Plan Your Family Weekend in Minneapolis

Spending the weekend in Minneapolis with the kids? Skip the major planning and try our family weekend itinerary - fit for everyone!

Hotel: Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Why The Depot Minneapolis hotel? This historic hotel has what every family needs when they visit Minneapolis. The Depot is located right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. That means less time piling the kids into the car and more time enjoying Minneapolis. 

hotel bedroom at the renaissance
Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot

Day 1

Breakfast (option #1): Hell’s Kitchen

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, this beautiful underground, chef-owned restaurant is known for its “damn good food: unique but not fancy, interesting but not fussy.” Don’t get confused, this restaurant has been slinging hash years before Gordon Ramsay’s show of the same name. With a weekend brunch, a build-your-own bloody mary and mimosa bar and stack of other menus that are to-die-for, no one in the family will be left unsatisfied. Right now they're only open for takeout, so grab some breakfast and bring it back to the hotel room!

Breakfast (option #2): Key's Cafe & Bakery

Just down the street from Hell's Kitchen, you'll find Key's Cafe, a Minneapolis staple when it comes to breakfast and brunch. This family-owned cafe prides themselves on making as much as they can in-house, and you can taste the difference in quality. You'll find giant plates of pancakes, eggs any way you like, and their famous cinnamon and caramel rolls. 

peanut butter and jelly from hell's kitchen
Hell's Kitchen signature homemade peanut butter

Mid-morning: Nice Ride Minnesota

Rent a Nice Ride bike for everyone in the family and return it at any of their many bike stations throughout Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Take any of these bike routes or make your own! Minneapolis is the perfect combination of urban and natural sights, making biking in the city a breathtaking adventure! What better way to start the day?

row of nice ride bikes lined up outside the convention center
Nice Ride bike station

Lunch: Day Block Brewing

Located just a few blocks from a Metro Transit Light Rail stop, this family friendly brew pub offers everyone's favorite duo - craft beer and pizza. Not to mention cocktails and other delicious bites such as salads, sandwiches and snacks for those looking for something a little smaller. Time it right on most weekends and you'll catch live music from local artists!

pizza and salad on a table
Day Block Brewing

Afternoon: The Escape Game Minneapolis, MOA

What better way to spend an afternoon than some immersive teamwork with the family! Hop off the light rail at the Mall of America (MOA) and head on over to The Escape Game, an interactive experience designed to engage your problem-solving skills in a fun and unique way. The Escape Game Minneapolis features four far-out game themes. Choose from Mission: Mars, Gold Rush, Prison Break, and The Heist. Got some time before dinner? Check out everything else the mall has to offer. From the LEGO Store, Nickelodeon Universe and SEA Life Minnesota to the M&M's Store, GameWorks, and Crayola Experience, MOA has plenty in store for everyone.

family solving a puzzle at the escape game
The Escape Game Minneapolis

Dinner: The Rainforest Café, MOA

A wild place to eat! This rainforest-themed restaurant offers American fare and cocktails amid jungle flora and animatronic animals. The perfect place for the family, adults will wind down with delicious food and drink while kids revel in the outdoor décor and enjoy the company of realistic jungle beats. Check out their detailed menu along with the kids menu before arriving!

Day 2

Breakfast: Hen House Eatery

Enjoy breakfast made with the freshest locally-sourced ingredients all day at the Hen House Eatery. Open until 2pm on weekends, this eatery prides themselves on their good eats, sweet treats, gluten-free options and locally grown fixings. Also located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, getting to and from with ease is a perk.

Mid-morning: Mill City Museum

Built into the ruins of Gold Medal Flour, what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located along the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Visitors of all ages can learn about the connected histories of Minneapolis, the river and the flour industry.

*Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mill City Museum is open for select outdoor events and tours.

kids exploring the exhibits at mill city musuem
Mill City Museum

Mid-morning: Stone Arch Bridge

Take a walk along the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown. One of the most iconic landmarks in Minneapolis, the Stone Arch Bridge is a former railroad bridge that crosses the Mississippi River and connects you to some of the most beautiful parts of the city. This bridge is unique in that it is the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire length of the Mississippi River! Who knew? Enjoy the city skyline above, rushing river below and the beauty of fresh air. 

stone arch bridge lit up at night
Stone Arch Bridge, Photo by Mpls Parks and Rec.

Lunch: Red Cow North Loop

Just a 15-minute walk from the Mill City Museum, Red Cow North Loop has everything you need to fill the family after a morning of fun. From delicious appetizers, unique burgers to mouth-watering salads and so much more, it’ll be near impossible to make a choice! The restaurant offers gluten-free, vegetarian and other dietary-restrictive options. 

turkey burger and fries on a plate
Red Cow North Loop

Afternoon: REM5 VR Lab

Just a short drive from downtown, REM5 is a Virtual Reality Lab with offerings for the whole family. Strap on the headset and get immersed in a whole new world. Play games, explore the world through Google Earth, become a professional sports player, or take a deep dive to the bottom of the ocean. 

girl playing a virtual reality game

Afternoon/Evening: Attend a professional sports game or a theater performance

With six professional sports teams in Minnesota, you’re bound to find a game coinciding with your visit! Our five major sports facilities are all located in near proximity, if not right next to, the Metro Transit light rail, making for an easy commute to the game. Depending on the time of year, check the schedules of the MN Vikings, MN Twins, MN United, MN Wild, MN Timberwolves and 4-time WNBA champions, the MN Lynx

MN Lynx team huddle
Minnesota Lynx

Not feeling a sports game or just bad luck that there are no home games that weekend? Check out Children's Theatre Company for some out of this world performances! Perfect for the kids and like a walk down memory lane for adults, CTC performances are engaging and, most importantly, fun!

*Note: Performance will resume again in November

actors dancing in a performance of Cinderella at the children's theatre company
Cinderella at CTC

Dinner: Midtown Global Market

With 18 restaurants and specialty food vendors, it's easy to find something for the whole family at Midtown Global Market. The common dining area in the middle allows everyone to pick whichever food they like, but still eat together. Choose from pizza, tacos, rice bowls, tortas, and more.

tray of flavorful foods from midtown global market
Midtown Global Market

World-class museums, craft beer festivals, top-notch restaurants, miles of bike trails, too many lakes to count on your hands, a vibrant nightlife, an incredible music scene. Sure, you could fit it all into one day—if you’re superhuman. When you come to Minneapolis, make it a weekend. Enjoy your time here and soak it all up by staying at one of our convenient hotels. Sleep over, it’s more fun (we promise!). And don't miss our special Minneapolis-only Expedia hotel deals.