Minneapolis is an excellent and surprisingly affordable choice for a weekend getaway filled with food, fun, and exploration. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are only a short drive from one another, and between them they boast several critically-acclaimed restaurants, cultural and music venues, and beautiful scenery. In fact, there’s so much to do, you might struggle to fit it all in one weekend! To help you prioritize, here’s our pick of the must-see destinations in the Minneapolis area:

 

Museums

Start out at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where (for free admission!) you can see over 90,000 works of art. Next, swing by the Walker Art Center. Stroll through the sculpture garden, catch an independent film at the theater, and snag a bite at Esker Grove, an on-site fine dining eatery. Finally, round out your day at the iconic American Swedish Institute - it’s literally inside a castle!

 

Head to the Beach or the Trail

Head to the shores of Lake Minnetonka for sun and fun. Wayzata, Excelsior, and Minnetonka all offer lakeside dining with picturesque views, and there are plenty of rentals for those seeking aquatic adventure. You can even plan a fishing trip. If hiking is more your speed, try the Minnehaha Falls for a variety of trails.

 

Take a Food Tour

The Twin Cities are foodie heaven, and knowing where to begin can be a challenge! So if it’s your first visit, you must try our famous local delicacy, the Juicy Lucy burger. Many locations claim to serve the original or best Juicy Lucy, but Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club in Minneapolis, and Shamrock’s or The Nook in St. Paul, are all great characterful options. 

Once you’ve digested your Juicy Lucy, swing by Annie’s for milkshakes, or Psycho Suzi’s for happy hour. Round out the day with a hearty meal and live music at Hell’s Kitchen. Alternatively, if gourmet cuisine is your thing, venture to Martine, Hai Hai, or Travail for a true culinary experience.

 

Explore Our History

History is really brought to life in Minnesota through diverse theaters, museums, and tours. The Fitzgerald Theater plays host to events by Minnesota Public Radio. There’s also the History Theatre and Minnesota History Center, both in St. Paul, where learning comes alive in plays, musicals, and interactive exhibits. The Mill City Museum traces the history of the rich Minnesotan tradition of grinding flour. And finally, don’t miss the James J. Hill House in St. Paul, an opulent home built for a legendary railroad tycoon.

 

Rock Out at a Concert

There are so many fantastic concert venues in Minneapolis, it’s hard to know where to begin! Dakota Jazz Club and the Minnesota Orchestra offer classy, elegant experiences. Varsity Theater and The Armory are for those seeking the hottest bands. But regardless of your tastes, you absolutely cannot miss a show at First Ave. This staple of the Minneapolis music scene is a hub for artists working across genres - it was even one of Prince’s most beloved spots.


Learn more about fun things to do in Minneapolis including visiting amusement parks and water parks.

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