Things to do in Minneapolis/St. Paul
From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in MinneapolisSt. Paul. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite MinneapolisSt. Paul attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.
Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in MinneapolisSt. Paul to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in MinneapolisSt. Paul.
A coffee house, bakery, and cupcake shop all in one, Cupcake is the place to go for a quick meal, a caffeine boost, and a sweet treat.
Considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer, this 12-day fair runs from late August through Labor Day.
A favorite among St. Paul’s after-work crowd, this casual neighborhood bar makes ordering a beer an enjoyable challenge, thanks to the 50 on tap and more than 100 by the bottle—listed on chalkboards that stretch to the ceiling.
Led by head baker Tammy Hoyt, the team at this independent neighborhood bakery crafts homemade breads and pastries using high-quality ingredients and traditional, labor-intensive methods.
Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and park yourself in the grass for a performance of samba, swing, reggae, or even a Neil Diamond tribute band. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, June 1 through September 16.
Strange Factor: Follow Gloria and Gladys, two totally tacky costumed “Gunderson” girls, through St.
Affectionately known as the BLB, this vintage-style bowling alley with a full bar and an adjacent theater for concerts, films, and plays draws a crowd every night of the week.
A local favorite in Linden Hills, Clancey’s is both a butcher shop and a casual café.
This hands-on museum, beautifully situated on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, is as much a playground for adults as it is for children.
Why It’s Cool: As America’s longest continuous urban public parkway, this circular 50-mile asphalt path includes nine miles along the Mississippi River.
Jazz enthusiasts of every stripe gather at this nationally renowned venue to hear local talent and touring musicians—everyone from vocalists like Nellie McKay to the ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.
Consistently voted the best bakery in the city, Franklin Street has been selling fresh breads, pastries, and cakes since 1998.
The glamorous Ordway Center, with its expansive glass façade and dramatically curved interior staircase, is the jewel of St. Paul’s performing arts scene, staging a nonstop schedule of Broadway-style musicals, international music and dance, and educational programs.
Known as the "birthplace of Minneapolis," the Riverfront District is located along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Visitors can take a self-guided tour along the St.