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PARKS, SPORTS & RECREATION

PARKS & RECREATION
SPORTS
GOLF COURSES

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Grand Rounds & Chain of Lakes
The Chain of Lakes Byway District is part of the larger Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Located just south west of downtown Minneapolis, the Chain of Lakes Byway is 13.1 miles of parkway winding along the shores of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake. Aside from the scenic road, there are parallel paths for walking, hiking and biking, all passing through picnic areas, beaches, gardens, and nature sanctuaries.

Lake Calhoun
3000 Calhoun Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Part of the Chain of Lakes in Minnesota, the lake is a popular area for fishing, swimming, wind surfing, walking, and biking. Approximately 3 miles of trails surround Lake Calhoun for walking, jogging and biking. Rent paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes at Wheel Fun Rentals Lake Calhoun. Grab some tacos, a fish sandwich, ice cream or a latte at The Tin Fish inside the Lake Calhoun Pavilion.

Lake Harriet
4135 West Lake Harriet Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Approximately 3 miles of trails surround Lake Harriet, along with two swimming beaches. Rent paddle boats, kayaks, and canoes at Wheel Fun Rentals Lake Harriet. Take a break and dine while looking over the lake at Bread and Pickle, a locally sourced, zero-waste restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Bread and Pickle will also prepare a picnic for your day at the lake.

Wheel Fun Rentals
Paddle boat, kayak and canoe rental for use around the Chain of Lakes. Call for seasonal opening dates and times.
Lake Calhoun
3000 Calhoun Parkway East
Minneapolis, MN. 55408
(612) 823-5765
(877) 273-2453
Lake Harriet

4135 Lake Harriet Parkway East
Minneapolis, MN. 55408
(612) 922-9226
(877) 273-2453


Fort Snelling State Park

101 Snelling Lake Road
St. Paul, MN 55111
Visitor Center: (612) 725-2724
Despite being located so close to the airport, Fort Snelling State Park is an oasis in the city with miles of hiking and biking trails, cross-country skiing, fishing ponds, bird watching and plenty of events year-round for everyone. Open year-round, 8am-10pm

Nice Ride Minnesota Bike Rental
1-877-551-6423
With 43 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and over 80 miles of off-street bicycle paths, Minneapolis and the U of M Campus are easily explored and navigated by bike. Nice Ride MN offers bike rental stations throughout the city and on campus. Simply purchase a subscription online before your trip. Then visit one of the dozens of bike stations around the city of campus, check out a bike, and be on your way! Check out of the many downloadable self-guided bike tours, ranging from architecture to beer tasting.
Subscription fees: $5 for 24 hours; $30 for 30 days. Trip fees are charged after 30 minutes of use. To avoid trip fees, simply return your bike to a station within 30 minutes, and check out another one. See website for trip fees.

Mobile Entertainment Segway Tours & Real Ghost Tour
125 Main Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(952) 888-9200
The three hour Magical History Tour include a free Segway training session, refreshments and use of a helmet for $80.00. Or explore the supernatural with a Real Ghost Walking Tour on Fridays and Saturdays at 9pm & 11pm.

Above the Falls Sports
120 3rd Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 825.8983
Above the Falls Sports promotes the recreational use of the Mississippi River Valley, especially above St. Anthony Falls. Enjoy 2.5 hr, half day, full day kayak tours. Or rent a kayak and explore on your own.
Mon-Sun, 6am-9pm

Mariucci Ice Arena  
1901 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
612-625-6648
Home to the University of Minnesota’s Men’s Division 1 Hockey Team, the Mariucci Ice Arena gives you the opportunity to step out onto the Olympic-sized ice sheet and imagine the adrenaline rush of skating in front of 10,000 screaming fans.
Open skate Mon-Fri, 11:15am-1:00 pm while school is in session. Times vary when hockey games are scheduled-Call ahead or check website for latest hockey schedules.
Adults: $3; Children 12 and under: $2. Skate rental: $2.

The Depot Rink
300 South Washington Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-2253

Named one of the best places in the United States to ice skate, the Depot Rink is located in a historic Downtown Minneapolis train shed. With floor to ceiling glass walls, skaters can view the city skyline.
Check website for specific dates available for public skating andrates.

Goldy’s Game Room
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Open bowling, pool tables and video games, the basement of the Coffman Memoiral Union makes for a nice family atmosphere. Goldy’s Snack Bar offers pizza, burgers and plenty of fried snacks to fuel you.
Hours vary throughout the year, see website for hours.
Public Rates:
Bowling, $4 per person, per game; Shoe rental, $2. Billiards, $8 per hour, per table
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Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
(952) 431-9200

Located about 15 minutes south of Minneapolis, the zoo’s exhibits are arranged into six themed areas, and includes three themed walking trails. The zoo features daily dolphin training shows, coral reef dives, seasonal cow milking demonstrations, shark feedings, an IMAX theatre and Monorail rides.
Hours vary by season and Admission prices vary by age. Seek the website for more information.

Grand Rounds Miniature Golf
1520 Johnson St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 370-3989
Daily (seasonal), 11am-8pm
$6 unlimited play

SPORTS

University of Minnesota Sports
Tickets: (612) 624-8080
Catch the Men’s and Women’s Golden Gophers competing in all kinds of sports. If you are around at the right time, do not miss a hockey game!

TCF Bank Stadium
2009 Southeast University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets: (612) 624-8080
Office: (612) 624-5072
Tours: TCFTours@umn.edu

In 2009, after over 20 years of playing at the Metrodome and not really having their own home stadium, the Gophers moved to the newly built TCF Bank Stadium. Previous to playing at the Metrodome, the Gophers played in their own Memorial Stadium (1924-1981). Located on the northeast side of the Minneapolis campus, very near the site of the former Memorial Stadium, the TCF Stadium was the first stadium to be built in the Big Ten since 1960. The 1st LEED Certified collegiate football facility in the nation, TCF Stadium is constructed almost entirely of recycled steel. With a current capacity of just over 50,000, the stadium is designed for an easy expansion of up to 80,000 seats in total. 25,000 of the current seats-those in between the goal lines-have permanent, roomy chairbacks. The “newness” of it all doesn’t necessarily detract from the classic Big Ten experience: the brick façade and arches were modeled after the design of Memorial Stadium, the Veteran’s Tribute on the southwest corner honors all Minnesota vets, and the promenade surrounding the exterior of the stadium is lined with 87 plaques representing the 87 counties of Minnesota. The stadium stays true to its Minnesota roots-a Big Ten tradition of pride and staying connected to the rich past.
Football schedule

Mariucci Arena & Ridder Arena
1901 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tickets: (612) 624-8080  
Office: (612) 625-8365
Hockey is a coveted sport in Minnesota, and Golden Gopher Hockey is no exception. Minnesota’s “Pride on Ice” competes to constant sell-out crowds. Mariucci Arena, with an Olympic-sized (200 feet by 100 feet) ice sheet, is home to the Gopher men’s hockey team and seats 10,000. Connected to Mariucci Arena via underground tunnels is Ridder Arena, home to Gopher women’s hockey. With a small ice sheet (200′ x 85′), Ridder Arena serves as a practice facility for the Gopher men to practice for road games, where the ice is often smaller.

Hubert H. Humphrey MFSC Metrodome
900 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Not technically a part of the University of Minnesota Campus, the Golden Gopher Baseball and Softball teams play at The Metrodome. 

Williams Arena
1925 Southeast University Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Office: (612) 626-5912
Originally constructed in 1938 with a seating capacity of 14,100, Williams Arena had, at one point, grown to a capacity of 18,025, but has since been reduced to 14,625. Williams Arena is home to Golden Gopher men’s basketball and women’s basketball.


Minneapolis is a home to many Major and Minor League sports teams, offering plenty of levels of sporting events to attend throughout the year:

NFL Minnesota Vikings
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
900 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

MLB Minnesota Twins
Target Field
1 Twins Way
Minneapolis, MN 55415

NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
Target Center
600 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415

NHL Minnesota Wild
Xcel Energy Center
199 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

WNBA Minnesota Lynx
Target Center
600 North 1st Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Women’s Tackle Football Minnesota Vixen
600 E. Highway 13
Burnsville, MN 55337

National Lacrosse League Minnesota Swarm
Xcel Energy Center
199 West Kellogg Boulevard
Saint Paul, MN 55102

MiLB St. Paul Saints
Midway Stadium
1771 Energy Park Drive
St. Paul, MN 55108

NSC Minnesota Stars

National Sports Center
1700 105th Avenue Northeast
Blaine, MN 55449

 

GOLF COURSES

University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course
2275 West Larpenteur Avenue
Falcon Heights, MN 55113

612-627-4000

Established in 1929, The University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Golf Course offers an 18-hole championship course along with a practice range. The course also holds leagues and lessons throughout the year.
Club and Cart rental are available. Tee times can be booked online here.
Course times vary with season. Daily public rates range from $13-$35.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Golf Courses
The Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board operates seven public golf courses. All courses are open 7 days a week, sunrise-sunset during golf season.

Columbia
3300 Central Ave. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-2627
18-hole course, driving range.

Gross National
2201 St. Anthony Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
(612) 789-2542
18-hole course, driving range.

Hiawatha
4553 Longfellow Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Built around lake Hiawatha; 18-hole, par 73 course.

Meadowbrook
201 Meadowbrook Road
Minneapolis, MN 55343
(952) 929-2077
18-hole course built along Minnehaha Creek.

Wirth
1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy.
Minneapolis, MN 55422
(763)-522-4584
With skyline views of Minneapolis, the front nine set around Bassett Creek, while the back nine set through rolling hills and dense trees. A 9-hole, par 3 course is located down the road at 1325 Wirth Pkwy.

Fort Snelling
5701 Leavenworth Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55111
(612) 726-6222
9-hole, par 35 course located within historic Fort Snelling.