Fun Things to Do Around the Guthrie Theater
Gold Medal Park is the perfect place to stretch your legs before or after a show at the Guthrie. The serene 7.5-acre park designed by landscape architect Tom Oslund features a mound with a spiral walkway, several monumental sculptures, benches that glow with blue LED lights, and incredible views of the Mississippi. For more engaging outdoor exploration, head to the new Water Works Park and Mill Ruins Park.
The Mill City Museum, located next door to the Guthrie, is a family-friendly way to explore Minneapolis’s industrial past. Located in the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, the museum explores how Minneapolis became the “Flour Milling Capital of the World” and was referred to as “Mill City” for nearly 50 years. You’ll be able to experience 19th-century flour milling machines, check out the Baking Lab, design your own cereal box, and ride a giant elevator through eight levels of the building to travel back in time with historic film, photographs, and special effects.
The Mill City Farmers Market takes over the space between the Guthrie and the Mill City Museum on Saturdays (weekly from May through September, and on select Saturdays through the winter) with a vibrant assortment of fresh produce and artisan foods, plus restaurant vendors, crafts, and live entertainment, rain or shine.
The historic, pedestrian-only Stone Arch Bridge stretches 2100 feet across the Mississippi River, and is a very popular photo spot for locals and visitors alike. Made of native granite and limestone, the bridge spans the river below St. Anthony Falls with 23 arches. Enjoy the bridge by bike, Segway, or stroll at your own pace as you enjoy some of the most spectacular views of the city skyline anywhere in Minneapolis.
Across the river from the Guthrie—accessible by foot via the Stone Arch Bridge—you’ll find the charming Northeast Minneapolis neighborhood of St. Anthony Main. Featuring cobblestone roads, a historic movie theater, Water Power Park, a park with winding footpaths and bridges overlooking the Mississippi, and excellent restaurants that make the most of the area’s tree-lined streets with patios in the warmer months.