Things to do
in Minnesota

Trip ideas, shows,
tours, & attractions

By now, you know all about the Mall of America, Target Field, and Lake Minnetonka, but there are so many must-try things to do in Minnesota in or around the Twin Cities that only a shrewd traveler would know about. Minnestay’s lavish city lofts, lake homes, luxury estates, and weekend house rentals are all a short drive from tranquil city parks, historic theaters, world-famous restaurants, and a plethora of free museums in Minneapolis. Keep reading to learn more about this region’s unique year-round allure.

Click on the photos below for even more classic Minnesota vacation ideas. With so many unforgettable things to do in Minnesota, your next Midwest escape is bound to leave you breathless!

The Great Outdoors

While Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for their modern, eye-catching downtown skyscrapers, you won’t find a more inviting duo in terms of free green space. According to U.S. News, both cities rank insidea America’s top three park systems. Travelers love posing for photos underneath the Spoonbridge and Cherry, standing beneath Minnehaha Falls, jogging around Lake of the Isles, and strolling through Como Park’s Japanese garden.

Nightly Live Entertainment

Even during the winter months, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is a dazzling entertainment hub for theater-goers, music lovers, and sports nuts. Some of the nation’s most-recognized music venues lie in Downtown Minneapolis, such as First AvenueOrpheum Theatre, and The Armory. Whether you’re aiming to experience Minneapolis’ rousing night club scene, cheer on the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, or play cards at Mystic Lake Casino, you’ll never forget your week spent in Minnesota!

The State’s Best Attractions

Visiting a handful of fun, crowd-pleasing attractions in one weekend ranks among the most popular things to do in Minnesota. Travelers and locals alike can get lost in all of the gleeful madness at the Mall of AmericaValleyfair amusement parkWalker Art CenterCan Can WonderlandTarget Center, and Paisley Park. For those who plan to branch out to Greater Minnesota, we recommend a stop in Stillwater, Duluth, and the Brainerd Lakes area.

Culinary Delights and Craft Beer

A rising trend among couples and groups is beer and culinary tourism, where self-proclaimed aficionados taste their way through the region’s many delights. Two of the most notable up-and-coming neighborhoods in Minneapolis are North Loop and Northeast. People flock to North Loop to savor gorgeously-plated entrees at Spoon and StableBar La Grassa, and The Bachelor Farmer. And, just across the river, craft beer fanatics can sip on some of the tastiest ales in the state at Dangerous Man Brewing56 Brewing, and Fair State Cooperative.

The Great Outdoors

While Minneapolis and St. Paul are known for their modern, eye-catching downtown skyscrapers, you won’t find a more inviting duo in terms of free green space. According to U.S. News, both cities rank insidea America’s top three park systems. Travelers love posing for photos underneath the Spoonbridge and Cherry, standing beneath Minnehaha Falls, jogging around Lake of the Isles, and strolling through Como Park’s Japanese garden.

Nightly Live Entertainment

Even during the winter months, the Land of 10,000 Lakes is a dazzling entertainment hub for theater-goers, music lovers, and sports nuts. Some of the nation’s most-recognized music venues lie in Downtown Minneapolis, such as First AvenueOrpheum Theatre, and The Armory. Whether you’re aiming to experience Minneapolis’ rousing night club scene, cheer on the Minnesota Wild in St. Paul, or play cards at Mystic Lake Casino, you’ll never forget your week spent in Minnesota!

The State’s Best Attractions

Visiting a handful of fun, crowd-pleasing attractions in one weekend ranks among the most popular things to do in Minnesota. Travelers and locals alike can get lost in all of the gleeful madness at the Mall of AmericaValleyfair amusement parkWalker Art CenterCan Can WonderlandTarget Center, and Paisley Park. For those who plan to branch out to Greater Minnesota, we recommend a stop in Stillwater, Duluth, and the Brainerd Lakes area.

Culinary Delights and Craft Beer

A rising trend among couples and groups is beer and culinary tourism, where self-proclaimed aficionados taste their way through the region’s many delights. Two of the most notable up-and-coming neighborhoods in Minneapolis are North Loop and Northeast. People flock to North Loop to savor gorgeously-plated entrees at Spoon and StableBar La Grassa, and The Bachelor Farmer. And, just across the river, craft beer fanatics can sip on some of the tastiest ales in the state at Dangerous Man Brewing56 Brewing, and Fair State Cooperative.

Click on the photos below for even more classic Minnesota vacation ideas. With so many unforgettable things to do in Minnesota, your next Midwest escape is bound to leave you breathless!

Museums
& history

Family Fun –
Kid Activites

Outdoor activites
and waterparks

Golf Courses

Parks & Zoos

Major
Attractions

Arts &
Entertainment

Breweries
And Wineries

Tours

Health
& Fitness

Shopping

Casino &
Race Track

Trip Ideas