September 2014

There are 3 blog entries for September 2014.

There's nothing better than spending the afternoon at the zoo with your kids. And when the zoo has an amusement park next door, your afternoon is just about perfect. Add in the fact that the visit is very affordable – a low-cost recommended donation is all that is requested of visitors – and there's no reason why you shouldn't spend every afternoon at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory.

Even if you don't have children, the Conservatory is a great opportunity to enjoy beautiful gardens at all times of the year, especially in the middle of winter. The rainforest garden is a great place to soak up some humidity and breathe in the scents of green plants when everything outside is white and frozen.

After you've seen all the animals and visited the gardens,

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Take a short drive west of downtown Minneapolis on Highway 55 and you'll cross through the middle of Theodore Wirth Park, the largest park in Minneapolis. From the highway it looks like a large green space, but when you get into the park on your own two feet or on a bicycle, you'll see there's plenty you can do here.

Biking, golfing, hiking, boating, swimming, sledding and cross country skiing – Theodore Wirth Park is full of activities to keep you fit all year round. But it's also a place to relax, and you can do this by taking time to enjoy the butterfly garden and bird sanctuary or while reading a good book on the beach.

The park has been a part of the Minneapolis Park Board since 1889, and the addition of Glenwood Lake – renamed Wirth

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To see one of the most beautiful parks in Minneapolis, follow the winding path of Minnehaha Creek westward to where it makes a scenic drop over Minnehaha Falls. People come from all over the state to view and photograph this beautiful site, and the creek isn't the only scenic part of this park in Western Minneapolis. The park is atop towering bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River.

The Minneapolis Park Board says Minnehaha Park is the most visited each year, drawing in more than 850,000 people annually to see the 53-foot waterfall, enjoy the splash pad, bike the meandering trails or enjoy a picnic in one of the many shelters. And a good number of those visitors stand in line for food at the Sea Salt Eatery every summer.

One of the best ways to

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