Minneapolis/St. Paul Travel Guide
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.
Serving as a tonic to the martini-drinking lounge crowd, the 414 oozes with the vibe of a European dance club.
As the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul takes pride in keeping its vibrant literary reputation alive.
Considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer, this 12-day fair runs from late August through Labor Day.
Along Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill East neighborhood sits Via's Vintage.
Spend at least a day here, with more than 500 stores to satisfy any shopper.
The University of Minnesota's "big, shiny thing" overlooking the Mississippi River, this modern art museum designed by Frank Gehry packs a visual wallop.
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.
At 450 acres, this urban retreat is about half the size of NYC's Central Park, but it has more to see, with a zoo, conservatory, amusement park, golf course, and beautiful lakeside trails.
Magical History Tours mounts guests on a Segway and guides them on a two-wheeled journey around the Riverfront district. After a quick course in maneuvering the once-hyped self-balancing personal transporter, visitors travel a five to seven mile route for about three hours.
South of St. Paul, this vineyard has successfully grown flavorful French grapes in Minnesota. In addition, climate-tolerant varieties have been developed by the University of Minnesota. Built from the state’s limestone and white pine, the winery was opened by lawyer David A.
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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.