The city of Minneapolis is the 14th largest metropolitan area in the U.S. and the largest city in the state of Minnesota. Located on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Minneapolis is a unique blend of urban and wild. From rivers, parks and waterfalls to mills, museums and culture, the city has long been a center for both recreational and business travel for many reasons. As the city celebrates the 100th anniversary of one of its most popular attractions in 2015, Island Trader Vacations invites you to take a closer look at it and the other top attractions you won’t want to miss as we journey to Minneapolis, the “city of lakes”.
The history of Minneapolis dates back thousands of years in terms of settlement. Its location on the Mississippi has long made it a part of the lives of residents of the region for food and transportation. Long before the arrival of French explorer in the late 1600’s, the area was settled by native Dakota Sioux Indians. Not until the 1800’s however not until the creation of nearby Fort Snelling in the 1800’s did European development begin. At this time, the region grew quickly and by 1867 it was incorporated as a city. Thanks to the vast water resource, the city flourished as hydropower spurned growth and transportation continued. Today, the water resource remains a large part of the survival and growth of the city not only for business but also recreation.
Happy Centennial Minneapolis Institute of Arts
While many of the most popular sites and attractions in Minneapolis are those related to the natural resources, one of its oldest and most popular is not. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, established in 1915 celebrates the arts and history of the arts in the region and the world. Visitors to this top attraction enjoy a variety of exhibits in addition to programming relating to art through the ages including some of the most infamous artists in history and those lesser known. For its hundredth birthday in 2015, visitors can enjoy a number of special events and features as well.
Other Top Attractions
In addition to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, top destinations and attractions in Minneapolis include:
- Minneapolis Queen Paddlewheel trips
- Minnesota History Center
- Minnesota Zoo
- Mill City Museum
- Lake Calhoun
- Minniehaha Falls
- Gold Medal Park
Whether you enjoy art or nature, science of craft beers, Minneapolis has something for everyone any time of the year. Celebrate with Minneapolis this year, a top destination for travel in 2015.