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Minnesota isn’t shy about its long list of sports attractions and outdoorsy thrills. You want to enjoy a live NFL game but you don’t want to sit in the biting cold of winter. Rest assured, there’s U.S. Bank Stadium which is the first fixed-roof NFL stadium built since 2002. Built on the site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis, this is the home stadium of the Minnesota Vikings. Aside from hosting the Vikings, U.S. Bank Stadium is proud to play host to the Super Bowl as well as the NCAA Final Four.
In the North Loop district of downtown Minneapolis, you’ll find Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. It’s an open-air ballpark, unlike U.S. Bank Stadium. Check out one of the bars and restaurants located within the stadium. Try the Juicy Lucy at the Town Ball Tavern. Go to one of the Two Gingers Pubs, two bars located behind home plate, where you can watch the stadium organist perform while having an unimpeded view of the field.
There are also plenty of concessions of Minnesota’s favorite delicacies available, such as walleye, wild rice soup, sausages, and even a “State Fair Foods” stand where you’ll enjoy almost every food item you can imagine “on a stick”.
If you want to watch a baseball game live without paying Major League prices, take a ride out to CHS Field in the Lowertown District of St. Paul. Home to the St. Paul Saints of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball as well as to the baseball team of Hamline University, you’re encouraged to get exercise on your way to and from the game with 24 bicycle racks that are right near the park.
Go see a hockey game or a concert at Xcel Energy Center; home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild; in downtown St. Paul. The hoops fans out there must take in an NBA or WNBA game at Target Center, which is also a fantastic venue to see a concert.
If you’re more of a doer then a watcher, carve out time for a thrill of a lifetime. Come the winter, grab some friends and go skiing, tubing, or snowboarding. Hit the slopes and at Buck Hill (where the NASTAR racing team calls home), Chester Bowl, Mount Kato Ski Area, or at Detroit Mountain with tons of challenging trails to choose from. Also, check out the exciting winter events at some of these popular ski areas.
They don’t call Minnesota “the Land of 10,000 Lakes” for nothing so you know there’s some good fishing too. You’ll want to get your catch of the day at Lake Superior which is the world’s largest freshwater lake. Others worth exploring are Otter Trail Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, and Lake Minnetonka.
There are eleven well-manicured golf courses in the Gopher State so hit the links and tee off at Minnesota Golf Course in McGregor, The Jewel in Lake City, Timber Creek Golf Course in Watertown, or any other lush course you can find in the Upper Midwest.