8 Things to Do Before and After a Twins Game
Make the most of your time at Target Field and explore our top tips for game day.
Minnesota summers and outdoor baseball at Target Field go hand in hand. Located in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis, Target Field is one of the league’s best ballparks, named the top overall sports stadium and game experience in North America by ESPN The Magazine shortly after the new field opened in 2010. But the entertainment isn’t limited to the game. Get in on all of the action in downtown Minneapolis just outside the stadium. There is plenty of fun to be had near the ballpark. Be sure to check out Metro Transit for your game day transportation needs!
1. Go on a brewery tour.
Three breweries are just around the corner from Target Field. Check out Inbound Brewing for a cool minimalistic vibe, alternating musical acts and 12 beers on rotation. Next head over to Fulton. Minneapolis’ first tap room built in 2009. Fulton is one of our most popular breweries and served in over 100 local restaurants. Feeling adventurous? Modist Brewing is serving up a Mexican Dark Chocolate Stout brewed with dark chocolate, vanilla bean, cinnamon and red chili smolder. All three breweries are within blocks of the stadium, have outdoor patios, rotating food trucks, and above all delicious and innovative beers! Take a peek at our all-encompassing Minnesota Brewery Map.
2. RIDE THE MECHANICAL BULL AT COWBOY JACK’S.
Just down the block from Target Field is Cowboy Jack’s, a saloon-style bar with an expansive rooftop patio that’s always packed with Twins fans enjoying a beer while listening to live music or playing yard games. Starting an hour before each game, Cowboy Jack’s has a number of drink specials and don’t miss the ticket giveaway before all home games. And yes, we recommend taking a spin on the mechanical bull!
3. Try out the pub experience.
Our friends across the pond have the right idea when it comes to gathering with friends for food and drinks before a game. Experience that same atmosphere at one of the local pubs in town. Head to Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment, a British-inspired Minneapolis landmark with a massive rooftop greenspace for lawn bowling. Similar to bocce ball, lawn bowling is easy to pick up, especially after a pint or two with friends. The pub serves traditional British fare like scotch eggs, fish and chips, and burgers and mash. Or, make your way over to Kieran’s Irish Pub where you can rely on Irish staples like corned beef Reuben sandwiches, fries slathered in gravy and traditional fish and chips.
4. GET TO A ROOFTOP.
Grab a table on a rooftop overlooking Hennepin Ave for excellent people-watching. Seven Steak & Sushi, an upscale steakhouse serves killer sushi. Union Restaurant features the only year-round glass enclosed & heated retractable rooftop in Minneapolis. Crave Restaurant has an upscale see-and-be-seen vibe with an extensive wine list. For more ideas check out our favorite outdoor patios in town!
5. GRAB A FANCY COCKTAIL.
Located within walking distance from Target Field, Prohibition, is located on the 27th floor of the historic Foshay building. It has an unabashed Great Gatsby vibe and a bird’s eye view of Minneapolis. Make a night out of it and stay at the W Minneapolis—The Foshay.
6. Explore Activities in and around the Stadium.
If you're bringing the kids along to the game you won't want to miss this one. There are many activities going on directly around the stadium. Get to the ballpark early and walk around the outside space called Target Plaza. Here you will find multiple photo opportunities, including an oversized bronze glove, statutes of former Twins Hall of Famers, and the Tradition Wall which recognizes every player who has ever worn a Twin's jersey. While you're hanging out on the plaza stop by the Majestic Twins Clubhouse, a merchandise shop where you can load up on Twins gear. There's also a chance to tour the stadium and see areas of Target Field that many baseball fans don't see. Depending on the time of the game tours are given at either 11:00am or 1:00pm and tickets are available online or at the Target Field box office.
After the game don't leave quite yet. Stay in your seat a little longer and catch the fireworks show on these dates:
- June 1st
- June 8th
- June 22nd
- July 6th
- July 13th
- August 3rd
- August 17th
- August 24th
7. GO ON AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE.
On a beautiful day in Minneapolis all you're going to want to do is spend as much of the day outside as you can. So if you want to take advantage of a little more time in the sun before or after the game, make a stop at the Walker Art Center's Sculpture Garden. It's free and completely outdoors. Take the opportunity to pose for a few selfies with some of the city's most iconic pieces of art. If you're looking to release some energy (hopefully after a Twin's victory) walk or bike along the Mississippi riverfront to the Stone Arch Bridge and see a great view of the Saint Anthony Falls.
8. Sit, Relax, and enjoy a local meal.
Whether you want to grab a meal before the game or are ready for round 2 after all your cheering, there are plenty of local restaurants and flavors near Target Field. 112 Eatery is great late-night spot. It's famous for it's burger topped with brie but you'll find a good mix of dishes inspired by places all over the world. Monte Carlo is a fantastic joint with a well-preserved 1950s interior and bar and an incredible outdoor patio. Order the chicken wings. You won’t regret it. If you are looking for some comfort food, Cuzzy's is only a few blocks down from the stadium and has all the classic favorites.
Make it a weekend!
Too played out? Stay over and experience more tomorrow!
- Check out the historic Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot.
- Located within walking distance of Target Field, The Marquette Hotel is the perfect spot to rest after the game.
- Try the Residence Inn by Marriott which will have you right in the center of all the downtown action.
- Conveniently located the Hilton Minneapolis will give you stunning views of the city.
- The Best Western Plus Normandy Inn & Suites provides a cozy and classic atmosphere after a day full of activities.
Also be sure to check out our North Metro hotels for a stunning natural environment and our West Metro hotels, which are just minutes from downtown!