What to Do Near the University of Minnesota Campus on Game Day

Want to start the pre-game festivities early? Or not quite ready to go home after all the excitement? Stick around and explore the area near "The U".

1. Get Artsy

Stop by Weisman Art Museum, which has exhibitions that place art within relevant cultural, social and historical contexts. Check out the 3D work called The Pedicord Apts where museum attendees step inside the art itself. A slowly shrinking hallway has three doors on either side. They don’t open, but when you lean into them, you trigger a recording that plays behind the wall. The building itself is a work of art and was designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry. Admission is free.

*Note: The University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum (WAM) is temporarily closing its galleries and in-person shopping at the WAM Shop to allow for maintenance inside the building over the summer. The museum will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC BEGINNING MONDAY, MAY 17, with plans to reopen in fall 2021, upon completion of scheduled maintenance.

2. See What Mother Nature Has to Offer

Prospect park proves that in Minneapolis you’re never more than 6 blocks away from nature. This little park on a hill is a short walk or train ride away. After you’ve made the trek up to the park you’ll be treated to a wide grassy area where you can have a picnic or let the kids run around and let loose. Visit during the fall season and you’ll see some beautiful, colorful foliage. Prospect Park is also home to the famous “Witch’s Hat” water tower. The observation deck is only open to the public once a year, but if you go near the tower’s base you can still find a very cool view of the park and the city skyline in the background.

3. Unwind With a Favorite Local Beer

The Surly Brewing complex is a beer lover’s paradise. Belly up to the bar to try over 32 rotating beers, get a free tour of the beer-making process, head upstairs for some specialty pizza and then claim a spot on the massive patio to soak it all in. Surly is a short walk away from many of the University's arena and stadiums, making it the perfect place for your group to gather before AND after the game.

4. Ski-U-Mah With the Rest of Them

You can find stylish University of Minnesota maroon and gold apparel at Goldy’s Locker Room. There are 3 different locations in the area.

5. Feed Your Hunger

There are plenty of inexpensive and tasty options for food before and after the game.

  • Annie’s Parlor: Popular student hangout for the classic burger and shake.
  • Shuang Cheng: An extensive menu of Cantonese dishes and fresh seafood selections.
  • Wally’s Falafel and Hummus: Counter-service restaurant offering authentic Middle Eastern favorites.
  • Al’s Breakfast: Small well-frequented diner with an all-breakfast menu.
  • Punch Pizza: Local pizza chain offering traditional Neapolitan pizza baked in a wood-burning brick oven.
  • Afro Deli: Fast-casual restaurant that fuses African, Mediterranean and American themed foods and flavors.
  • Bona Vietnamese: A spot where you'll find the most traditional Vietnamese staple foods.
  • Mesa Pizza: Inexpensive pizza join with a wide selection of toppings and specialty pizzas.

6. Dance like Nobody’s Watching

Your team just won the game and you’re in the mood to celebrate. So how about dancing the night away? At the Loring Bar you’ll find a wide range of live musical acts every night and even some salsa dancing on Fridays. The eclectic venue is great for a nice sit-down meal and drinks and then letting loose on the dance floor.

Go to the Kitty Cat Klub for more of a dance/night club scene. The funky decor gives this place a bohemian vibe. A rotation of DJs and live music every night keeps it a vibrant and dynamic place to hang out.

The Varsity Theater is in the heart of Dinkytown and has a very cool, unique interior design (make sure to checkout the bathrooms!). This intimate venue hosts a number of concerts from a variety of top-performing artists. Check out their event calendar for shows while you're in town.

Don’t have tickets to the game? There’s still plenty of spots around to watch all the action:

Getting There and Staying There

Parking and Transportation

Driving? Find the best parking spot near the arena/stadium

Transit instead? Choose from multiple highly accessible routes

  • Train: Green Line LRT offers direct service to Huntington Bank Stadium at Stadium Village Station, West Bank and East Bank Campuses.
  • Bus: Metro Transit bus routes: 2, 3, or 6
  • Visit the official Metro Transit website for more options.

Hotels Nearby

Make the most of your University experience and stay the night in Minneapolis!

Great hotels within walking distance:

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