Acting as an unofficial bookend to Nicollet is the Walker Art Center, a Minneapolis institution since 1940. Its continued work and relevance has made it one of the most visited modern and contemporary art museums in the country. Permanent and temporary interdisciplinary exhibits are supplement by places to rest your feet on the roof-top terrace, plazas, and gardens. Across the street, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the largest urban sculpture park in the world. The park features some 40 works of contemporary art, including the city’s iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” and a striking, 15-foot, blue chicken. Orchestra Hall is home to the distinguished, Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra, founded in 1903, who stage roughly 175 performances each year. The venue is known for its outstanding acoustics, which one can visually appreciate with the more than 100 panels on the ceiling and back wall of the stage, directing sound down and out into the house. They also host all manner of touring modern, popular, and classical music groups and special events. Nicollet also has multiple public art displays up and down the entire street. Do a self-guided tour of all these works with this interactive map from The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and City of Minneapolis.
The Dakota Jazz Club is a delightful music venue/chef-driven restaurant combination. It has hosted a wide variety of artists including Lucinda Williams, Philip Glass, Rickie Lee Jones, Suzanne Vega, Cowboy Junkies, Angelique Kidjo, Mavis Staples, Anoushka Shankar, Nick Lowe and Ronnie Spector. Prince liked to frequent the Dakota as both guest and as performer, which is about as high praise as a place can get.
You can find the popular Mary Tyler Moore statue at Nicollet and 7th Street. A beloved attraction by fans, tourists and locals since it first arrived on Nicollet in 2001, the statue captures the iconic moment Mary throws her Tam o' Shanter in the air during the opening credits of the 1970s hit TV Show.
Take on one of three exclusive escape room experiences at Escape the Room Minneapolis. Test your smarts and puzzle-solving abilities in these secret and mystery filled rooms.
Check out the TopGolf Suite at the Marquette Hotel. This immersive experience allows you to play a selection of one-of-a-kind simulations in a comfy lounge where you can also enjoy food and beverages. Games are fun for golfers and non-golfers alike, including signature Topgolf target games, Zombie Dodgeball, Hockey, Baseball and more. Up to 10 people can play, eat, drink, and hang out in each of the two bays. The Marquette also has a deal running if you book the TopGolf Swing Suite 3 times and get your next visit free!
Most of the action on Nicollet happens on the south end of the street, but alternatively, you can walk or ride north and, with a zig and a zag, you’ll run into the mighty Mississippi River. This section of the river has been designated as the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area, so whether you go right or left when you hit the water, you’ll be in prime walking, jogging, and biking grounds.
Summertime on Nicollet is filled with fun. Peavy Plaza is an outdoor space between South 11th and 12th Streets with seating all around a shallow pool and fountains. The Downtown Council holds events all throughout the season including Downtown Thursdays, where the street is filled with games, food trucks and live music.
Looking do do a bit of shopping on Nicollet? The two-level, flagship Target Store at 9th Street has become the one-stop destination for downtown workers and residents to satisfy virtually any need. The grocery section in particular has grown to be a comprehensive shopping option for both residents doing their weekly shopping and visitors seeking quick hotel-room breakfasts and snacks. Just around the corner is Kobi Co. a black-owned homemade candles and wellness shop.
Inside the IDS building is Sistah Co-op. This collaborative shop that celebrates local BIPOC brands and business owners is perfect for finding some one-of-a-kind souvenirs. Nearby is Strive Bookstore, which carries books by local Black authors and promotes multicultural literary events.
During the holidays the Departments at Daytons houses a diverse array of vendors from across Minnesota to sell their unique goods, everything from jewelry and candles to hats, apparel, and crafts.
Uniquely Global provides fast fashion at designer boutique quality, spices you only smell and taste in restaurants, statement art pieces that are handmade and worthy of conversation, and so much more. This woman-owned store can be found on the ground level of the Gaviidae Commons.
Still left wondering where to go next? Visit the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center for maps and guides for getting around Minneapolis.