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What to Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul: Must See Attractions

Minneapolis - St. Paul Attractions

When you visit Minneapolis, it’s almost like a two-for-one pass at a set of amusement parks. Come for a stay in Minneapolis, and get a vacation in St. Paul for free. The Twin Cities of Minnesota are a wealth of culture, art, and the great outdoors. In fact, things to do in Minneapolis span the gamut from eating at a 5-star restaurant to casting a line just outside the city to catch your own dinner. No matter the season, attractions in Minneapolis are sure to keep you entertained. Be fair warned: Winter calls for a well-insulated coat and plenty of other snow gear, but even in the coldest months a trip to Minneapolis is worth weathering the wind chill.

Areas & Neighborhoods in Minneapolis - St. Paul

The neighborhoods in Minneapolis are brimming over with culture, theater, and a tremendous amount of charm. While “Minnesota Nice” sounds like a cliché, you will also find the folks here happy to have you in town. Whether you are visiting for business or leisure, a trip to the Twin Cities will be filled to the brim with possibilities.

Downtown Minneapolis — Downtown is quite the hub, boasting the largest arenas in the city, including Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins™. For visitors who are not so sports-minded, the city center also has plenty of theaters, art, and places to eat.

Uptown — Head to Uptown Minneapolis for a bohemian vibe, where many independent shops and eateries have made a home. The neighborhood is just about one mile south of the downtown district, so you will still be in the thick of it when you visit. It’s in Uptown that you can also visit Lake Calhoun or the nightlife scene at Hennepin Avenue and Lake Street.

Dinkytown — Don’t miss a chance to hit up Dinkytown, the affectionate name for a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota. Some of the best Minneapolis activities take place here, especially in the evening. If you’re looking to grab a bite at a quirky diner or independent sandwich shop, this district will make you very happy.

Things to See in Minneapolis

Art and culture fanatics will find that Minneapolis is a playground with attractions like the Guthrie Theater and Orpheum Theatre. Of course, the Walker Arts Center and Science Museum of Minnesota are also full of interesting exhibits. If you want to see some of the best outdoors Minnesota has to offer, head to some of the local parkland in the summer months, such as Hiawatha Park, Minnehaha Park, and Theodore Wirth Park.

Sightseeing in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Once you’ve gotten your fill of history, art, and other cultural pursuits, consider learning more about the local cuisine and brew industry. Brewery tours of Minneapolis are another excellent way to explore the Twin Cities area. More fun things to do in Minneapolis include attending live music at the Target Center, canoeing along Lake of the Isles in the warmer months, and taking an historical Segway® tour of the city. During the winter, though the temperatures are quite cold, locals still enjoy using local trails for activities such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Things to Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul with Kids

If you're looking to create some family memories in Minneapolis - St. Paul, we've got some inspiration. Gather up the troops and sign up for these cool family friendly experiences:

Free Things to Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul

Sightseeing on a lean budget in Minneapolis - St. Paul? Spend time instead of cash on terrific experiences.

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices - Young or not so young, this place will inspire your imagination and educate your mind.

Northrup King Building - This is a must-do for culture vultures who want to add an artistic touch to their trip.

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area - Allow time to play and add a little excitement to your time here.

University of St. Thomas - If you're an admirer of modern design and architecture, add this attraction to your schedule.

Minnesota Governor's Residence - If you're fascinated by history, this is one attraction you ought to visit.

Lake Nokomis - Spend time near the water to rest and recharge.

Minneapolis Convention Center - Plan a visit and find out the significance of this place to the locals.

Music Box Theatre - Get a deeper understanding of the local beliefs at this holy site.

River Road Trail - You're bound to feel connected with Mother Earth at this stunning place.

Minnehaha Park - If you like digging around the garden, this attraction will captivate your green thumb.

Explore The Neighborhoods of Minneapolis - St. Paul

Downtown Minneapolis

Known for its fantastic nightlife and popular shops, there's plenty to explore in Downtown Minneapolis. Check out top attractions like Target Center and U.S. Bank Stadium, and jump on the metro at Government Plaza Station or Nicollet Mall Station to see more of the city.

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Downtown St. Paul

Travelers come to Downtown St. Paul for its live music, and you can see top attractions like Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre while you're in town.

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Visitors to Uptown like its restaurants and lake views, and Chain of Lakes is a sight worth a stop.


East Bloomington

While you're in East Bloomington, take in top sights like Nickelodeon Universe or Mall of America, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Mall of America Station or 28th Avenue Station.

Warehouse District

Spend some time visiting places like Target Field while getting to know Warehouse District, and be sure to check out the abundant dining options. You can hop aboard the metro at Target Field Station or Warehouse - Hennepin Station to see more of the area.



While you're in Powderhorn, take in top sights like Minneapolis Institute of Arts or Childrens Theatre Company, and hop on the metro to see more the city at Lake Street - Midtown Station or 38th Street Station.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to do in Minneapolis - St. Paul on a sunny day?

Put on some sun cream and your sunglasses and join outdoor activities like a 1 Hour Walk-In Axe Throwing Experience Minneapolis or an Enchanting Como - 1 Day Self-Guided Tour from Milan.

What to do in Minneapolis - St. Paul on a rainy day?

What is Minneapolis - St. Paul famous for?

Mall of America lives up to its reputation as a local icon you can't miss.

What should I not miss in Minneapolis - St. Paul?

If you want to explore the best of this destination, add these attractions to your itinerary:

  • Xcel Energy Center
  • Target Center
  • Target Field
  • University of Minnesota-Minneapolis

Are there cheap things to do in Minneapolis - St. Paul?

What can you do in Minneapolis - St. Paul for free?

You'll barely have time to grab your wallet out of your bag with so many free things to do:

  • Mall of America
  • University of Minnesota-Minneapolis
  • University of St. Thomas
  • Minnehaha Park