150 Things to do in Minneapolis

We gathered some of our favorite things to do. No matter the season, we've got you covered.

With so much going on, why not book a hotel and make it a weekend in Minneapolis? It's more fun when you sleep over.

SPORTS

  1. Take in a Timberwolves game at Target Center and watch KAT, Teague and Wiggins light it up from downtown.
  2. Watch a Twins game in the greenest ballpark in America: Target Field.
  3. See the Minnesota Lynx, four-time WNBA championships, sweep the court at Target Center.
  4. Cheer for the Loons at a Minnesota United FC soccer game.
  5. Visit the amazing Xcel Energy Center and watch professional ice hockey at its finest during a Minnesota Wild game.
  6. Be amazed by the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium in the middle of downtown at a Minnesota Vikings game. Can’t make it to the game? See where to go near U.S. Bank Stadium.
  7. Discover what all the hype is about with the Golden Gophers. Football, volleyball and soccer games are all part of the Big 10 action played at the University of Minnesota, the 4th largest college in the nation. 

ARTS & CULTURE

  1. Experience American history from pre-Civil War through World War II at the National Historic Landmark, Fort Snelling.
  2. View the Mary Tyler Moore statue on Nicollet & 7th.
  3. Watch a touring Broadway show at the historic State or Orpheum Theatre.
  4. Visit the oldest Basilica in the country – the Basilica of St. Mary.
  5. Get a hands-on history lesson about Minneapolis, its flour industry and the Mississippi river at the Mill City Museum.
  6. Watch the blooming talent at the Children’s Theatre Company - it’s the only children’s theater in the country to win a Tony.
  7. Experience Swedish culture, migration, and art at the American Swedish Institute - located inside the historic Turnblad Mansion.
  8. Explore the 25,000 art pieces dating from the early twentieth century to contemporary America at the Weisman Art Museum – even the building is a modern American art piece.
  9. 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).
  10. Capture the meaning behind the visual, performing and media art collection at the Walker Art Center.
  11. Check out the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center and get your iconic Minneapolis selfie with the Spoonbridge and Cherry.
  12. Watch an indie film or recent blockbuster at the 1950's style Riverview Theatre – tickets are only 3 bucks.
  13. Learn about traditional Somali art and culture at the Somali Museum of Minnesota - home to the largest Somali population in the nation.
  14. 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.
  15. Journey through the largest private collection of Russian Realist paintings outside the former Soviet Union at The Museum of Russian Art.
  16. Find authentic Latino food, café, & crafts at Mercado Central, a market on Lake Street with more than 40 Latino businesses.
  17. Watch a midnight showing of a classic movie from the 1940's or 1980's on Saturday nights at Uptown Theatre.
  18. 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.
  19. View the many unique displays of public art, including well-known murals like those of Bob Dylan and Prince.
  20. Peruse vinyl, DVDs, CDs and more at one of Prince’s favorite spots to buy music, Electric Fetus.
  21. Check out the amazing Minnesota History Center, comprised of the museum and library that serves as the headquarters of the Minnesota Historical Society

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

  1. Sing along with the dueling pianos at The Shout House.
  2. Visit the club that made Prince famous: First Avenue – make sure to take a picture with his gold star.
  3. See the biggest names in local, national, and international jazz at the Dakota Jazz Club - accompanied by smooth drinks and flashy fare.
  4. Delve into the sounds of Minneapolis’ indie hip hop scene at the retail store Fifth Element – the official Rhymesayers Entertainment store.
  5. Have a good laugh at an original comedy, improv or satire performance at Brave New Workshop, the country’s oldest satirical comedy club.
  6. Attend America’s largest interactive murder mystery dinner show - The Dinner Detective.
  7. Pick a lane and bowl at one of these restaurant & bars: Bryant Lake Bowl, Elsie’s or Town Hall Lanes.
  8. Attend an international music or dance show at the intimate seating Cedar Cultural Center.
  9. Listen to the multiple Grammy award-winning Minnesota Orchestra inside Orchestra Hall –well-renowned for the astounding acoustics in the hall’s unique design.
  10. Choose from 120 classic and cutting-edge video games, experience a one of a kind black-lit bowling alley or watch the game on the incredible high-def TV’s at GameWorks at the Mall of America.
  11. Enjoy a night out with Acme Comedy Company’s dinner and a show package.
  12. Invite some drama to the dinner table at the largest dinner theater in the country, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre.
  13. Find your dancing shoes and head to El Nuevo Rodeo for a night of live music and dancing.
  14. Bowl, sing karaoke, play arcade games and enjoy specialty cocktails and a scratch kitchen at Punch Bowl Social in St. Louis Park.
  15. Catch a concert, laugh the night away at a comedy show, (attempt to) win the big bucks, go golfing, get a spa treatment or enjoy a gourmet meal at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel.
  16. Revisit your youth with over 50 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s at Up Down.
  17. Whether you like rock, blues, R&B or a combination of them all, catch great live music at Bunker’s.
  18. Make your way through the intricate, artist-inspired 18-hole mini golf while sipping a boozy slushie at Can Can Wonderland.

FOOD & DRINK

More awards than smorgasbords
  1. Try unique and specialty pizzas from Minnesota pizza chain, Pizza Luce – open late!
  2. Warm up with the Caribbean & Mexican inspired rotisserie cooking at Brasa – a favorite spot of local Food Network Star Andrew Zimmern.
  3. Hit the certified organic juice bar at the Wedge - one of the highest grossing food co-ops in the country.
  4. Take in views of the downtown skyline while sipping a cocktail or indulging in some comfort food at Aster Café. Step outside and walk along the cobblestone road and feel like you’ve been transported to a completely different place.
  5. Whether it’s St. Patty’s day or not, celebrate spring at an Irish pub: Dan Kelly’s, The Local or Kieran’s.
  6. Go lawn bowling- similar to bocce ball but instead of tossing you roll- on the rooftop at Brit’s Pub.
  7. Eat at one of our favorite outdoor dining spots! Choose from patios, decks, rooftops, and sidewalks. We’ve got it all!
  8. 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.
  9. Cool off with a cone from Minnesota company, Izzy’s Ice Cream (don’t forget the Izzy Scoop!).
  10. Chow down on a Juicy Lucy at Matt’s Bar or The 5-8 Club – each bar claims to be the creator of this gooey, cheese-filled burger, so try both to decide. Honorable mentions to Blue Door Pub and The Nook, who are also favorites among locals. 
  11. Satisfy dessert cravings at Angel Food Bakery, you can pull a stool to the counter and watch the pastry chefs at work.
  12. Try a Japanese craft brew from the first sake brewery to open outside of Japan – Moto-i.
  13. Have a boozy brunch at the 35-foot long Bloody Mary & Mimosa Bar in Hell’s Kitchen.
  14. Get a taste of authentic Eastern European sausage, sandwiches and bakery goods at Kramarczuk’s Deli in the Northeast River District.
  15. Try a new take on craft cider at Sociable Cider Werks; it’s not light and sweet, it’s dry, hoppy and grain.
  16. Feel the nostalgia of childhood in the candy shop that’s been in the Twin Cities for over 70 years - Candy Land!
  17. Go on a brewery crawl in Northeast. You can walk between Able Seedhouse + Brewery, 612Brew, Bauhaus, and Sociable Cider Werks all within less than 10 minutes. Honorable mention to Dangerous Man also in Northeast, but you may want to call an Uber for this one – go for their peanut butter porter!
  18. Eat the food “you grew up with” in ginormous portion sizes at the family restaurant, Keys Café & Bakery.
  19. Get your caffeine fix at the local favorite and ultra-trendy Spyhouse Coffee.
  20. Spoil yourself for no apparent reason at Fogo de Chao, Chino Latino or Oceanaire.
  21. Enjoy the views and the food year-round from the patio roof on UNION Restaurant - with or without the retractable glass cover.
  22. Check out one of the top breweries in the nation…Surly! Choose from 24 Surly beers on tap and grab some grub from their full menu that goes way beyond “brewery food.” Hang by the fire pits or play corn hole on their enormous outdoor patio!
  23. Spice up breakfast at the well-loved, Cuban-flavored Victor’s 1959 Café.
  24. Indulge in the award-winning sushi and steaks at Seven, followed by a drink on their rooftop Sky Bar (year-round!)
  25. Head down Eat Street on Nicollet Avenue to choose from an international spread of family owned restaurants: Quang, Jasmine Deli, Eat Street Social, Market-Bar-B-Q and more.
  26. Fuel up with craft caffeine at Five Watt Coffee; they pour coffee on tap, nitrogen infused coffee and specialty coffee cocktails.
  27. Pair beer with breakfast at The Freehouse, each brew is crafted to complement a full menu of inventive grub.
  28. Warm your taste buds with delicious and authentic pho, a Vietnamese soup, from Pho 79.
  29. Get on the craft cocktail bandwagon and sip something delicious from one of our distilleries or cocktail bars. Find out where to get the best cocktails in Minneapolis.
  30. Treat yourself to something sweet at Glam Doll Donuts. Their inventive combinations make them one of the top pastry spots in Minneapolis. Stick to a classic like chocolate and peanut butter or branch out and try bacon or cheese-filled. Bonus: they offer vegan donuts!
  31. Get in on a little secret. Underneath the Bachelor Farmer lies Marvel Bar, the speakeasy and James Beard national semifinalist for Outstanding Bar Program for two years in a row. They’ve also been recognized by Eater.com and Thrillist as one of the best cocktail bars in the country.
  32. Grab a carefully crafted cocktail or upscale Nordic cuisine at Tullibee, the rustic-chic restaurant and bar underneath the trendy Hewing Hotel.
  33. Enjoy fresh, flavorful and healthy global comfort foods while supporting local residents and entrepreneurs at the socially conscious mission and sit-down restaurant, Breaking Bread.
  34. Indulge in the Parlour burger and then dream about it for weeks after.
  35. Make your reservations in advance for Spoon and Stable, the talk of the town among foodies in Minneapolis and across the country. 

NATURE & OUTDOORS

  1. Overlook the frozen St. Anthony Falls from the Guthrie’s Endless Bridge that jets over the Mississippi.
  2. Cross country ski, snowboard, snow tube or snowshoe in the winter recreation area at Theodore Wirth Park – equipment rental and lessons are available.
  3. Enjoy a scenic walk through Loring Park; it’s the Central Park of downtown Minneapolis.
  4. Run, walk, bike or people watch along the Chain of Lakes.
  5. Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and the country’s second oldest public rose garden - Lyndale Park Rose Garden.
  6. Go apple picking at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and collect Minnesota’s famous apple: the Honeycrisp.
  7. Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of nearly 200 Nice Ride stations and cruise down Minneapolis’ 226 miles of bike paths.
  8. Gaze up at Minnehaha Park’s 53-foot waterfall, beautiful when iced over or flowing.
  9. Follow the cobblestone path on St. Anthony Main to the Stone Arch Bridge – a Minneapolis landmark that spans 23 arches over the Mississippi River.
  10. 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.
  11. Visit The Commons, a 2-block park of wide open green space, valleys, and hills in East Town.
  12. Bike or walk along the Midtown Greenway, a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor that winds throughout the city.
  13. Watch a movie at the Lake Harriet Bandshell during their Movies in the Park series.
  14. Rent pedal boats, kayaks, paddleboards, canoes and bikes from Wheel Fun Rentals, found at various lakes and parks throughout the city.

TOURS & EXPERIENCES

  1. Rock climb indoors on nearly 20,000 square feet of climbing wall at Vertical Endeavors.
  2. 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.
  3. Take a paddle boat cruise down the Mississippi River on the historic Minneapolis Queen.
  4. Have a pint and pedal around the city on a Pedal Pub or the Traveling Tap.
  5. 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.
  6. Tuck under a blanket and take a horse-drawn carriage ride around Minneapolis - pre-routed or personalized - with The Hitching Company.
  7. Take a tour of the architecturally stunning U.S. Bank Stadium.
  8. You've probably spent countless hours in front of a screen watching a hero save the world, solve a mystery, plan a prison break or repair a spaceship to return home. Now it's your turn! The Escape Game offers an outlet from ordinary life that allows you to live the stories you love.
  9. Take a backstage tour of the Tony award-winning Guthrie Theater.
  10. Get a birds-eye view of downtown Minneapolis from the observation deck on top of The Foshay Tower.
  11. 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. Then Experience Prince’s Minneapolis by visiting his favorite hangouts and childhood spots.
  12. Go under the sea at Sea Life at the Mall of America and discover over 4,500 sea creatures inside the 1.3 million gallon aquarium.
  13. Travel back in time on the heritage Como-Harriet Streetcar Line; it’s a mid-20th-century ride around Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun).
  14. 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!
  15. Sample the food scene in the historic Northeast neighborhood, on a Twin Cities Food Tour.

SHOPPING

  1. Shop the boutiques in the newly revitalized North Loop neighborhood.
  2. Spend a Saturday morning grazing the local produce at the Mill City Farmers Market.
  3. Shop and dine for international gifts and cuisine from local immigrant businesses at the Midtown Global Market.
  4. Stop by Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet for locally made gifts, art and jewelry. Have any questions about the city? They’re more than happy to point you in the right direction.
  5. Explore the shops at West End in St. Louis Park, where you’ll find trendy and chic spots like Primp, Kittsona, Lululemon and Anthropologie.
  6. Scope out unique finds on a thrift shop haul; hunt down these spots: Buffalo Exchange, June, My Sister’s Closet, gh2, and H&B Gallery.
  7. Ride the light rail blue line to Mall of America and enjoy the perk of shopping in Minnesota – there’s no sales tax.
  8. Head to the renovated and redesigned Nicollet. Stop at Target or Nordstrom Rack for that I-can’t-believe-I-found-this-for-10-dollars steal or check out Saks OFF 5th for all your high-end designer needs.
  9. Head over to Northeast to visit I Like You and peruse their unique handmade gifts crafted by local Minnesota artists. Be sure to take your photo in front of the Instagram-worthy I Like You wall.
  10. Dive into the Twin Cities’ rich diversity and culture at the Hmongtown Marketplace

FAMILY FUN

  1. Ride a rollercoaster or cross the park on a zip line at Nickelodeon Universe, the largest indoor theme park in the nation.
  2. Watch a free movie or live band any night of the week, through Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks.
  3. 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.
  4. Observe animal species from around the world, and learn about leading efforts to save wildlife at the Minnesota Zoo.
  5. Soar over the country with the breathtaking flight simulation at FlyOver America.
  6. Discover your inner artist at Crayola Experience; they offer over 25 artistic attractions that encourage creative family fun.
  7. 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.
  8. Escape to the 125-acre amusement park at Valley Fair – offering a day of thrills for extreme coaster riders and kiddy riders alike.
  9. Get up close to unique animals, explore the many gardens, or participate in a fun event at Como Zoo.
  10. Explore, get interactive and learn at the Minnesota Children’s Museum.
  11. Fulfill your need for speed at MB2 Raceway.
  12. Bounce, jump and flip at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park. 

FAIRS & FESTIVALS

    Winter:

  1. Get in the holiday spirit at Holidazzle, a special tradition that brings people from all over the region together to celebrate in a Winter Wonderland here in Downtown Minneapolis! Eat, shop and enjoy festive activities!
  2. Witness the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokomis.
  3. Celebrate the Twin Cities' beautiful winter season at the 10-day winter festival, The Great Northern.
  4. Embrace winter at the Loppet, a cross-country ski festival complete with a candlelit hike, skijoring races, a snow sculpture competition, ice biking and more.
  5. Eat, drink and shop on a frozen lake while exploring the Art Shanty exhibit on Lake Harriet.

Spring:

  1. Known as the “Best of the Midwest”, check out the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
  2. Visit the largest open studio tour in the country, tour private art galleries, connect with local artists and purchase unique pieces at Art-A-Whirl in Northeast Minneapolis.
  3. Smell the roses at the Art in Bloom exhibit displayed in the Minneapolis Art Institute. View hundreds of floral designs that interpret objects from the institute's collection.

Summer:

  1. Eat everything on a stick at the Minnesota State Fair – it’s the second largest State Fair in the nation.
  2. 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 around the Stone Arch Bridge Festival.
  3. 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!
  4. Light up your night at Northern Spark! Explore over 70 art projects displayed in seven neighborhoods along the Metro Transit Green Line.
  5. Rock out at the Basilica Block Party, the two-day music festival held on the lovely front steps of the Basilica of St. Mary.
  6. Enjoy some of the best fireworks in the nation, be a part of the largest nighttime parade in Minnesota, or participate in the Torghlight 5K at the Minneapolis Aquatennial.
  7. Take a trip to a 16th Century “England-like” fantasy kingdom at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival.
  8. Witness the talent of over 350 artists from around the world at the Uptown Art Fair.

Fall:

  1. Become a film critic at the Twin Cities Film Festival and attend the premiere's of some the best indie films of the year.
  2. Celebrate Oktoberfest at Gasthof’s - German for ‘everyone is welcome’- Fridays and Saturdays in September and October.