Minneapolis/St. Paul

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.

The city’s premier locally owned outdoor store is an addictive spot for adventurers looking for camping, climbing, and paddling gear—or simply a pair of comfortable shoes.

Both fresh creations and classics from children's literature are brought to life at this family-focused regional theatre.

The first Thursday of every month, between 5 and 9 p.m., is the time to studio hop in Minneapolis’s Northeast neighborhood.

The Spread: True locavores haunt the 167 stalls of St. Paul's downtown Saturday market, and for good reason: every farmer and producer selling here comes from within a 75-mile radius of the city (a top 10 vote-getter for markets in our AFC survey).

Dedicated to providing a showcase for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from emerging local talent, this sunny Uptown shop dresses men and women in style.

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.

Mill City Farmers Market: www.millcityfarmersmarket.org

 

St. Paul Farmers’ Market: www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com

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.