Top 8 Reasons Why Minneapolis Should Be On Your Summer List

Summer is back on in Minneapolis and the event calendar is filling up with only-found-in-Minneapolis festivals, concerts, rooftop happy hours and ballgames! Supporting the Minneapolis businesses and diverse communities that make this such a special place to visit (and live) is critical to supporting the state and regional economy. We all need Minneapolis to thrive and there’s no better time than the summer to be a part of this important and vital comeback story. Check out these Top 8 Reasons (and hundreds of ideas) and begin planning your summer trip to Minneapolis now!

COMPACT CITY – EASY TO EXPLORE

In Minneapolis, you’ll never be far from where you need to be – literally. Our compact city is easy to get to and easy to get around. Minneapolis has an award winning transit system with light rail and buses—taxis, Uber, Lyft—and bike rentals on the streets with dedicated bike lanes all over the city. Or use our personal favorite way to get around—two feet.

Pictured Above: Nice Ride Bike Rental, Metro Blue Line at Hennepin Ave, Mural at 515 1st Ave NE, Stone Arch Bridge


ALL HOTEL BRANDS, ALL BUDGETS, ALL CONVENIENTLY LOCATED

Hip and historic. All suites. Family friendly. And all just steps from theater venues, breweries, sports stadiums, concert halls, award-winning restaurants and cocktail bars. Our amazing variety of hotels in Minneapolis guarantees you’ll always be right in the middle of the action with the perfect place to end the night. Check in—and then check it all out! Sleeping over is always more fun so don't miss our special Minneapolis only Expedia hotel deals.

Pictured Above: W Minneapolis - The Foshay, Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, Canopy by Hilton, Hewing Hotel


OUR INNOVATIVE FOOD SCENE IS READY TO IMPRESS

Whether it’s the famous Jucy Lucy cheese-filled burger, two scoops of over-the-top ice cream, soul food that’s as comforting as it is delicious, rooftop happy hour overlooking our vibrant downtown, or a restaurant that was featured on the Food Network, we just ask that you bring your appetite. Check out all our favorite places to forget about that summer diet.

Pictured Above: Sonora Grill, Wonders Ice Cream, 5-8 Club, Ramen Kazama


WE HAVE A PASSION FOR WHAT WE’RE POURING

City of Lakes, hundreds of watering holes. IPA fanatics, dive bar dwellerswine enthusiastslatte lovers and cocktail cravers alike will all find something to brag about on Instagram. This summer, don’t miss our lists of family & pet friendly breweries and breweries with patios, our amazing cideries, and creative cocktails that will cool you down in the summer heat. Whatever you’re thirsty for, we know we’ve got just the drink.

Pictured Above: Pryes Brewing Company, Spyhouse Coffee, AxeBridge Wine Co., Rooftop at Hewing Hotel  


ENDLESS THINGS TO ENTERTAIN AND EXCITE

Explore Minneapolis the way it was meant to be explored—through multiple outfit changes. Lace up those sneakers and head out on a public art tour or explore our museums and galleries. Slide on your dancing shoes and find your way to the world famous First Ave or visit Prince’s Paisley Park. Get artsy with our art festivals or get fresh at our farmer’s markets. Create new memories at our exciting summer events and festivals. And of course, you can always shop until you drop with tax-free clothing at the Mall of America and our trendy boutiques. And you won't want to miss all the exciting events happening with the "See you Downtown" next chapter of downtown Minneapolis this summer!

Pictured Above: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Target Field, Paisley Park, Amber Room at Guthrie Theater



CITY BY NATURE: TOP PARKS, 22 LAKES & THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI

A concrete jungle we are not. In the city with a top ranked park system in the nation, our Chain of Lakes, the mighty Mississippi River, two waterfalls, and more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails just steps from the urban action, we can guarantee you’ll have endless options to enjoy a day of outdoor adventure.

Pictured Above: Theodore Wirth Park, Mississippi River, Minnehaha Falls, Loring Park 


TRIP PLANNING INSPIRATION ALL IN ONE PLACE

You're in the right place for summer fun planning! Our comprehensive website makes it easy to plan your trip and find fun things to do. While you’re here—go ahead and “Make it a Weekend” and book your hotel, browse itineraries, discover new summer events and festivals and stay up to date the latest information all in one place. Start exploring and planning that summer trip to Minneapolis now. Get updates about what's new in Minneapolis and the best ways to explore the city delivered directly to your email inbox by subscribing to our bi-weekly newsletter.

Pictured Above: Black Sheep Pizza, Boom Island Park, Wheel Fun Rentals, Bob Dylan Mural 1, S 5th St


WE NEED MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS NEEDS US. BE A PART OF THE COMEBACK STORY!

We all play a role in this exciting comeback story and ensuring Minneapolis is a safe and equitable place for everyone to live, work and visit. Local businesses big and small drive the Minneapolis and Minnesota economy. This recovery and interconnected relationship is critical to our state and region as we emerge from the COVID-19 Pandemic. We Need Minneapolis – Minneapolis Needs Us. We are in this together - be a part of the comeback story!

Pictured Above: La Doña Cervecería, Sammy's Avenue Eatery, Nicollet Farmer's Market, Mpls Downtown Improvement District