Visitors will find lots of must-sees in Minneapolis. Here is a quick guide to the top 10 icons that represent the city’s diverse offerings.
SPOONBRIDGE AND CHERRY
This has been Minneapolis’ signature sculpture since its completion by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggeni in 1988. The spoon tips the scale at 5,800 pounds and the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds! The 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where the Spoonbridge and Cherry reside, is one of the largest of its kind and includes more than 40 works of art. It’s also just across the street from the renowned Walker Art Center.
FIRST AVENUE & 7TH STREET ENTRY
Featured in “Purple Rain,” this Minneapolis classic is still one of the hottest clubs in town. Stop in and rock out to musical stylings from major national acts and local emerging artists. It was named the number one top music venue by Metromix and is number six on Pollstar’s Top 100 club venues.
FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART MUSEUM
Housed in a striking stainless steel building, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman is a unique museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, its collection features early 20th-century American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Maurer and Marsden Hartley.
Part of the Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is a popular site for windsurfing, swimming, sailing and canoeing. More than three miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and in-line skating encircle the lake with the unique Minneapolis skyline as its urban backdrop. The popular lake is also part of the 52-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway.
STONE ARCH BRIDGE
Enjoy the roaring St. Anthony Falls with a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge – the only one of its kind to span the Mississippi River. As part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, this pedestrian crossing is the oldest mainline railroad bridge in the Northwest. Chronicling Minneapolis’ milling history are the nearby Mill Ruins Park and Mill City Museum.
FLAGSHIP TARGET STORE
This two-story retail hot spot lies in the heart of downtown action, along with Target Corporation’s world headquarters. With a unique escalator for shopping carts, this flagship retail experience shouldn’t be missed.
UPTOWN THEATRE SIGN
Just south of downtown, Uptown is the center of Minneapolis’ hip energy, and includes off-beat shopping, late-night dining, vibrant nightlife and up-and-coming music. Just steps from the Chain of Lakes, Uptown has everything an urban neighborhood should and then some. You’ll know you’ve entered Uptown when you see the iconic Uptown Theatre sign towering over the neighborhood.
The stunning Jean Nouvel-designed riverfront home for the world-renowned theater company opened in July 2006 and has earned numerous design awards. With three theaters, 11 bars and lobby space and the Endless Bridge offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area, the bold blue building has laid the groundwork for continued growth in the Mill District.
MARY TYLER MOORE STATUE
Just across the street from where the hat-tossing scene at the end of the Mary Tyler Moore Show credits was filmed, catch a glimpse of her bronze statue. Nicollet Mall is a pedestrian thoroughfare that’s home to countless shops, watering holes and sidewalk dining spots.
The skyway system is one of our most striking assets. One floor above ground, this eight-mile system links shopping, restaurants, entertainment and more through enclosed elevated walkways. It connects over 80 blocks of downtown Minneapolis in climate-controlled bliss. The 84th skyway over Third Avenue from Accenture to Ameriprise opened Dec. 30, 2011.