Minnesotans take their enjoyment of the outdoors very seriously. And why wouldn’t they? After all, Minnesota is full of beautiful natural space, from wide-open prairies full of native grasses and flowers to vast forests. This state is also home to several breathtaking caves to explore, including Niagra cave in southeastern Minnesota. People in this state enjoy being outside year-round. From camping and canoeing in the Summer to cross country skiing in the Winter, you will find friendly faces enjoying everything this state has to offer in all weather. Being active outdoors also helps Minnesotans stay fit. In fact, Minneapolis is considered to be one of the nation’s fittest cities year after year!
Four Seasons Weather
When you live in Minnesota, you will experience all four seasons—sometimes in a single day! Each season has something special to offer. You will enjoy bright, vibrant Springs, warm Summers that invite you to splash in one of the state’s 10,000 lakes, crisp Falls with breathtaking leaf colors, and long, white winters. The weather in Minnesota can sometimes be a challenge, but with some practice and the right equipment, you will learn to love the changing seasons, too.
It’s impossible to talk about life in Minnesota without discussing the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Every year, Minnesotans grab a canoe and head into the wilderness to explore the lakes and rivers at the Northern border of the state. A trip here will offer you the chance to be immersed in nature, unplug from technology, and experience the wilderness as it has been for thousands of years.
A truly metropolitan city, Minneapolis is home to world-class restaurants, famous music venues, and some of the best museums in the country. You will also find new a new football stadium that houses the Minnesota Vikings and a beautiful outdoor baseball stadium for the Minnesota Twins. These teams might be familiar to you, but you may be surprised to find that Minnesotans love their minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, just as much. Go to a Saints game and experience the most fun (and sometimes silly) baseball game of a lifetime. While in St. Paul, visit the capitol building or take in a symphony or opera. Stroll along the Mississippi river before dining in one of the city’s beloved restaurants. The Twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis are the heart of the state. Together they offer a variety of fun, unique activities to enjoy.
Food and Beer
Minnesotans take their food and beer seriously. In this state, you will find some of the best restaurants in the country with Michelin star chefs at the helm, as well as hole-in-the-wall diners that offer some of the best greasy spoon food you’ll ever taste. Minnesotans invented the Juicy Lucy, which is a beloved burger stuffed with cheese. They flock to the State Fair every year to sample the newest and most innovative food, both deep-fried and on a stick. And beer? You can’t go wrong with any of the amazing breweries in the state. You’ll find creative brews being poured into independent microbreweries in practically every city.
This city sits in the northern part of the state on the shores of beautiful Lake Superior. It is home to a famous lift bridge, Canal Park, a great freshwater aquarium, and the famous Grandma’s restaurant. Stay in one of the city’s great hotels, enjoy the shops and restaurants, and then venture out for a hike at Gooseberry Falls state park. Make sure to take a quick day trip to nearby Two Harbors to see the lighthouse and eat at Betty’s Pies.
Minnesota has a rich history of many different cultures living together. You will enjoy being introduced to Amish culture when you visit the southeastern part of the state. Make a day trip to Harmony, Minnesota, and learn about how Amish people live and work. Shop for the highest quality furniture and baked goods, and experience the innovative way the Amish create things without modern technology. A visit to an Amish town feels like stepping back in time and is just one of the unique experiences you will enjoy in this state.
Native American Culture
Before European settlers arrived, Minnesota was home to many bands of Native Americans. These native people are still here and their culture is an important part of the state’s history. You will find many ways to explore the rich Native culture, from hiking and camping at Pipestone State Park to learn about the Ojibwe tribe’s customs at the Mille Lacs Museum and Trading Post. Minnesota is also home to many casinos, which, in addition to world-class gaming, offer a variety of entertainment options.
Once you leave the major cities, you will quickly be immersed in the rural parts of Minnesota. Here, you’ll experience a slower pace of life. Minnesota is home to vast corn and soybean fields and many small towns with traditional main streets. Farm culture is central to Minnesota and is one of the aspects that make this state great.
Minnesota is a state that takes education seriously. From elementary school to Universities, you will find that educational institutions are well-funded and staffed with some of the best staff in the nation. The state was recently ranked third in the nation when it comes to education, and often tops the list of the nation’s most literate states.
Minnesotans are politically engaged. While there is a lot of diversity among political views in the state, one thing is for certain: Minnesotans show up at the polls. From midterm and city elections to presidential elections, Minnesota is regularly first in the nation for voter turnout.
Some of the largest and most successful companies in the nation call Minnesota their home. General Mills, Target, 3M, Thrivent, Ecolab, Land O Lakes, Best Buy and Supervalu are just a handful of the Fortune 500 companies that have their corporate offices in the state. This means revenue for the state, great jobs, and many opportunities for advancement and innovation.