Minnesota Things to Do

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Minnesota Things to Do

  • Mall of America

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 numerous restaurants in the second floor. Kids will also love this mall because of Nickelodeon Universe, SEA Life, Lego store etc. It's just very busy...

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  • Aerial Lift Bridge

    Duluth Things to Do

    When visiting Duluth for the first time (or the second, or the third..), visiting the Ariel Lift Bridge and the Marine Museum is a must! The lift bridge was the third attempt to connect the city to a penninsula in Lake Superior called Canal Park. This narrow canal is a key to great lakes shipping and it was imperitave that two things needed to...

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  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Paul Things to Do

    It is time to move on and discover quite a popular place to visit in Saint Paul: The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, which has around 2,5 mln visitor a year. The entrance to the park, zoo and also the conservatory is for free, although they do appreciate a voluntary donation of $2 for an adult and $1 for a child. I love seeing flowers and gardens,...

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  • Downtown

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    11/1/2013 NOTE: Gaviidae has been sold to a new owner and an overhaul of the property is expected. I'll revise this review as more information becomes available. Downtown Minneapolis isn't the shopping mecca that many big cities are; our largest concentration of retail stores are at malls in the suburbs. Gaviidae (Gah-veh-day) Common is one...

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  • Visit the State Capitol...

    Saint Paul Things to Do

    One of distinguish buildings in Minnesota. It's set in a wide campus with a good view of downtown St. Paul and the Cathedral. There are monuments is front and golden chariots decorating the unsupported dome which is said to be the second largest in the world next to its model St. Pete's Basilica of Rome.

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  • Minnehaha Creek / Falls

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 Restaurants). It also has picnic grounds, a wading pool, play areas, bike and surrey rentals and one gorgeous waterfall with walking trails both above...

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  • Science Museum of Minnesota

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Saint Paul Things to Do

    The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest and I am sure it is one of the best. This is an absolutely wonderful museum and I would recommend it for all ages. The current special exhibit – and the reason we went – was The Dead Sea Scrolls, described as the most important archaelogical discovery of the 20th...

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  • Nicollet Mall

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 easy pickin's for downtown urban dwellers, picnickers and hotel guests. Round out your lunch with something from one of the gastrotrucks which are...

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  • Minnesota State Fair

    Saint Paul Things to Do

    The annual Minnesota State Fair is one of the best state fairs in the country (second only to New York's). For 12 days each summer a million and a half plus people turn out to enjoy the rides, exhibits, and of course, all the food! Some things that we/I particularly enjoyed: Miracle of Birth Center - goats, cows, and pigs that had either just...

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  • Walker Art Center / Sculpture Garden

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 Avenue. That collection took on a life of its own, expanding to a point that the entire house became a museum with Mr. Walker moving himself and his...

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  • Taste of MN

    Saint Paul Things to Do

    The Taste of Minnesota is obviously taken from the Taste of Chicago, but from being at both I think they're both comparable. For those who've never been to both, the Taste of Minnesota is a week long outdoor event where the best resteraunts have booths where people can get food on the State Capitol grounds. There are free big name bands, shows,...

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  • Other Art / Architecture / Musuems

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 and floor lamps, copper doors and marble floors add warmth and richness to the glittering rainbow of color from 10 million tiny tessalle of glass that...

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  • Minnesota Zoo

    4 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 creatures of fin, feather and fur and a few in between. Its role extends far beyond providing the usual zoo experience to establishing and supporting...

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  • Combined Suggestions

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    A short walk across the Hennepin or Stone Arch bridges from downtown is a pretty little one-block riverfront area called St. Anthony Main. Some years ago it was an entertainment/specialty shopping/dining center but the retail stores didn't quite make it. Fortunately the restaurants along this old cobblestone street survived so it's still a great...

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  • Mills / Mill Ruins Park

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    This historic area opened as a park in October 2001. While there, you can: 1. walk across the Stone Arch Bridge to Main Street and St. Anthony 2. see St. Anthony Falls either from the bridge or the observation deck at the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers building. 3. Visit Mill City Museum and learn about Minneapolis as a Milling town.

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  • ST.PAUL

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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. Paul Mickey's Diner James J. Hill House Summit Avenue Science Museum of Minnesota Como Park Zoo & Conservatory Snoopy & Friends GO TO ST. PAUL...

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  • Seasonal Events

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    This is a weekend tradition for many Twin Cities locals! The Minneapolis Farmers Market on North Lyndale has been around since the 1800's but 'only' in its current location since 1937. Three open-air sheds house over 200 vendors of gorgeous produce, flowers, meats, fish and other good stuff. Across the street is the Minnesota Farmers Market Annex -...

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  • Lake Calhoun

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 weather that time is freezing and I am not able to get lively photos though. I drove around the lake and by looking at it I think there's lot of...

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  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    5 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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, except for special exhibits, it doesn't cost a dime! Free public tours are available as are $5 audio guide rentals. The museum store and bookshop are...

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  • Other Lakes / Rivers

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 paths and are a favorite with locals and visitors alike. There are 13 miles of paths for biking, walking, rollerblading and, depending on the individual...

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  • MOA Knotts Camp Snoopy

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 through scenic Minnesota woods and an authentic lumber mill. Along the way you will encounter an old mining tunnel on the verge of collapse and finally...

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  • Theater / Music

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 Minneapolis than ever before. The new Guthrie has 3 stages, full-service to casual dining options including "Cue", "Level 5 Cafe", "Level 5 Express" and...

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  • Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 the banks of the river...one of our favorite summer spots.

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  • Food / Drink

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 to sample a little of their beer at the end. I really recommend it as both a cool indoor activity during the summer and winter months as well as a...

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  • Split Rock Lighthouse

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 Scenery Alert!!!

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  • Other Amusement Parks

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 buggy up a flight of stairs isn't an option. So, viola! They invented an escalator for the buggy! I swear to God, I've never seen anything like this...

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  • Sports

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 map on their website...duhhhhhhh. But being the damn MLB diehard I was I did go to this place with my best college partner in crime. We'd skip class...

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  • American Swedish Institute

    Minneapolis Things to Do

    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 books & artwork by Carl Larsson.

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  • Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America

    There are so many fun rides here, especially for children. Yes, the tickets are a little expensive, but we bought the all day arm bands and stayed there for 10 hours. Even after that my son didn't want to leave. The really great thing is if you have a kid under 48 inches, you can ride for free on almost all the rides with them. You may want to take...

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  • Historic Fort Snelling

    After the War of 1812, the United States gained control of the Upper Mississippi River Valley by establishing a chain of forts and Indian agencies extending from Lake Michigan to the Missouri River. In 1819, the 5th Regiment of Infantry established a fort at the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers. Fort Snelling (today called...

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  • Fairmont

    The city of Fairmont is the county seat of Martin County and was built around a chain of five lakes: George Lake, Lake Sisseton, Budd Lake, Hall Lake, and Amber Lake. All except Amber Lake are connected by channels and are used extensively for recreational boating and fishing. Fairmont is also home to an extensive park and trail system which...

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  • Owatonna

    With a population of over 24,000 people Owatonna lies over the Straight River, the word Owatonna in Sioux means straight. The city is about 65 miles south of Minneapolis and was founded in 1854, soon becoming a regular stopping place for stagecoaches and, later, railroad lines. According to local legend, the Straight River had curative powers and...

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  • Minneapolis

    Minneapolis is the largest city in the state of Minnesota; its name is a combination of mni, the Dakota word for water, and polis, the Greek word for city. Residents of the city are known as Minneapolitans.May 2010

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  • Albert Lea

    The town is named after Albert Miller Lea who was a topographer with the United States Dragoons. Albert surveyed southern Minnesota and northern Iowa during 1835, including the current city of Albert Lea.June 2008

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  • The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

    The Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum was established in 1934 as a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota. It was named after a prominent Minneapolis businessman and philanthropist whose donations of funds and other support made establishment of the museum possible.The museum's permanent collection includes more than 17,000 works of art,...

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  • The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory

    Built in 1915, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, formerly called the Como Park Conservatory, is the largest glass-dome garden in the Upper Midwest. It features rooms and gardens which highlight different varieties of trees and plants.The Palm Room is under the conservatory's tallest dome and contains more than 150 species of palm trees. The Fern...

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  • The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

    The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was established in 1988 as a joint project between the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board and the Walker Art Center. The garden features over 40 sculptures, including the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry (pictured here), set among 11 acres (four hectares) of footpaths, plazas, and landscaping.Located within the...

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  • The Mill City Museum

    In the 1990s, the Minnesota Historical Society completely renovated the then-abandoned Washburn A Mill that was at one time the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world. The result of the renovation, the Mill City Museum, tells the story of flour milling and its impact on the growth of Minneapolis.From about 1880, and for...

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  • Orchestra Hall

    Orchestra Hall opened in 1974 as the home of the Minnesota Orchestra. Since its opening, Orchestra Hall has hosted more than 4,000 concerts for over 10,000,000 concert goers. Performances include both classical and pops concerts.Known for its accoustics, the ceiling of Orchestra Hall is made up of more than 100 cubes which deflect sound. Vibrations...

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  • Two Harbors Lighthouse

    Two Harbors Lighthouse was constructed in 1892 as a beacon to guide ships carrying iron ore and grain out of nearby Duluth. The red brick lighthouse is 78 feet (28 meters) tall and includes a lighthouse keeper's home. It was automated in the 1960s, and the original fourth-order Fresnel lens was replaced by a modern airport-style beacon. The Fresnel...

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  • Adorable Rice Park

    In front of the beautiful 1902 building that houses the Landmark Center (which in itself is lovely and on the National Register of Historic Places for a good reason), is Rice Park, the cutest park in the world, I'd have to say.St. Paul was the birthplace of Charles M. Schulz. If you don't know who that is, you've lived a sad life. Schulz was the...

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  • A Stunning Street in St. Paul

    Summit Avenue is an amazing street and a perfect place for a good walk. This long street on a hill overlooking the city of St. Paul starts not far from the beautiful St. Paul Cathedral and goes for a few miles. What makes this a special place is that every house along the street is gorgeous. These homes are huge, historic, and beautifully designed....

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  • Up Close & Personal With Nature

    The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is an awfully long name for something so simple and so beautiful. Basically, on the edge of town there is a river and all along that river they have hiking trails. Simple enough. What that short description doesn't reveal is how beautiful this place can be, especially early in the morning. You're in the...

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  • Wildflower Haven

    Not far from downtown Minneapolis is 15 acres of wildflowers. Part of a city park, the Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden & Bird Sanctuary is the oldest park in the country devoted to wildflowers. It has several different types of terrain (prairie, forest, wetlands, etc) and a visitors center set up inside a cozy cabin that doesn't look at all out of...

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  • Shut Out!

    Turned out to be one helluva a great game. Scott Baker pitched a 2 hit shut out as the Minnesota Twins dismantled the Cleveland Indians 11-0. It was a masterful performance from both sides of the Twins. At one point they exploded with single after single after single driving in one or two runs each time. We were in Minneapolis as part of Kegger's...

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