Many people can tell you why they visit Minneapolis in three words: Mall of America. Not only is MOA one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, it's also home to Nickelodeon Universe, the country's biggest indoor theme park. This must-visit destination is about 15 minutes from downtown. Minneapolis car rentals are must-haves for visitors who need trunk space for all their purchases. Besides shopping, check out the city's three world-class art museums and the Science Museum of Minnesota. View the skyline from the unique vantage point of a glass skyway; Minneapolis has more than seven miles of them! They're handy ways to get around in the bone-chilling winter months, plus they house all manner of attractions, year-round. You can't beat the view! Finally, you can't visit "The City of Lakes" without dipping your toes in one of the 22 located here. Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Lake Nokomis are local favorites.
Festivals and Events
Most hotels in Minneapolis have concierges who can inform you of special events happening during your visit. For those wanting to plan their Minneapolis vacations around a fun event, consider the Minnesota State Fair, the country's largest. For two glorious weeks in late summer, you can binge on fried foods, ride carnival rides, and view livestock. Another big draw is the Twin Cities Pride festival and parade, usually held in late June. Foodies will love the authentic cuisine and entertainment of the St. George Greek Festival in September.
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