Are you looking for the closeness of Minneapolis without being directly in the hectic downtown area? It’s not for everyone, which is why the hotels in the Twin Cities Gateway are here for you. North, south, east and west of downtown Minneapolis, there’s always a family-friendly hotel that fits your budget and lifestyle needs.
Mid-Morning: Mill City Farmers Market/Minneapolis Farmers Market
Are you surprised to know that we grow a lot of our own food here? Even for a big city like Minneapolis, the locally-grown food is huge, and a good amount of restaurants here use this food in their dishes. You can (and should) sample this from-the-earth food by visiting some of the farmers markets here. Mill City Farmers Market is open on Saturdays, and the Minneapolis Farmers Market is open every day, but also makes its way down to Nicollet Mall every Thursday.
After you’ve seen the extremely local side of Minneapolis, you’ll have to grab lunch on a street so renowned for the selection of food that we’ve simply called it “Eat Street.” Within these magical 17 blocks, you can have a go at food from literally every part of the world. The hardest question you’ll face is picking just one restaurant.
Get ready to enjoy learning in a way you've never experienced before! At the Science Museum of Minnesota, science that shapes our daily lives comes to life through hands-on exhiits, larger-than-life Omnitheater films, an a world-class collection of fossils and artifacts. Be sure to check out their Space: Out-of-Gravity Experience while you're there! Don't worry about transporation. Take the MetroTransit Green Line to downtown Saint Paul. Get off at the Downtown East Station or Snelling Station to arrive just a few blocks away from the Science Museum of Minnesota.
You’ve seen the local ingredients that make the dishes. You’ve eaten food from around the world. You’ve conquered the Mississippi River. Now it’s time to eat and have some fun at one of the most historic and treasured shops in all of Minneapolis. Kramarczuk’s is a James Beard Classic Award-winner for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. The business dates all the way back to 1954, and it has been family-owned since that time. Their recipes are flawless. Their cuisine, magnificent. The atmosphere, sublime. This is the perfect way to end a culinary adventure in Minneapolis.