A quick getaway to the Twin Cities can be an affordable, memorable escape for the whole family. Easily accessible by air, through MSP airport, or by road, visitors are surrounded by an array of options for shopping, dining, and exploring. Here is our list of the top five things to do in Minneapolis:
1. Lake Minnetonka
In the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnetonka stands out as one of the largest in the state. Whether you’re a fan of boating, fishing, or sunbathing, you’ll love this gorgeous natural destination. Watch the boats come in while sipping refreshing beverages at Lord Fletcher’s, rent a kayak, or kick back on a cruise around this lovely body of water. You can also explore the many towns bordering Lake Minnetonka, where you’ll find a variety of restaurants, shopping, and activities to enjoy. Find a hotel with easy access to the lake and downtown Minneapolis.
2. Walker Art Museum
Nestled in the Loring Park neighborhood, Walker Art Center provides a colorful refuge for artists and art lovers alike. Surrounded by a sculpture garden filled with larger-than-life works, the Walker Art Center is home to a rotating selection of wonders. Take a selfie with the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry or the vibrant Blue Rooster, then head inside to see the latest exhibition or independent film. This beautiful museum will add a touch of culture to your getaway.
3. Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at the Mall of America
With over one million gallons of aquarium water, wildlife lovers will have a blast in this massive park inside the Mall of America. Sea Life Minnesota is home to dozens of animals including seadragons, stingrays, anemones, prawns, jellyfish, and seahorses, in addition to numerous coral, coves, and reefs. They’re open daily and have tons of educational content on wildlife and conservation, fun for adults and kids alike!
4. REVEAL Rooftop Bar
If you want a sophisticated place to unwind after a long day, look no further than REVEAL. Located on the sixth floor of the AC Hotel Minneapolis West End in St. Louis Park, this rooftop bar gives you a spectacular view of the Minneapolis skyline. With their array of tapas and full cocktail list, this hidden gem is quickly becoming a hot spot for tourists and locals alike. Be sure to check out their Happy Hour.
5. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Sprawling Como Park is open year-round and offers a variety of sights and activities for people of all ages. In the fall, watch the incredible foliage change colors. In the winter, stay cozy in the conservatory. When spring is in bloom, check out the gorgeous grounds. And in summer, rent a paddle boat and enjoy duck-watching on the lake. In addition to the park and visitor center is the Como Park Zoo, where you’ll find – among other creatures – flamingos, giraffes, leopards, and tigers. There’s something for everyone.