Minneapolis is Minnesota’s largest city. It combines with St. Paul to create the Twin Cities metropolitan area, where 3.28 million people reside. Minneapolis is the county seat of Hennepin County and stretches 58 square miles. Originally founded in the early 1800s by settlers in Minnesota, Minneapolis was incorporated as a city in 1867. Today more than 400,000 people call Minneapolis home.
Much of the city’s rapid economic growth can be tied to its abundance of water: Six percent of Minneapolis’ total area is water. Bisected by the Mississippi River, Minneapolis has 20 lakes, large ponds and wetlands total, as well as many creeks and waterfalls. There are four watershed districts that manage the entire water supply.
Minneapolis boasts many natural, cultural and historical attractions. Visitors come from all around the nation to experience everything the bustling city has to offer, from its sports events and festivals to the expansive shopping and nightlife opportunities. Minneapolis Music in the Parks, Gasthof’s Oktoberfest, Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, and the Minnesota State Fair are just a few events and attractions that draw thousands of visitors every year.
For those who crave adventure, Minneapolis offers endless outdoor celebrations and activities, from simple strolls through the trails and gardens to zipping above the Minnesota River Valley on a zip line. Plenty of historical sites and museums set a slower but just as interesting pace.
Minneapolis City Hall is the shared location of Hennepin County Courthouse. The eye-catching Romanesque-style building was designed by Minneapolis-based architectural firm Long and Kees in 1888, is jointly-owned by the city and the county and is still used today as headquarters for government operations. The City Hall and Courthouse is located at 350 S 5th Street in Minneapolis.