We wouldn't be giving you the true Minneapolis/Minnesota experience if your hotel didn't have a splash of our culture. A recipient of AAA's Four Diamond Award, the Hyatt Minneapolis pays tribute to the unique culture of Minnesota, with sleek mid-century Scandinavian décor highlighted by a spacious lobby featuring an expansive stone fireplace framed by rustic wooden logs. Seeing as you (most likely) won't be staying in the lobby the whole time, we'd be remiss not to mention their oversized and luxurious guestrooms that exhilarating views of the skyline.
If you have history on your mind, then you’ll have to make a morning stop at the 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. This is literally how Minneapolis became a city, and you’ll learn why in the famed film “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat.” Plus, you can’t go wrong with a place nicknamed “The Most Explosive Museum in America.”
For a little more history, have lunch at Pracna; the oldest restaurant in Minneapolis. Pracna was established in 1890 and sits along the historic cobblestone Main Street overlooking the Mississippi River. It features fascinating decor, including original brick walls, arched entries, stained glass and a high ceiling.
You spent the morning exploring Minneapolis’ history, so now it’s time to head to the Walker Art Museum, which is internationally recognized as a leading arts venue. The Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances and film screenings. Plus, the outdoor (free) sculpture garden is where you’ll find that iconic Minneapolis sight: the Spoonbridge and Cherry.
You've had a, dare we say it, classy time out and about Minneapolis. When you sit down for dinner, you should feel that exact level of classiness (sans top hat and monocle). That's why you need to bring out your fanciest clothes and make reservations to Murray's. The decor, the service, the food, EVERYTHING has the aura and feel of a prestine and prestigious restaurant. They've been a staple of downtown Minneapolis since 1946, so you know they've had some time to make everything perfect for your culinary experience.
It’s theater season in Minneapolis, and this is your opportunity to see a show in a city that’s only second to New York City in terms of theater seats per capita. Whether it’s a broadway hit at the Orpheum Theatre, dinner and a show at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, a timeless classic at the Guthrie Theater or an improv show at the Brave New Workshop, your trip to Minneapolis this season isn’t complete without a trip to the theater.