Going on a short vacation, with your family, or possibly some of your friends? Minneapolis is such an amazing place to spend your vacation, but if you’re still at loss and looking for things to add to your itinerary, did you know that the Twin Cities’ history is interesting too? Whether you’re a tourist visiting the city, or a local who simply wanted to take a walk, we’ve compiled a list of interesting historic places that make up the city:

Minnesota History Center

All throughout the year, the Minnesota History Center hosts family events, concerts, lectures and other minor and major events. With changing and permanent exhibits, you’ll find yourself in an architecture that has a unique ambiance which clearly resonates and shouts everything you’ll love about Minneapolis.

If you’re a book lover, this gives you more reason to visit because it is home to the Gale Family Library & Archives. This is known as the research destination for academics, historians, and even school children.

Mississippi River

This is your chance to explore, enjoy and experience the Mississippi River for yourself! As you paddle along the river, we’re sure that you’ll get to have an entirely new perspective about Minneapolis. Reservations prior visiting is a must, so make sure that you make those calls before paying a visit.

 Mill Ruins Park

Located in Downtown Minneapolis, walk along the Mill Ruins Park and experience the beautiful sights of the bridges, see for your own eyes astonishing architecture and simply enjoy the river view. Scheduling your visit on an afternoon is ideal, as this allows you to experience the cool breeze of the wind and just unwind as you explore Minneapolis. Definitely one of the best places to go to for afternoon strolls. The area has a nice place for you to buy gifts too – drop by their gift store to bring mementos for yourself, and some souvenirs to bring home to your loved ones.

Witch’s Hat Water Tower

Who would even miss the Witch’s Hat Water Tower? When you visit in the summer, it actually looks like a giant witch’s hat. This has been around for more than 100 years and serves as a very historical spot in the city. The deck is open 1-2 days a week, so if you’re going to Minneapolis around May, this is a must-visit spot!

Stone Arch Bridge

Newcomers, tourists, and even locals will find this place relaxing. The Stone Arch Bridge gives you an amazing downtown view – which you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the Mississippi River, and even the Saint Anthony Falls. This is another great place to go to for an afternoon stroll, a morning jog or a quick walk with your dog.

These places should definitely be on your list whenever visiting the city. These places would just show you a glimpse of what Minneapolis is about. Don’t forget to bring your camera, or charge your phone! There are lots of amazing places that are definitely photo worthy.

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