Minneapolis – Explore with a difference

“Two of the more unusual tours are the Segway Magical History Tours and an Electric Cool-aid Bike Tour”

Minneapolis, Minnesota is proud to offer a variety of unique and unusual ways to explore the city—ranging from traditional city sightseeing tours aboard a luxury motor coach to paddling your way down the Mississippi River in a kayak. Whether the focus is on beer, gangster history or Mississippi River lore, there’s a tour perfect to fit the interests of all visitors.  And best of all, each tour combines a bit of city history, architecture, nature and special experiences—so try one or more of our unique Minneapolis tours!

Minneapolis, nicknamed City of Lakes, is well known for the 22 beautiful lakes within the city borders. In addition to the lakes, the Mississippi River flows through the centre of the city. Sightseeing cruises aboard the Minneapolis Queen Paddleboat, a modern day replica of the grand riverboats that used to ply the Mississippi River, showcase views of St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge and amazing river bluff views. For a more active Mississippi River tour, join a two-and-a-half hour kayak tour with Above the Falls Sports. This premier urban kayaking experience explores the historical importance of the river by gliding past landmarks such as Nicollet Island, Boom Island and the Grain Belt Brewery site.

If touring on land is more appealing, Minneapolis tours range from motor coach tours to walking tours to unusual modes of transportation. Two of the more unusual tours are the Segway Magical History Tours and an Electric Cool-aid Bike Tour. On the Segway tours, trained guides captivate riders with tales of the city’s rich history—tours run along the Mississippi Riverfront, or through the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The electric bicycle tour is an active 40-mile ride, covering the Minneapolis lakes district, the stately mansions along Summit Avenue in Saint Paul, and includes snack stops at fine restaurants along the route.

Several different walking tours provide great exercise, along with the opportunity to learn insider tips about the city. The FIT Tourist offers several walking tours of Minneapolis, presenting the highlights and history of the area. Tour options include a downtown tour, with stops inside unique and interesting buildings, as well as an arts tour, featuring a walk through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and other public art exhibits in buildings, churches and parks. Another opportunity to walk through the city is on a Twin Cities Food Tour, an ideal way to learn the historical highlights and noteworthy architecture, while stopping at six restaurant gems in unique neighbourhoods. Sample amazing foods, meet the restaurant owners and enjoy the growing ethnic diversity of the area, with a focus on local, sustainable food. Or test your bravery as you explore the supernatural and walk among the ghosts and legends of the Real Ghost Tours. Join a real ghost hunter on an expedition into the city’s shadowlands, to meet the colourful character of bygone days, where technology, theater and a bit of the supernatural bring lingering souls to life.

For a three-hour highlights tour of Minneapolis and its neighboring city Saint Paul, the Award-Winning City Tours & Gray Line provides visitors a city overview aboard a deluxe motor coach. The tour includes drives through the modern city glass skyscrapers of Minneapolis and stately stonework of historic Saint Paul, with a guide providing educational and entertaining commentary as you ride past historic sites, theatres, famous homes and Minnesota landmarks. For a different type of city tour, board a motor coach at the Wabasha Street Caves and join the Saint Paul Gangster Tour. A costumed gangster guide will showcase the sites of gangster hideouts and famous nightclubs, tell tales of kidnapping stories and gun battles associated with the 1930s-era gangsters like John Dillinger, Ma Barker and Baby Face Nelson. Like other cities across the US, Minneapolis celebrates its German heritage with the explosion of micro brews. And a unique motor coach tour is the Twin Cities Brewery Tours, which includes stops at three local breweries for craft beer tasting, a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, a snack—and an insider’s look at the Minneapolis beer culture.

In summary, Minneapolis offers a variety of touring adventures where visitors will learn about the history and architecture, as well as the culture and heritage of this beautiful city on the Mississippi River. For more information about booking your Minneapolis tour, visit Minneapolis.org today!

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