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