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Mpls named best city for recreational activities, St. Paul takes third

NerdWallet name checks Fort Snelling State Park
NerdWallet name checks Fort Snelling State Park

We know that the Twin Cities have the the country's best parks and fittest people. So it only stands to reason that we'd win another distinction right where those honors intersect: Best city for recreational activity.

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According to the consumer advocacy company NerdWallet, Minneapolis is it. Not the Twin Cities, mind you. St. Paul merits its own solo spot at the top of the list, in third.

To create the list, NerdWallet analyst Divya Raghavan used data from the Trust for Public Land to look at four factors: The number of public rec facilities -- think ball diamonds, skateboard parks, and ice-skating rinks, along with acres of parkland, senior centers, and playgrounds.

At the end of Raghavan's crunching, Minneapolis came out on top. Raghavan shouts out downtown ice skating at The Depot, along with our six public skate parks and seven public golf courses.

St. Paul, meanwhile, gets nods for horseshoe courts and the city's adaptive recreational programs for residents with disabilities.

The top four rounds out with Madison in second place and Cincinnati, Ohio ranked third. NerdWallet's verdict seems to be that if you want to play outside, the Midwest is the best place to do it.

Here's the full list and more details on the metrics, organized in a chart via NerdWallet. Click to enlarge.

Mpls named best city for recreational activities, St. Paul takes third

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