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Where to (Safely) Eat and Drink in Minneapolis Northwest During Patio Season

06/29/2020

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!

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Hit the Trails! Our Guide to Biking & Hiking Adventures in Minneapolis Northwest

04/15/2020

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.

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Put a Spring in Your Step with The Latest Spring Happenings in Minneapolis Northwest

03/01/2020

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!

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Hit the Slopes! 6 Ways to Start Your Winter Adventure at Elm Creek Park Reserve

11/29/2019

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.

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10 Halloween Date Ideas in Minneapolis Northwest

09/10/2019

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.

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Top 10 Quirky Things to Do Near Minneapolis Northwest - Part 2

08/30/2019

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!

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Autumn Excitement Builds with Minnesota’s Pro Sports Teams

08/26/2019

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.

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