Minneapolis Travel Guide

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!

Consistently voted the best bakery in the city, Franklin Street has been selling fresh breads, pastries, and cakes since 1998.

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.

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.

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.

Along Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill East neighborhood sits Via's Vintage.

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 have patrons clamoring for seats each night as well: recurring karaoke, retro movie nights, comedy sessions and the occasional vaudeville performance,

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.

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.

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

Calhoun Bike Rentals, located one block from Lake Calhoun and the Midtown Greenway Trail, is open daily to rent Specialized road bikes, tandems, recumbants and more. All rentals include helmet, bike lock, bag, and trail map.

The University of Minnesota's "big, shiny thing" overlooking the Mississippi River, this modern art museum designed by Frank Gehry packs a visual wallop.

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 local favorite in Linden Hills, Clancey’s is both a butcher shop and a casual café.

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.