Our Favorite Spots This Winter

Top 10 things to do in Minneapolis this winter.

1. Catch a show at the Guthrie and walk out onto the endless bridge:

Guthrie Theater is known for it’s stunning architecture, fantastic performances, and prime location right next to the Mississippi River. Catch classic masterpieces, modern works, and annual favorites. Check the schedule to see what’s playing. After the show, head outside to overlook the frozen St. Anthony Falls from Guthrie’s Endless Bridge jetting out over the river. 

2. Get a glimpse into Prince's life at Paisley Park:

Prince's home and studio, Paisley Park, is permanently open to the public for tours. Get a rare glimpse of Prince's 65,000-square foot home, studio and rehearsal spaces. Throughout the experience, visitors will have the opportunity to see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, rare music and video recordings and motorcycles. Learn more about the artist that helped put Minneapolis on the map. 

Paisley Park Atrium

3. Take "grabbing a drink" to the next level at one of our ice bars

Where else can you grab a drink at a frozen bar, experience simulated ice fishing on a rooftop and cozy up by the fireplace with a custom-made igloo by your side? Oh yeah, only in Minneapolis. Head to Crave's rooftop for selfies on a frozen throne and ice fishing huts complete with guides and gear. Martin Patrick 3 will have two ice bars tucked into their alleyway, complete with a cocktail menu from Hewing HotelMercy's yearly ice bar will be decked out with fire pits, an igloo, a shuffle puck table, sculptures and more.

4. Experience The Great Northern

Embrace the winter season by exploring this 10-day festival celebrating winter sports, unique cuisine, local art and entertainment, and more. With the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Loppet, and St. Paul Winter Carnival as the building blocks, visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy great winter sports alongside local products and events and a beautiful winter wonderland. 

The Great Northern, Photo by BLK WLF Photography

5. Cross country ski or snow shoe at Theodore Wirth Park:

Head to Theodore Wirth Park for a winter wonderland of outdoor fun. Try cross country skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, snowboarding, tubing and skijoring (what?!). Take the slopes on your own, or get a lesson to sharpen your skills. Head into the Chalet afterward to warm up with sandwiches, hot dogs, soups, snacks and warm beverages. 

Theodore Wirth Park, Photo by Krivit Photography

6. Get cozy at Wilde Café & Spirits:

Cozy sofas, plush chairs and a warming fireplace make Wilde Café & Spirits the perfect winter spot to cuddle up. Enjoy a drink from their signature cocktail or wine list, or sit down for a meal and indulge in creative comfort foods like pot roast, thai ramen, decadent mac n cheese and delicious burgers and sandwiches. They also have a fantastic brunch menu. 

Wilde Cafe and Spirits

7. Do a Northeast brewery crawl:

In Minneapolis, we like beer. To make things easier, we put 5 breweries within walking distance of each other in Northeast. And yep, we still walk to each one in the winter. Start at Able Seedhouse + Brewery and then make your way to 612BrewBauhausSociable Cider Werks (hard cider – and it’s gluten free!), and end at Indeed. You’ll never be walking for more than 10 minutes, and you don’t have to worry about driving. Cheers!

8. Go ice skating on one of our frozen lakes:

With outdoor ice rinks at 24 parks in the city, there’s always a place to show off your moves. Many have a warming house where you can get a hot cup of cocoa or some food to refuel. See which parks have ice rinks and get your skate on. 

Photo Courtesy of Holidazzle

9. Warm up with a bloody mary from Hell's Kitchen:

This isn’t just any bloody mary. It’s a 35 foot-long bloody mary bar with all the fixings you could ever need. 247 different hot sauces, gourmet rim salts, specialty olives, a variety of cheeses, bacon, peppers and dozens of other garnishes make this the most unique brunch experience around. Prefer something sweet? Try the champagne mimosa bar instead. Create your own mimosa with five different juice options, fresh fruit, colorful candies, mini muffins and plenty of house-made flavor syrups to create your own concoction. Pair your fancy beverage with their lemon ricotta hot cakes or wild rice porridge (or any other item on the brunch menu…seriously) for a one-of-a-kind brunch experience. 

10. Get your game on at Up Down:

Revisit your childhood at this amazing retro arcade bar. With all games being just 25 cents, you don’t have to choose between your favorites. They have a full bar with over 60 beers on tap and delicious house-made pizza so you can replenish after hitting the games hard. Let Up Down fulfill all your gaming wishes and dreams!

11. Explore at Walker Art Center:

Take a walk around the newly renovated Sculpture Garden and take a photo in front of the beloved Spoonbridge and Cherry, or walk around to experience more than 40 different works. Head inside to take a peak at one of the top five most visited modern and contemporary art museums in the country. Four exhibitions are currently on display, with plenty more on the way. They also offer classes and workshops, lectures, special performances and screenings. There’s always something to do and more to see at the Walker, making us want to plan our next trip on our way out the door. Plus, admission to the gallery is free every Thursday from 5 – 9 p.m. and every first Saturday of the month. Free entertainment has never looked so good! Be sure to check out Esker Grove, the new glass-enclosed restaurant on the main level of the museum. It’s more than just a “museum restaurant” with an outstanding menu, delicious drinks and a beautiful, modern décor. 

The Walker Art Center

For even more ‘can’t-miss’ fun, check out KARE 11’s list of Minnesota Winter Must-Dos.