Minneapolis has been ranked as the city with the best park system in the United States six times. It’s also one of the nation’s most bike friendly cities. With this tour enjoy world-class bike trails, incredible parks, and some of the tastiest treats Minneapolis has to offer!
Nice Ride is Minneapolis’ hometown bike share service. With over 3,000 bikes and hundreds of docking stations/dockless hubs, Nice Ride is the most fun, convenient and green way to see the city! There are two ways to ride, the classic green bikes parked at docking stations and the new dockless blue bikes parked at Nice Ride’s virtual parking hubs. Ride for 30 minutes at a time for $2, or you can ride for a full day with a Nice Ride Day Pass fare for only $6. Use the Nice Ride app to find a bike near you!
Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks. Explore all 167 acres complete with a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, river overlooks, and several sculptures. The Grand Rounds Scenic Byway System consists of 12.6 miles through the Park that allows you to get up close to natural wonders on your bike or on foot.
Located on West River Parkway, Longfellow Grill boasts a cozy indoor dining room with a fully stocked bar and a picturesque outdoor dining experience on a large patio overlooking the Mississippi Gorge Regional Park. Dine at Longfellow every day of the week and enjoy breakfast, lunch, weekday happy hour, dinner or late night meals. Guest favorites include: Locally-brewed Freehouse Beer, French Toast, Bacon Jam Burger and Roasted Beet Salad.
Franklin Avenue Bridge
Construction of the Franklin Avenue Bridge began over 100 years ago in 1919. In 1923 the steel reinforced arched concrete bridge was completed, spanning over 1,000 feet across the Mississippi River. Walk your bike across the bridge and enjoy views of the city skyline and the river. As you continue riding north on the other side of the bridge, you’ll pass by the University of Minnesota campus.
Izzy’s Ice Cream
Come enjoy super premium ice cream made with Midwest cream. Izzy’s is famous for the “Izzy Scoop” – a small, extra scoop of one of 32 flavors to complete your cone. Check out the flavors Izzy’s is currently serving at http://bit.ly/currentflavorup.
Gold Medal Park
Walk across the street from Izzy’s Ice Cream to Gold Medal Park, where you can enjoy your cone al fresco in 7.5 acres of green space with public art and a view of the classic “Gold Medal Flour” sign. This award-winning park has hundreds of mature trees and a signature spiral walkway to the peak of it’s “observation mound”.
Nicollet Island was named after Joseph Nicollet, a French explorer and cartographer who mapped the region of the Upper Mississippi River in the 1830s. Bike around to see the island’s many Victorian-era homes, kick back at the pavilion, and explore the many trails available for biking and walking.