City Living in a Setting Rich in Outdoor and Sporting Venues
Minneapolis is rich in water and parks, and Marquette Place’s location is ideal to enjoy the many outdoor activities and sporting events that the city offers.
A large, well-landscaped green area separates Marquette Place from the Convention Center. The Loring Greenway-a finger park richly landscaped with architectural elements and fountains which connects downtown with Loring Park—begins just steps from Marquette Place.
The Mississippi crosses Minneapolis, and it is flanked by parkland that forms the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. This corridor park runs through Minneapolis and St. Paul, and has preserved woodlands and other natural habitats along the river, with their flora and fauna.
Most of the lakes, creeks and waterfalls in Minneapolis are connected by parkways and trails, such as the Chain of Lakes and the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, both of which run close to Marquette Place. The Byway connects seven different park areas, including Loring Park and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and it extends throughout the city and into some of the nearby communities.
Those parks are rich in amenities that can be enjoyed throughout the year. They have trails and paths for walkers, runners, bikers and birdwatchers, beautiful gardens, wildflower and bird sanctuaries, bandstands for plein-air summer concerts, recreational centers and a variety of sports facilities: from fishing, golfing, canoeing and sailing, to cross-country skiing, ice skating and hockey in the winter.
Marquette Place is well-connected with Minneapolis' nationally renowned bikeway system, which includes over 120 miles of on- and off-street bike trails and bike lanes. Also, a Nice Ride bicycle sharing station is at Maruqette Place's front door.
Minnesota has a sports team in all major professional leagues. Most of the arenas that host these teams' games are in downtown Minneapolis. They include Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, the new Vikings football stadium, and Target Center, home to the basketball teams, the Timberwolves and the Lynx. In St. Paul, the Xcel Energy Center is home to the Minnesota Wild hockey team, and the architecturally acclaimed CHS Field is home to the St. Paul Saints baseball team. A new stadium for the Minnesota United soccer team, Allianz Field, recently opened.