Minnesota is located within the very heart of the Midwest. The people are known for being nice and holding their vowels a little longer than the rest of the nation. This northern state has gorgeous landscapes, four seasons and plenty of great activities for seniors considering moving there. Here are some fun facts about Minnesota that may just convince you to live in the state:
The state nicknamed "Land of 10,000 Lakes" is actually home to over 11,842 lakes that are over 10 acres in area, and 21,871 lakes that are larger than 2.5 acres total. Even the metropolitan areas, like the Twin Cities Minneapolis and Saint Paul, have lakes nearby. Lake Harriet and Calhoun are popular spots for people to walk and bike. Rollerblading and skateboarding are also encouraged. Seniors enjoy getting some exercise while strolling these paths and even getting out on man-powered or motorized boats. No matter where you're considering moving in Minnesota, there's a lake nearby!
The medical community
One of the best medical facilities in the country resides in Minnesota – The Mayo Clinic. Here the healthcare providers offer incredible care and pair with universities to undertake life-changing research on chronic illnesses and diseases like Alzheimer's, arthritis and cancer. Many people come to this state just to take advantage of the incredible medical offerings.
Minnesota sports fans are a hardy bunch. They brave chilly winters to cheer for the Vikings NFL team and scream for the University of Minnesota Gophers and Minnesota Wild NHL teams. Twins fans flood Minneapolis every spring and summer as they root for their favorite pin-striped MLB team. Basketball fans love the NBA Timberwolves and the women's team, the Minnesota Lynx – the most winning team in the state. Seniors can get discounts on tickets to many stadiums throughout the state to take advantage of the excitement of following their favorite sports live.
The Midwest is home to many malls, and Minnesota is no exception. The famous Mall of America is located in Bloomington, near Minneapolis, and features 9.5 million square feet worth of shopping opportunities. Not only that, this massive center also houses an amusement park and plenty of fun activities for residents and tourists alike. Many seniors enjoy walking here as a form of physical activity during the cold winter months. Plus, it's nice to stop and grab a tasty pretzel at Auntie Em's or even drop in for the spa treatment at Aveda, which originated in Minnesota.
While Minnesota doesn't have a Hollywood or Broadway, that doesn't mean area residents don't love theater! In fact, there are tons of small and large productions throughout the state. Seniors can enjoy popular venues like the Guthrie Theater, the largest regional playhouse in the U.S., and the biggest dinner theater in the states, Chanhassan Dinner Theater.
Edgewood Senior Living has eight communities in Minnesota where seniors can enjoy the beautiful weather and scenery of the state with the amenities of assisted, independent, short-stay communities and skilled nursing.