Welcome to the Twin Cities

Welcome to Minneapolis/St. Paul.  Affectionately know as the Twin Cities. We are so happy to welcome you to our corner of the globe and we want to feel right at home.

Here’s the thing about moving to the metro area of Minnesota. The stereotypes are just that — stereotypes.

Do some of us sound like we are from Fargo?  Ya sure, you betcha.

People beginning to gather for an outdoor concert at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, Minnesota

Do most of us complain and brag about the weather (no matter the season) at the same time? Sure thing.

Are we all Minnesotans nice? Nope. Are most Minnesotans nice? Yep.

We want to help you adjust and make the Twin Cities and the greater Minnesota your home. Because, though you may not know it yet, you will love it here. Especially if you follow some of our hints.

How to Survive Minnesota Weather

Minnesota weather is extreme in a temperate sort of way. Here some ways to make it through the extreme-ish climate of the Twin Cities.


While we don’t get the cold like the Arctic Circle in the winter, we do have arctic fronts come down into our state from time to time. 

The winter is cold, but the polar air doesn’t usually last longer than a week at a time — two weeks tops.


No, Minnesota is not in the tropics. It’s not even close. However, because we get fronts that come from Texas and California and because we have a fairly humid atmosphere, we can get a few miserable days in the summer. Again, these temperatures don’t last longer than a week. Usually.

Fall and Spring

You won’t need a survival guide for these – the most lovely of seasons in Minnesota, but we do offer family fun guides:

Twin Cities Schools

Back to School

Many area schools and school districts rank high on national lists for their academic excellence. Michael Bartus, real estate agent with Lakes | Sotheby’s International Realty knows how important school proximity is for his clients.  In fact, he has developed a number of tools to help his clients find homes in neighborhoods close to the schools they want for their kids. We love this tool and Michael has allowed us to share it here.

Twin Cities Family Fun Ideas


The last thing you need to do right now after relocating is spend more money. Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Another great idea for free fun is to visit one or all of the 101 libraries in the Twin Cities metro. We have a lot of libraries, and some of my favorite mom friendships started in storytime at the local library

Children's section at Sun Ray Library in St. Paul, Minnesota
Sun Ray Library
Find Twin Cities Beaches on Family Fun Twin Cities
Find Beaches, Pools & Waterparks

Iconic Places to Visit in the Twin Cities Area

The Landmark Center in Winter
The Landmark Center - Image Courtesy of the City of St Paul

If you are interested in exploring all the best iconic places of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro, we can help you out!  These are some of our favorite places to visit.

Visitors Guides to our Favorite Suburbs

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