Besides being beautiful in the summer, Minneapolis is logistically an interesting city. In most cities I’m familiar with, there is a large city with small suburbs and it can only be described as sprawl. Minneapolis proper is actually pretty small, and it is ringed by smaller suburb cities. Those smaller suburb cities are surrounded by another ring of suburb cities. It continues on like that until you get to Wisconsin.
One of the southern suburbs of Minneapolis is Edina. It is an upper scale suburb, and incidentally where our Luke was born. Like the rest of the area, Edina knows how to capitalize on summer recreation. One of the best places to experience it is at their Centennial Lakes.
Like Minneapolis is ringed by suburbs, Centennial Lakes is ringed by a shopping area. You actually take steps down from the parking lot, restaurants and shops and find yourself in this suburban oasis.
During the summer you can play miniature golf on a course made of real grass, paddleboat, or just listen to the bands that are almost always playing in the evening. When we were there was John Phillip Sousa in the air, and it was fantastic.
Make sure and check out what activities they have planned during your time there!