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With American Airlines flights to Minneapolis, it's easy to get acquainted with the many facets of this distinctive city. Take your pick of things to do in Minneapolis, from shopping in the largest complex in the country to hiking and biking on the more than 200 miles of recreational paths throughout the metropolitan area. Both indoors and out, you'll find plenty to keep you entertained while in Minneapolis - St. Paul.
One of the most popular activities in Minneapolis has to be its unrivalled shopping scene. Minneapolis - St. Paul was the first place in the world to enclose a shopping center, creating the mall concept that we are all familiar with today. Perhaps the winter weather was the inspiration? Regardless, this is a shopper's paradise. It's home to the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the country, the Mall of America. It features more than 520 stores along with family-friendly fare such as miniature golf, a movie theater and more than 20 sit-down restaurants. This mall is so big, it has its own zip code! In addition to the Mall of America, Minneapolis has several neighborhood shopping districts with independent, locally owned shops. We enjoy strolling through Linden Hills, near Lake Harriet, and the historic Lake Street. Wander down Franklin Avenue for art galleries.
Once your yen for shopping is satisfied, there a number of other things to do in Minneapolis, such as exploring the great outdoors. The city has more than 22 lakes and 170 parks (St. Paul has another 160 parks). You'll find green spaces aplenty, along with paths for hiking and biking. The city is so welcoming of outdoor pursuits, it was the first in the country to build a bicycle freeway. Called the Cedar Lake Regional Trail, it stretches for nine miles.
Touring the city's myriad museums is another one of our favorite activities in Minneapolis -- there are nearly 60 from which to choose. See contemporary art at the Walker Art Center on Hennepin Avenue and the adjoining Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where you can view Claes Olenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's Spoonbridge and Cherry. That iconic work of art has come to be a recognizable symbol of Minneapolis - St. Paul. Pay respects to the city's flour-milling heritage at the Mill City Museum on South 2nd Street (which features an in-house baking lab). See an incredible collection of artifacts at the Science Museum of Minnesota on West Kellogg Boulevard. And architecture lovers won't want to miss the Weisman Art Museum on East River Road, the only art museum designed by Frank Gehry.
Whether you're excited about the shopping, nature trails or museums, American Airlines makes it easy to fly to Minneapolis so you can explore to your heart's content. Book your trip today.