Explore Minneapolis on a Winter Day

Winter is upon us in Minneapolis, and the City by Nature hasn't slowed down one bit. When the temperatures drop in Minneapolis, the excitement heats up with plenty of awesome things to do both inside and out! Here, we know how to experience winter to the fullest. So let us help you plan your perfect winter day in our city.

Day 1:


Get ready for a full day with a complete breakfast at Sammy's Avenue Eatery. This place specializes in crafting the best sandwiches, so you won't go wrong with a delicious egg and cheese breakfast sandwich. They're currently open for takeout and delivery.

If you're starting to feel some cabin fever, head down to Theodore Wirth Park; the ultimate spot for winter recreation. Bring the kids and snowboard, cross-country ski, snow shoe, sled and tube; whatever way you like to get down a large hill, they've got it! Didn't bring your winter gear along? Not a problem! Equipment rentals are available through the Loppet Foundation.


By this time, all that outdoor fun has hopefully made you very hungry. For plenty of lunch options head over to the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis. Here you'll find some of the most talked about restaurants in the city, including Black Sheep Pizza (coal-fired gourmet pizzas), Smack Shack (seafood joint know for its lobster boils and lobster rolls), Red Cow (handcrafted burgers), The Freehouse (everything from breakfast to beer), and Red Rabbit (authentic Italian). 

Eating at one of these popular spots is going to leave you full and ready to walk off what you just ate. Lucky for you, Minneapolis has the largest contiguous system of enclosed second level bridges in the world, also known as the infamous skyway system. Explore the city on a whole new level by walking through these heat controlled pathways connecting 80 city blocks. Do a little shopping, grab a sandwich from The Brothers Deli or a steaming bowl of pho from Bep Eatery, and maybe get a little lost (it's your rite of passage!)


It wouldn't be a true winter day in Minneapolis without a trip to one of our breweries. Check out Day Block Brewing and Finnegans for some seasonal brews that will help you thaw out. You won't go hungry either, each place has great food options that'll make sure you end your day on the right note.

Beer not your thing? Swap the brew for a bathing suit and head over to the Hewing Hotel's Rooftop Spa. This 21+ experience is the perfect end to a wintery day in Minneapolis. Stay heated on the rooftop by taking a soak in the hot tub while enjoying breathtaking views of the downtown skyline. If you're staying at the hotel this is complimentary, if not, you can buy a $30 day pass. Be sure to book your pass in advance.

Day 2:


Step into the nostalgic 1950s era at Hi-Lo Diner. Here they are famous for their unique concoction of sweet and savory toppings atop warm, glazed fried dough, which makes it the perfect spot to start out your day. They also have a fantastic from-scratch breakfast menu.

Later, experience the magical views winter has to offer by heading over to Minnehaha Regional Park and seeing the frozen Minnehaha Falls. Make sure to take plenty of pictures, this is a scene not to be missed! Outdoor enthusiasts can also take advantage of the crisp fresh air by enjoying the many walking and biking trails at the park.


For lunch head back towards downtown into the Mill City District. There you'll find Zen Box Izakaya, where they pride themselves in creating a menu full of authentic Japanese comfort food. What better way to keep warm than with a steaming bowl of Ramen?

Afterwards, walk around the Mill City District area to take in some more iconic Minneapolis sights. Even if you've seen these spots a million times before, there's something to be said about seeing them during the winter. The Stone Arch Bridge, with the backdrop view of downtown Minneapolis sets the scene of your winter adventures perfectly. Get your Instagram picture and then check out these other Instagrammable places in Minneapolis


A great way to unwind and end the day is to enjoy a comedy show at Acme Comedy Company. Acme is one of the best comedy clubs in the nation, bringing in top notch comedians that will have you laughing all night long. The comedy club is attached to Sticks Restaurant, so you can make it an evening with dinner and drinks before the show. 

If you're not in the mood for a comedy show, head over to Parlour to enjoy one of their oustanding craft cocktails. They're best known for their Parlour Old Fashioned but anything off their seasonal cocktail menu is sure to impress. If you have room, be sure to try their burger (it's one of the best in the cities).