Minneapolis will play host to the Super Bowl when fans of the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles descend upon the city this Sunday. But they won’t be the only people coming to the Twin Cities in the near future.
Over the next ten years, it is predicted that for every individual person of working age moving to the Twin Cities, 22 older adults will relocate there as well. This is largely due to the city’s wide range of outdoor activities, scenic beauty, and host of cultural attractions.
One can also not forget the city boasts some of the friendliest people in the country—with “Minnesota nice” being a well-known phrase throughout the region. The attractions, in combination with the lovely people, make it an easy place to consider for your sunset years.
When most people think of Minneapolis, however, they likely think of the cold temperatures and piles of snow—not necessarily the dream retirement destination for active adults. In recent years, however, Minneapolis has become quite the hot spot for retirees and Baby Boomers.
Active adults seeking a diverse outdoor lifestyle will fall in love with the abundance of recreational activities located both in the city of Minneapolis and Minnesota at large. Known as “the land of 10,000 lakes,” Minnesota is certainly not lacking in water activities. With 22 lakes located within the city, and the Mississippi River running directly through it, residents can simply walk out their door to enjoy their favorite water sports. Some popular activities in the area include boating, kayaking, water skiing, and swimming. The warm, humid summers make for the perfect climate to enjoy the cool Minnesotan water.
The city is also home to over 197 parks and outdoor spaces that are perfect for bird watching and those who simply want to lounge outside on warm summer days. In the colder months, retirees can enjoy an array of snow-centric activities. Minnesota at large offers over 20,000 miles of marked snowmobile trails, with hundreds of these just outside the city. '
Cross country ski lovers will also love the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, which is the country’s longest continuous system of urban parkways, allowing residents to ski alongside the shoreline for miles on end. Thanks to this abundance of parks, trails, and greenways, Minneapolis also ranks as one of the most bikeable and walkable cities not only in the country, but the world.
According to a study by Wired, Minneapolis ranked in the top 20 most bikeable cities in the world, boasting hundreds of miles of bike paths, underground tunnels for traveling warmly from building to building and dense residential districts, ensuring that your grocery store or favorite pub is just a short ride away. With the seemingly endless recreational activities available, it is no surprise the city has been ranked as the healthiest city in America.
Outside of its gorgeous and abundant landscape, Minneapolis also offers all the cultural and intellectual attractions of a larger city. The city contains several world-class museums including the Minneapolis Museum of Art, Weisman Art Museum, the Walker Art Museum, and, for history lovers, the Hennepin History Museum. Minneapolis is also home to the University of Minnesota, which brings with it the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI describes itself as “a vital community of older adults who are brought together by their intellectual curiosity and love of learning.” It is often referred to as “a health club for the mind”.
Active Adult Communities
With a growing retiree population, the Minneapolis region naturally has a fantastic selection of active adult communities available for Boomers. Communities such as the Four Seasons at Rush Creek and Cross Croft at Evermoor offer spacious homes and luxurious amenities with homes priced from the low $300s to mid $500s. And for those looking for a more modest lifestyle, retirees can find a nice selection of low-maintenance condo communities such as SummerCrest, which has condos beginning at an affordable low $100s.
Retirees who are seeking an active lifestyle and a wide array of cultural and intellectual activities should look no further than the Minneapolis region for their retirement. Request more information on the communities and attractions in the Minneapolis area!