Are you and your friends or family looking for a fun four-day weekend away from the daily hustle and bustle of everyday life? We may have a vacation spot recommendation for you to consider in the Twin Cities to fill your time. If you like sunny beaches, windsurfing, walking, skating and ice fishing, pay attention.

Lake Calhoun
3000 Calhoun Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 230-6400

This hot vacation spot is awesome for the younger or older crowd. It exudes diversity all year long. You could plan a private picnic for just two. You could also windsurf, go canoeing, kayaking, fishing, walking, soak up some of those Minnesota rays and enjoy the day. Lake Calhoun is also perfect for the winter months. You could set up and little ice house and enjoy the state’s pastime of ice-fishing on the lake. This spot is perfect during all four of the seasons, so enjoy yourselves at the lake before getting back to the grind of work or school. The 3.2-mile loop of the lake is an easy walk to enjoy with friends and family.

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The Cowles Center
528 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 206-3636

The Cowles Center is open for 2013 and it has memberships, which can be purchased at this location. It has shows throughout the year that will bring enjoyment to all audiences. Take a look at the calendar and find a show that works for you. With the wide range of choices, you’ll surely find something to fit your vacation bill.

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1432 W. 31st St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-1572

This unique restaurant is one of the best American restaurants near Lake Calhoun. This establishment offers a food menu that changes from week to week so its customers can never complain of the menu being boring or average. Lucia’s offers delicious dishes that will always please a variety of palates, the prices are reasonable and the food is served in moderate and sizable portions. This would be a great restaurant to explore for any international guest who may want to try some of America’s great food.

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Calhoun Square Shopping Center
3001 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 824-1240

This unique shopping center is open year-round for business and it loves visiting tourists. The Square offers unique shopping attire for those special tourists who may have little ones. The IDO Bambini Creattivi offers unique clothing in fun colors with matching accessories. This always makes the little ones stand out in a crowd. This shopping center also has a Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues restaurant to tantalize any tourist’s BBQ palate. This BBQ to die for and there is a free-standing bar so people can socialize while there for a meal. Famous Dave’s also has live music, so put on your dancing shoes, let your hair down and get footloose and free. Explore some of these tourist recommendations for some rest and relaxation in the Twin Cities.

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