississippi River!), or ride a number of beautiful regional trails that connect to downtown Minneapolis. A highlight includes riding across the Mississippi atop the Coon Rapids Dam! We're also a haven for fat bike enthusiasts with nearly 13 miles of groomed singletrack.

Golf
Minneapolis Northwest will be welcoming visitors from all over the world this fall for the Ryder Cup! The Ryder Cup is being held at Hazeltine National in Chaska, but just a short drive away are two must-play championship courses: Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, and Edinburgh USA in Brooklyn Park.

Being Family-Friendly
Minneapolis Northwest is the ultimate family-friendly Minneapolis vacation. Splash around on the sandy beaches of the swimming pond at Elm Creek Park Reserve, the largest regional park in Hennepin County; head to Target Field for a Twins game; or try a game of Whirlyball, the wackiest sport ever played in bumper cars.

Amazing Meeting Venues
Minneapolis Northwest offers distinctive and versatile meeting venues, 2,200+ guest rooms and FREE parking. With 2 venues that have over 50,000 square feet of meeting space, we can accommodate meetings large and small. 


Sports & Outdoors


Minneapolis Northwest is home to a number of Minnesota’s 10,000 Lakes, not to mention the Mighty Mississippi. From paddling down the river, fishing Weaver Lake, to cross-country skiing at Elm Creek Park Reserve, there is an abundance of outdoor activities to take part in year round.

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Attractions & Entertainment


Take your idea of fun and we bet you will find more fun in the Minneapolis & Saint Paul metro than you thought. 

Let us entertain you with amazing music venues, hilarious comedy clubs, lucky slot machines and speedy race horses. We'll rock your socks off, make you laugh until it hurts, and hopefully send you home just a little bit richer. 

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