Minneapolis Things to Do

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  • 1. Mall of America

    4 out of 5 stars

    One should see the biggest Mall in the US whenever visiting Minneapolis. It's really big I don't have time to scan the whole mall. It is located in Bloomington area. The mall has over 500 stores and...

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  • 2. Downtown

    Even dwarfed by a forest of skyscrapers, the block-square mass of Minneapolis City Hall with its soaring 335-foot clock tower is hard to miss. Built in 1889-1905 of rosy-red Ortonville granite, it's...

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  • 3. Minnehaha Creek / Falls

    Minnehaha Park is a local favorite as it's connected to the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway's pedestrian and bike trails and has a nice seafood cafe open in the warmer months (see Sea Salt Eatery tip under...

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  • 4. Nicollet Mall

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    On summer Thursdays, the Minneapolis Farmer's Market expands to both sides of Nicollet Mall between Fifth and 12th Streets. Masses of flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits, honey and other produce are...

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  • 5. Walker Art Center / Sculpture Garden

    Walker Art Center started in1879 with a collection of paintings, glass, porcelain, ivory and other works that lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker built a public gallery for in his mansion on Hennepin...

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  • 6. Seasonal Events

    Being a biggish city, Minneapolis has been home to many famous people but one of our most-loved denizens has never been seen - although we know where he lives. Along the walking path on the south...

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  • 7. ST.PAUL

    St. Paul is such a charming city with fantastic architecture and so much to see and do. My St. Paul page has tips on the following: Minnesota State Fair State Capitol Building Cathedral of St....

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  • 8. Mills / Mill Ruins Park

    As mentioned on my intro page, grain and lumber milling - powered by the only falls on the Mississippi - fueled the growth of Minneapolis in the 19th and early 20th centuries. This museum, housed amid...

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  • 9. Other Art / Architecture / Musuems

    This Byzantine-style chapel alone is worth a trip to Lakewood Cemetery. Built in 1908/09, it has brilliant interior mosaics that were artisan-created in Italy from Venetian glass. Art Nouveau windows...

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  • 10. Minnesota Zoo

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is the larger of the Twin Cities' two zoos and a different animal than its smaller St. Paul cousin. Its 542 species are spread over six indoor and outdoor sections that include habitats for...

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  • 11. Combined Suggestions

    Downtown Minneapolis' Mississippi Riverfront District is a 9-mile section of the 50-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, and a fabulous recreation area for walking, biking, blading, picnicking,...

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  • 12. Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    5 out of 5 stars

    This is the largest - and my favorite - of our local art museums because it's also the most diverse. Collections include everything from paintings to textiles, ancient to modern, Asian to African and,...

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  • 13. Lake Calhoun

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Before heading to St. Paul in my second day. I decided to check the second most visited place in Minnesota after Mall of America, the Lake Calhoun which is part of the so called Chain of lakes. The...

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  • 14. Other Lakes / Rivers

    Lakes Calhoun, Harriet, Cedar and Lake of the Isles make up the Chain of Lakes District: part of the larger Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. These four urban lakes are connected by waterways and...

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  • 15. Theater / Music

    Founded by Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the Guthrie Theater is one of Minneapolis' most loved landmarks. Now in it's new building on the Mississippi riverfront, the Guthrie is even more of a must-see in...

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  • 16. MOA Knotts Camp Snoopy

    An exciting ride in a hollowed-out log through a mountain filled with animated figures ending in a spine-tingling drop over a 40-foot waterfall. The Xcel Energy Log Chute takes you on a journey...

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  • 17. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is a nice-sized little art museum with just enough to see without being overwhelmed. The parking is free but if you park in the little pay lot at the bottom of the hill you can have a picnic on...

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  • 18. Food / Drink

    Summit Brewing Company puts on a great little tour of their facility in south St. Paul. Every Tuesday, Thursday and (most) Saturdays at 1:00 they will show you their brewing process and you will get...

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  • 19. Sports

    OK I had to live here during my college days and endure this sterile place that was *really* built for the MN Vikings NFL team. Check out the map on the MN Twins page and compare it to the MN Vikings...

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  • 20. Other Amusement Parks

    The flagship Target (kind of like a Tesco's) store is kind of huge. It's on 2 floors and has everything you could ever want (although, no groceries at this one). Since it's on 2 floors, pushing the...

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  • 21. Split Rock Lighthouse

    This is one of Minnesota's most visited sites and home of one of the few remaining North American lighthouses....it's just a hop skip and a jump from Duluth in Two Harbors, Minnesota. Breathtaking...

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  • 22. American Swedish Institute

    A mansion donated to the preservation of American Swedish culture. Go see the beautifl fireplaces in each room, I've never seen anything like them. They also have a great bookstore with many Swedish...

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  • 23. Lakewood Cemetery

    This is one of the best places in the city to walk without much, if any, traffic. Founded in 1871, Lakewood nestles between Lakes Calhoun and Harriet, and is...

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  • 24. Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

    This is Minneapolis’ oldest continually operating church, and another of our treasures to thankfully escape demolition. This is also the first U.S. Catholic...

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  • 25. Minnesota Renaissaunce

    Get into history. This fair runs every weekend from mid August through Labor Day. It is a huge area that will take at least a day to go through. It is the...

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