MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WILX) -- If you're headed to Minnesota to watch the Spartans in the Final Four - you may want to brush up on some of the state facts.
The Minneapolis Public Relations department has sent News 10 some fun facts to keep in mind for your trip.
1. We do not have the same accent as the characters in “Fargo.”
2. We like our James Beard nominated chefs and restaurants as much as our Juicy Lucy's and Hotdish.
3. Our skyway system connects roughly 80 city blocks without stepping a toe outdoors.
4. But make no mistake, we are outside—a lot. Year-round. By design. We are the “City by Nature” after all. We’ll be walking and biking along the Mississippi River by day, which is just blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium, and celebrating at night on Nicollet at the Tip-Off Tailgate.
5.Since you are bound to ask (or want a selfie), the Top 5 Instagramable photo spots include: First Avenue, the Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Minnehaha Falls, the Spoonbridge and Cherry, and the Stone Arch Bridge. (Bonus: murals of Prince and Bob Dylan).
And promoting more tourism - here's the top 7 list of ideas on how to enjoy the area, before or after the games.
1. Shop ‘til you drop: Minnesota is home to the nation’s largest mall, Mall of America (located near MSP airport – recently named the best airport in North America), it also has countless shopping centers, outlet malls and unique boutiques scattered across the state – and with no sales tax on clothing! And, free parking.
Attractions for all ages include:
• Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor theme park
• SEA LIFE, a 1.3-million-gallon underwater experience
• Crayola Experience, a space that combines chemistry and digital technology for one colorful experience
• FlyOver America, a fully immersive flight simulation ride
• Escape Game, an immersive experience that includes escaping from various scenarios
• Moose Mountain and Rock of Ages, two different 18-hole mini golf course adventures
Don’t miss the newly-opened Candytopia, a candy-coated experiential adventure, during your MOA visit.
While in downtown Minneapolis, check out the Minnesota Makers boutique at the Minneapolis Visitor Information Center, featuring unique, handmade work from local artists.
2. Meander Nicollet: Retrace the steps of Mary Richards from “The Mary Tyler Moore” Show and meander down the newly remodeled Nicollet (formerly Nicollet Mall). Travel is restricted to public transportation and pedestrians, and both sides of Nicollet are lined with hotels, restaurants, retail and commercial businesses.
3. Ring in Spring: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are respectively ranked No. 1 and 2 in The Trust for Public Land’s annual Parkscore rankings, providing the perfect places to welcome the change of season.
Take a bike ride around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, or stretch your legs with a stroll across the Mississippi River on the picturesque Stone Arch Bridge, located less than a mile from U.S. Bank Stadium, for a stunning skyline view.
Spring is ideal for a visit to Minnehaha Falls to see the water from the winter melt cascade 50 feet as the creek rushes to the Mississippi.
4. Celebrate diversity: Pay homage to Minnesota’s rich Scandinavian roots with “New Nordic” cuisine or a visit to the American Swedish Institute. Spend a few hours at Midtown Global Market, an international collection of restaurants, grocers and gift shops, then, visit The Somali Museum of Minnesota – located just a few blocks away and the only Somali museum in the world.
5. Explore the North Loop: Just north of downtown, one of the fastest growing Minneapolis neighborhoods, the North Loop, boasts an abundance of indie shops, trendy restaurants and innovative entertainment options to explore whether you have just a couple hours or an entire day.
6. More for your Instagram feed: Minneapolis-St. Paul is home to a plethora of stunning visuals that will get you plenty of “double taps” on Instagram.
Check out First Avenue to snap a picture by your favorite band’s star.
The Guthrie Theater’s Amber Box provides a near 360-degree view of the Mississippi River and riverfront district.
The colorful Bob Dylan mural in downtown Minneapolis depicts three stages of the native Minnesotan’s life, and don’t miss the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
7. Take in the award-winning Minnesota food & beverage scene: From high-end fine dining to globally inspired street food, the Minnesota food scene has never been hotter.
Check out the 11 2019 James Beard Award semifinalists, and don’t forget to try a Juicy Lucy.
Visit a local brewery for a pint (or two).
Don’t know what you’re in the mood for? Visit Keg and Case food and beverage hall in St. Paul, and sample an array of Minnesota’s finest offerings.