Hotel at a Glance: Ramada Plaza Minneapolis
Located just under 5 miles from downtown Minneapolis, the Ramada Plaza Minneapolis provides convenient accommodations close to attractions such as Target Field and the University of Minnesota. A complimentary shuttle will whisk you away to these destinations and others within a 5-mile radius of the hotel.
- Pizza and pasta: Dine on contemporary cuisine at Scalzo's Italian Grille and stop by the lounge for happy hour.
- Kick back in a guest room with a high-definition TV and free WiFi.
- Take a dip in the indoor heated pool and whirlpool.
- Break a sweat in the fitness center.
- Notable awards: TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2013
Downtown Minneapolis: Thriving Performing-Arts Scene near Idyllic Lakes
Downtown Minneapolis is more than just the geographic epicenter of the city—it’s the cultural heart too. Sports venues home to the Timberwolves, Vikings, and Twins neighbor the lively nightclubs of the Warehouse District and the neon-lit marquees of the Hennepin Theater District. In recent years, the city’s arts scene has gotten a lot of attention, and for good reason: Minneapolis has more live theater shows per capita than any other US city except New York. Additionally, dozens of eclectic galleries complement the wide-ranging exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which showcases everything from Japanese woodcut prints to turn-of-the-century European advertisements.
To navigate downtown with ease, step into the Skyway, the city’s ingenious solution to harsh Minnesota winters. The Skyway is a network of indoor, aboveground tunnels connecting a slew of buildings downtown. A popular stop along the way is Nicollet Mall, a shopping thoroughfare where cars are not allowed. This is where you’ll find the iconic statue of Mary Tyler Moore tossing her 10-gallon Stetson into the air.
Nicknamed “The City of Lakes,” Minneapolis has 22 natural bodies of water within the city limits. A 10-minute drive from downtown brings you to the picturesque Chain of Lakes, which are surrounded by 12 miles of walking and biking paths. In the summer, the Lake Harriet band shell hosts summer concerts, which frequently include the renowned Minnesota Orchestra.