Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Bike Trail

Lake Nokomis

At 2.78 miles around, this paved bike trail that rings the lake is possible to traverse even if you haven't ridden a bike since you were a kid. The track is a smooth, oval shape that crosses streets only twice, and in each case, the crossings are well-marked. It's a beautiful ride for sightseeing: Nokomis is one of three sailing lakes (along with Harriet and Calhoun) that offers a majestic view of the ships as you peddle like the landlubber you are. There's also ample opportunity for refreshment — the recently opened Sandcastle offers a variety of snacks, from hush puppies to watermelon salad (and if its Kickstarter campaign is successful, Sandcastle will soon offer soft-serve ice cream). If you don't have your own bike, you can rent from Wheel Fun Rentals, including a four-wheel bike buggy that's perfect for families who want to pedal together. If you're a hardcore fixie rider looking for an aggressive course, Lake Nokomis may not offer sufficient challenge, but for the rest of us, it's the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon in the fresh air.

Best Beach (2020) Lake Nokomis Main Beach

Best Bike Deal LaMere Cycles

Best Bike Shop The Hub Bike Co-op on Minnehaha Avenue

Best Bowling Alley Ran-Ham Bowling Center

Best Coach Jerry Kill

Best College Athlete Ra'Shede Hageman

Best College Recruit Tyus Jones

Best Day Trip Loop through Stillwater

Best Disc Golf Course Acorn Park

Best Dog Park Lake of the Isles

Best Gym 9Round Fitness & Kickboxing

Best Hike Afton State Park

Best Lynx Player Lindsay Whalen

Best Mini Golf Big Stone Mini Golf

Best Park Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Best Picnic Spot Shadow Falls Park Preserve

Best Place to Do Yoga One Yoga Studio

Best Place to Ice Skate Centennial Lakes Park

Best Place to Jog Chain of Lakes

Best Place to Shoot Pool Grumpy's Bar & Grill

Best Place to Sled Staring Lake

Best Sports Podcast Gleeman and the Geek

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Timberwolves Player Kevin Love

Best Twins Player Joe Mauer

Best Vikings Player Adrian Peterson

Best Wild Player Matt Cooke