What To Do in Minneapolis
On Friday, November 25, 2016, in Loring Park, right across the way from the Welcome Milonga venue, the Four Seasons Dance Studio, Minneapolis' annual Holidazzle festival will begin and through the duration of the Midwest Tango Festival. That Friday, parking may be a bit tight from 8p to 10p, but should open up after 10p. So check out the festivities before the milonga!! And then come and get warm with a little tango!! Or check it out sometime during the weekend! Just one of many things to do in Minneapolis while you are visiting!!
Some recommendations from your new tango buddies from Minneapolis:
Head for the Falls! St. Anthony Falls, that is. Walk the Stone Arch Bridge, viewing the falls and lock and dam. Then head upstream to St. Anthony Main and Riverplace for food & entertainment. Many options abound. Continue on foot upstream to tour through the historic district on Nicollet Island. The St. Anthony neighborhood adjacent is teaming with more restaurants and shopping.
Summit Ave., St. Paul. This historic district replete with gilded-age mansions is one of the premier “promenade” avenues in the nation. Start at St. Paul Cathedral and do a walking tour of the east end, stopping in Triangle park for a stunning view of the river gorge. Finish with lunch in the Victoria Crossing area on Grand Ave, or better, a glass of wine at W.A. Frost restaurant on Selby Ave.
Green Line train to downtown St. Paul. Catch the Green Line (not the Blue) downtown Minneapolis and have a leisurely ride to the historic district of Lowertown in downtown St. Paul. It’s a cheap thrill: less than 2 bucks. Two great museums: The Walker Art Center (a bit messy now with construction going on all around), and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. After your art crawl, find all manner of ethnic food along Nicollet Ave (“Eat Street”) or in the Uptown area around Hennepin Ave. S. and Lake St.
Take a Hike! A walk around any of the four major lakes on the west side of Minneapolis is a pleasure (if the weather is decent) and invigorating. Each is 3 miles around or less. Bonus: the neighborhoods surrounding the lakes are a pleasure to walk through in their own right.
Minnehaha Falls Park. Not as attractive this time of year (the little restaurant in the pavilion is closed), but still worth a visit. For the hardy, take the stairs down to the foot of the falls and hike to the Mississippi River. If you have a car, tour Minnehaha Parkway west to Lake Harriet. Visit the commercial node on the west side of the Lake (“Linden Hills”) and enjoy a taste of the cafe life there.
Get on the bus and head for Uptown! Lots to do in this lively commercial district that spreads out along Hennepin Ave. S. and west Lake St. Bonus: the Lakes District is nearby.
For those staying downtown Minneapolis, the historic Warehouse District is worth a foot tour; it is now an entertainment district with galleries, night clubs, and eating establishments. Nicollet Mall would normally be a pleasure to peruse, but is currently undergoing a major overhaul. Still, the sidewalks and skyways are accessible, and all business and shopping emporiums are open. Don R.
1. A drive along Summit Avenue in St. Paul, from the Mississippi River to downtown St. Paul. This is a residential district that boasts some of the most beautiful and historic homes in Minnesota. A nice time of year to do this in the evening since they will all be decorated with fancy light displays for the holidays, and ends up overlooking the pretty night skyline of downtown St. Paul.
2. A walk along the Mississippi across the river from downtown Mpls, at River Place and St. Anthony Main. Nice places to eat are Pracna on Main and the Wilde Roast. Or for a really special dinner, at the historic Nicollet Island Inn. Many other places to eat nearby too.
3. Near Four Seasons, one of our venues, is Walker Art Center, just across Loring Park. A nice restaurant right next door to Four Seasons is Lurcat, with an exceptional menu. Another museum worth visiting is MIA (Minneapolis Institute of Art), not far from here.
4. The Minneapolis chain of lakes (starting near the Walker), is great for a brisk walk or bike ride (bike rentals are available). These include Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, and Lake Calhoun). Lake Calhoun is near Uptown, a popular area for dining and shopping.
Seeing some of these spots will give visitors a feel for the Twin Cities and why most of us would never move from here :). Enjoy! Sarah S.