Minneapolis, MN Activities Overview: Running, Professional Sports
PHOTO CREDIT: Photo courtesy of the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Bureau
Minnesota residents are the most active in the country, according to StateMaster.com. With a beautiful park system, lakes and professional sports games to enjoy, it’s easy to see why people who live in Minneapolis want to keep moving.
Minneapolis' park system is noteworthy for its design and upkeep. In fact, it is considered one of the country's best. The city’s oldest and most popular park is Minnehaha Park. This park features Minnehaha Falls, a 53-foot waterfall that attracts more than half-a-million visitors every year.
Runner's World ranks the Twin Cities as America's sixth best city for runners. A separate parkway for cars and a lane for cyclists and pedestrians run parallel to each other along the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, which runs over 50 miles.
Minneapolis boasts professional baseball, football and basketball teams, and their games are a huge draw for locals. MLB's Minnesota Twins play at Target Field, and the stadium is regularly packed with more than 40,000 fans.
Named for the state’s Scandinavian American culture, the Minnesota Vikings have one of the highest winning percentages in football history. This NFC team plays on Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, and fans arrive decked out in the team’s colors of purple and gold.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are part of the Northwest Division of the NBA. The more than 20,000-seat Target Center fills up with fans clad in slate blue.
The Minneapolis parks department also offers youth and adult sports leagues for residents of all ages and skill levels. And, for the four-legged members of the family, an off-leash permit ensures that your pooch can frolic without a tether in any of the six off-leash recreational areas in Minneapolis.
The city's Chain of Lakes, made up of seven lakes and the Minnehaha Creek, is connected by paths for walking, running and biking. Locals use the lakes year round for swimming, fishing, picnicking and boating in the summer, and ice skating and ice fishing in the winter.
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