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 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.
Serving as a tonic to the martini-drinking lounge crowd, the 414 oozes with the vibe of a European dance club.
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.
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.
A scenic spot for a little shopping or a bite, this May-through-October venue occupies the Mill City Museum train shed not far from the Stone Arch Bridge spanning the Mississippi River.
Among the 14 screens at the Theatres at Mall of America is a VIP theater (for adults 21 and up) with small tables and bar beverages. A 3D-viewing theater features 30 D-BOX motion seats.