Bloomington Bike Map
See Bloomington by bike: Check out the city’s northeast side
Hop on your bike for a Bloomington staycation. Going on two wheels adds to the fun. Start from Mall of America for a biking adventure filled with unique city attractions and breathtaking fall colors. Or see the map above to check out bike paths throughout the city and chart your own route. Pick up a bike map at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road, or at blm.mn/bikemap.
- The northeast side of the MVNWR parking lot marks the start of a paved trail that crosses the Minnesota River, along the south side of I-494. Ample free parking makes this a popular starting point for bike rides connected to a vast network, including the Big Rivers Regional Trail and the Lilydale Trail, known for its scenic bluff views and miles of vibrant fall leaf color. From the MVNWR, bike a few miles east to the Verizon Vikings Training Camp Viking Museum, blm.mn/vikemus.
- Connect through Bloomington from north to south. The new extension of the Old Cedar Avenue off-road bike trail extends from West 86th Street south to Old Shakopee Road. The final Old Cedar Avenue segment is under construction and in 2019 you will be able to get from American Boulevard to the Minnesota River, blm.mn/bike3rparks.
- For a major workout, head north to Lake Nokomis. The chain of lakes trail system connects to Minnehaha Falls. Then return south through Fort Snelling State Park. Visit blm.mn/henncobike for an interactive Hennepin County bike map.
- An abundance of bike racks and close proximity to light rail and bus lines makes MOA a natural transportation hub. From MOA, head east on 34th Avenue to the Crown Plaza Hotel where the Northwest Airlines History Center Museum is housed. Pros and aspiring aviators alike will enjoy the airline artifacts and exhibits.
- The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Visitors Center, blm.mn/mn-valley-r, is just a few yards east on American Boulevard. Allow time to view the exhibits at the visitor center then snap a few photos outside. The view on the south side terrace offers panoramic vistas of the Minnesota River valley. Nearby, a cluster of bird feeders attracts wild turkeys and other fine feathered friends. Walking trails stretch down the river for miles.
- Watch planes take flight at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Aircraft Viewing Area, blm.mn/see-planes. Take in the sights and sounds of a busy airport hub at the end of Cargo Road and next to the FedEx Shipping Center. The viewing area is free and open to the public daily.