Things to do in Minneapolis

Things to do in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a major city in Minnesota that forms “Twin Cities” with the neighboring state capital of St. Paul. Bisected by the Mississippi River, it’s known for its parks and lakes. Minneapolis is also home to many cultural landmarks like the Walker Art Center, a contemporary art museum, and its adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, famed for Claes Oldenburg’s “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture.

Summer

  1. Walk around Lake Harriet at sunset so you end up at the band shell for a little summer music. Then head up the hill to Sebastian Joe’s for ice cream (two scoops, of course).
  2. Spend the first two weeks of August racing from show to show for the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Bonus: The first weekend in August, you can catch a Fringe performance in Uptown and then spend the rest of the afternoon strolling through the Uptown Art Fair. End the day with a cool drink and good food at Chino Latino.
  3.  Find adventure on the Mississippi and kayak with the pros at Above the Falls Sports.
  4. Enjoy lawn bowling on the roof at Brit’s Pub.
  5. iPod out of juice? Head on over to one of the five major Minneapolis parks anytime during the week to hear live music, part of Minneapolis Music and Movies in the Parks.
  6. Sit on the deck of Tugg’s Tavern at Saint Anthony Main in the summertime—enjoy a stuffed burger and lemonade while taking in the skyline and riverfront views.
  7. Play bocce ball at the Nomad World Pub, or outdoors at the many Minneapolis parks.
  8. Canoe and look at the beautiful houses along Lake of the Isles.
  9. Enjoy the patio view over dinner at Monte Carlo in the summer.
  10. Shop and eat your way through Mill City Farmers Market on a Saturday morning.
  11. 450 different types of food served up deep fried, in a bucket, wrapped up and even on a stick warrant a trip to the Minnesota State Fair.
  12. View one of the largest fireworks displays in the country on the riverfront on July 4, then return for an even bigger one that wraps up the Minneapolis Aquatennial each summer.
  13. Catch some curb and watch the Art Car Parade in Uptown.
  14. Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and the country’s second oldest public rose garden, located on picturesque Lake Harriet—on Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes.
  15. Catch a glimpse of a Queen (the Queen of the Lakes) at an Aquatennial Parade.
  16. Watch the world go by from a patio table outside most restaurants in Minneapolis.
  17. Get a bird’s eye view of downtown Minneapolis from Prohibition, situated on the 27th floor of W at the Foshay.
  18. Dance, drink and get “diva-d” at Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest, free gay pride festival in the country.
  19. Watch the biggest Internet Cat Video Festival in the world with the Walker Art Center.
  20. Float down the Mississippi on the Minneapolis Queen.
  21. Rent a bike built for two, or four — or a boat! — from Wheel Fun Rentals, and glide around or in Lake Calhoun.
  22. Sit under the stars and watch a movie in Loring Park.
  23. Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of the hundred+ stations and explore the city on two wheels of eco-friendliness.
  24. Rock out at the party “of a higher order”: the annual Basilica Block Party.
  25. Nosh on pomme frites and sip great beers, French, of course, at Café Barbette‘s Bastille Day Block Party.
  26. Get your hip hop fix at Fifth Element record shop in Uptown, the official Rhymesayers store.
  27. Go old school at Via’s Vintage Wear in Uptown.
  28. Cool off with a pint and watch a game of soccer at The Local, a favorite Irish pub on Nicollet.
  29. Catch a flick at the Riverview Theater and then set up camp with friends and a flight of wine on the patio of the Riverview Cafe wine bar.
  30. Get your Mary Tyler Moore pic at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet & 5th, then Shop Minneapolis for artistic, locally made retail items.
  31. Play softball in one of Minneapolis’s 179 parks.
  32. Attend a Sunday morning worship service at the Lake Harriet Bandshell or Minnehaha Falls.
  33. Go back in time on the Lake Harriet Streetcar.
  34. Attend the free family day at the Walker Art Center.
  35. Learn about Minneapolis history in 19 minutes flat at Mill City Museum.
  36. Hop on the Tiki Tram running between Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Betty Danger’s Country Club and Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in “Nordeast” Minneapolis to try all three hot spots in one evening.