Flights to Minneapolis
The largest city in the state of Minnesota, Minneapolis is known as the City of Lakes as 6% of its area is water, and as Twin Cities because of its close standing association with neighbouring St Paul. The city has plenty in the way of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy, along with some great shops, restaurants and entertainment.
The Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport (airport code: MSP) is where flights to Minneapolis will land, and there is a modern light rail train system that connects the downtown area to the airport. There are no airlines offering direct service flights to Minneapolis from Johannesburg, but there are options for either 1-stop or 2-stop routes. KLM and Northwest Airlines both offer routes with a single connection in Amsterdam. A British Airways flight to Minneapolis stops at London’s Heathrow airport, and then in New York. Another route is with Lufthansa, which travels through Frankfurt and Chicago.
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The Tourist Attractions in Minneapolis:
Though a beautiful city tourists can sometimes have difficulty finding specific attractions in Minneapolis. Admittedly, when compared to other ‘largest cities’ Minneapolis does not have tons to offer, but when considered as part of the Twin Cities visitors will find there’s more here than meets the eye.
Parks and Lakes of Minneapolis
With so much recreation on offer Minneapolis is a great city to visit if you enjoy being outdoors, visiting parks, and participating in all sorts of activities. Amongst the lakes and parks you can visit is Minnehaha Park where you’ll find the famous Minnehaha Falls that inspired Song of Hiawatha. There are multiple places where you can cycle, walk or skate, or try something slightly more adventurous and get on a boat on a lake or river. Many of the lakes are linked so you can go for miles from one to the other.
Minneapolis has a reasonable selection of museums. There is the Weisman Art Museum situated on the University of Minnesota campus and is free to enter. The art museum was designed by Frank Gehry.
More art can be found in the Walker Art Center. This modern art museum offers free entry every Thursday after 5pm and on the first Saturday of every month. Also part of the Walker Art Center is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. This attractive outdoor sculpture garden includes works from various artists.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts includes extensive collections of over 100,000 objects from many cultures spanning a period of 5,000 years.
Mill City Museum is one of Minneapolis’s popular museums as it includes an interactive museum and ‘ride’ to an observation deck. The Washburn A Mill was once the world’s largest flour mill and the museum tells the story of the city’s history as flour milling capital of the world. The observation deck at the top of the mill is reached via the ‘Flour Tower’ ride!
Mall of America
Just to the south of Minneapolis city centre is the suburb of Bloomington, famous for being home to the United States’ largest indoor shopping mall. Mall of America is an attraction in itself as it not only includes hundreds of shops, but also a theme park, a large aquarium, a Lego play area and more!
When Should You Visit?:
The continental climate of Minneapolis means you’ll get relatively hot summers, but winters in comparison can be quite harsh and cold. Rainfall is possible throughout the year, though in the winter this will fall as snow. The average high in January is a chilly -6C (21F), so not a popular time to visit! July is usually the hottest month, with an average high of 29C (84F). May and September are both pleasant months to visit too.