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Things to do in Minneapolis

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Minneapolis. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis 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 Minneapolis.

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  • Calhoun Bike Rentals

    Calhoun Bike Rentals, located one block from Lake Calhoun and the Midtown Greenway Trail, is open daily to rent Specialized road bikes, tandems, re... More
  • Children's Theatre Company

    Both fresh creations and classics from children's literature are brought to life at this family-focused regional theatre. A Minneapolis institution... More
  • Clancey's

    A local favorite in Linden Hills, Clancey’s is both a butcher shop and a casual café. Specializing in locally sourced, ethically raised meat, the s... More
  • Cupcake

    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. Adorned with... More
  • Franklin Street Bakery

    Consistently voted the best bakery in the city, Franklin Street has been selling fresh breads, pastries, and cakes since 1998. Inside the spacious,... More
  • Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

    Why It’s Cool: As America’s longest continuous urban public parkway, this circular 50-mile asphalt path includes nine miles along the Mississippi R... More
  • Grumpy's

    Grumpy’s bar proudly (and rightly) promotes its three pool tables as an attraction, but there is a full "slate" of regular and special events that ... More
  • Listen to nightly live music at the Lake Harriet band shell

    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. Show... More
  • Mill City Farmers’ Market

    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 ... More
  • Minneapolis Riverfront District

    Known as the "birthplace of Minneapolis," the Riverfront District is located along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Visitors can take... More
  • moto-i

    Moto-i, at Lyndale and Lake in Uptown, bills itself the first sake brewpub outside Japan. In addition to draft sake and namazake (unpasteurized spe... More
  • Rustica

    Led by head baker Tammy Hoyt, the team at this independent neighborhood bakery crafts homemade breads and pastries using high-quality ingredients a... More
  • Segway Magical History Tours

    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 ma... More
  • Take in the fantastic and eclectic homegrown arts scene

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

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