Minnesota

Things to do in Minnesota

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.

Considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer, this 12-day fair runs from late August through Labor Day.

Jazz enthusiasts of every stripe gather at this nationally renowned venue to hear local talent and touring musicians—everyone from vocalists like Nellie McKay to the ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro.

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

This co-op of 35 dealers housed in a 50-year-old stone sawmill, is stocked with everything from stacks of Life magazines to cases of Depression glass and costume jewelry.

The glamorous Ordway Center, with its expansive glass façade and dramatically curved interior staircase, is the jewel of St. Paul’s performing arts scene, staging a nonstop schedule of Broadway-style musicals, international music and dance, and educational programs.

Strange Factor: Follow Gloria and Gladys, two totally tacky costumed “Gunderson” girls, through St.

Serving as a tonic to the martini-drinking lounge crowd, the 414 oozes with the vibe of a European dance club.

Built in the early 20th century, the columned, Beaux Arts-style Minneapolis Institute of Arts now includes a wing added in 1974 by Japanese architect Kenzo Tange and a 2005 addition by American architect Micheal Graves.

Spend at least a day here, with more than 500 stores to satisfy any shopper.

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, golf course, and beautiful lakeside trails.

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 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.

The Chamber Hotel's sassily patriotic RWFB Bar - a.k.a. the Red, White, and F***ing Blue bar - has a sultry vibe.

Among the 14 screens at the Theatres at Mall of America is a VIP theater (for adults 21 and up) with small tables and bar beverages. A 3D-viewing theater features 30 D-BOX motion seats.