Introduction to Plymouth, Minnesota
Plymouth, Minnesota, in Hennepin county, is 9 miles W of Minneapolis, Minnesota. It's part of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area. Money Magazine ranked Plymouth number one on their list of "America's Best Places to Live 2008." Money Magazine noted the city's quality schools, good jobs, active outdoor community, affordable housing and a low crime rate. Its primary school district is included in the top three in Minnesota.
The citizens have approved numerous initiatives in order to preserve open space, build trails, construct park and recreation facilities and fund education. The city includes numerous lakes and features a rolling terrain landscape. Plymouth is known for its well planned residential areas. Light manufacturing, telecommunications, printing and publishing, hi-tech research, insurance and computer related industries are some of the primary employers.
The earliest inhabitants of the region were the Dakota. The settlement was situated at the northern end of Medicine Lake. In 1848 the explorer Antoine LeCounte arrived. In 1855 Plymouth began developing as a town. In the notable Dakota War of 1862 the white settlers battled the Dakota at Fort Ridgley. After the Civil War ended farming was the major factor for the economy. Medicine Lake became a popular destination for tourists and numerous resorts were established near the lake.
- Hilde Performance Center features a beautiful bandshell and is popular for music events.
- The Music in Plymouth event features the Minnesota Orchestra. It's an annual event which attracts a large crowd.
- Millennium Garden.
- Plymouth Creek Center is enjoyed for special events.
- Plymouth Playhouse is a popular venue.
- Renaissance Festival.
- Canterbury Park.
- Ridgedale Mall.
- Mystic Lake Casino.
- Medina Ballroom.
Plymouth Creek Fieldhouse is a domed building and features a state-of-the-art artificial grass field and is used for a variety of sports. Residence can utilize the indoor facility for walking and jogging during the winter months. The Plymouth Ice Center features three rinks and is utilized by hockey teams and for skating. The extensive park system and the local trails are popular with residents. Golfing enthusiasts enjoy the vast number of courses. The large number of lakes are enjoyed for fishing, boating and water skiing.