Whether you have out of town visitors, are keeping the kiddos busy, or looking for fun date night activities, check these out!
River Trip Planner
Visit your national park without a car! The National Park Service – Mississippi National River and Recreation Area is very excited to share that their long awaited “River Trip Planner” is LIVE! www.rivertripplanner.org will help you plan a route anywhere in the park, identify bus, rail lines and the best points of access (river nodes) for popular river destinations. It is an easy-to-use Google-based map with embedded park destination and alternative transportation (bus, rail, bike, boat, and walking) information that builds on existing regional transit, recreational trails and river access. Have fun, stay fit and reduce environmental impacts while exploring your national park! For more information about destinations in the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area go to: www.nps.gov/planyourvisit
St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board Web Site
The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board web site provides information about the history of the St. Anthony Falls area and history-related things to do (including web versions of the various walking tour brochures); visit http://www.stanthonyfalls.org.
Above the Falls Destinations Map
The Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership has coordinated with Minnehaha Media (a division of Hedberg Maps) to produce the Mississippi River Map-Above the Falls Destinations — a complete map and resource guide to the river and surrounding neighborhoods from the I-694 bridge in Brooklyn Center/Fridley down to the Stone Arch Bridge in Downtown Minneapolis. The map is sponsored by Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership. Explore the rich cultural and industrial history of Minneapolis’ birthplace on the river and the neighborhoods that grew around it. Venture into the natural areas, parks and trails that straddle the river just north of downtown. Dine and relax at dozens of bars and restaurants in the neighborhoods of the North Loop, Northeast and North Minneapolis. All paths lead to the river – it’s time to rediscover the Mississippi! These maps are 12” x 18”, full-color (folded to pocket-sized), FREE and available at Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership events, their sponsors, select retail, restaurants and coffee shops, parks and recreation centers, schools, neighborhood and community centers throughout Downtown, North and Northeast Minneapolis and throughout the Twin Cities — over 80 locations. Please see the area of coverage: http://www.minnehahamedia.com/gw/missriver_mpls_upper/index.html.
Mississippi River Field Guide
Friends of the Mississippi River’s Mississippi River Field Guide gathers historical fact and folklore, information about ecology, natural history and industry, and tips for the river explorer or recreational user. Browse this site for interesting and fun facts about the Twin Cities area or use it as a guide for your own river adventure. For information: http://fieldguide.fmr.org
Minnesota Great River Road Information and Maps
The newest Minnesota Great River Road information pieces are six maps that have been developed for each of the six destination areas of the Great River Road. They feature a map on one side, with travel ideas on the reverse side. To see all six maps and access lots of other information about the Great River Road, visit http://www.mnmississippiriver.com.
Minneapolis Bicycling Map
The City of Minneapolis now has a great map available online that includes extensive information of interest to bicyclists, e.g., bike route locations, Nice Ride kiosk locations, points of interest and street conditions. There’s one version that you can print out and another that allows you to zoom in and pan around to view the information. Check it out at http://www.minneapolismn.gov/bicycles/maps/pan/index.htm.
West River Parkway Closed
A portion of West River Parkway will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time following last week’s mudslide. The street is now closed from Fourth Street South to Franklin Avenue.The closure also affects walking and biking trails through that stretch. A detour route has been established by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the City of Minneapolis’ Public Works. Traffic will be re-routed from West River Parkway to Riverside Avenue South/Franklin Avenue South. Detour signs for motorized vehicles, cyclists and pedestrian traffic will be posted. View the full detour route. The Minneapolis Queen and Paradise Charter Cruises will maintain their regular hours and services.
West River Parkway Closure for All Star Event
As a result of an invitation-only event being held at Mill City Museum and Mill Ruins Park, a section of West River Parkway will be down to one lane on July 13 and closed entirely on 14. For more information: http://www.journalmpls.com/news-feed/mlb-hosting-vip-gala-at-mill-city-museum-after-home-run-derby.