Photography courtesy of the City of Plymouth
Hilde Performance Center in Plymouth
Hilde Performance Center is a beautiful place to listen to outdoor music.
Located 13 miles northwest of downtown Minneapolis, Plymouth is the state’s seventh largest city, and is the fourth largest economy with a business community supporting about 54,000 jobs. The Hennepin County city is home to more than 73,000 people and covers about 35 square miles, including nearly 3 square miles of water, and is accessible to several nearby highways: 394, 94, 55, 494, and 694.
History: Medicine Lake is the largest lake in Plymouth, and was named by the Dakota who inhabited the area in 1400-1500 A.D. It was settled in 1852 by explorer Antoine LeCounte who built the area’s first cabin on what would become East Medicine Lake Boulevard and 29th Avenue North. By 1858, Plymouth was incorporated, though it underwent changes in government and community until 1974 when it became a statutory city, and finally a charter city in 1992. Plymouth attracted national attention in 2008 when Money magazine named it the best city to live in the United States.
Housing Stock: Plymouth’s proximity to Minneapolis and access to major roadways help push its median home price higher than most surrounding suburbs, at about $480,000. The average age of residents is 39 years old, and there is an average of 2.4 people per household. Median household income is $84,321.
Plymouth on Parade
On September 24, bring the kids to the 18th annual Plymouth on Parade, which is an afternoon of fun including face-painting, ice skating, and live music. Plus, games for the kids, like this inflatable bouncing playground.
Schools to Note
Wayzata High School: It’s the largest public high school in Minnesota by enrollment, with roughly 3,300 students. U.S. News & World Report lists Wayzata High School as the 13th best high school in Minnesota. wayzata.k12.mn.us/wayzatahs
Robbinsdale Armstrong High School: Ranked 11th most challenging high school in Minnesota by The Washington Post, Armstrong High School is offering a new AP Capstone diploma program beginning this fall. Roughly 11 percent of students are enrolled in special education classes, and total school enrollment is 2,002 students. ahs.rdale.org
Robbinsdale Cooper High School: The Washington Post ranked Cooper High School 28th most challenging high school in Minnesota. With a total enrollment of 1,623, the average SAT score is 1597 and average ACT score is 21.3, both scores exceeding the national average. The International Baccalaureate Programme is offered for students in grades 9 through 12, and juniors and seniors have the opportunity to earn college credit. chs.rdale.org
Sky Zone Trampoline Park: It’s the world’s first indoor trampoline park, open year-round with SkyFitness classes and Ultimate Dodgeball. skyzone.com/minneapolis
Hilde Performance Center: An open-air stage, the Hilde Performance Center hosts the annual Music in Plymouth event. “The event draws crowds of 15,000 to enjoy a performance by the Minnesota Orchestra, entertainment, food, and fireworks,” says Plymouth mayor Kelli Slavik. plymouthmn.gov