If it weren’t for all the culture in Minneapolis, we might feel more “midwestern”. But luckily for us, we have a plethora of it! From world class art and science galleries and museums to more theater seats per capita than anyone in the US (excluding NYC), Minneapolis has recently become the “it girl” for renowned architects designing vigorous and articulate art and cultural institutions. In the last few years, we have had an addition to the Walker Art Museum by Herzog and DeMeuron, a brand new Guthrie Theater location and building by Jean Nouvel, a new Central Library by Caeser Pelli, a new MacPhail Center for Art by James Dayton Design, and not to mention the many new buildings and spaces by our own famous architects Julie Snow, MS+R, ESG, HGA, and more.

Downtown Riverfront

On the downtown side of the riverbank, the Mill Ruins Park, Guthrie Theater, and Mill City Museum comprise the most visited places. Walk across the Stone Arch Bridge, and you’ll find more riverfront restaurants and bars to enjoy! Take a walk on the water plant plank and get as close to the St. Anthony Falls as possible!

Chain of Lakes

Take a gander around Minneapolis’ natural waterways and take in what sets Minneapolis apart – plenty of urban lakes! Harriet, Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake comprise the best of the urban natural habitat of Minneapolis!

Grand Rounds

Loop around Minneapolis and discover an astounding array of natural beauty all around us! Start at Theodore Wirth Park with Eloise Butler Flower Garden, Wirth Lake, Victory Memorial, through Northeast, Downtown Riverfront, Mississippi River, Minnehaha Parkway and Creek, and finally the Chain of Lakes.

minneapolisparks.org/grandrounds

Theater District

On Hennepin Avenue from about 3rd to 8th street, you’ll find the neighborhood which has earned Minneapolis the title of “Most Theater Seats Per Capita” second only to New York City! The Ordway, Pantages, and now the new Cowles Center for Dance and Theater Art rank among the finest. The Guthrie Theater and many smaller theaters (Theater Garage) round out theatrical offerings in other areas.

Eat Street

Further south from Nicollet Mall, you’ll find a section of Nicollet Avenue called Eat Street. There’s no park, no theater, no live entertainment (save the new Icehouse late nights), but what you will find are the many restaurants offering food from all the places the sun travels (practically).

Our faves: from Mock Chicken Pad Thai (Evergreen Thai Restaurant), bacon ice cream sundays (Icehouse Restaurant), Bahn Mi sandwiches (Lu’s), Spaetzle (Black Forest Restaurant).

Minneapolis Institute of Art

3 floors of italian marble provide the backdrop for art from the ancient world to today. Located between Uptown and Downtown, it is a place of overwhelming proportions, best seen on multiple days. Donations accepted.
Our faves: Chuck Close self portrait, the jade in the Asian Art section, and the Albrecht Durer’s Adam and Eve.

Science Museum of Minnesota

This St. Paul institution is located on the riverfront across from the Xcel center (home of the Minnesota Wild Hockey team). An Omnimax theater, an ever changing special exhibit, countless permanent displays keep locals coming back again and again.
Our best kept secret revealed: Bring in your own special rock, fossil or unusual find, and the scientists will assess it, and give you an opportunity to trade it for other cool finds!

Midtown Global Market

In the middle of Lake Street, you will find this urban gem making use of an old Sears store in a delicious way! Merchants and Restaurants from all over the globe come together to create what is sure to be an eye opening adventure on the yummy side! Live music often accompanies this lively dining adventure.
Our faves: Salty Tart, Jakeenos pizza, Salsa de la Salsa.

Stone Arch Bridge

The large rusticated brick bridge once provided grain trains access to both sides of the river. Now an iconic pedestrian bridge, it is traversed by bicycle commuters, tourists wanting a great view of Minnehaha Falls, Segway tours, and more!

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Located in the capital city of St. Paul, the children’s museum brings science to life! Discover Minnesota specific habitats, see a special event, even host a birthday party! Accolades from Parents Magazine, Nickelodeon Parent Connect, and MN Parent Magazine reinforce what Minnesotans already know: it’s the perfect place for young children to combine learning and play.

Mill City Museum

mill city museum & stone arch plaza

With its stunning exterior and interior design, as well as its engaging collection and exhibits, the Mill City Museum is an anchor of the Mill District. Built within the charred ruins of the Washburn A Mill, a site designated a national landmark by the National Register of Historic Places and at one time the milling center of the world, this museum tells the story of Minneapolis’s flour mill past, the influence of the flour mill industry on the city’s growth, and the national and international impact of Minneapolis’s mill industry.

millcitymuseum.org   |   704 South 2nd Street  Minneapolis, MN 55401   |   (612) 341-7555   |   map it

Minnehaha Falls

This stunning scenic destination of Minnehaha Creek’s final dramatic descent on the way to the Mississippi River has brought crowds in all seasons since the late 1800’s. Surrounded by acres of riverfront parkland, visitors can take a 4 person bicycle, hike the creek to the dog park, and enjoy some of the freshest fish in town for lunch or dinner at Sea Salt cafe while listening to summertime music.