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Minneapolis combines the Dakota word for water ("minne") with the Greek word for city ("polis"), a fitting name for the City with 22 of Minnesota's 12,034 lakes.

Minneapolis combines the Dakota word for water ("minne") with the Greek word for city ("polis"), a fitting name for the City with 22 of Minnesota's 12,034 lakes. Minneapolis is renowned for combining the best of urban life with the neighborhoods and quality of life found in smaller towns. Residents enjoy exciting cultural and recreational opportunities in beautiful natural surroundings. 

Population: 407.000 

Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and the center of finance, industry, trade and transportation for the Upper Midwest. At 44.58 degrees north latitude and 93.15 degrees west longitude, Minneapolis is 59 square miles (153 square kilometers), including 3.6 square miles (9.4 square kilometers) of inland water. It drapes along the banks of the nation’s largest river, the Mississippi. 

Minneapolis has an average summer temperature of 70 degrees F and an average winter temperature of 16 degrees F 1 . Minneapolis has four distinct seasons, with moderate spring and fall weather. Summer is comfortable because lakes and trees serve as natural air conditioners.

Source: http://www.minneapolis.org/

Metro Transit operates one of the largest public transportation systems in the country. Riding public transit is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around. Fares range from $1.75 to $3.00, depending on time of day. If you're already downtown and need to hop a ride a few blocks, the fare is 50¢ in the Downtown Zone.

Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall. For an extremely efficient way to travel, zoom around town on the Hiawatha Line. Light- rail transit (LRT) connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, Mall of America and 18 other stations.

Metro Transit Multi-Day Pass: For just $6, enjoy an entire day of touring with a Day Pass. It's good for unlimited rides on Metro Transit buses and light rail (not valid on Northstar). Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to both downtowns, Mall of America and hundreds of other popular attractions.

A Day Pass is easy to use. Simply insert it in the card reader on the farebox as you board the bus or use it as proof of payment on light rail. It's valid for 24 hours from first use. Simple!

Day Passes are available online or at any Metro Transit store. You also can purchase a Day Pass (valid upon time of purchase) from your bus driver and from ticket machines at light-rail stations.

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Whether taking in a show, enjoying breathtaking pieces of art or tantalizing your palate with a plethora of exotic ingredients, Minneapolis will offer an experience unlike any city you’ve been to before.

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) is one of five Minnesota park agencies and one of approximately 130 agencies in the United States that is accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

The MPRB is a diverse system of land and water spanning 6,790 acres of parkland and water featuring 251 park properties including the 55-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, 200+ miles of biking and walking paths, 22 lakes, 12 formal gardens, seven golf courses and 47 recreation centers. Together these properties annually receive approximately 21 million visits.

Lakes: Did you know that the state of Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii? Combined? Minnesota is the Land of 10,000 Lakes for good reason. With over 22 lakes in the metropolitan area alone, there is a rich lake culture that will make you get outdoors, stay healthy and be continuously struck by the beauty of nature.

The main attraction? The Chain of Lakes: Four of the largest lakes in Minneapolis. Rent a canoe or kayak. Stroll or bike along 13 miles of paved shoreline paths. Then, when the snow falls, watch ice surfers skim across the surface of the lake, or join in on a pick-up game of pond hockey. Just 10 minutes from downtown, the Chain of Lakes provide an idyllic backdrop for walkers, bikers, boaters and skiers.

Source: http://www.minneapolis.org/visitor/sportsparkstrails/

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