Summer biking, winter holiday festivals—whatever season it is, you can bet that Minneapolis will have plenty of fun activities to discover. Read on for some of our favorites.
Where to Stay
Minneapolis is known for its food scene so you’re going to want to be close to the action. Stay in Downtown’s North Loop neighborhood for good proximity to the city’s best restaurants. Or book one of our favorite hotels:
- Radisson Blu Mall of America: Attached to the Mall of America and is a beautiful boutique property
- Loews Minneapolis Hotel: Great location to the Target Center for a basketball game or concert
- The Marquette: Newly renovated boutique property in the center of the city
What to Do
DURING THE WINTER
- City of Lakes Loppet. An urban cross-country ski festival takes place every winter in Minneapolis. If you’re feeling adventurous, register for the challenge itself. But if not, check out one of the many other wintery events scheduled during the festival.
- Holidazzle. This free festival hosted in Loring Park features local food, beverages, crafts as well as music and entertainment (complete with outdoor skating rink).
- The Depot Rink. Winter is the time to hit up this indoor skating rink (as it’s usually closed in the summer). Great fun for the whole family!
- Prince’s Paisley Park Tour. Paisley Park is late-artist Prince’s extraordinary estate and production complex. Fans can now take a tour of the estate to see artifacts from Prince’s own archives.
- Mill Ruins Park. Located along the west bank of the Mississippi River, Mill Ruins Park showcases the area’s industrial past (in the 19th century the city was the leading international producer of flour). Wander around or take a guided tour and for more, visit the nearby Mill City Museum.
- Mall of America. Mall of America’s reputation precedes it. The mall (big enough to fit 7 Yankee Stadiums inside) houses 520 retail stores, 50+ restaurants, as well as indoor theme parks (like Nickelodeon Universe) and more. Plus, it hosts 400+ events each year so there is sure to be something happening during your stay.
- Foshay Tower. Head to the 31st floor observation deck of this historic Art Deco building (now a W Hotel) to get one of our favorite 360 degree views of the city.
- Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open 365 days a year (from 6am-midnight) so you can get your fix no matter the season. Don’t miss the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture.
Where to Eat & Drink
Farm to table dining and classic Midwest food staples dominate the food scene in Minneapolis.
- The Capital Grille
- Brasa Rotisserie
- Butcher & The Boar
- The Freehouse
- Keys Cafe
- Vicinity Coffee
- The Local
- Marvel Bar
- Volstead’s Emporium