Land & Geography
Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", and that is not an exaggeration. In fact there are over 11, 800 lakes! It is the 12th largest state in the United States wit hover 86,939 miles. A large majority of people, around 60 percent, live within the metropolitan area. The rest of the state is made up of prairies, forests, farmland, and lakes! Minnesota is the second northern most state, bordering Canada. It shares Lake Superior with Wisconsin. The Mississippi River begins its great southward from Lake Itasca.
Recreation & Entertainment
Because this state boasts a variety of four seasons, it provides its residents with many options for entertainment. In the spring, summer and fall months you can bike, hike, and walk its protected parks and paved trails. Many Minnesotans enjoy a variety of winter sports from snowmobiling to skiing, from ice fishing to ice skating! If you aren't an outdoorsy type, MInnesota offers great live theater options offered at the Guthrie, State Theater, or the country's oldest dinner theater, Old Log Cabin!
On May 11, 1858, Minnesota became the 32nd state to enter the Union. Its history is rich with loggers, iron ore miners, and farming. Lake Superior provided a way to export iron ore to other parts of the country. The numerous forests provided plenty of lumber for crews who brought it to saw mills located close to rivers. Stillwater, Marine on St. Croix, and Winona are some of these saw mill towns. With the large amount of farmland, MInnesota was known for providing 14 percent of the nation's grain!
Who Wants Some Shoreline?
MInnesota boasts more shoreline than California, Florida, and Hawaii combined with over 90,000 miles!
Minnesota Sculpture Garden
It's the largest outdoor sculpture garden in the United States.
There are more golfers in Minnesota than any other state!
Explore Minnesota Tourism Only in MN Launch Video