You'll love the exciting, yet laid-back nature of the twin cities. It is only nine miles between the downtown areas Minneapolis and St. Paul, but each city certainly has its own identity. Located in the heart of Minnesota, the Land of 10,000 Lakes, these beautiful cities are great places to raise a family, get an education, or enter the adult workforce. With something for everyone, it's no wonder that new construction is booming in and around the Twin Cities.
Minneapolis is the bigger of the two cities. Named one of 7 "cool cities for young professionals," downtown Minneapolis is an exciting place with many great job opportunities. It also has a great art scene. The theater district is not to be missed; shows are put on every weekend by performance companies like Illusion, Bedlam Theater, and Brand New Workshop, to name just a few. Minneapolis is second to only New York City in terms of live theater performances per capita! To a get a big dose of the theater excitement, don't miss the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the largest non-juried theater festival in America. Walker Art Center is an amazing art facility for those more attracted to the still image. Its collection can't be beat. For a more interactive experience, be sure to head to the North Loop area which is full of galleries featuring the work of local artists.
St. Paul, the state's capital, is the calmer and smaller twin. It was named the top cleanest metro area by Travel + Leisure magazine, making walking around this city much more enjoyable. Be sure to check out the renowned Science Museum of Minnesota, home to everything from a great dinosaur and fossil exhibit to an amazing IMAX theater to the strange and interesting Museum of Questionable Medical Devices. Popular music has been important to St. Paul and great historic clubs like the Turf Club and the Black Dog have been the meeting place of many important musicians like the Fantastic Merlins. The winter may be a cold one, but the residents of the twin cities don't let it stop them. The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is always fun with treasure hunts and ice sculpting competitions.
Residents of the Twin Cities also love the outdoors. The wonderful Chain of Lakes trail connects several urban area lakes to each other with paths for biking, running, or walking along. Biking is very big in the twin cities, despite the cold temperatures. You'll find a vibrant bicycling culture and tons of bike paths, trails, and lanes so you can join in on the fun. With so many lakes in the area, summers will bring lots of outdoor swimming, fishing, and boating activities. Sports are also well loved. There is someone to cheer for year round between the NBA's Timberwolves, the MLB's Twins, the NFL's Vikings, and the NHL's Wild. Of course, we can't forget the Mall of America. The nation's biggest shopping mall has over 520 stores and an indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe. It's an adventure all its own!
Come see what all the excitement is about. With tons of great companies headquartered in the area, like Gander Mountain, Target, and Ecolab, to name a few, and great family-friendly activities, the Twin Cities are a great place to call home.
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