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150 Things to do in Minneapolis

We gathered some of our favorite things to do. Visit Go Minneapolis to save on all activities. No matter the season, this list will keep you busy:

Summer

  • Take a tour of downtown Minneapolis from a new perspective, on a kayak – guided by Above the Falls Sports.
  • Go lawn bowling- similar to bocce ball but instead of tossing you roll- on the rooftop at Brit’s Pub.
  • Watch a free movie or live band any night of the week, through Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks.
  • Watch the best 4th of July fireworks around in downtown Minneapolis. Take a peek at your options in our official 4th of July guide 

               

              

  • Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and the country’s second oldest public rose garden -Lyndale Park Rose Garden.
  • Take a paddle boat cruise down the Mississippi River on the historic Minneapolis Queen.
  • Get Tiki with it at Psycho Suzi’s - the official tiki bar of the Twin Cities. Hang on there giant outdoor deck overlooking the beautiful Mississippi river. 
  • Located at one of the most iconic places in Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge Festival is filled with people excited for the season. Don't miss these 10 things to do during the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.

             

  • Travel back in time on a Magical History Tour™! Ride a Segway as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present without breaking a sweat.
  • Cool off with a cone from Minnesota company, Izzy’s Ice Cream (don’t forget the Izzy Scoop!).
  • Dance, drink and rejoice at Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest free gay pride festival in the country. Find out how to maximize your Pride weekend!

             

  • Escape to the 125-acre amusement park at Valley Fair – offering a day of thrills for extreme coaster riders and kiddy riders alike. 

 


Spring

 


Winter

  • Ice skate inside a former train station, The Depot, on Washington Avenue. 

  • Rock climb indoors on nearly 20,000 square feet of climbing wall at Vertical Endeavors.
  • Warm up with a specialty pizza from Minnesota pizza chain, Pizza Luce. – open late!
  • Ride a rollercoaster or cross the park on a zip line at Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the nation.
  • Sip a drink at the Ice Bar, or cozy up with a warm cocktail in the downstairs library at Marin.
  • Kick off the Holiday season right and give something to charity. Our Community will reach its full potential if everyone participates! Help the greater Twin Cities United Way give back to the Metro! Take a holiday lights tour on a Saturday night with MetroConnections.
  • Overlook the frozen St. Anthony Falls from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge that jets over the Mississippi.
  • Warm up with the Caribbean & Mexican inspired rotisserie cooking at Brasa – a favorite spot of local Food Network Star Andrew Zimmern
  • Cross country ski, snowboard, snow tube or snowshoe in the winter recreation area at Theodore Wirth Park – equipment rental and lessons are available. 
  • Celebrate the Twin Cities' beautiful winter season at the 10-day winter festival, The Great Northern.

 


Fall

  • Go apple picking at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and collect Minnesota’s famous apple: the Honeycrisp.
  • Have a pint and pedal around the city on a Pedal Pub or the Traveling Tap.
  • Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of nearly 200 Nice Ride stations and cruise down Minneapolis’ 226 miles of bike paths.   
  • View the Minneapolis skyline from the river front at Boom Island Park and visit the lighthouse- it’s one of the few lighthouses still on the Mississippi.

       

  • Tuck under a blanket and take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Minneapolis- pre-routed or personalized- with The Hitching Company.
  • Celebrate Oktoberfest at Gasthof’s - German for ‘everyone is welcome’-Fridays and Saturdays in September and October. 

 


Anytime

U.S. Bank Stadium from Meet Minneapolis on Vimeo.

       

  • Visit the club that made Prince famous: First Avenue – make sure to take a picture with his gold star.

       

  • Scroll through #Minnehopolis to discover the best craft brews in the city.
  • Chow down on a Jucy Lucy at Matt’s Bar or a Juicy Lucy at The 5-8 Club –each bar claims to be the creator that makes the burger best, so try both to decide.
  • Spend a Saturday morning grazing the local produce at the Mill City Farmers Market
  • Shop and dine for international gifts and cuisine from local immigrant businesses at the Midtown Global Market.
  • Get a birds-eye view of downtown Minneapolis from the observation deck on top of The Foshay Tower.
  • Watch the blooming talent at the Children’s Theatre Company - it’s the only children’s theatre in the country to win a Tony.
  • Experience Swedish culture, migration, and art at the American Swedish Institute- located inside the historic Turnblad Mansion.
  • Satisfy dessert cravings at the Angel Food Bakery, you can pull a stool to the counter and watch the pastry chefs at work.  
  • Salsa dance at the Loring Pasta Bar - Bob Dylan used to live right above the restaurant.
  • Sample wines from around the world at Lucia’s wine bar.
  • See the biggest names in local, national, and international jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club - accompanied by smooth drinks and flashy fare
  • Tour Paisley Park and receive a rare glimpse of Prince's 65,000-square foot home, studio and rehearsal spaces. Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles. 

        

  • Try a Japanese craft brew from the first sake brewery to open outside of Japan – Moto-i.
  • Explore the 25,000 art pieces dating from the early twentieth century to contemporary America at the Wiseman Art Museum – even the building is a modern American art piece.
  • Take a day to see nearly 10,000 items on display from 5,000 years at the always-free Minneapolis Institute of Art (call it Mia).
  • Have a boozy brunch at the 35-foot long Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar in Hell’s Kitchen.
  • Delve into the sounds of Minneapolis’ indie hip hop scene at the retail store Fifth Element – the official Rhymesayers Entertainment store.
  • Take a trip along the Minneapolis Riverfront via Segway on a Magical History Tour.
  • Capture the meaning behind the visual, performing and media art collection at the Walker Art Center and check out the outdoor sculpture garden. (re-opening from renovation in June 3)

        

  • Journey through the largest private collection of Russian Realist paintings outside the former Soviet Union at The Museum of Russian Art.
  • Sip a brew at the Minneapolis Convention Center’s Craft Bar & Lounge or any of the members of the Minnesota Craft Brewer’s Guild.
  • Spice up breakfast at the well-loved, Cuban-flavored Victor’s 1959 Café.
  • Indulge in the award-winning sushi and steaks at Seven, followed by a drink on their rooftop Sky Bar (year-round!)
  • Watch the Minnesota Lynx, three-time WNBA championships, sweep the court at Target Center.
  • Find authentic Latino food, café, & crafts at Mercado Central, a market on Lake Street with more than 40 Latino businesses.
  • Watch a midnight showing of a classic movie from the 1940s or 1980s on Saturday nights at Uptown Theatre.
  • Head down Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue to choose from an international spread of family owned restaurants: Bombay Bistro, Jasmine Deli, Eat Street Social, Market-Bar-B-Q and more.
  • Take your dog to the nearly 2-acre off-leash dog park at Lake of the Isles; the entrance is located on West Lake of the Isles Parkway.
  • Attend an international music or dance show at the intimate seating Cedar Cultural Center.
  • Flip through the 2.4 million item literary collection, tour the art gallery, the piano room or warm up to a fireplace in the marvelous five-story Minneapolis Central Library.
  • Head across the river to The Science Museum, its 370,000 square feet of science exhibits, and IMAX Omni Theater engage and spark scientific curiosity in all ages.  
  • Listen to the multiple Grammy award-winning Minnesota Orchestra inside Orchestra Hall. –well-renowned for the astounding acoustics in the hall’s unique design.
  • Visit The Commons, a 2-block park of wide open green space, valleys, and hills in East Town.
  • Fuel up with craft caffeine at Five Watt Coffee; they pour coffee on tap, nitrogen infused coffee and specialty coffee cocktails
  • Pair beer with breakfast at The Freehouse, each brew is crafted to complement a full menu of inventive grub. 

       

  • Watch a contemporary or traditional opera production from one of the largest opera companies in the nation, the Minnesota Opera.
  • Invite some drama to the dinner table at the largest dinner theater in the country, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.
  • Ride the light rail blue line to Mall of America and enjoy the perk of shopping in Minnesota – there’s no sales tax.