Photo by David Bowman
Sail boats on a lake
Hot town, summer in the city... A situation so dire for the Lovin’ Spoonful in 1960s NYC that they wrote a number-one hit complaining about it. If only the band had been living in the Twin Cities in 2016, they could’ve just gone down to the neighborhood pool when the backs of their necks were getting dirty and gritty. Because that’s the thing, we live in a place that is literally swimming (pun intended) in water. In the seven-county metro area, there are more than 1,115 splash pads, community pools, and water parks. And that’s just the man-made stuff. We’ve also got 818 lakes, totalling 127,062 acres and 2,342 miles of shoreline, 40-plus public swimming beaches, and more than 1,300 miles of 416 rivers and streams. Oh, and more waterside dining options than Venice (maybe). So, when it comes to summer in this city that’s more famous for being frozen than thawed, we sure know how to make a splash when the heat is on.
From Battle Creek to Bunker Beach, these public pools and water parks are where it's at for family fun.
With at least a dozen upstart clubs and classes in the metro area, log rolling is officially a thing for people other than lumberjacks. Here's where to try it.
Six clever Twin Cities charter cruises worth a try.
The somewhat definitive guide to every public swimming beach in the Twin Cities.
Top picks for best local routes for a solid paddle.
Make waves in one of these local sailing schools so you can come sail away.
While the Twin Cities has been a rowing hotbed since the 1870s, the sport's only just now hitting its stride.
No ocean? No problem. A generation of boardficionados figured out four ways to use the lake-locked hand fate dealt to us to surf.
From brews cruises to library rafts, you'll find a cruise on water that's just right for you.
Why hit one waterside spot when you can visit a street that's loaded with them?
With so many good beachside food stands in the Twin Cities, the only logical way to choose where to eat is via which iconic water movie you saw last.
Best eating and drinking joints along rivers.
Ever noticed a human pyramid whizzing down the Mississippi? That's the nationally ranked Twin Cities River Rates. Here's where to catch a show this summer.
All the summer's best waterside concerts, music fests, and art fairs.
Give your yoga routine a little fresh air by bringing your mat to one of these beachside classes.
Keep a waterside A&E ace up your sleeve with these all-summer-long options.
If you think fly-fishing isn't for urban waters, think again. Here are the top super fly holes.
Minnesota is home to some of the best on-the-water camping in the country. Here are some of the best spots.