Minnesota’s Pride festival was a big hit, especially with families and pet owners.

Minnesota’s Pride festival was a big hit, especially with families and pet owners. The Twin Cities boasts one of the most family friendly Pride festivals (with activities like the doggy drag show), pictured here.

Visit Minnesota any time of year and experience and warm LGBT welcome:

There are a number of LGBT-owned eateries in the Twin Cities.

Kim Bartmann owns a number of Minneapolis destination restaurants including The Third Bird, Tiny Diner, Bryant Lake Bowl and Red Stag. Peter Kirihara’s Moose & Sadie’s is a landmark in the North Loop, a great spot for a shopping stroll after lunch.

And the Wilde Roast Café — an homage to Oscar — offers breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a great scoop of gelato.

Where to stay:

The Metro Blue Line runs from the airport to downtown Minneapolis, making it possible to walk and pedal your way through a family Pride vacation.

Aloft Minneapolis is located on the edge of downtown, just a quick train or bike ride from the parade route. Up the street is The Depot, complete with a waterpark. The Grand Hotel Minneapolis offers a slightly swankier option in the heart of downtown and welcomes pets, so the whole family, including your four-legged fur family, can come.