Our Must-Try Minneapolis Experiences

While you're here don't forget to fill up your free time with everything Minneapolis has to offer!

From related events to must-try local restaurants and family activities to all things gaming, the city is your oyster. Feel like a winner by the time you leave by making the most of your stay in Minneapolis!

Arcades, Bowling and Gaming

Up-Down
Revisit your childhood at this retro arcade bar that features more than 50 arcade games from the '80s and 90s. And that's just the start of the types of gaming you'll find here. 

Bryant Lake Bowl
The best combination of food and bowling you'll find in Minneapolis.

Tilt Pinball Bar
Over 20 classic and current pinball machines (check out the lineup), an artisan hot dog menu and a wide selection of beer/cocktails to go around.

Riddle Room
Choose from four different room themes and see if you can complete the mission before time runs out.

For the Family


The Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Enjoy free admission to the Walker Art Center’s galleries every first Saturday of the month from 10am – 3pm. Along with free admission, Free First Saturdays also feature engaging performances, games, arts and crafts and kid’s films. Before or after your fun indoors, take a stroll through the fall foliage and charming works of art at the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden right next door!

Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America
Located inside the Mall of America, everyone in the family will find something to smile about! From roller coasters and thrill rides to family and kids rides, there will never be a shortage of fun. Stop at the Hard Rock Café for a bite to eat, or grab a snack at one of the various food carts around the park. Before you leave don’t forget to stop at the SEA Life MinnesotaCrayola ExperienceThe Escape GameLEGO Store or the American Girl store to buy a memento for the kids!

Minneapolis Institute of Art
This fine art museum accepts donations but is free to the public and hosts various events that museum goers can attend. For non-members, special exhibitions, classes, talks and events may require a ticket and reservations can be made ahead of time.

Mill City Museum
Enjoy a day filled with history and fun activities! The Mill City Museum is built into the ruins of what was once Gold Medal Flour, the world’s largest flour mill, located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Visitors of all ages can learn about the interwoven histories of Minneapolis, the river and the flour industry that shaped our city into the beautiful metropolis it is today! Before the end of your visit, make sure to check out the view from the 9th floor Observation Deck, with unforgettable views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. Plan your visit today!

Game Changers Exhibit at the Science Museum of Minnesota
Go behind the scenes to discover how video games are made and meet some of the most influential designers in the industry. Presented in three sections: Arcade Heroes, Game Changers, and Indies, the exhibit features over more than 100 playable games, rare concept art and more.

Must Try Bites


Left to right: Matt's Bar (photo by Jason Tesauro @themoderngent), Afro Deli, Psycho Suzi's, Quang Restaurant

Matt's Bar and 5-8 Club
Ever heard of the Jucy Lucy? Well, yes or no, welcome to its hometown. The Jucy Lucy hamburger is prepared by pinching two thin patties together around a center of cheese to create an eating experience straight out of your dreams. Two local bars have been feuding about who invented the Lucy since the 1950s: Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club, both located on Cedar Avenue in South Minneapolis. Stop by both restaurants and try the original that still outsells all other recreations!

Afro Deli
Head to Afro Deli, where East African favorites get the fast-casual treatment, and you can try things like Somali Rice or chicken suqaar (Somali stir-fry) served in a chapati wrap or bowl.

Psycho Suzi's
Escape into a tropical oasis, sip on flavorful tiki drinks and chow down on some delicious pizza at this tiki-themed restaurant. Their pizza is the star of the menu, but they also have great wings, burgers, salads and pasta. Whether you’re being entranced by the river or staring in awe at the tiki lights and tropical decorations, Psycho Suzi’s has some killer views. 

Quang
One of Minneapolis’ most famous Vietnamese eating institutions, the place does a brisk business of a thousand customers on a busy day. Located along Eat Street, Minneapolis' own yellow brick road of ethnic flavors.

Hell's Kitchen
For brunch (and food) enthusiasts everywhere. Downtown’s most (in)famous spot for food and drinks is Hell’s Kitchen, an eclectically decorated, basement joint, serving “damn good food” all day. They've got a renowned brunch menu, a spectacular Bloody Mary bar and live music.