Things to Do in Minnesota

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

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 crowd... Read More

Calhoun Bike Rentals, located one block from Lake Calhoun and the Midtown Greenway Trail, is open daily to rent Specialized road bikes, tandems,... Read More

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

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

As the birthplace of F. Scott Fitzgerald, St. Paul takes pride in keeping its vibrant literary reputation alive. Local celebrity and host of A Prairie... Read More

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... Read More

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

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 a... Read More

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

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 must be... Read More

Dedicated to providing a showcase for one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories from emerging local talent, this sunny Uptown shop dresses men and women in... Read More

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

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

Few other shops inspire the palate like the Golden Fig. Owner Laurie Crowell, who got her start selling homemade spices and vinegars at the St. Paul... Read More

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

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... Read More

Attracting architecture buffs from across the country, this performance space opened to much fanfare in 2006. Designed by famed French architect Jean... Read More

Named for owner Anthony Andler’s great-grandfather (a tailor and 1917 Russian immigrant), Heimie’s is the sort of men’s clothing store... Read More

Insider clout: For VIP American clients in need of top security for a trip to East Africa, Fundora arranged to charter the private helicopter of a... Read More

In the hills of Lilydale Park, an undeveloped preserve along the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota, amateur paleontologists can hunt for fossils,... Read More

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... Read More

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

The Mall hosts 90 dealers in a three-story structure; the top level is a giant furniture gallery that features Mission, Colonial, Deco, ad other pre... Read More

The city’s premier locally owned outdoor store is an addictive spot for adventurers looking for camping, climbing, and paddling gear—or... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

Known as the "birthplace of Minneapolis," the Riverfront District is located along the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. Visitors can take a... Read More

Considered by many to be the unofficial end of summer, this 12-day fair runs from late August through Labor Day. In addition to celebrating Minnesota's... Read More

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

The glamorous Ordway Center, with its expansive glass façade and dramatically curved interior staircase, is the jewel of St. Paul’s... Read More

Led by head baker Tammy Hoyt, the team at this independent neighborhood bakery crafts homemade breads and pastries using high-quality ingredients and... Read More

Mill City Farmers Market: www.millcityfarmersmarket.org... Read More

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. From the... Read More

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... Read More

You'll find owner Gary Goodman at his desk at the front of the store, where he dispenses encyclopedic knowledge of his 40,000-volume out-of-print book... Read More

The Spread: True locavores haunt the 167 stalls of St. Paul's downtown Saturday market, and for good reason: every farmer and producer selling here... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

A favorite among St. Paul’s after-work crowd, this casual neighborhood bar makes ordering a beer an enjoyable challenge, thanks to the 50 on tap... Read More

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... Read More

Strange Factor: Follow Gloria and Gladys, two totally tacky costumed “Gunderson” girls, through St. Paul on the Twin Town Tacky Tour, and... Read More

Along Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill East neighborhood sits Via's Vintage. A mix of exposed brick and flamingo-pink walls adds the... Read More

Since the Walker’s new addition opened in 2005, it has become just as well known for its eye-catching architecture as for the art inside. Designed... Read More

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

Arrange a guided trip with Wilderness Outiftters, the area's top tour operator for Minnesota's sprawling northern wilderness. Read More

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