Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Place to People-Watch

Minnesota State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together knows no cultural bounds. In the parking lot, Dodge Rams from Blaine pull up next to Priuses from Linden Hills; fixies from Northeast are chained next to Range Rovers from Minnetonka. The roiling stew of humanity bakes under the relentless August sun for two weeks, its individual parts lured to St. Paul by a mutual appreciation for deep-fried what-have-yous, butter sculptures, seed artwork, conceptual-looking chickens, gleaming farm machinery, far-flung concerts, rides, games, and the dependably upsetting Miracle of Birth barn. It's the ultimate recipe for people-watching. Even barking politicians can't dissuade the demographic-spanning unity of the Minnesota State Fair, which drew its fourth-highest attendance ever in 2015: 1.8 million beautiful specimens. It's the same amazing party we've been attending since 1859, and we'll never stop.

Best Bike Trail Cedar Lake

Best Bowling Alley Town Hall Lanes

Best Coach Mike Zimmer

Best College Athlete Rachel Banham

Best College Recruit Amir Coffey, University of Minnesota basketball

Best Day Trip Spicer

Best Disc Golf Course Valley Disc Golf Course

Best Dog Park Battle Creek Dog Park

Best Gym The Aviary

Best Hike Wild River State Park

Best Lake Lake Phalen

Best Local Landmark Kenwood Water Tower

Best Lynx Player Maya Moore

Best Picnic Spot Como Park

Best Place to Do Something for Free Films at the Fitz

Best Place to Do Yoga CorePower Yoga

Best Place to Ice Skate Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval

Best Place to Jog Hidden Falls Park

Best Place to Make Out Behind any dumpster

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Gay) 19 Bar

Best Place to Meet Single Men (Straight) Community Keg House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Lesbian) The Town House

Best Place to Meet Single Women (Straight) Spring Street Tavern

Best Place to Play Boot Hockey Pearl Park

Best Place to Shoot Pool Jimmy's Pro Billiards

Best Place to Sled Columbia Golf Course

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests Stillwater

Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside Sea Life Aquarium Minnesota

Best Public Park South Valley Park

Best Sign of Spring Sven Sundgaard's deltoids

Best Sports Highlight The All-Hockey Hair Team

Best Sports Radio Personality Paul Allen

Best Sports Team Minnesota Lynx

Best Sports Writer Aaron Gleeman

Best Timberwolves Player Karl-Anthony Towns

Best TV Sports Anchor Mark Rosen

Best Twins Player Miguel Sano

Best Vikings Player Harrison Smith

Best Weekend Getaway Duluth

Best Wild Player Charlie Coyle