Walker Art Center - Skyline Mini Golf

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Summer Itineraries

Finding the right amount of things to do when you're in a city for the first time is tough. You feel like you want to hit the best places, but never have enough time. That's why the experts at Meet Minneapolis created these four summer itineraries, guaranteed to help you see the very best of Minneapolis. Check out each itinerary below to see which side of Minneapolis you'll experience this summer.


Morning: Twin Cities Gateway hotels

National Sports Center in Blaine. Running Aces in Columbus. Target Field downtown. No matter where you’re playing or watching sports in the Minneapolis area, Twin Cities Gateway hotels are nearby. With 22 lodging properties to choose from, Twin Cities Gateway provides you with high quality, high value and your favorite trusted hotel brands. The convenient access to Minneapolis and Saint Paul will bring you to the Twin Cities Gateway, but the small town charms and special offerings of their communities of AnokaBlaineCoon RapidsFridleyHam LakeLino LakesMounds ViewNew Brighton, and Shoreview bring you back. More convenience. More value. More fun. MAKE RESERVATION >>>

Lunch: Murray's

Stop by Murray's before any Twins game for their game day special. Steak burger, fries & a domestic bottle beer for only $11 or try their famed Twins steak sandwich! Voted Best Steak since 1946, Murray's offers an award-winning wine list, famous garlic toast and hickory-smoked shrimp, and an in-house bakery. VIEW MENU >>>

Afternoon: Minnesota Twins at Target Field

There’s nothing like an outdoor baseball game in summertime. Head over to Target Field, home of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game and one of the only LEED-Certified stadiums in all sports, to enjoy some outdoor Minnesota Twins baseball. This is one of the premiere ballparks in all of Major League Baseball, and it truly captures what a baseball game should feel like. There’s really nothing more to say. You have to go to a Twins game. BUY TICKETS >>>

Afternoon: Fulton Brewery

Minnesota is a brewing capital of the nation, and we take our beers seriously here. Since a law passed allowing breweries to serve their beer in taprooms located right in their own brewing HQs, the scene has been booming in Minneapolis. You get to taste the beer literally right out of production, and a fantastic place for that is at Fulton Brewery. They’ve got a range of fantastic beers, and they’ve NOW opened up for every single home Twins game. Get a taste (or several) of Minneapolis.  MORE INFORMATION >>>

Evening: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack

There is nothing more thrilling than getting up close to live horse racing at the Running Aces racetrack. Whether you’re looking for a fun summer night out with the family or looking to win big, Running Aces’ racetrack is where you want to be with free admission and parking every day. For something different, try the card room: No antes or commissions. High energy. 24/7 action. The card room at Running Aces has a table for everyone’s desire and ability, with Blackjack, Pai Gow, EZ Baccarat and more. When you’re ready for a bite, the Trout Air Tavern and All-in Grill will satisfy and energize you for more action. CHECK OUT THE ACTION >>>


Morning: Union Rooftop

Right from the moment you wake up, you should feel like it’s going to be an adventurous day. So you’ll want to start with a solid meal, and the Union Rooftop restaurant’s Solar Brunch is a perfect way to get outside and fuel up for a busy day. Start with bottomless mimosas and choose from numerous menu items like Mascarpone Stuffed French Toast and Classic Egg Benedict. The brunch is available 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there’s even DJ entertainment. VIEW MENU>>> 

Mid-Morning: Above the Falls Sports

Head toward the North Loop to Above the Falls Sports for a two and a half hour Mississippi River adventure. These kayak tours highlight the historical development of Minneapolis by paddling under old railway bridges and past industrial warehouses, and engaging with Minneapolis’s industrial heritage. RESERVE A TOUR >>>

Lunch: Monte Carlo

Take a trip through history and head to the Minneapolis’ favorite landmark restaurant, Monte Carlo. Established in 1906 and located in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis’ Warehouse District, Monte Carlo gives off an old-time, traditional feel as one of the city’s oldest establishments that never went out of style. With a patio that creates the perfect dining spot and a retro, copper-top bar with unique private dining rooms, Monte Carlo is sure to provide a memorable dining experience. VIEW MENU >>>

Afternoon: Golf Outing at the Meadows 

The Meadows at Mystic Lake is a nationally acclaimed public golf course offering a unique, challenging, and scenic golf experience in Prior Lake, Minnesota. With waterfalls, native plants, and statuary, it’s a destination on its own, only enhanced by the many nearby food and entertainment venues, such as Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, The Meadows Bar and Grille, and Little Six Casino. RESERVE TEE TIME>>>

Evening: Mystic Steakhouse

Join us for an evening featuring Jameson whiskeys paired with a tasting menu inspired by the Emerald Isle. This evening’s meal will be prepared by Executive Chef Richard Fisher, Executive Pastry Chef Marshall Rosenthal and Executive Sous Chef Corey Martin. An ambassador from the Jameson distillery in Ireland will speak about each whiskey served throughout the evening. Slàinte! VIEW MENU>>>

Nighttime: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown

After a very busy and adventurous day, you need a comfy spot to rest your head that’s close to the action. Crowne Plaza Minneapolis Northstar Downtown is in the heart of downtown with skyway connections and nearby all the downtown attractions. With 222 luxurious guestrooms, all are tastefully appointed and feature marble bathrooms and plush beds. Enjoy their Sleep Advantage program that includes quiet zone floors and more. BOOK HOTEL >>>


Morning: Commons Hotel

A cultured guest such as you should be in a hotel that caters to your finer sensibilities. The Commons Hotel will delight you with their industrial schoolhouse chic property that embodies a sense of inner geek in a chic setting. Explorers satisfy the whims of their inner geek with a Book Butler, in-room art galleries, alchemist mixology lessons and Sudoku sleep-ins. Located on the University of Minnesota campus, you’ll be in walking distance to the Weisman Art Museum and a short METRO Green Line ride from downtown Minneapolis. This hip and cultured hotel has received accolades from Conde Nast, Fodors and Travel + Leisure. MAKE RESERVATION >>>

Midmorning: Mill City Museum

Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river and the city of Minneapolis. Start with a viewing of “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat” where local artist Kevin Kling narrates the film that teaches you how Minneapolis came to be and then be sure not to miss the Flour Tower, a ride that explains why this is the most explosive museum in the world. At the end of the ride, take in the amazing and photogenic panoramic view of the Mississippi Riverfront from the ninth floor observation deck before exploring the interactive exhibits and Baking Lab. MORE INFORMATION >>>

Lunch: Crave

Vibrant American cuisine and fresh sushi await you at Crave in LaSalle Plaza. Crave is in the middle of the Hennepin Avenue theatre and cultural district. With a 6,000 square foot rooftop patio, grand sushi bar, daily happy hour and Gluten Free Dining, Crave is a must-dine spot. We recommend a spot on the sunny rooftop patio to fully enjoy your summertime meal. VIEW MENU >>>

Afternoon: Walker Art Center

Internationally recognized as a leading arts organization, Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Walker is free for children 18 and under, Walker members and on Thursday nights and the first Saturday of every month. New for 2016, be sure to plan time for Skyline Mini Golf. Amazing views and novelties await you on the Walker’s newest nine-hole mini-golf course, featuring a giant hot dog, ping-pong paddles, a tricky chicken coop and more on a unique rooftop with gorgeous skyline views. Each ticket includes free gallery admission. MORE INFORMATION >>>

Evening: Theatres galore

With over 80 professional theaters throughout the Minneapolis area, there’s no end to the entertainment options to explore. Traveling with your family? Try the Children’s Theatre Company or Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Love Broadway? Get your tickets for Hennepin Theatre Trust’s stages at the historic State, Orpheum and Pantages theatres or see a local production at their New Century Theatre. Intimate and small theaters appeal to you more? Try the Jungle Theater or Theatre in the Round Players. From classics to musicals to Minnesota Fringe Festival (held annually in August), you’ll enjoy your time in one of the busiest theatre cities in the country. LEARN MORE>>>


Morning: Aloft Minneapolis, North Loop & Nicollet

Aloft Minneapolis is located in the heart the trendy riverside Mill District, and minutes some of the best boutique shopping in the country. This tech savvy hotel has fast & free Wi-Fi throughout their modern spaces so you can share all your finds with the friends back home. You’ll be just down Washington Avenue from the hip North Loop. Wake up, grab a Nice Ride bike share bicycle and head to tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes at MarinPatrick3, D.Nolo and Atmosfere, to name but a few of the many shops in this trendy hood. Then ride over to Nicollet for the new Saks Off Fifth, Macy’s or the flagship Target store. MAKE RESERVATION >>>

Lunch: Marin

Marin Restaurant & Bar is located inside the Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, serving the best in Northern California-inspired cuisine. On weekends, enjoy the new Cheat Day Brunch. Or for lighter fare, try their natural refreshments. Marin has a patio for a gorgeous summer day, or you can retreat to their cozy Library lounge for an intimate meal.  VIEW MENU >>>

Afternoon & Evening: Mall of America

From downtown Minneapolis, it’s a short ride on the METRO Blue Line light rail train down to the biggest shopping mall in the country, Mall of America. There, you’ll have more than 520 stores to pick from and when you’re shopped out, you can energize with over 50 restaurants or go for the entertainment: Nickelodeon Universe, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium and the new Fly-Over America and Crayola Experience – just to name a few options. A mall so big they have their own ZIP code, you may need to plan another day to fit in more. MORE INFORMATION >>>


Morning: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, the Depot

The Depot stands as a living, breathing monument to a fantastic era of rail travel. The Depot is a full-service hotel guaranteed to enhance any travel experience with comfortable furniture, luxury bedding and state-of-the-art entertainment systems. Families will find themselves close to the action and within walking distance of the riverfront, the new U.S. Bank Stadium and downtown attractions. MAKE RESERVATION >>>

Midmorning: Segway Magical History Tours

For families with older kids who may find tours “boring,” Segway Magical History Tours will change their minds quickly. Get a Minneapolis Insider's perspective as expert guides fill you in on 15 little-known facts about downtown, all from the platform of a Segway. Or learn about the history of the Minneapolis riverfront as your guides take you up and down the banks of the Mississippi and across Nicollet Island. Training, helmets and snacks are provided during this five-mile trip and at the end, you’ll get admission tickets to the Mill City Museum. VIEW MENU >>>

Afternoon: Science Museum of Minnesota

Trek to Saint Paul’s Science Museum of Minnesota for dinasaurs, hands-on exhibits and the Omnitheater and an experience that will wow the whole family. The current Mummies exhibit and the National Parks Adventure Omni film are must-dos but leave lots of time for exploration and educational fun. MORE INFORMATION >>>

Evening: Ichiban

After a busy and active day, the family still has to eat and the kids need to be entertained. Enter Ichiban. The Japanese Teppanyaki dining is tasty as it is fun with chefs who are wizards of the knife and put on a show while filling your belly. The sushi bar and early-bird specials are added attractions. VIEW MENU >>>