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The Riverfront District in Minneapolis is a network of charming parks and landmarks along the river. Attractions include a boat dock at Boom Island, an amphitheater at Nicollet Island, and a bandstand at Father Hennepin Bluffs. There is also public art on display and a playground on Boom Island, making the Riverfront District an enriching and enjoyable destination for a day of family fun.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory opened in 1873 and is spread across 759 acres (307.16 hectares). Owned by the city, it features a large cat exhibit, a seal island, a primate facility, a zone for aquatic animals, African hoofed animals and a polar bear exhibit. It is a great place for family outings where you get to learn in a fun-filled environment. Since it is a huge space, chances are that you might miss out on some attractions which are just an added incentive to come back again. Explore their various themed gardens, take a ride on the historic carousel, or visit the children's gallery and check out their frog conservation exhibit. Don't miss out on Como Town, their amusement park, as well.
This multiple-use structure, a full block of retail shops, the Marquette Hotel and offices connected by a sizable vestibule, whisked downtown Minneapolis into a new era. The massive edifice is comprised of four blue-glass covered buildings at its base that come together 12 stories later to form a 777-foot skyscraper, the tallest building in the Twin Cities. Opened in 1973, its Crystal Court immediately became a pulsating indoor town square. Eight stories above the pink granite floor is a white metal canopy covered with hundreds of clear Plexiglas pyramids, hence the name Crystal Court. Trees, flowers, benches and shops elegantly bring to life the vitality of this unique space, also home to Basil's Restaurant. The city's skyway system converges on the court and thousands of pedestrians pour through it every day. The IDS Center, named for Investors Diversified Services, now American Express Financial Advisors, is one of the nation's preeminent skyscrapers. The tower's highly reflective blue glass, haughty lobby and sleek construction make it a true architectural classic.
Uptown is a bustling hub of entertainment, dining and shopping in Minneapolis. It is also home to more than 30,000 residents. Guests find that Uptown makes an enjoyable destination for a leisurely stroll through the streets or a day trip to explore to a different facet of this vibrant city.
This park is 360 scenic acres spanning both sides of the Mississippi River. The showpiece of the park is the 1,000-foot dam built in 1914. Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park is a hot spot for fishing, which can be done from shore, boat or platforms on the dam. Walleye, northern, bass and crappie are common.The Visitor Center includes live animal exhibits, an aquarium displaying native fish, an observation deck, information center and restrooms. Skis, snowshoes and canoes are available for rent. Picnic tables and grills are plentiful. Campsites are available, including a separate primitive site for canoeists. A handicapped accessible walkway across the dam connects the Hennepin and Anoka County sections of the park and provides an excellent view of the river. A fee is charged for parking and can be paid on a daily basis, or an annual pass, good at all county parks, may be purchased.