At your fingertips, a fun outdoor adventure destination
As the Mississippi River and its internationally known Mississippi River Trail (MRT) enter the Twin Cities Metro area, visitors staying in Brooklyn Center or Brooklyn Park (also known as Explore Minneapolis Northwest) can access some of the nation’s best bike trails. You can find several comfortable bike routes from your hotel room that will connect you to paved urban trails. These trails will take you through the vibrant cities of Minneapolis’s northwest suburbs. You are linking to MRT to visit local parks along the river or ride trails to downtown Minneapolis for a Twins ball game. For those interested in mountain or fat biking, Elm Creek Park Reserve is also easy to connect to by trail, no matter your hotel choice.
When not biking, Explore Minneapolis Northwest offers good times with family attractions, outdoor art fairs, restaurant patios, and other festival event activities throughout the year. In the Fall, enjoy the colorful foliage in the city parks, including the mighty Coon Rapids Dam, while local wineries and breweries nearby offer the crisp flavors of the harvest. Check out the dozens of arts and theater options in between winter fat bike experiences, cross-country skiing, or ice skating. As spring flowers bloom in the city parks and along the bike trails, the beautiful setting will welcome cyclists to return again and again.
Where to Bike in the Area
Being a bike-friendly area, you will find many safe and relaxing street routes, bike trails that parallel roadways with heavier traffic levels, and miles of urban paved trails in Minneapolis Northwest. These trails will also connect you to many popular Twin City Metro trail routes. For the mountain biker, find many fun trails no matter your level of expertise.
For those looking to travel closer to home
Traveling closer to home, near a central metro area, is the new norm for many of us trying to stretch our vacation dollars. So a bicycling staycation or a one-tank drive to explore the Minneapolis Northwest and neighboring communities may open your eyes. Offering new horizons with economic and environmental benefits. With enough trails and fun outdoor activities around its parks and along the Mississippi River, you may want to extend your stay.
Available Bike Maps for the Area
Hennepin County Bike Map
Brooklyn Parks Trails
Maple Groves Trails
Coon Rapids Dam Trail
Medicine Lake Regional Trail
Rush Creek Regional Trail
Shingle Creek Regional Trail
Elm Creek Park Trail
Elm Creek Park Singletrack
Area Bike Shops and Clubs
Fridley Heights Cyclery | 4755 University Ave. N.E., Columbia Heights MN, 54427 | 763-572-1670
Trailhead Cycling | 11350 Aquila Dr. N., Champlin, MN 55316 | 763-712-0312
REI | 11581 Fountains Dr., Maple Grove, MN 55369 | 763-493-7861
Where to Play when not biking
Surly Brewing Company | 4811 Dusharme Dr., Brooklyn Center, MN 55429 | 763-535-3330
Coon Rapids Dam National Park | 10360 West River Road, Brooklyn Park, MN 55444
Brunswick Zone XL | Bowling | 7545 Brooklyn Blvd., Brooklyn Park, MN 55443 | 763-503-2695
Where to Eat
For more places to eat when in the area, click on MPLS NW Restaurants
Where to sleep
Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park have several charming and exciting lodging properties for your next visit. For the most up-to-date listing, visit Minneapolis Northwest Hotels.
WI-FI Hotspots and the Library
See the Minneapolis Northwest Tourism Bureau for more detailed information on your next trip to explore the Twin Cities metro Area.