Perhaps the most obvious choice for a car-free weekend in Minneapolis, the Downtown and North Loop neighborhoods offer so many fun ways to get around without renting a car. If you’re in town for an event at the Convention Center, a Minneapolis Vikings game, or a Broadway show, Downtown Minneapolis is your best bet, thanks to the Skyway, frequent bus service, and access to the METRO light rail lines. There are also plenty of spots to rent a scooter or a bike in the warmer months!
Start your visit with a stop at the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center, located on the corner of 5th Street and Nicollet, to get maps, directions, and personalized suggestions for things to do. From there, explore Nicollet (formerly known as Nicollet Mall), the heart of Downtown Minneapolis’s core—lined with sidewalk-level restaurants with bustling patios, the Mary Tyler Moore Statue, the modern Minnesota Orchestra Hall and Peavey Plaza, and the first-ever Target store. Cars aren’t allowed on Nicollet (only buses and bikes) so it’s a pedestrian’s dream. Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall, a convenient way to hop between downtown Minneapolis, the Convention Center, and the METRO light rail stations.