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Things to do in Minnesota

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

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  • 414Soundbar

    Serving as a tonic to the martini-drinking lounge crowd, the 414 oozes with the vibe of a European dance club. Its two intimate spaces—a richly pat... More
  • Alexis Bailly Vineyard

    South of St. Paul, this vineyard has successfully grown flavorful French grapes in Minnesota. In addition, climate-tolerant varieties have been dev... More
  • Bryant Lake Bowl

    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 cr... More
  • 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
  • Common Good Books

    As the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul takes pride in keeping its vibrant literary reputation alive. Local celebrity and host of A Prai... More
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    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, go... More
  • CorAzoN

    Depending on the season, nearly half of the merchandise in this eclectic gift shop is made by local artists, showcasing original home accessories, ... More
  • Craig Beal

    Special booking: It helps to have entertained the GM’s of many of Southern Africa’s top hotels and camps in your own house. Beal recently organized... 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
  • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

    Jazz enthusiasts of every stripe gather at this nationally renowned venue to hear local talent and touring musicians—everyone from vocalists like N... More
  • Deardorff Orchards

    Orchardist Lin Deardorff is a cold-weather apple specialist. The location of his farm (in USDA Zone 4a) means that each of his 4,000 apple trees mu... More
  • Design Collective

    Dedicated to providing a showcase for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from emerging local talent, this sunny Uptown shop dresses men and wom... More
  • Diane Hilliard

    Excited about: The Seychelles. The breadth of nature and growing number of luxury resorts make it a destination to satisfy many agendas. Known for:... More

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