Imagine a city where you can step out of your hotel and into a kayak. Where you can watch a ball game at one of the best baseball stadiums in America (Target Field), then take in a touring Broadway show. Where you can give your credit cards a workout at all sorts of shops and your taste buds a massage with award-winning cuisine. That city is Minneapolis, a mix of urban sophistication and outdoor action.
Minneapolis, Minnesota Highlights
Hipsters agree that Uptown is the coolest neighbourhood in Minneapolis. Independent fashion shops, arcades, bike shops, underground restaurants and record stores line the streets, and the nightlife is absolutely electric with partying on rooftop bars at places like the Cafeteria and Stella’s.
Don’t leave without tasting…
Have you ever had a cheeseburger and thought, “You know, I like cheese, but what if it was inside the burger?” The Juicy Lucy is a proud achievement of the Minneapolis culinary world.
History happened here
From the 1800s to mid 1900s, Minneapolis was the national leader in milling. In 1874, the Washburn A Mill exploded, cutting the Minneapolis milling industry in half. It was rebuilt in 1880, and went on to churn out more than 12 million loaves of bread per day. The milling industry is responsible for the modern development of Minneapolis and you can learn how Minneapolis rose from the middle of the milling industry at the Mill City Museum, built into the ruins of the Washburn A Mill.
If you want to fit in…
Citizens of Minneapolis love to cycle, which explains the miles of beautiful trails, bike lanes on most streets and Nice Ride bike-rental stations scattered around the city. (Cycle 30 minutes or less on a Nice Ride and it’s free.)
One awe-inspiring building
Renowned architect Frank Gehry designed the Weisman Art Museum to have two faces. From the campus side, a brick facade blends with the existing brick and sandstone buildings. On the opposite side, the museum is a playground of curved and angular brushed-steel sheets.
Above the Falls Sports offers kayaking a few blocks from downtown Minneapolis. Paddle along on a 2.5-hour, half-day or full-day tour, making your way down the mighty Mississippi River and seeing a new side of Minneapolis.
Put these events on your calendar
- Uptown Art Fair (August): each year, more than 375,000 art lovers attend the fair, drawn by the chance to see the work of 350 artists
- Aquatennial (July): for 10 days in the middle of summer, there’s a multi-block block party with mass yoga-ing, life-sized milk carton boat races and more
- Holidazzle Parade (November/December): a celebration of the holiday spirit, the Holidazzle Parade features floats covered in a million lights.
Mall of America is home to 520 stores, an entire theme park and more food than you can shake a hot dog at. Anything you could possibly need is under this massive roof, and don’t forget that there is no sales tax on clothing. Also, be sure to visit Nicollet Mall, a shopping street on a par with Rodeo Drive and Fifth Avenue.
Top photo opportunities
No visit to Minneapolis would be complete without a photo in front of the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
Want to stay up late?
Minneapolis is the home town of musicians such as Bob Dylan, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Semisonic, The Jayhawks, Paul Westerberg and Prince. Musicians themselves voted the Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue, made famous by Prince in the film Purple Rain, the country’s best rock club in 2011. And three Minneapolis clubs—First Avenue, 7th Street Entry and The Cabooze—were on Pollstar’s 2011 list of the world’s top venues.
Trip Ideas Near Minneapolis, Minnesota
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