Minneapolis sits between a big river on one side and a chain of lakes on the other. The city itself is an "urban forest". There are trees up and down almost every block, except downtown, of course. I've even seen owls in them before. Birds love trees. It's an imported forest - all the trees and even the squirrels were brought in when the city was first built - it was just grassy prairie before. All the trees are expensive for the city to maintain and clean up after (so many trees can make such a mess, LOL, even autumn leaves can clog all the sewers) but it really does make things nice and shady in hot weather, and just looks gorgeously nice & lush anyway.
The Mississippi River starts in Minnesota. Minneapolis was started because of the river.
The river has a hydroelectric dam along one side of it. The water goes down waterfalls first (that also scares the fish away from it). Barges and fish and whatever still have plenty of room to go up and down the river.
There's a couple of big bridges in the area to walk across to get a good look at it all.