The season for spectacular sunsets on a shimmering lake is back again. Boasting more than 10,000 lakes statewide, it’s water, water, everywhere in Minnesota, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the area’s lakes, rivers and wilderness areas. With public cruises available on Lake Minnetonka, as well as on the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, it’s time to hit the water.
The 40th annual Twin Cities Pride Festival, one of the largest LGBT celebrations in the country, promises a full weekend of pride. From the Parade and Beer Dabbler to the Pride Boat Cruise, this is one weekend in the Twin Cities not to be missed.
Zumba, the Latin dance-inspired fitness program developed in the 1990s, is alive and well in the Twin Cities. Zumba sessions provide strength training and aerobic dancing led by licensed instructors trained in just this type of fun. The area’s best classes, though, bring with them an exciting sense of community and bumping beats that keep dancers coming back time and again.
While winter hermits turn to outdoor tennis and other activities during the summer months in Minnesota, tennis remains primarily an indoor event in the northern United States. Most communities offer public courts in local parks, but the truly serious year-round tennis player takes advantage of the high-quality indoor facilities statewide at the best clubs in the state.
Given the large number of colleges and universities in the Twin Cities, it isn’t surprising that they have helped produce a core of voracious readers, many who enjoy the social interaction of book clubs.
Since 1991, singer-songwriter Bob Dylan’s (aka Robert Zimmerman) hometown of Hibbing, Minnesota has been celebrating its native son with a weekend full of festivities dubbed “Dylan Days.” This year, come out and celebrate his 71st birthday on May 24th.
Whether you’re making a fun first impression or revamping that repetitive date night, dating in Minnesota should be adventurous and exciting. While there’s nothing wrong with a nice dinner date or a movie and live music in a local pub, breaking out of the mold is a great way to impress your significant other. Minnesota’s most exciting date options run the gamut, from skydiving to segways. If these don’t excite you, there are always ballroom dance classes.
Photographs can make time stand still and create life-long memories. The exhibits and galleries below display the creative genius of some of the best photographers showing their work in Minnesota. Each are well worth a visit this spring or summer.
Perhaps the easiest and one of the most relaxing escapes from the twin cities’ hustle and bustle is to hop in the car and go for a drive. Thankfully, Minnesota is blessed with some beautiful areas close to, and even inside of, the 494/694 loop that are well worth a visit. These are the most fun, scenic options the area has to offer.
While it has been several years since there has been much basketball excitement from the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers or the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, that doesn’t mean Minnesotans don’t love the game. The WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx won the league championship last year, Minnesota State University-Mankato men’s basketball team made it to the Division II collegiate final four, and the Timberwolves resurgence with all-star Kevin Love have made for an exciting 2011 to 12 season. But it’s the area’s pick-up games that have the real heart, and these are the best places to hop in on a game in Minnesota.
Whether you prefer musicals or a stage play, there are literally dozens of opportunities to support the arts this spring in Minneapolis, St. Paul and many suburban areas, too. Here are just a few that may interest you.