The "Minne Apple" boasts its own Central Park.. In Short Minneapolis' central park is styled after the famed New York park--though sized about 800 acres smaller. Loring Lake is a favorite backdrop for picnicking, outdoor theater, shuffleboard tournaments and people-watching. Play ping-pong in the recreation building, ice skate when the lake freezes over, or play tennis or horseshoes in warmer weather. Don't miss the stunning Berger Fountian, the bronze sculpture of Norway's esteemed violinist Ole Bull, or the Whitney bridge leading to the sculpture garden.