Architecture In the City

In Minneapolis, walls aren’t just walls. We like to bend them, shape them, and sometimes even mix and match what we make them out of. History blends with innovation, so come check out some of the most unique structures in the nation.

Morning
Take in breakfast at Key’s in the historic Foshay Tower, which was once the tallest skyscraper west of the Mississippi and is now the W Hotel. Next, stroll down to the Minneapolis Central Library. Designed by Cesar Pelli, the facility is composed primarily of transparent and translucent glass, with Minnesota-themed accents. While you’re there, take a free tour. If you’re more in to more historical architecture, hit up the Wells Fargo Center: also designed by Cesar Pelli, the building opened its doors in 1989 (over 20 years ago)! Inside, you’ll find the Wells Fargo History Museum where you can learn about the bank’s history (chock full of intrigue, wild west robberies, etc).

Afternoon
Head down to the Walker Art Center. A 2005 addition to the museum designed by Herzog & de Meuron doubled the size of the complex. After you’re through there, take in a little sculpture just a few steps away (and for free) at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Evening
Take in a show at the Tony Award-winning Guthrie Theater—filling an amazing structure (The New York Times calls it a “21st century dream factory”). Designed by Jean Nouvel, the building has three separate theater stages, numerous bars, a restaurant and an “endless bridge” that offers spectacular river views. When you're done, have a bite at the ever-organic Spoonriver restaurant.

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  • Located on the east bank of the Minneapolis Riverfront District, the Northeast Business Association offers Old St. Anthony (the birthplace of Minneapolis) and 50-plus restaurants and retail shops.
  • Padelford Packet Boat offers narrated Mississippi River cruises May through September, as well as dinner and brunch, trips and private charters. St. Paul riverboats carry 315, 510 and 730 passengers.
  • Paradise Charter Cruises has been providing private charters on beautiful Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River for over 18 years. They are ideal for corporate or personal events, as they accommodate for groups from 10 to 150.
  • Pinstripes is a unique dining and entertainment venue, featuring a bistro with exceptional Italian/American cuisine and wine; bowling and bocce; a year-round outdoor patio and fire pit; and event space and meeting rooms accommodating 20-600 guests. Enjoy Sunday Brunch, lunch or dinner; private parties; weekend live blues and jazz; craft beer wine dinners; parents tot play dates and many other exciting promotions. We look forward to meeting you!
  • Running Aces Harness Park offers fun and excitement for all ages. Bet on live/simulcast races across the country, enjoy fine dining and take advantage of the sports bar open daily.
  • From sharks to sea turtles, and jellyfish to seahorses, SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium showcases over 10,000 sea creatures underneath the Mall of America. Throughout your 75 minute experience you will to come face to face with animals never before seen in Minnesota, giving you a new level of excitement and understanding of the world's oceans. You will be amazed by our 300 foot long tunnel and 1.3 million gallons of water.
  • Springbrook Nature Center is a uniquely diverse natural area of native habitats and wildlife. It has 127 acres of native prairies, oak and aspen forests, oak savannah, and extensive wetlands. Springbrook is a popular City of Fridley park, and is a destination for people from the greater Minneapolis St. Paul regional metropolitan area. Its three miles of hiking trails, floating boardwalks, and interpretive center live animal exhibits are an attraction for families, children and friends. Springbrook Nature Center is a jewel to be cherished and protected. Let the City of Fridley’s Springbrook Nature Center be your choice for a family adventure, or a quiet interlude, to learn about and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature!
  • Don't miss your chance to explore Target Field, rated the #1 Fan Experience in all of major league sports by ESPN the Magazine! During your guided tour to Target Field, you'll see areas of the ballpark guests normally don't see. These spaces may include the press box, clubhouse, dugout and other premium areas (all subject to availability).
  • Come enjoy all the tastes the Twin Cities has to offer on our guided tours! Our walking food tours are a 3 hour experience sampling food at 5 local restaurants all while seeing the sites and learning about the history of the Twin Cities. Some sites include the Guthrie, Mill City Museum, Stone Arch Bridge, Pillsbury Mill, Mary Tyler Moore Statue, Mills Ruin Park, Mississippi River, tallest building in Minneapolis, the oldest street in Minneapolis and Skyways. Or join our Brewery or Winery Bus Tour to 3 local breweries or wineries. You'll enjoy private tours and get to sample some of the best local beer or wine around the Twin Cities. Join in tours are available daily or book a private tour for smaller or large groups. Please visit our website for booking a tour or contact us directly to schedule a private tour.
  • Enjoy guided biking and walking tours around the Twin Cities. Explore the sites and learn about the local history. The tours may include the historic riverfront and mill area, Nicollet Mall, the Walker Sculpture Garden, the Twin's Stadium, Minnehaha Falls, the city lakes and beyond. Experience one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. Get out, get active and enjoy our fabulous cities.

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