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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:
Shop the boutiques in the newly revitalized North Loop neighborhood.
Enjoy a scenic walk through Loring Park; it’s the Central Park of downtown Minneapolis.
Experience American history from pre-Civil War through World War II at the National Historic Landmark, Fort Snelling.
Hit the certified organic juice bar at the Wedge- one of the highest grossing food co-ops in the country.
Known as the “Best of the Midwest”, check out the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
Whether it’s St. Patty’s day or not, celebrate spring at an Irish pub: Dan Kelly’s, The Local or Kieran’s.
- 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.
- 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.
Spend a day at the Minnesota State Fair – it’s the second largest State Fair in the nation.
- 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.
- Ride the Tiki Tram running between Psycho Suzi’s, Betty Danger’s and Donny Dirk’s to hit all three spots in one night.
- Rent multi-person bikes, boats, or other water gear from Wheel of Fun Rentals and enjoy a day at Lake Calhoun- or any of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes.
- 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. (Photo by Brooke Ross Photography)
- Escape to the 125-acre amusement park at Valley Fair – offering a day of thrills for extreme coaster riders and kiddy riders alike.
- 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.
- Sing along with the dueling pianos at The Shout House.
- Take a tour of the architecturally stunning U.S. Bank Stadium.
- View the Mary Tyler Moore statue at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet & 5th.
- Watch a touring Broadway show at the historic State or Orpheum Theatre.
- Visit the oldest Basilica in the country – the Basilica of St. Mary.
- Take a backstage tour of the Tony award-winning Guthrie Theater.
- Get a hands-on history lesson about Minneapolis, its flour industry and the Mississippi river at the Mill City Museum.
- 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)
- Go under the sea at SEA LIFE Minnesota and discover over 4,500 sea creatures inside the 1.3 million gallon aquarium.
- Watch an indie film or recent blockbuster at the 1950s style Riverview Theatre – tickets are only 3 bucks.
- Travel back in time on the heritage Como-Harriet Streetcar Line; it’s a mid-20th-century ride around Lake Harriet and Lake Calhoun.
- Get a taste of authentic Eastern European sausage, sandwiches and bakery goods at Kramarczuk’s Deli in the Northeast River District.
- Take the kids to a Saturday morning puppet show at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre- each show tells a different children’s story from around the world.
- Head to Uptown to shop for locally designed clothes at Cliché, Local Motion and Showroom.
- Try a new take on craft cider at Sociable Cider Werks; it’s not light and sweet, it’s dry, hoppy and grain.
- Have a good laugh at an original comedy, improve or satire performance at Brave New Workshop, the country’s oldest satirical comedy club.
- Feel the nostalgia of childhood in the candy shop that’s been in the Twin Cities for over 70 years- Candy Land!
- Attend America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show - The Dinner Detective.
- In the mood for an amazing scavenger hunt adventure? Discover some of the hottest spots in Minneapolis as you uncover hidden messages and learn about local history, straight from your smartphone! You can start the hunt whenever you want and play at your own pace. Save 20%- Only $39.20 for a team of 2-5 people after Promotion Code: MINNEAPOLISFUN. Sign up online!
- Eat the food “you grew up with” in ginormous portion sizes at the family restaurant, Keys Café & Bakery.
- Observe animal species from around the world, and learn about leading efforts to save wildlife at the Minnesota Zoo.
- Learn about traditional Somali art and culture at the Somali Museum of Minnesota - home to the largest Somali population in the nation.
- Sample the food scene in the historic Northeast neighborhood, on a Twin Cities Food Tour.
- Glide down the tallest indoor water slides in the nation, surf on the Flow Rider or wade in the wave pool at Water Park of America.
- Spoil yourself for no apparent reason at Fogo de Chao, Chino Latino or Oceanaire.
- Enjoy the views and the food year-round from the patio roof on UNION Restaurant - with or without the retractable glass cover.
- Gaze up at Minnehaha Park’s 53-foot waterfall– beautiful when iced over or flowing.
- Scope out unique finds on a thrift shop haul; hunt down these spots: Buffalo Exchange, June, My Sister’s Closet, gh2, H&B Gallery and The Lost and Found.
- Pick a lane and bowl at one of these restaurant & bars: Bryant Lake Bowl, Elsie’s or Town Hall Lanes.
- Take in an artful performance from one of Minneapolis’ major dance and performing art organizations at The Cowles Center -the largest dance complex in the Midwest.
- Follow the cobblestone path on St. Anthony Main to the Stone Arch Bridge – a Minneapolis landmark that spans 23 arches over the Mississippi River.
- Discover your inner artist at Crayola Experience; they offer over 25 artistic attractions that encourage creative family fun.
- 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.