Paddle the Mississippi


Photo © Courtesy of Minneapolis Northwest

Tucked into the Northwest corner of metro Minneapolis, an eclectic adventure awaits. Here, you won’t need a passport to experience an amazing weekend, not far from home.  

When you visit Minneapolis Northwest, you’ll catch the fun and flavor of two distinct cities – Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Each offers its own blend of family-friendly attractions, cultural events, outdoor activities, top-quality hotels, fab restaurants and interesting people. 


Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center enjoy the highest cultural diversity in the state. More than 60% of resident are people of color and 24% are foreign born from more than 100 countries, so you can imagine the cultural richness of the area. 

Great example: Once a year, persons of Nigerian dissent descend upon the Brooklyns in August for Igbofest, a day-long family-friendly festival that draws 6,500 people from around the world.

Attendees celebrate an immersion in this distinctive Igbo culture through traditional African dishes and crafts, enjoying a variety of dance performances and processions,  

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© Courtesy of Minneapolis Northwest

The Heritage Center of Brooklyn Center

The estate of a former county sheriff and the first chief of the Minnesota Highway Patrol, this farm-turned-event center is in the heart of the city. Unique interior and exterior spaces accommodate meetings, social events, galas and weddings for 20-1,000+ guests, 


Linh Huynh is the embodiment of success through reinvention. Raised in Vietnam, she started her early hospitality career at a Chinese restaurant before opening an Asian fusion restaurant that combines Hawaiian poke with sushi. Her current passion is a new concept to Minnesota—a marriage of Japanese hotpot cooking and Korean BBQ. Grab some sticks and dig in,

© Courtesy of Minneapolis Northwest
© Courtesy of Minneapolis Northwest

Outdoor Activities

Mississippi Gateway Regional Park provides a variety of opportunities for outdoor exploration and adventure. This unique park abuts the Mississippi River and features 160 acres of amazing scenery to bike, hike, fish and more. 

From the 12-foot-wide observation walkway on top of the dam, see our nation’s greatest river up close with teaming wildlife and spectacular views.

For a truly immersive experience, get down on the water by renting a single or tandem kayak through the Mississippi River Paddle Share program. It’s a great recreational opportunity for people who don’t own a kayak but love nature. 


Gus Macker returns to the Twin Cities with legacy 3 on 3 basketball, Aug 17-18. Registration is open!

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When you visit Minneapolis Northwest, you’ll experience the fun and flavor of two distinct cities – Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park. Each offers its own blend of family-friendly attractions, beautiful parks, outdoor activities, and top-quality hotels, restaurants, and shopping. Let us help you discover the very best that Minneapolis Northwest has to offer!


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