Take a Staycation in Downtown Minneapolis

Our favorite places in Minneapolis are starting to open back up. Who says us locals can't be tourists in our own city? Take this chance to finally try that restaurant that's been on your list for ages. Explore a park you've never been to. Take a picture near that famous landmark you see all over Instagram. Escape your daily routine with a Minneapolis Staycation.

What's Open

Do a little downtown shopping and then eat at side-street patio. Downtown Minneapolis is back in business and ready to welcome you during your staycation. Check out what has reopened recently.


Breakfast Options: Hen House, Hell's Kitchen, Key's Cafe, 8th Street Grill

Skyway Food: Dave's Downtown, Cardigan Donuts, Green and the Grain (select locations), Sushi Takatsu, The Brothers Deli

Patios: Brit's Pub, The Newsroom, Seven Sushi and Steakhouse, CraveNormandy Kitchen, Union, Smack Shack, Nolo's, Cafe & Bar Lurcat, Eastside, Demi, Monello, Oceanaire, Red Cow, Red Rabbit, Zen Box Izayaka

Breweries: The Freehouse, Finnegans, Rock Bottom, Day Block Brewing, Modist, Inbound, Lakes & Legends, Fulton, Pryes, La Doña Cervecería

Other: The Loon Cafe, Fogo de chao, Manny's Steakhouse, Spoon and Stable, Trieste Cafe

Curbside/delivery: Pizza Luce, Kado no Mise


Walker Art Center: Galleries and exhibits are now open for viewing at the Walker Art Center. Expect new protocols when visiting like mask requirements, ticketed times and reduced hours.

Escape the Room: Book a private escape room experience and play with a select group of your friends and family. Escape The Room is taking precautions to keep your group safe by disinfecting between games and keeping distance between guests and staff. You can choose from 3 different escape rooms.

Embury Spa: Let go of your worries and take some time to relax at the Loew's Hotel Embury Spa. This full-service spa offers facials, massages and body treatments, along with finishing touches like make-up application, blow dries and waxing.

Human on a Stick: Learn about the history and architecture of our city on a segway tour. Ride alongside the Mississippi, head to the Sculpture Garden, or create a custom tour.

Downtown Murals: Admire the art or pose for your next Instagram picture. Downtown is home to of some of the most famous murals in Minneapolis. See the Bob Dylan mural on Hennepin and 5th St., or find your favorite artists at the First Avenue Star Wall.


Nordstrom Rack: Score a deal at Nordstrom Rack. From clothing and shoes, to handbags and accessories, you're sure to find something you love at a great price.

Candyland: If you have a sweet tooth, Candyland should be next on your Minneapolis bucket list. They have a wide variety of popcorn, hand-dipped chocolate goodies, and old fashioned candies.

D.NOLO: Enjoy multiple shopping experiences in one cool space. Find clothing, shoes, home goods, accessories, and more.

PARC: Clothing and lifestyle store that carries minimalistic clothing and accessories from independent designers.

Grethen House: Clothing store focused on cutting-edge fashion featuring high-end and designer labels.

Queen Anna House of Fashion: Contemporary, chic women’s boutique offering clothing and accessories from influential fashion houses, as well as up-and-coming designers.

Statement Boutique: Approachable and affordable handmade jewelry with a focus on local makers.

MartinPatrick3: Internationally recognized men's boutique selling custom suits, casual apparel, footwear and accessories, plus a selection of furniture apothecary items & gifts. 

Hubert White: Long-time, family-run store featuring renowned brands and made-to-measure apparel.

Outdoor Activities 

Our walkable downtown offers many great outdoor activities while social distancing. 

Paddle Share: Paddle Share is our local kayak sharing system that allows you to create your own tour from the water. Take in views of the city skyline while you kayak peacefully down the Mississippi River. 

Sculpture Garden: The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center is one of those iconic Minneapolis spots that you absolutely have to experience. Make sure to take a photo next to the Spoonbridge and Cherry, and then explore the rest of the garden.

Peavey Plaza: With fountains and green landscaping, Peavey Plaza is a little oasis in downtown Minneapolis. Wade through the water or take a seat and relax, right in the heart of downtown.

Nice Ride: Use our bikshare program, Nice Ride, to find and rent bikes and explore the city on two wheels.

Bird & Lyft Scooters: Whether you're just looking to take a stroll or you want a fun way to get from Point A to Point B, scooters are a great way to move through the city. Use Bird and Lyft to scooter through downtown. Just download their app, locate the nearest scooter, and 

Gold Medal Park: Take in views of downtown skyline, enjoy a picnic, and then take a walk along the Mississippi River.

Watch the Twins at Brit's: Head to the rooftop at Brit's to catch the Twins games on the outdoor jumbotron. 

Picnic with local takeout: Social distancing doesn't have to mean eating the same meal at home every night. In Minneapolis, we've got plenty of parks and greenspace, as well as some amazing takeout options. 

Where to Stay

Your downtown staycation isn't complete without a place to spend the night. Find a hotel deal that will fit your needs.

Hotel Ivy

Calling all brides & grooms! If you've had to cancel or postpone your wedding, we have a deal to take some of that stress away. Book a weekend staycation at a discounted rate of $189.00/night for a Superior King or Superior 2-Queens room. At the time of booking, pick one of the following options: 1) complimentary suite upgrade; 2) complimentary overnight valet parking; or 3) a complimentary one hour personal training session with our onsite Director of Fitness at Anda Spa.

Available now through December 30, 2020. Available Thu - Mon only. Call or email Bailey Beckman to book directly; (612) 353-3503 or bailey.beckman@thehotelivy.com.

The Marquette Hotel

Sweeten Your Stay: Experience dinner + libations at Jolliet House on us! Receive a $50/day credit to Jolliet House. Jolliet House is open 5 -11 pm daily. Cannot apply to room rate. Wifi. Early check-in/late checkout, if avail. Free changes or cancellations until the day before arrival for individual bookings made through August 31.

Parking Package: Don’t worry about your car when exploring downtown Minneapolis, we have it taken care of. Book the Park & Stay package and get parking every night of your stay at select hotels (one car per reservation). Starts August 31.

Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis​

Stay at the brand new Hyatt Centric Downtown Minneapolis at a promotional rate of $95 excluding taxes per night and take advantage of a discounted self-parking rate. Enjoy a $10 spending credit per stay at our curated gift store in the lobby where you can enjoy some of your favorite snacks. Bring your best friend, we are dog friendly with no additional fee.

Deal is available August 24 through September 30th. Call the hotel directly at 612.288.8888 to make your reservation and mention Meet Minneapolis Promotion.

Marriott City Center

Stay at the Marriott City Center and receive $10 in food and beverage credit at Starbucks daily, wireless Internet, and a $10 self parking discount. The hotel is also pet friendly. Offer available from August 19 through December 30, 2020. Enter promo code ZJL when booking.

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown

Receive our special corporate rate with our staycation package! You can also book via the corporate/promotional code of L9Z on www.CourtyardMinneapolis.com. Receive free parking and a 15% off discount at Town Hall Brewery next door with a maximum redemption value of $15.00.

Moxy Minneapolis Uptown

Pay for two nights get the third night free. Available September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021. Available for stays Thursday - Sunday.

Radisson RED Minneapolis

Radisson Red is pet friendly for domestic pets, no llamas. We do not have a charge or deposit for pets.

Moxy Minneapolis Downtown

Stay 2 nights get the 3rd night FREE! Starts September 1, 2020. Must check-in Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown​

Stay at the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown and save by staying longer! Stay 2, save 15% or Stay 3, save 20% through March 31, 2021. Also be sure to stop by FireLake right next door for amazing food.

Hotel Emery

Save more so you can indulge more during your summer staycation. For Reservations: Be sure that Promotional Code ADP appears in the Corporate/Promotional code box when making your online reservation, or call 1-800-228-9290 in the US and ask for promotional code ADP.

Embassy Suites Downtown Minneapolis

Looking for a great pool and relaxing staycation? The Embassy Suites Downtown Minneapolis has a brand new Sweeten Your Stay package. Right now, we’re offering a $25/day food & beverage credit that can also be used at our neighbor and local pub, Lyon’s Pub.

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