Newsletters  | Mobile

Things to do in Minneapolis

Since Minneapolis becomes a frozen winterscape between November and March, we’ll focus on things to do in Minneapolis during the warmer months. First up, no list of what to do in Minneapolis during the summer months would be complete without mentioning the Minnesota Twins, the city’s beloved MLB franchise. The team plays its home games at Target Field, which was opened in 2010 and still has that “new ballpark” feel, and tickets are more affordable than you’d think. If you insist on visiting during fall or winter, substitute a Vikings (NFL) or Golden Gophers (NCAA) game at TCF Bank Stadium.

For music fans, an evening spent at First Avenue has to top the list of things to do in Minneapolis. While the iconic venue hosts plenty of big-name artists who come through the Midwest as part of their national tours, there’s something special about seeing a local act take center stage under its famous star-covered walls. Minneapolis is known for its vibrant music scene (Prince, the Replacements, Bob Mould, and even Bob Dylan have all called the Twin Cities home over the years), and the best way to experience it is live at First Avenue.

Maybe you’re looking for a slightly more athletic list of what to do in Minneapolis? Then how about biking the Greenway? A 5.5-mile grassy stretch linking the city’s Chain of Lakes to its western suburbs, the Greenway is always full of walkers, hikers, joggers, and bikers, and it offers visitors a great way to burn off those 112 Eatery calories. So rent a bike, and get to pumping!

  • 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

Explore things to do in Minneapolis/St. Paul for more options.


Sign Up

Connect With Travel + Leisure
  • Travel+Leisure
  • Tablet
  • Available devices

Already a subscriber?
Get FREE ACCESS to the digital edition