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Summer in Minnesota is kind of a big deal, and while we’re missing many of our favorite summer activities, there’s one you don’t have to skip – patio season! Below are the best patios in Minneapolis Northwest that are open for business and taking precautions to ensure you can safely enjoy dining al fresco. Cheers to an unforgettable summer!Read More
Home to hundreds of miles of trails and greenways, Minneapolis Northwest is a perfect place for hikers and bikers who want to enjoy the beauty of nature while practicing social distancing. The region has been named one of the country's most bike-friendly destinations thanks to its expansive network of trails and protected lanes, and the city’s parks offer pedestrians and hikers plenty of places to wander. Here are five favorite destinations for hikers, bikers and those who simply want to soak in the scenery.Read More
Enjoy endless opportunities for fun in and near Minneapolis Northwest. We understand that sometimes you don't want to spend a lot of money while on vacation so we're here to help. We've put a list together of 50 FREE things to do in Minneapolis Northwest and the Twin Cities. From zoos, to nature, to museums, we have something for you.Read More
Spring brings a burst of colors and energy to Minneapolis Northwest. It’s a time when Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove and the surrounding neighborhoods start buzzing with festivals, shows, family friendly events and plenty of outdoor activities. Whether you choose to spend the days or evenings watching international films, making maple syrup or cuddling baby animals, you’ll find plenty of events that will put a spring in your step!Read More
However you and your sweetheart like to celebrate your love – food, nature, cozy nights in – Minneapolis Northwest offers a variety of ways to spend time together for your Valentine’s date.Read More
The holidays are drawing near, and there’s no better place than Minneapolis Northwest for spreading holiday joy and merriment. From essential holiday shopping, fun events, outdoor recreation, and holiday shows, here are the top five reasons we love Minneapolis Northwest during the holidays!Read More
Elm Creek Park Reserve is the biggest park in Three Rivers Park District, and is home to 4,900 acres of hiking and biking trails, along with some of the best scenery in Minnesota. Elm Creek is a popular destination any time of year (in fact, it was named the 15th most visited attraction in Minnesota, with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2017!), but from December through March, the Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area turns the reserve into a fascinating winter wonderland. Grab your mittens and scarf and get ready to explore! Here are some of the most popular ways to spend a winter break at Elm Creek Park Reserve.Read More
The holiday season is all about love, peace, magic, and mistletoe, which also makes it a perfect season for spending time with someone special. Here are 10 fun and festive date ideas for you and your date to enjoy this winter!Read More
Halloween’s spooky and often mysterious atmosphere can be the perfect setting for a cuddly date night. Whether you’re clutching your partner in a haunted house, getting lost in a corn maze, or taking cute selfies along an illuminated pumpkin trail, there are plenty of options for a spooktacular date night in and around Minneapolis Northwest.Read More
Sometimes all you need is the open road, some great company, and a few fun adventures to create memories you'll never forget! Luckily, the Twin Cities is full of one-of-a-kind spots to complete your road trip bucket list. So grab your favorite traveling buddies and explore some of the most unique finds! Don't know where to start? We've got you covered with a list of 10 (plus one bonus!) of our favorite fun, quirky places to discover within an easy drive of Minneapolis Northwest!Read More
"Hay" there! Fall is the perfect time to embrace the beautiful colors and changing of seasons. And what better way to spend a fall day then visiting some stunning parks and fall festivals in Minneapolis Northwest! We've gathered our top picks to make the most of the season and share your adventures with the world, with just a phone in hand!Read More
Minnesota’s professional sports teams are on display this fall, flashing their talent and creating extra opportunities for family fun, getting to know coworkers or a night out with friends. Minneapolis Northwest is a short drive from our contending teams and top-of-the-line sports venues, providing optimal enjoyment and exhilarating memories for fans visiting the Twin Cities.Read More