Minneapolis top 10
Road trip planning
What’s there to do in Minneapolis? Here are 10 ideas from admission staff:
- Tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This free museum showcases art from all over the world and from every period of human history.
- Stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge to get a great view of downtown and the Mississippi River’s St. Anthony Falls. Then visit Mill City Museum to tour the interactive exhibits and eight-story flour tower.
- Visit Walker Art Center, known for its innovative presentations and collections of contemporary art.
- Take in an evening performance at the acclaimed Guthrie Theater.
- Watch the Minnesota Twins play at Target Field.
- Experience Minnehaha Park and Falls in one of Minneapolis’ oldest parks. The 53-foot waterfall inspired Longfellow's "Song of Hiawatha."
- Vertical Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing Facility — just two blocks from MCAD — is one of the largest and tallest climbing facilities in the country. Vertical Endeavors offers something for first-timers to experienced climbers.
- Zoom around town on the light rail transit system that connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, Mall of America and 18 other stations.
- Take in the sights and sounds of Uptown Minneapolis. This hip neighborhood has abundant restaurants, unique shops and an urban vibe. And it’s a short walk to Lake Calhoun or Lake of the Isles.
- Bike on one of the city’s many trails. Bring your own bike or try the Nice Ride bike sharing program.
- Matt’s Bar is the home of the famous “Jucy Lucy” burger stuffed with cheddar cheese. Remember, if it’s spelled correctly (as “juicy”), you just might be eating a shameless rip-off!
- Tracy’s Saloon and Eatery, a college student staple, offers delicious burgers, salads, soups, sandwiches and amazing homemade shakes/malts!
- Sebastian Joe’s Ice Cream is a family owned, community-minded business that has been making superb premium ice cream in the Twin Cities since 1984. It uses only all-natural ingredients of the highest quality.
- Afro Deli & Coffee is an inspiring social venture that attempts to weave together business with community and culture. The deli offers freshly made African, Mediterranean and American cuisine at reasonable prices.
- Jasmine Deli is locally owned and features authentic and tasty spring rolls, banh mi sandwiches, noodle soups and stir-fries. Try the addictive bubble teas!
- The Bad Waitress is a locally sourced cafe with a super-hero flair that offers an amazing breakfast, lunch and dinner. We recommend the el Diablo breakfast sandwich.
- Glam Doll Donuts is a retro donut shop with cheekily named flavors like “Peek-a-Boo” (tres leches), “Chart Topper” (peanut butter and sriracha), “Bombshell" (spicy Mexican chocolate with cayenne peppers) and “Girl Next Door” (an apple fritter with cheese curds and bacon).These aren’t your grandmother’s donuts!
- Black Forest Inn, open since 1965, offers foods inspired by the German kitchen. Bratwurst, spaetzel, breads and pastries made in-house with fresh ingredients are a unique treat.
- Icehouse Restaurant features a chef-driven menu of imaginative small plates, deli standards and amazing desserts.