Minneapolis Sports and Recreation

Minneapolis Sports and RecreationLet loose with the family, take a hike by yourself, cheer for your favorite team or try something new, like ice skating or riding a roller coaster. For sports and recreation fun in the Minneapolis area, we've got the perfect list of activities figured out for you. Pick one or do them all, you're guaranteed to have a blast!

 

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Pro Sports

Minnesota Lynx
Catch the Minnesota Lynx in action at the Target Center. The WNBA team has been battling the competition on the court since their opening season in 1999. The sports team has yet to clinch a championship but they are ready for the next season and the next challenge on the court.

Address: 600 First Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 673-1600
Web: www.wnba.com

Minnesota Timberwolves
Sports fans, make some noise in the stands as the Minnesota Timberwolves tear into the opposition. The former team of All-Star Player and MVP Kevin Garnett has made eight post season appearances and scored one division title. Watch the Timberwolves prove themselves as fierce competition against some of the best names in the league - win or lose, they put up a good fight.

Address: 600 First Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 673-1600
Web: www.www.nba.com

Minnesota Twins
Root, Root, Root for the Minnesota Twins and get your Homer Hankies ready as they knock 'em out of the park at Target Field. The sports team has been playing for the City of Lakes since 1961, and has topped their division about ten times, earned three AL Pennants and won the World Series twice. Craving peanuts and crackerjacks yet?

Address: 1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403 - MAP
Phone: (612) 338-9467
Web: www.minnesota.twins.mlb.com

Minnesota Vikings
If you want fast-paced, hard hitting, helmet smashing, shoulder pad bashing, American football, watch the Minnesota Vikings tackle NFL opponents like the Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and other famous franchises. The sports team has only come home with the Vince Lombardi trophy one time in their storied career but they try for it again every year - who knows, you could be at a game that changes the course of Vikings history.

Address: 900 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415 - MAP
Phone: (612) 335-3370
Web: www.vikings.com

 

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Hiking, Biking & Trails

Minnehaha Park
Explore the natural beauty of Minnesota by hiking or biking down one of the many recreation trails in Minnehaha Park. Along the way you'll see Minnehaha Falls, the historic stature of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, a variety of trees and prairie flowers, and the park's three gardens: Longfellow Garden, Pergola Garden, and "Song of Hiawatha" Garden. The trails travel a combined 9.91 miles throughout the park.

Address: 4801 South Minnehaha Park Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55417 - MAP
Phone: (612) 230-6400
Web: www.minneapolisparks.org

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Make your way around the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge on one of the recreation trails that ventures into the 14,000-acre expanse. For a bug-free experience, hike the trail in the fall and see the beautiful autumn colors adorn the trees. If fall is a little too chilly for you, head out in the summertime but be sure to bring your sunscreen.

Address: 3815 American Blvd. East, Bloomington, MN 55425 - MAP
Phone: (952) 854-5900
Web: www.fws.gov

Calhoun Bike Rental
Borrow a bike from Calhoun Bike Rental and cycle around the city that Bicycling Magazine named 2010's "Best Bicycling City in America". Explore the neighborhoods, roads and recreation trails of Minneapolis on your own or let the folks at Calhoun guide you around town on one of their thorough bike tours.

Address: 1622 West Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401 - MAP
Phone: (612) 827-8231
Web: www.calhounbikerental.com

 

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Watersports

Lake Calhoun
No place in Minneapolis is more perfect for water sports and recreation than it's largest lake, Lake Calhoun. Paddle out on the canoe, test your skills at windsurfing or sailing, roam the waters on a row boat, go swimming, or see if the fish are biting today. It's time to get your feet wet!

Address: 3000 Calhoun Pkwy., Minneapolis, MN 55408 - MAP
Phone: (612) 230-6400
Web: www.minneapolisparks.org

Above the Falls Sports
If you're searching for water crafts to take out on one of the city's many lakes, look no further than Above the Falls Sports. This place has some of the most affordable water sports and recreation rental options in the city and offers kayak, canoe, and row boat rentals. If you need a few lessons, they'll give you a quick run down - you'll leave feeling like an expert.

Address: 120 N 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55401 - MAP
Phone: (612) 825-8983
Web: www.abovethefallssports.com

 

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Plenty Of Thrills

Valleyfair Amusement Park & Soak City
Scream your face off on a roller coaster or make a splash in the wave pool at Valleyfair Amusement Park " Soak City. There are over 50 rides and water attractions throughout the park for you to experience, along with eight roller coasters to thrill and chill you to the bone.

Address: One Valleyfair Dr., Shakopee, MN 55379 - MAP
Phone: (952) 445-650
Web: www.valleyfair.com

Nickelodeon Universe
Take a break from the shopping racks of the Mall of America to experience the fun waiting at Nickelodeon Universe. The theme park occupies seven acres at the center of the mall and is full of fun rides like The Backyardigans Swing Along, Fairly Odd Coaster, Jimmy Neutron's Atomic Collider, and the Splat-O-Sphere.

Address: Mall of America, 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425 - MAP
Phone: (952) 883-8800
Web: www.nickelodeonuniverse.com

Brunswick Zone XL
Get all the games you can handle under one roof at the Brunswick Zone XL. This place is jam packed with family games, recreation and entertainment, making it a great place to let the kids run wild. The bar and grill ensures fun for adults too, with big screen TVs, billiards and dart boards available - but we're sure you'll enjoy being a kid again while playing laser tag, air hockey, and the latest video games in the arcade.

Address: 11351 Ulysses Street NE, Blaine, MN 55434 - MAP
Phone: (763) 561-2230
Web: www.bowlbrunswick.com

 

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Leisure

Richfield Ice Arena
Cool off on the ice rink at Richfield Ice Arena. Show off your skating skills during an open skating session. If the kids need a little extra practice getting around on their skates, the good folks at Richfield offer lessons. Looking for some recreational competition? Join in a game of adult or women's open hockey. No need to bring your skates, the arena offers skate rentals.

Address: 636 East 66th Street, Richfield, MN 55423 - MAP
Phone: (612) 861-9350
Web: www.ci.richfield.mn.us

Bryant Lake Bowl
Have fun playing the game where striking out is a good thing at Bryant Lake Bowl. This bowling alley isn't your typical bowling venue - they encourage "Crazy Bowl" with moves like bowling with your opposite hand, bowling on your knees, bowling after spinning in a circle and closing one eye, and a few other silly tactics. Don't worry about eating before you head to BLB, they serve up breakfast, lunch, dinner, and appetizers. The bowling alley stays open late, so you can midnight bowl every night.

Address: 810 W. Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN - MAP
Phone: (612) 825-3737
Web: www.bryantlakebowl.com

Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service
Plan your next fishing trip with the Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service. These guys will take you to the best spots to cast a line on Lake Minnetonka. Walleye, bass, northern pike, panfish and more will be biting the bait on your fishing excursion. No need to bring your own gear, the guides have everything you need to make your next big catch - just be sure to have your Minnesota fishing license.

Phone: (612) 860-3052
Web: www.lakeminnetonkaguides.com