Twin Cities Guest Guide 2024

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Uncovering central Minnesota’s most noteworthy attractions, one destination at a time

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The Twin Cities is home to cultural landmarks, fascinating museums, and iconic attractions

Indulge your taste buds in a culinary paradise, with a diverse array of dining options that cater to every palate

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Minneapolis and Saint Paul o er the perfect blend of urban excitement and natural beauty

55 Communities

Vibrant neighborhoods foster a strong sense of belonging in the Twin Cities


E cient public transportation options make navigating the Twin Cities a breeze

63 Curated Listings

These handpicked recommendations ensure visitors experience the must-see highlights and hidden gems

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Welcome to the Twin Cities, where a rich tapestry of culture, entertainment, and natural beauty awaits. Over the past century, our cities have evolved into vibrant hubs of creativity and innovation, from legendary music scenes to groundbreaking social movements. Today, Minneapolis and Saint Paul stand as beacons of modernity, o ering worldclass venues for concerts and sports, a burgeoning craft beer culture, award-winning dining experiences, and a flourishing arts scene.

Saint Paul, our state’s capital, exudes historical charm with its quaint bakeries, captivating museums, and picturesque neighborhoods steeped in history. Meanwhile, Minneapolis dazzles with its renowned theater district, diverse culinary o erings, and extensive network of green spaces for outdoor enthusiasts.

Indulge in a culinary journey along Eat Street in Minneapolis, explore the scenic beauty of Minnehaha Creek, or partake in winter activities like ice skating on Lake Nokomis. Discover unique boutiques in the North Loop, delve into the wonders of science at the Bell Museum, catch a thrilling concert at U.S. Bank Stadium, or take in an intimate show at First Avenue & 7th St. Entry.

No matter your interests, the Twin Cities promises an unforgettable experience filled with endless possibilities. We invite you to join us in creating cherished memories and embracing all that our vibrant cities have to o er. n

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The majestic Mississippi River flows through downtown Minneapolis, o ering scenic views, recreational opportunities, and a vibrant waterfront atmosphere.
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Smash Park

Head to Roseville for a whole new level of entertainment

Smash Park is a near-50,000-square-foot indoor/ outdoor “eatertainment” venue built on fun and community spirit. It combines craft food and drinks with pickleball, endless games, live entertainment, and community events to provide the ultimate gathering place for people of all ages.

Smash Park houses six premium pickleball courts, ax throwing, duckpin bowling, an arcade, darts, cornhole, a private karaoke “Sing Suite,” a premier outdoor dog-friendly patio, rooftop bar, more than 100 televisions for sports viewing and watch parties, and yard games. The full-service dining area features a scratch-driven menu and craft drinks.

At Smash Park, the possibilities are endless, as you can curate a unique experience with each visit, choosing from a variety of complimentary games, activities, and events that cater to friends, family, and co-workers alike.

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SMASH PARK provides endless entertainment, with a diverse array of games and events to suit every taste and occasion throughout the year, all under one roof.


Discover the Twin Cities’ vibrant attractions, from world-renowned museums and lively sports events to thrilling theme parks, comedy clubs, and beloved annual festivals like the Minnesota State Fair. With a diverse range of entertainment options, the Twin Cities promises double the excitement for visitors seeking fun and adventure.

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Head to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America for endless family fun.

Iconic Destinations

The Twin Cities is a treasure trove of captivating landmarks, historic sites, and local attractions. With so much to explore, the challenge lies in deciding where to begin your adventures.


Minneapolis is home to iconic landmarks and parks, each contributing to the city’s rich cultural and historical heritage

The Basilica of Saint Mary The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis is a stunning example of Beaux Arts architecture and is renowned for its intricate design, historic significance, and vibrant community. In August 2024, the Basilica Block Party will return to Boom Island Park, with two days of live performances and ample street food vendors. 612-333-1381;;

Loring Park Loring Park, nestled in the heart of Minneapolis, is a picturesque urban oasis offering serene landscapes, walking paths, and a beautiful pond. Its vibrant cultural scene includes the renowned Walker Art Center and Sculpture Garden, attracting locals and visitors alike for leisurely strolls, art exhibitions, and outdoor

concerts. Loring Park’s blend of natural beauty and cultural attractions makes it a beloved destination for relaxation and exploration in the city.

Mill District This is a historic area that has undergone revitalization, blending old-world charm with modern amenities. It’s home to iconic landmarks like the Mill City Museum, Mill Ruins Park, and the stunning Stone Arch Bridge, offering a glimpse into the city’s industrial past. Visitors can explore the vibrant art scene, enjoy waterfront dining, and take in breathtaking views of the Mississippi River.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden This iconic cultural destination features over 40 sculptures set amid beautifully landscaped grounds. Managed by the Walker Art Center, the garden showcases a diverse collection of contemporary and modern artworks, including the famous Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Visitors can

enjoy leisurely walks, picnics, and art appreciation while exploring this expansive outdoor gallery, making it a must-visit spot for art enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Minnehaha Regional Park Minnehaha Regional Park is a breathtaking natural gem, featuring a stunning 53-foot waterfall surrounded by lush greenery and scenic trails. Visitors can enjoy picnics by the cascading waters, explore the park’s historic sites like the Longfellow House, and take leisurely strolls along the Minnehaha Creek. The park’s beauty and tranquility make it a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, offering a peaceful retreat within the bustling city.

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LORING PARK is a year-round, serene urban oasis.
The MINNEAPOLIS SCULPTURE GARDEN is a captivating outdoor art space, showcasing iconic sculptures such as Spoonbridge and Cherry.

Saint Paul

Saint Paul’s architectural and historical significance comes to life through its myriad must-see sites

Alexander Ramsey House What was Saint Paul like before Minnesota was a state? Once the home of the Minnesota territory’s first governor and the second governor of Minnesota as a state, the Alexander Ramsey House is now a museum that examines the life of the Ramsey family and the history of Saint Paul. 651-296-8760;

Cathedral of Saint Paul Built in the early to mid-1900s, this Roman Catholic cathedral is one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture. Here, you can learn about the cathedral’s rich history and take in beautiful views of Saint Paul. 651-228-1766;

James J. Hill House Explore upstairs and downstairs life in “Minnesota’s Downton Abbey.” Built by railroad magnate James J. Hill, this 36,000-square-foot historic Summit Avenue house in Saint Paul was completed in 1891 and was once the largest and most expensive private residence in the state. The intricate woodwork, pipe organ, and 42 rooms capture the intrigue of the Gilded Age era, as well as the eccentric lives of the Hill family. 651-297-2555;

Rice Park/Landmark Center In the heart of downtown Saint Paul is scenic Rice Park. A beautiful fountain is at its center, and the park is surrounded by the historic Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and the downtown Central Library—which can be recognized by its turquoise spires. Built in 1902, this building features a clock tower, turrets, and other whimsical details. The Landmark Center offers a variety of activities, from ghost tours to Irish dancing, including a weekly per-formance or showcase by Twin Cities artists. 651-292-3225;

Summit Avenue Saint Paul’s Summit Avenue has the longest stretch of Victorian-era homes in the United States. Stretching 4.5 miles, this avenue is lined with hundreds of beautiful houses, and specifically, 373 (out of 440) original houses dating back to 1855.

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The JAMES J. HILL HOUSE (above) is a magnificent Gilded Age mansion on Summit Avenue, while the nearby CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PAUL (below) showcases stunning architecture and religious significance.

Festivals of Fun

The Twin Cities’ vibrant festival scene spans all seasons, showcasing Minnesotans’ love for celebration. Whether it’s summer extravaganzas like the famed “Great Minnesota Get-Together” or winter wonderlands and lively outdoor events, there’s always a festive spirit drawing people together throughout the year in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Aquatennial Minneapolis’ Aquatennial is the city’s official civic celebration, a vibrant summer festival filled with parades, fireworks, and community activities. It showcases the city’s rich culture, history, and love for its surrounding lakes and rivers.

Basilica Block Party The Basilica Block Party is an annual music festival held at Boom Island Park. It features a lineup of renowned artists and bands, attracting music lovers from near and far to enjoy live performances in a vibrant and festive atmosphere.

GLOW Holiday Festival The GLOW Holiday Festival in Saint Paul is a dazzling winter celebration that lights up the city with festive displays, ice sculptures, and holiday-themed activities. Visitors can enjoy ice skating, live entertainment, and festive treats while immersing themselves in the magic of the holiday season.

The Great Northern The Great Northern Festival in the Twin Cities is a winter extravaganza featuring ice bars, outdoor activities, and culinary experiences. From ice fishing to food tastings, this festival celebrates the best of winter in Minnesota with a mix of fun, food, and festivities for all ages.

Minneapolis’ AQUATENNIAL is a summer festival and the city’s o cial civic celebration.

Irish Fair of Minnesota Every second weekend of August, celebrate all things Irish with music, dance, family activities, and good craic at the Irish Fair. Recognized as one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, the Irish Fair is one of the largest and most authentic Irish festivals nationwide.

Minnesota State Fair The Minnesota State Fair, a beloved end-of-summer tradition, has been consistently ranked among the top state fairs in the U.S. by Insider. Known as “The Great Minnesota Get-Together,” it showcases the state’s vibrant agriculture, offering a plethora of fair foods like corn dogs, cheese curds, mini donuts, and Sweet Martha’s cookies. Visitors can also explore innovative treats like deep-fried Spam curds, pickle pizza, and savory or sweet Nordic waffles, along with a wide array of shops, rides, games, and attractions each year. 651-288-4400;

Minnesota Yacht Club Festival In July 2024, the inaugural Minnesota Yacht Club Festival will take place at Harriet Island Regional Park in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Experience sound waves underneath the giant cottonwoods and along the majestic Mississippi River, bringing fans together for two days of performances across two stages with no overlapping sets.

Oktoberfest Ranked No. 4 by Tasting Table for “Best Oktoberfests in the U.S.,” the Twin Cities Oktoberfest is a vibrant celebration of German

culture, featuring traditional music, dance, and, of course, plenty of delicious beer and food. Held at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, the festival offers a lively atmosphere with activities like keg tapping ceremonies, beer stein-holding contests, and authentic German cuisine to enjoy.

Twin Cities Jazz Fest The Twin Cities Jazz Fest is a premier event showcasing talented jazz musicians from around the world. With multiple stages, workshops, and vibrant performances, it’s a celebration of the rich heritage and contemporary sounds of jazz that music enthusiasts won’t want to miss.

Twin Cities Pride The Twin Cities Pride Festival is a vibrant celebration and empowerment event for the LGBTQ+ community. It features a lively parade, diverse music acts, captivating performances, interactive games, delicious food and beverages, and a bustling marketplace with numerous vendors. This inclusive festival welcomes everyone and is free of charge, promoting unity and acceptance in a joyous atmosphere.

Winter Carnival Experience the magic of winter in Saint Paul at our annual winter wonderland celebration. Admire stunning ice carvings created by talented artists, and enjoy a range of familyfriendly activities such as artistic workshops, educational exhibits, scavenger hunts, and a selection of craft beers to warm your spirits during this festive season. 651-223-7400;

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Sports Galore

Explore the Twin Cities and its surrounding suburbs for an unparalleled fan experience at Minnesota’s sporting events. Benefit from convenient mass transit, vibrant nightlife, diverse dining options, and accommodations to suit every budget, drawing fans to Minneapolis and Saint Paul to cheer on their beloved teams.


Minnesota Twins Experience the thrill of Minnesota Twins games in Minneapolis, where fans gather at Target Field to enjoy exciting baseball action, delicious ballpark food, and a vibrant atmosphere that celebrates America’s favorite pastime.

St. Paul Saints Cheer on the St. Paul Saints at CHS Field, where baseball enthusiasts revel in an electric atmosphere, fun promotions, and the excitement of minor league baseball in the heart of Saint Paul.


Minnesota Lynx Experience the exhilarating fast-paced action of the WNBA with the Minnesota Lynx at Target Center. Join passionate fans and witness top-tier women’s basketball talent in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Timberwolves Cheer for the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center and witness thrilling NBA basketball in Minneapolis. The high-energy atmosphere will have you howling for a win at every game.


Minnesota Vikings Experience the adrenaline of NFL action at a Minnesota Vikings game at the state-of-the-art U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Join passionate fans in cheering on the team as they strive for victory on the gridiron.


Minnesota Wild Catch the lively energy of NHL hockey at a Minnesota Wild game in the Xcel Energy Center. Witness fast-paced action, skilled plays, and passionate fans in a thrilling atmosphere—and in the “State of Hockey.”

Professional Women’s Hockey League

Minnesota’s all-new Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) franchise plays its home games at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul. PWHL Minnesota is one of six original teams to assemble rosters featuring the best women’s hockey players in the world. Among the stars suiting up for Minnesota are U.S. Olympians Kendall Coyne Schofield, Kelly Pannek, Lee Stecklein, and the team’s first overall draft pick Taylor Heise.


Minnesota Aurora Join the excitement of Minnesota’s USL women’s soccer team, the Aurora. With a devoted fanbase and thrilling matches at TCO Stadium in Eagan, the Aurora is a rising star in Minnesota sports.

Minnesota United FC Experience the passion of Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field. Cheer on the MN Loons as they showcase their skills on the soccer field.

MINNESOTA UNITED FC (left), the state’s professional soccer team, brings thrilling matches and passionate fans to Allianz Field, while Xcel Energy Center hosts the MINNESOTA WILD (below) hockey games.
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Attend a MINNESOTA VIKINGS game at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

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Things to Do&See

Discover the vibrant Twin Cities, where urban excitement meets natural beauty. From iconic landmarks to free family-friendly excursions, there’s something for everyone in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.


Explore must-sees in the Twin Cities (and just beyond), including iconic landmarks like the Stone Arch Bridge and historic sites like the Union Depot in Saint Paul

Chain of Lakes The Minneapolis Chain of Lakes comprises five interconnected lakes: Cedar, Isles, Bde Maka Ska, Harriet, and Nokomis, offering beautiful scenery, recreational activities, and a vibrant lakeside community for residents and visitors alike.

Gold Medal Park A 7.5-acre oasis in Minneapolis’ Mill District, Gold Medal Park features a unique design promoting reflection and art appreciation. The park’s centerpiece is an observation mound encircled by a spiral walkway, surrounded by lush greenery and over 200 trees—and breathtaking city views.

Mall of America Renowned as the nation’s largest shopping and entertainment complex, Mall of America offers an unparalleled retail experience with over 500 stores, dozens of dining options, exciting attractions like Nickelodeon Universe, and myriad events throughout the year. 952-883-8800;

Marjorie McNeely Conservatory The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, nestled in Saint Paul’s Como Park, showcases a stunning array of plants and flowers across its various themed gardens, providing a serene botanical experience. 651-487-8200;

VERTICAL ENDEAVORS (above) in Bloomington is a premier indoor climbing facility, or head to CAN CAN WONDERLAND (below) in Saint Paul, a whimsical and nostalgic entertainment hot spot.

Paisley Park The iconic Chanhassen estate of music legend Prince, Paisley Park brings fans together to offer a unique glimpse into his life and creative genius through tours showcasing his studios, memorabilia, and musical legacy. 952-495-6750;

Stone Arch Bridge The Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis is a historic landmark spanning the Mississippi River, offering stunning views of the skyline and is a popular spot for walking, biking, and photography. Preservation efforts may affect bridge accessibility through spring 2026.

Union Depot Saint Paul’s Union Depot is a historic transportation hub, offering a blend of history and modern amenities. Visit for its beautiful architecture, transportation services, events, and dining options in a vibrant urban setting. 651-202-2700;

Family Activities

Discover endless family-friendly activities in the Twin Cities and its suburbs

Can Can Wonderland Can Can Wonderland is a whimsical and creative indoor playground for visitors of all ages. Located in Saint Paul, Can Can offers a unique blend of art, entertainment, mini golf, and nostalgia for visitors of all ages to enjoy. 651-925-2261;

Historic Fort Snelling Fort Snelling is a historic military site in Saint Paul, offering a glimpse into the region’s past with interactive exhibits, guided tours, and demonstrations, making it an educational and engaging experience for visitors. 612-726-1171;

REM5 VR LAB Explore the wonders of modern virtual reality with REM5 VR LAB in St. Louis Park. Rent a VR POD for your group to access curated VR experiences, along with a menu of delicious in-house food and drinks. 952-855-7592;

Vertical Endeavors Experience action-packed fun for all ages and abilities at Vertical Endeavors, the premier indoor rock-climbing facilities in the Midwest. Challenge yourself and enjoy the thrill of rock climbing with the whole family! Locations include Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Bloomington. 952-881-1110;

Water Works Park & Pavilion At Mill Ruins Park in Minneapolis, Water Works Park & Pavilion offers a blend of visitor services and recreational and cultural amenities. Designed with community engagement, the park showcases a Nature Play Lab, Indigenous artwork, and more.

Skyline Views

Stunning sunset views provide memorable experiences for all ages to enjoy together

Capitol View Park Perched atop the bluffs near the Smith Avenue Bridge, Capitol View Park offers panoramic vistas of the Minnesota State Capitol, the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the Mississippi River, and downtown Saint Paul.

Endless Bridge The Guthrie Theater’s Endless Bridge, extending 178 feet from the building and hovering 55 feet above the parkway, offers breathtaking views of the Mississippi River and Minneapolis skyline, creating a unique experience for visitors and theater enthusiasts.

Foshay Tower Observation Deck & Museum Explore the Foshay Tower, once the Midwest’s tallest building at 447 feet and 32 stories. Uncover its unique story and visit the outdoor Observation Deck on the 31st floor for panoramic views of Minneapolis.

Summit Overlook Park Summit Overlook Park, situated atop Ramsey Hill and adjacent to Nathan Hale Park, forms a triangular hourglass shape. The park features the historic New York Life Eagle sculpture and offers stunning views of the city and Mississippi River.

Tower Hill Park Tower Hill Park in Minneapolis is a beloved destination, featuring the iconic Witch’s Hat water tower amid wooded trails and offering picturesque views of downtown. Visitors enjoy its serene atmosphere and historical charm.

Water Power Park In the heart of the St. Anthony Falls district, Water Power Park offers foot trails, bike paths, benches, and interpretive panels showcasing the area’s rich history and the engineering of the falls for hydroelectric power.

Free to See

Discover a wealth of free activities and attractions in the vibrant Twin Cities, offering endless opportunities for exploration and enjoyment without breaking the budget

Harriet Island A beloved spot on the Mississippi River, Harriet Island provides a picturesque backdrop for family gatherings with stunning views of downtown Saint Paul, as well as Padelford Riverboats, a marina, and a public pier.

Lake Street Museum in the Streets Discover Lake Street’s rich history through Museum in the Streets plaques, offering three bilingual heritage walks in Uptown, Midtown, and Lake/27th Avenue areas. With 15-20 stops per tour, these

free plaques promote historical preservation and cultural education.

Minneapolis Public Art Collections Public art in Minneapolis enhances urban spaces, fostering community pride, cultural celebration, and dialogue. Visitors can observe more than 300 pieces of public art throughout the city—an interactive map is available online.

Public Murals Minneapolis boasts a plethora of commissioned murals, adding artistic flair to its streets. To kickstart your art crawl adventure, visit 5th Street and Hennepin Avenue to see a 160foot-side mural of Bob Dylan, or head to Uptown to see a story-tall portrait of Prince.

Summit Avenue Discover the rich history and preservation of Saint Paul’s Summit Avenue, boasting the longest stretch of Victorian-era homes in the U.S. With 373 original homes out of 440 in just 4.5 miles, the storied street showcases a diverse range of architectural styles.

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PAISLEY PARK (above) is the home and studio of legendary musician Prince; CAPITOL VIEW PARK (below) is a tranquil urban green space o ering stunning views of Saint Paul.

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Explore the Twin Cities’ vibrant amusement parks and familyfriendly excursions for unforgettable adventures with loved ones. From thrilling rides and attractions to interactive experiences and outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Como Zoo/Como Town Embark on an exciting wildlife adventure at Como Zoo, where you can encounter spider monkeys, tigers, polar bears, and a diverse range of animals. Explore the vibrant conservatory filled with exquisite plants and flowers. Afterwards, head to Como Town, an amusement park offering a variety of rides and attractions for all ages. 651-487-8201;

Minnesota Zoo Discover the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, which showcases a diverse array of mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and endangered species. Explore and learn about these captivating creatures and their natural habitats for an enriching and educational experience. Plus, the zoo’s new 1.25-mile Treetop Trail brings visitors up to 32 feet above the ground for a bird’seye view. 952-431-9200;

Nickelodeon Universe Experience the heartpounding excitement of Nickelodeon Universe, the thrilling theme park at the center of Mall of America. With a Nickelodeon theme, this amusement park features roller coasters, rides for all

ages, entertaining games, and shops brimming with toys, food, and memorabilia inspired by beloved Nickelodeon characters. 952-883-8800;

SEA LIFE at Mall of America The state’s largest aquarium, SEA LIFE at Mall of America offers an immersive underwater adventure with a variety of marine creatures. Explore interactive exhibits, walk through a tunnel surrounded by sharks and sea turtles, and learn about ocean conservation in this family-friendly attraction. 952-883-0202;

Valleyfair Located in Shakopee, Valleyfair is a thrilling amusement park featuring roller coasters, water slides, live entertainment, and familyfriendly attractions. It’s a must-visit destination for fun-filled days with family and friends. 952-445-7600; n

MARJORIE MCNEELY CONSERVATORY AT COMO ZOO (above) boasts year-round beauty, while SEA LIFE AT MALL OF AMERICA (below) o ers indoor entertainment via a 300-foot underwater tunnel. VALLEYFAIR in Shakopee is a thrilling amusement park, o ering exhilarating rides, water slides, live entertainment, and ample family fun.

Food, Drinks& Nightlife

Indulge in the vibrant culinary and nightlife scene of the Twin Cities! From renowned chefs crafting delectable dishes with local ingredients to iconic Juicy Lucy burgers, this region o ers a diverse array of avors and experiences to satisfy every taste bud.

Barbette is a must-try brasserie for its Frenchinspired menu and extensive wine list.
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Fine Dining

Embark on a gastronomic journey through the Twin Cities’ fine dining scene, where award-winning chefs and exquisite flavors converge to create unforgettable culinary experiences

Demi Demi by Chef Gavin Kaysen, a James Beard Award-winning local, offers an intimate and sophisticated dining experience, highlighting locally sourced ingredients alongside special global finds, ensuring a delightful culinary journey that evolves with changing seasons and ingredients. 612-404-1123;

Maison Margaux In the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis, David Fhima’s Maison Margaux is a captivating underground bar reminiscent of Parisian catacombs. From cassoulet to bouillabaisse, this French-inspired restaurant is taking the city by storm. 612-900-1800;

Mara Mara, situated within the Four Seasons hotel, offers a Mediterranean-inspired dining experience with seafood and fine cuisine prepared in an open-concept kitchen. Led by Chef Gavin Kaysen, Mara’s warm ambiance and coastal flavors create a personalized journey for guests. 612-895-5709;

Martina Martina, led by Chef Daniel del Prado, combines Argentine and Italian flavors to create a comforting culinary experience. With hearty pastas and flavorful plates, Martina offers a taste of warmth and vacation vibes, perfect for escaping the Minnesota winter. 612-922-9913;

Meritage Meritage, a refined French bistro, offers seasonal delights and an inviting oyster bar. Known for exceptional hospitality, it has become a beloved spot in Saint Paul, attracting artists, writers, and travelers alike. 651-222-5670;

Murray’s Murray’s, a timeless steakhouse in downtown Minneapolis, boasts a rich heritage spanning three generations and occupies one of the city’s oldest buildings. Its signature steaks are all cut in house and receive no less than 28 days of aging before serving. 612-339-0909;

Restaurant Alma Restaurant Alma offers a renowned seasonal tasting menu featuring local ingredients, perfect for special occasions. Alma also accommodates dietary preferences like gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan upon request. 612-379-4909;

Reserve Now

From James Beard Awardwinning chefs to sellout signature dishes, these mustvisit restaurants promise exceptional dining experiences worth reserving in advance.

› 112 Eatery,

› Bar La Grassa,

› Owamni,

^ Porzana,

› Spoon and Stable,

Visit MAISON MARGAUX for a taste of Paris in the North Loop.
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Indulge in Mediterranean delights at MARA, located inside Four Seasons Minneapolis.

Food Halls

Discover the culinary delights of the Twin Cities at its vibrant food halls, where diverse flavors and innovative concepts come together in a bustling communal setting

Eat Street Crossing Eat Street Crossing, Minneapolis’ latest food hall in Whittier, opened in March 2023, spanning 15,000 square feet. It showcases a diverse array of Twin Cities food and beverage favorites deeply connected to the neighborhood. 612-345-4136;

Graze Provisions + Libations Graze Provisions + Libations offers a unique, food hall dining experience with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and creative culinary concepts, making it a must-visit spot in the Twin Cities. 612-259-8965;

The Market at Malcolm Yards This vibrant community hub and food hall in the Prospect Park neighborhood of Minneapolis features nine food concepts, a bar with 15-plus batch cocktails, and a self-pour tap wall. 612-886-1022;

Mercado Central Located at Lake Street and Bloomington Avenue in Minneapolis, Mercado Central is a bustling marketplace with 35 businesses—ranging from food, goods, and services—focused on supporting Latino business development. 612-728-5485;

Midtown Global Market Celebrate “52 Weeks of Culture” with a blend of local art, global entertainment, fresh produce, meats, baked goods, and diverse dining options at Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis 612-872-4041;

North Loop Galley North Loop Galley is a culinary incubator for new restaurant concepts in Minneapolis, offering chefs the space, infrastructure, and autonomy to showcase their talents, build their businesses, and connect with diners in a vibrant setting. 612-354-7450;

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Discover a vibrant culinary hub at EAT STREET CROSSING (above); MERCADO CENTRAL (below) is a food hall and marketplace that showcases the rich cultural heritage of the community.

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Twin Cities Favorites

Discover the culinary gems of the Twin Cities with our guide to foodie favorites, showcasing the diverse and delicious dining experiences that Minneapolis and Saint Paul have to offer

Asian Flavors

Billy Sushi Serving up a tantalizing array of sushi and Japanese cuisine, Billy Sushi offers fresh flavors and creative dishes that have made it a beloved dining destination in the Twin Cities. 612-886-1783;

Gai Noi Gai Noi celebrates the cultural significance of khao gai noi, a type of sticky rice from Laos, symbolizing community and heritage. It serves as a gathering place to share, celebrate, and nourish. Walk-ins only.

Hai Hai Hai Hai delights diners with its vibrant Vietnamese cuisine, featuring bold flavors and innovative dishes that showcase the diverse culinary heritage of Southeast Asia. 612-223-8640;

Khâluna This Minneapolis staple is a vibrant fusion of flavors inspired by South American and Asian cuisines, creating a unique culinary experience that celebrates diversity and creativity in every dish. 612-345-5199;

Kim’s Chef Ann Kim’s James Beard Awardwinning restaurant in Uptown—Kim’s—showcases her Korean American heritage through a menu that blends bold Korean flavors with Midwest influences. 612-540-2554;

Little Mekong The Little Mekong neighborhood is located in Saint Paul and is home to a collection of Southeast Asian restaurants, shops, and markets, including Little Szechuan Hot Pot, Cheng Heng, and Thai Café.

Vinai Chef Yia Vang’s Vinai offers modern interpretations of traditional Hmong family dishes, blending Southeast Asian flavors with his childhood favorites, featuring large shared mains, vibrant vegetable sides, and flavorful sauces.

Zen Box Izakaya Zen Box Izakaya offers a unique blend of Japanese comfort food and innovative dishes in a cozy atmosphere, inviting guests to savor traditional flavors with a modern twist. 612-332-3936;

African&Caribbean Cuisine

Demera Ethiopian Restaurant Discover Demera, your portal to the diverse and flavorful world of Ethiopian cuisine in Saint Paul. Its extensive menu features traditional dishes crafted with care, catering to both vegetarians and meat enthusiasts. 651-323-1424;

Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant Dilla’s offers an authentic taste of Ethiopian cuisine in Minneapolis, featuring traditional dishes like injera and flavorful stews that showcase the rich flavors of Ethiopian spices and ingredients. 612-332-2898;

Try acclaimed Laotian food at GAI NOI (above); THE RED SEA (below) o ers a tantalizing journey through authentic Ethiopian cuisine.

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen This South Minneapolis kitchen serves up authentic Jamaican cuisine with bold flavors and traditional dishes like jerk chicken and curried goat, offering a taste of the Caribbean in the Midwest. 612-345-5637;

The Red Sea The Red Sea in Minneapolis offers a culinary journey through Ethiopian cuisine, with flavorful stews, aromatic spices, and iconic sambusas, creating a memorable dining experience for food enthusiasts. 612-333-1644;

Victor’s 1959 Café Bringing Cuban flavors— including tostones, ropa vieja, and picadillo—to the Twin Cities for more than 20 years, Victor’s offers a taste of Havana in a vibrant and cozy atmosphere. 612-827-8948;

Southern Comfort

Animales Barbecue Co. Animales brings bold flavors to the Twin Cities with their authentic barbecue dishes cooked over fire. From tender meats to savory sides, experience a taste of the South in Minnesota. 612-400-2153;

Handsome Hog In Saint Paul’s Lowertown, Handsome Hog’s menu features Southerninspired dishes with a modern twist. From succulent spare ribs to flavorful braised greens, indulge in a uniquely Southern experience. 651-219-4013;

Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken Minnesota’s first vegan fried chicken shop, Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken is a fast-casual restaurant located in South Minneapolis. 612-224-9251;

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub

Northbound offers an upscale blue-collar dining experience, blending Southern barbecue with favorites like the 18-hour porketta sandwich and smoked wings. Enjoy craft cocktails and exceptional service in a relaxed atmosphere. 612-208-1450;

Revival Revival offers a fusion of Southern classics like fried chicken and burgers alongside authentic Carolina barbecue, blending Southern tradition with local Minnesota ingredients. Locations include Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and St. Louis Park.


Broders’ Pasta Bar Broders’ serves up authentic Italian flavors with a focus on homemade pasta dishes. Known for its cozy ambiance and delicious cuisine, it’s a local favorite. 612-925-9202;

Cossetta Alimentari In Saint Paul, Cossetta Alimentari has expanded into a grand Italian marketplace, offering a 300-seat Eatery & Pizzeria, Louis Ristorante & Bar for pasta and more, and a Pasticceria with authentic Italian pastries. 651-222-3476;

Hyacinth Blending Italian traditions with Minnesota’s seasonal bounty, Hyacinth partners with local farmers for ever-changing menus that reflect creativity and seasonal ingredients. 651-478-1822;

Mucci’s Mucci’s in Saint Paul dishes up classic Italian American fare with a modern twist, featuring dishes like handmade pasta and wood-fired pizzas. The cozy ambiance and excellent service make it a local hot spot. 651-330-2245;

Pizzeria Lola Chef Ann Kim wows with delicious dishes at Pizzeria Lola, a beloved Minneapolis eatery known for its creative pizzas made with fresh ingredients and unique flavor combinations. 612-424-8338;

Red Wagon Pizza Co. This scratch kitchen specializes in modern American pizzas and fresh pasta, complemented by 30-plus taps and a carefully curated wine list. 612-259-7147;

Wrecktangle Pizza Named Best Pizza in the country by “Good Morning America,” Wrecktangle Pizza is known for its delicious, rectangleshaped Detroit-style pie. Locations include the North Loop Galley, Malcolm Yards, and Lyn-Lake. 612-444-4420;

Young Joni This vibrant and eclectic restaurant is a Minneapolis hot spot, featuring wood-fired pizzas, inventive cocktails, and a cozy atmosphere. Plus, the back bar is a discreet, speakeasy-style lounge. 612-345-5719;

Best Burgers

5-8 Club The 5-8 Club in Minneapolis is famous for its Juicy Lucy burger, filled with molten cheese. It’s a must-visit spot for burger enthusiasts looking for a delicious and iconic Twin Cities experience. 612-823-5858;

Blue Door Pub Blue Door Pub is renowned for its innovative variety of stuffed Juicy Lucy

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HANDSOME HOG is a contemporary Southern resturant in Lowertown Saint Paul—the Chicken ‘N’ Wa es (below) is a must-try dish.

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burgers and craft beer selection. With multiple locations in the Twin Cities, it’s a popular spot for delicious burgers and drinks.

Matt’s Bar Matt’s Bar & Grill, a Minneapolis landmark since 1954, birthed the iconic “Jucy Lucy” when a customer requested a burger with cheese inside. Award-winning and featured on TV, it’s a must-visit for cheeseburger aficionados. 612-722-7072;

The Nook For the best burger in Saint Paul, look no further than The Nook. Whether it’s a quick bite, a few drinks with friends, or a tasty dinner, you won’t be disappointed. 651-698-4347;

Parlour Bar This Twin Cities staple is known for its Parlour Burger, made with ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket. Locations include Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and inside Target Center. 651-698-4347;

Red Cow Red Cow elevates the traditional neighborhood tavern experience with its sophisticated take, highlighting gourmet burgers, craft beers, and fine wines for a refined dining and drinking experience. Locations include Uptown, North Loop, Saint Paul, and 50th and France.

Latin&South American

Barrio Barrio is a lively restaurant and tequila bar known for its authentic Latin cuisine and diverse cocktail selection, featuring over 100 tequila and mezcal options. Locations include Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Edina, as well as inside Target Field and MSP’s Terminal 2. 952-920-1860;

El Burrito Mercado Saint Paul’s El Burrito Mercado is a beloved Mexican eatery, offering delicious cuisine in a cafeteria-style setting. It also serves as an authentic market for deli, groceries, and beautiful arts and crafts selected directly from artisans in Mexico. 651-227-2192;

Nixta Tortilleria Nixta brings its dream of heirloom corn tortillas to life, inspired by the transformative power of authentic Mexican flavors—with a passion for creating exceptional tortillas, tacos, tamales, salsas, and more. 612-200-8087;

Pajarito Pajarito is a sophisticated Mexican bistro specializing in tacos, tequilas, and shareable dishes cooked over a wood-fired grill. Try the Chilaquiles or Shrimp Ceviche. 651-340-9545;

Petite León In the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis, award-winning chef Jorge Guzmán and cocktail expert Travis Serbus lead Petite León, a cozy neighborhood restaurant with a focus on sustainable, locally sourced ingredients. 612-208-1247;

Taquerías La Hacienda Taquerías La Hacienda offers authentic Mexican cuisine, including tacos al pastor and a diverse menu beyond TexMex. Locations include Minneapolis, Richfield, and Burnsville.

Plant-Based Bites

Francis Francis, a plant-based burger joint and bar in Northeast Minneapolis, offers a nostalgic menu with vegan burgers, fries, and chicken. Their inclusive mission aims to make plant-based

food just as satisfying as traditional options. 612-208-6870;

The Herbivorous Butcher What began as a vegan and vegetarian family passionate about plant-based eating has transformed into a mission to offer fresh, flavorful, and protein-rich vegan meats. 612-208-0992;

J. Selby’s J. Selby’s is a plant-based eatery in Saint Paul known for its delicious vegan comfort food, eco-friendly practices, and commitment to sustainability, offering a diverse menu that satisfies vegans and non-vegans alike. 651-222-3263;

Reverie As a vegan café and bakery in Minneapolis, Reverie is known for its delectable plantbased pastries, brunch options, and creative vegan dishes. Try the Bulgogi Cauliflower or Lemongrass Tofu Tacos. 612-987-7080;

Trio Plant-Based Minnesota’s first Blackowned vegan eatery offers 100% vegan soul food for takeout and delivery. Indulge in soul bowls or Beyond burgers like the “Mac Attack” or Fiesta. 612-326-1326;

(Clockwise from above): EL BURRITO MERCADO brings fresh Mexican food to Saint Paul; FRANCIS is a local favorite for plant-based fare; PETITE LEÓN pairs local ingredients with bold, authentic flavors.


Indulge your sweet tooth in the Twin Cities! From decadent desserts to indulgent treats, explore a delightful array of confections that satisfy every craving in this vibrant culinary scene.

Bogart’s Doughnut Co. Bogart’s mission is crafting the freshest, most delectable doughnuts using a meticulous 18-hour brioche dough and scratch-made glazes—while prioritizing quality ingredients for unparalleled flavor and freshness. 612-886-1670;

The Buttered Tin The Buttered Tin is a beloved bakery in the Twin Cities, known for its savory pastries, breakfast dishes, and comforting brunch options, all made from scratch. Locations include Northeast Minneapolis and Saint Paul. 651-224-2300;

Cafe Latte Saint Paul’s Cafe Latte is renowned for its decadent desserts, artisanal sandwiches, and gourmet coffee. With a cozy atmosphere and creative menu, it’s a local favorite. 651-224-5687;

Cardigan Donuts Cardigan Donuts in Minneapolis crafts artisanal doughnuts in unique flavors, complemented by locally roasted coffee. Try the old-fashioned glazed variety or an apple fritter. 612-259-7804;

Cooks | Bellecour Cooks | Bellecour is a collaboration between Cooks of Crocus Hill and Bellecour Bakery, blending expertise and community. Inspired by French bistro culture, Bellecour Bakery offers sweet treats like croissants, bread pudding, and macarons. 651-228-1333;

Edwards Dessert Kitchen Edwards Dessert Kitchen in Minneapolis’ North Loop is your go-to for decadent, house-made desserts like chocolate hazelnut Rocher Mousse and seasonal fruit creations. 612-800-0335;

Milkjam Creamery This must-visit ice cream paradise in Minneapolis boasts creative flavors like Salted Caramel Crunch, Strawberry Pretzel, and Passion Cereal Killer Crunch—all made with premium ingredients. 612-424-4668;

Patisserie 46 Patisserie 46 delights with artisanal pastries, bread, and desserts. Renowned for its exquisite French-inspired creations, from flaky croissants to decadent cakes, each bite is a taste of perfection. 612-354-3257;

COOKS | BELLECOUR features Bellecour Bakery, inspired by French bakery and bistro culture. Locations include Saint Paul, North Loop in Minneapolis, and Edina.
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Try a Jam Bun at MILKJAM CREAMERY, with your favorite flavor of ice cream jammed between two donut halves.

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From classic styles to experimental brews, Twin Cities’ breweries bring unique character and passion for crafting exceptional beers. Cheers to discovering your new favorite brew!

Fair State Brewing Co-op Fair State Brewing Co-op is Minnesota’s first cooperatively-owned brewery. Located in the Northeast neighborhood of Minneapolis, Fair State brews innovative small-batch beers using hard-to-source and local ingredients. 612-444-3209;

Forgotten Star Brewery Located in a historic World War II production facility in Fridley, Forgotten Star Brewing embraces a heritage-rich brewing process, and features a variety of taps, rotating food truck options, and on-site curling and bocce ball rinks. 763-657-7231;

Fulton Beer Fulton Beer, based in Minneapolis, offers a diverse lineup of craft beers crafted with passion and precision. Known for quality and innovation, Fulton Beer is a staple in the Twin Cities brewery scene. 612-333-3208;

Indeed Brewing Co. Situated in the heart of Minneapolis, Indeed is renowned for its creative and flavorful craft beers—and is a standout in the local brewery scene. 612-843-5090;

Modist Brewing Co. Modist Brewing Co. in Minneapolis crafts innovative and boundarypushing beers, redefining what it means to enjoy a brew. Try a tropical fruited sour or opt for an oak-aged special rye. 612-454-0258;

Pryes Brewing Co. Pryes Brewing Co. proudly offers award-winning craft beers and wood-fired pizza in their riverside taproom near downtown Minneapolis. 612-787-7937;

Summit Brewing Co. Saint Paul’s Summit is a pioneer in Minnesota’s craft beer scene, known for its classic brews like Summit Extra Pale Ale and seasonal offerings that delight beer enthusiasts. 651-265-7800;

Surly Brewing Co. A Minneapolis icon, Surly boasts a wide range of bold, flavorful beers like Furious IPA and Darkness Stout, complemented by a vibrant taproom experience and innovative brewing techniques. 763-999-4040;

Utepils Brewing Utepils Brewing, situated along Bassett Creek in Minneapolis, features the iconic Fernweh Taproom and a tranquil outdoor Beer Garden. Experience unique craft brews rooted in tradition and taste. 612-249-7800;

Waldmann Brewery This historic brewery in Saint Paul offers a range of craft beers brewed in the tradition of German heritage. Visit for a taste of local history and exceptional brews. 651-222-1857;

PawFriendly Patios

Your furry companion is more than welcome at any of these dog-friendly patios in the Twin Cities

› 56 Brewing,

› Bad Weather Brewing Co.,

› Bauhaus Brew Labs,

› Inbound BrewCo.,

› Insight Brewing,

› Lake Monster Brewing Co.,

› Sisyphus Brewing,

INDEED BREWING CO. is known for its artfully eclectic lineup of brews.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Escape to a realm of Medieval enchantment at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival offers a unique experience in King Henry’s 16th-century European village in modern times! From mermaids and turkey legs to knights and folklore, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has something for everyone.

At the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, patrons can interact with hundreds of memorable characters roaming the village streets, view live armored jousting, shop from over 250 artisans and their handcrafted wares, and witness 16 stages of exciting entertainment!

The festival offers activities for kids, adults, families, and more. Kids can explore Fairywing Forest with the fairies, be knighted by King Henry, and visit the merfolk at Mermaid Cove. Grown-ups can join in on the fun with longtime favorite performances by Puke & Snot, shop their favorite handcrafted wares from unique artisans, experience the thrill of the Danger Committee, and more!

Minnesota Renaissance Festival | 952-445-7361 Located in Shakopee

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Explore the vibrant wine and spirits scene of the Twin Cities, where local distilleries, wine bars, and craft cocktail lounges offer a delightful array of flavors and experiences


Savor every sip at these wine-forward bars and restaurants, showcasing local terroirs, innovative blends, and exquisite vintages

AxeBridge Wine Co. This full-production winery sources quality grapes from Minnesota and the West Coast. AxeBridge offers a unique selection of wines in a cozy space, bridging urban and agricultural wine experiences. 612-346-0138;

Bar Brava This natural wine bar and scratch kitchen in Minneapolis is renowned for its innovative cocktails and natural wine list, showcasing organically farmed, unfiltered wines with a funky twist. 612-208-1270;

Joan’s in the Park Saint Paul’s Joan’s in the Park is a refined 40-seat restaurant and wine bar, offering warm hospitality and a straightforward wine list. 651-690-3297;

The Tasting Room The Tasting Room in Minneapolis is a vibrant hub for sampling a diverse array of local craft beverages, providing a delightful experience for enthusiasts and newcomers alike. 612-409-0277;

TERZO TERZO in South Minneapolis is a premier dining spot renowned for its exceptional wine selection, modern Italian dishes, and topnotch service, making it a must-visit destination. 612-925-0330;

Troubadour Wine Bar Troubadour Wine Bar in Minneapolis offers a curated selection of wines, creating a cozy and sophisticated atmosphere for wine enthusiasts, as well as light bites and daily specials. 612-871-4073;

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House

Nestled in South Minneapolis, Urban Forage offers locally sourced fruit wines, ciders, meads, and grape wines—all gluten-free. 612-584-4398;


There is a vibrant world of ciders in the Twin Cities, where local craft cideries offer a diverse range of delicious and innovative apple-based beverages

Minneapolis Cider Co. Blending tradition and innovation to craft delicious drinks, Minneapolis

Worth the Drive

Discover the vineyard treasures nestled just beyond the Twin Cities

^ 7 Vines Vineyard & Winery,

› Alexis Bailly Vineyard,

› Mousse Sparkling Wine Co.,

› Schram Vineyards,

› Sovereign Estate,

› St. Croix Vineyards,

Cider Co.’s flavorful ciders are made with only the freshest ingredients. Plus, you can play a round of pickleball at the taptroom. 612-886-1357;

Number 12 Cider Named after its awardwinning Minnesota State Fair Blue-Ribbon cider, Number 12 Cider offers 16 unique ciders in a cozy atmosphere, complemented by a spacious patio with a wood-fire pizza truck. 612-345-4488;

Sociable Cider Werks Sociable Cider Werks crafts innovative ciders blending apples with fruits, grains, hops, and spices, perfect for sharing with friends. 612-758-0105;

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URBAN FORAGE WINERY & CIDER HOUSE is a haven for handcrafted libations made from locally sourced fruits and foraged ingredients.


From small-batch gin to aged whiskey, explore the unique flavors and artisanal craftsmanship of local distilleries in Minneapolis and Saint Paul

11 Wells Visit 11 Wells in Saint Paul for a handcrafted cocktail in a cozy, industrial setting in the historic Hamm’s building. This distillery offers unique takes on local favorites with over 20 distinct cocktails crafted entirely of house-made spirits and liqueurs. 651-771-1875;

Brother Justus Whiskey Co. Brother Justus Whiskey Co. in Minneapolis is known for its meticulously crafted spirits, combining traditional distilling techniques with modern innovation to create exceptional whiskey with distinct flavors. 612-886-1658;

Earl Giles Named after a Minnesota pharmacist from Prohibition, Earl Giles’ unique concoctions stimulate the senses and create delightful

taste experiences, setting them apart in the Twin Cities distillery scene. 612-345-5305;

King Coil Spirits Experience the best of spirits at King Coil Spirits Tasting Room and Restaurant in Saint Paul. Indulge in housemade, handcrafted spirits while savoring classic cocktails or exploring innovative and adventurous concoctions. 651-300-9550;

Norseman Distillery Norseman Distillery in Minneapolis crafts small-batch spirits using locally sourced ingredients and innovative techniques. Their spirits, from gin to whiskey, embody a commitment to quality and creativity. 612-568-6299;

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co. This distillery is renowned for its meticulously crafted spirits. O’Shaughnessy blends tradition with innovation, producing exceptional spirits that captivate enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike. 763-338-0914;

Alternative Libations

Explore the emerging wellness-focused beverage scene in the Twin Cities, including THC/CBD, NAs, and craft sodas

^ BŪCH Fermentary and Taproom,

› Burning Brothers,

› Club Throw Down Sober Bar

› Hi Flora,

› White Bear Meadery,

Wild Mind Ales,

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BROTHER JUSTUS WHISKEY CO. (above) lauds Minnesota’s biomes for its whiskey; EARL GILES (below) is a full-service bar, restaurant, and distillery.

A Night on the Town

Explore the vibrant nightlife of the Twin Cities, from trendy cocktail bars to lively clubs and intimate music venues. Discover the best spots for a memorable night out on the town.


The diverse and thriving Twin Cities bar scene offers everything from local brews and speakeasies to rooftop lounges and skyline views

Barbette Known as one of the best French restaurants in Minneapolis, Barbette offers allday dining in a cozy brasserie atmosphere. From espresso to wine, enjoy farm-to-table options, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. 612-827-5710;

The Dubliner Pub The Dubliner Pub in Saint Paul offers a vibrant Irish pub experience with hearty fare, live music, and a wide selection of beers, whiskies, and spirits. 651-646-5551;

The Exchange & Alibi Lounge The Exchange & Alibi Lounge elevates Minneapolis’ nightlife with premier DJs, VIP seating, and cutting-edge sound systems—plus a built-in photo area for the ultimate selfie. 612-391-3544;

Prohibition Bar Experience the allure of the 1920s at Prohibition Bar atop W Minneapolis–The Foshay. With opulent art deco design, exquisite cocktails, and panoramic views from the 27th floor, it’s a speakeasy in the sky. 612-215-3700;

Volstead’s Emporium Volstead’s Emporium, a hidden gem on Lake Street in Minneapolis, offers award-winning classic cocktails in an oldworld setting reminiscent of the Prohibition era. 612-701-8101;

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YOUNG JONI’S BACK BAR (above) is a speakeasystyle bar; THE EXCHANGE & ALIBI LOUNGE (below) is a hot spot in downtown Minneapolis.

Young Joni’s Back Bar Signaled by a red light in the alley, Young Joni’s Back Bar is a cozy ambiance with craft cocktails, creating a speakeasy-style experience in Minneapolis. When the red light is on, you’re good to enter. 612-345-5719;


Explore the vibrant nightlife and music scene of the Twin Cities, where live performances, eclectic venues, and side-splitting laughs converge to create unforgettable experiences after the sun sets

Acme Comedy Co. Acme Comedy Co. is a premier comedy club in the Twin Cities, hosting top national comedians since 1991. Its intimate venue and Sticks Restaurant offer a complete comedy and dining experience. 612-338-6393;

Camp Bar and Cabaret This Saint Paul staple offers a unique blend of entertainment—including open mic nights and trivia—cocktails, and cozy ambiance, creating a delightful spot for a memorable night out. 866-687-8525;

Comedy Corner Underground Comedy Corner Underground in Minneapolis offers laughter-filled nights with stand-up comedy from local talents and visiting comedians. 612-492-1197;

Dakota Jazz Club This renowned Minneapolis venue showcases live jazz music and fine dining, providing an intimate and vibrant experience for music enthusiasts. 612-332-5299;

Fine Line Fine Line, nestled in Minneapolis’ Warehouse District near First Avenue, opened in 1987, and has showcased numerous influential acts throughout its 30-year-plus history—including Sheryl Crow and Maroon 5. 612-338-8388;

First Avenue & 7th St. Entry These iconic music venues in Minneapolis have hosted legendary acts since 1970, earning a reputation as a premier destination for live music enthusiasts in the Twin Cities. 612-338-8388;

Icehouse MPLS Icehouse MPLS offers a unique blend of live music, innovative cuisine, and craft cocktails, creating a vibrant and memorable experience for guests. 612-276-6523;

LUSH Lounge & Theater LUSH Lounge & Theater in Minneapolis offers a vibrant mix of cabaret, drag shows, and live performances, creating an inclusive and entertaining nightlife experience. 612-208-0053;

Puttery Experience an epic night out with friends at this adults-only, refined putting lounge. Features include themed cocktails for each 9-hole course (there are three!) and chef-crafted bites. 612-493-1102;

Thr3 Jack Thr3 Jack combines golf, food, and drinks in a modern and upscale environment, offering a unique entertainment experience for golf enthusiasts and social gatherings in Minneapolis. 612-354-3667;

Turf Club Saint Paul’s Turf Club is a historic live music venue known for its intimate setting, diverse lineup of performances, and welcoming atmosphere for music lovers. 651-647-0486;

Up-Down Up-Down in Minneapolis is a retro arcade bar offering a nostalgic gaming experience with over 50 classic arcade games, craft beers, and a lively atmosphere. 612-823-3487;

Varsity Theater Located on the University of Minnesota campus, Varsity Theater is a historic venue known for hosting live music performances, comedy shows, and other events in an intimate and vibrant setting. 612-217-7701; ■

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(Clockwise from left): UP-DOWN is a mustvisit for nostalgic arcade games; Head to VARSITY THEATER for intimate live music; THR3 JACK in Minneapolis is the place to go for good food, drinks, and golf simulators.


Our new gallery and retail space is the place where one can nd treasures of the land, original items made by Native people from the Woodland and Plains tribes of the upper midwest. Come enjoy the art and unique gi s of the northland.


Mall of America in Bloomington o ers more than 500 shops and dozens of dining options.

Home to the largest shopping and entertainment center in the Western Hemisphere, the Twin Cities has long been known as a hub of retail activity, with a little something for every shopper to discover (and more!).

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Nicollet/ Downtown

This 12-block, pedestrian-friendly stretch of downtown Minneapolis has long been known as the city’s premier shopping and entertainment district. Explore a vibrant collection of small businesses and get to the essence of the Twin Cities’ unique style.

651 Mayday This curated European boutique is where you can dive into the luxury of premium Turkish textiles. From party dresses to loungey matching sets, this fashion-forward shop carries a variety of apparel for both men and women. 970-560-7356;

Herbal Alchemy Rejuvenate your body, beauty, and soul at this family-owned beauty apothecary that is dedicated to creating premium products from all-natural ingredients. Find wholly beneficial, toxin-free skincare and high performing nutritional products that will leave you glowing. 612-208-8006;

Kobi Co. Find the perfect gift, souvenir, or self-care pick-me-up at Kobi Co., a Black womenowned wellness boutique that specializes in handpoured candles and homemade oils and mists. 612-388-4463;

Strive Bookstore Strive Bookstore serves the community as a space for cultural enlightenment and engaging conversation by publishing stories that uplift the rich Black cultural heritage. 763-270-5738;

Uniquely Global Unleash your creativity at Uniquely Global, a locally owned fashion boutique that embraces the diversity and richness of African culture. Browse traditional fashions, statement art pieces, and eye-popping accessories at this one-of-a-kind shop. 805-215-9205;

Flagship Target

Who doesn’t love a trip to Target? Along Nicollet’s slice of retail heaven, you might just experience your favorite one yet, at the two-story agship Target store on Ninth Street. With a comprehensive grocery section, Starbucks, pharmacy, clinic, optical, and more, this massive Target is a one-stop shop for virtually anything you’ll need.

STRIVE BOOKSTORE (below) embodies a rich Black culture and heritage; KOBI CO. (below right) is a luxury candle and wellness company based in Minneapolis.


Grand Avenue

A stroll down Grand Avenue offers a taste of small-town charm in the middle of the big city. Wind through historic, tree-lined streets to explore a wide range of retail experiences, from favorite brand-name stores to relaxing, upscale facial bars.

Cooks | Bellecour If you’re an aspiring chef, a coffee connoisseur, or just a plain foodie, then Cooks | Bellecour is your go-to destination. The multifaceted shop offers multiple culinary experiences in one, tripling as a bakery, retail culinary shop, and state-of-the-art cooking school. 651-228-1333;

Evereve Women flock to Evereve for flattering wardrobe staples that never go out of style. Whether you’re shopping for quality denim, cozy outerwear, or statement accessories, Evereve carries a wide range of brands and styles catered to real women with busy lives. 651-209-0222;

Face Foundrié Stop into this female-founded, all-inclusive focused facial bar to receive a relaxing facial, brow, lash, or skincare treatment from a trained aesthetician. Founded in the Twin Cities, this chic, upscale, and accessibly priced spa now boasts locations in over 20 states across the country. 651-260-4940;

Mischief Toy Store Whether you’re young or just young at heart, Mischief Toy Store has plenty of fun in store for you. Explore comics, books, pop culture memorabilia, jewelry, adventure gear, and candy galore, or visit the online shop to brighten someone’s day with a personally curated gift package. 651-493-3307;

Poppy Fun Fashion True to its name, Poppy Fun Fashion carries a bright, colorful, and eclectic curation of hand-picked clothing and accessories. Find your ideal handbag, a funky pair of clogs, or the perfect dress for an upcoming special occasion. 612-236-3660;

Red Balloon Bookshop Red Balloon Bookshop creates a chance for children and adults of all ages to connect with great books and great authors. Opened in 1984, the independent womanowned shop offers a diverse selection of books, toys, and gifts, as well as author meet-and-greets and story times catered to any and all book lovers. 651 224 8320;

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from above left): COOKS | BELLECOUR specializes in kitchen and bakery items; Saint Paul’s GRAND AVENUE o ers shopping and dining; MISCHIEF TOY STORE is a must-visit for toy and book enthusiasts of all ages.

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The diverse suburbs surrounding Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer a range of stand-out shopping experiences that are not to be missed. Relish in history at America’s oldest indoor mall, score impressive deals across multiple outlet malls, or marvel at the immensity of the famous Mall of America.

Mall of America

Just a 15-minute drive south of the Twin Cities, the 5.6 million-square-foot Mall of America holds endless exploration. Shop at over 500 chain, luxury, and locally owned stores, choose from 50-plus restaurants, and explore exciting attractions.

CHANEL Fragrance and Beauty Boutique Discover romantic fragrances, quality makeup, and revitalizing skincare by the historic French luxury brand, House of Chanel. 612-425-0780;

lululemon At Mall of America’s multifaceted lululemon location, you can shop breathable, stylish activewear, enjoy a nutritious smoothie, or take a restorative yoga class. 952-900-6718;

The North Face Step into adventure at The North Face, where innovative outerwear, performance apparel, equipment, and footwear serve athletes and adventurers of all ages. 952-854-1493;


The Galleria in Edina brims with sophistication and style, featuring a collection of upscale fashion, dining, and home and design options for the whole family to explore.

Ampersand At Ampersand, explore everything from thoughtful gifts and greeting cards to elegant tableware and home decor from brands you know and love. 952-920-2118;

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LULULEMON at Mall of America o ers more than just shopping—drop in for a fitness class or grab a beverage at Fuel Space Cafe.

Interior Define Interior Define’s high-quality, customizable furniture and experienced team of design experts offer customers a chance to create personalized pieces that suit their unique home and style. 612-688-1422;

Jaxen Grey Jaxen Grey is your go-to destination for contemporary men’s clothing, assembling a curated community of innovative, digitally native brands. 952-219-7289;


Upon its opening in 1956, Southdale Center (previously Southdale Mall) made history as America’s first fully enclosed indoor shopping mall. Since then, it has blossomed into a premier retail destination of the Twin Cities.

Dry Bar There’s no bad hair day that can’t be fixed with a visit to Dry Bar, a salon that provides blowout services to help clients both look and feel their best. Whether you have a big event, a first date, or just want to treat yourself, treatment at Dry Bar will save the day. 612-712-8511;

Madewell With a focus on timeless, minimalistic styles, and clean, refined craftmanship, Madewell believes that elevated design should have a place in your daily wardrobe. Find your perfect-fit jeans, a crisp new blazer, casual activewear, and

everything in between at this women’s clothing favorite. 952-922-0975;

Sephora Explore a diverse array of cosmetics, skincare, hair care, and fragrance products at Sephora, where trained staff will help you complement your natural beauty. 952-922-8340;

The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes

Stroll, shop, dine, and enjoy the atmosphere at The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, an outdoor shopping district harboring national stores, locally owned boutiques, and a plethora of food and drink options

Athleta Embark on your fitness journey with Athleta’s breathable, comfortable, and stylish activewear. 763-272-4250;

LensCrafters With a mission of helping customers look and see their best, LensCrafters carries a wide selection of leading brands and top trends in eyewear. 763-416-2227;

Grey Duck Games & Toys From boomerangs, to kites, to collectible card games, you’ll find nonstop fun at Grey Duck Games & Toys, a toy shop serving people of all ages. 763-205-6686;

The Shops at West End

This dynamic outdoor shopping and dining district is located just outside the Twin Cities, in neighboring St. Louis Park. Stroll through these brick-lined streets to explore gift shops, local and national retailers, salons and spas, dining, and endless entertainment.

Anthropologie Whether it be a chic new set of glassware or a shimmering party dress, you’re sure to find it at Anthropologie. This global lifestyle brand carries apparel, accessories, home decor, beauty products, and bridal wear, and is known for its classic, elegant style. 763-544-2053;

Ooh La La Boutique This locally owned boutique is stocked with trendy apparel, statement accessories, and one-of-a-kind handbags catered to both women and girls, making it the perfect spot for a mother-daughter shopping day. 952-474-1743;

Discover a world of upscale shopping and luxury brands at the GALLERIA shops in Edina.
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At The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, ATHLETA is a must for athleisure.

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Twin Cities Premium Outlets

Located in nearby Eagan, Twin Cities Premium Outlets is home to 85-plus outlet stores. Flock to this retail hub to shop exciting deals on everything from designer bags to durable outerwear.

Filson Work, play, and brave the elements in Filson, a leading outfitter for outdoorsmen everywhere. Score bargain prices on durable, refined workwear designed to go the distance. 651-454-6841;

Lucky Brand Escape into denim heaven when you visit Lucky Brand, a premium denim outfitter rooted in self-expression and Americana style. 952-686-0180;

Tommy Hilfiger Clothe yourself in the essence of American cool at Tommy Hilfiger, a global premium lifestyle brand that makes a statement wherever you go. 952-686-7858;

50th & France

Located in the suburb of Edina, 50th & France offers an enchanting neighborhood shopping experience that fuses style, contemporary dining, and local charm

Billy Reid With classic, Southern style and standout craftsmanship, Billy Reid creates modern designer men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories. 763-330-1983;

Equation Explore today’s hottest trends from some of the top designers in women’s fashion at this women-owned, thoughtfully curated boutique. 612-567-6633;

Faherty This family-owned men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothing shop brings the beach all the way to the Twin Cities, featuring serene oceanic motifs picked up throughout the owners’ travels. Shop high quality apparel, shoes, and accessories at this local favorite. 612-778-2297;

Faribault Woolen Mills This iconic Minnesotafounded home goods shop is where you’ll find quality craftsmanship and compelling history. Established over 157 years ago as a wool mill along the Cannon River, Faribault Woolen Mills has mastered the art of turning raw wool into quality blankets, throws, scarves, towels, and accessories for you and your family. 612-314-7268;

Senti A stroll through Senti is a sensory journey like no other, where luxury products are categorized by scent, touch, taste, sight, and sound. Dive into Senti’s indulgent world to find premium soaps, teas, candies, tea towels, fragrances, and so much more. 612-757-6373; n

TWIN CITIES PREMIUM OUTLETS (above) has more than 80 stores to explore; 50TH & FRANCE (below) is a confluence of stylish boutiques and award-winning restaurants.

Make Everyone’s Day

Plan a day-cation that delights each person in the fam

A day of family fun: Should be easy to plan, right? But as any parent knows, finding a destination that has something for everyone can sometimes be a little tricky. The good news: Mall of America® (MOA) to the rescue! Check out our tips for things to do, places to shop, and surefire dining for each age and stage.

For the Littles

Huge fun for tiny ones

Play Nickelodeon Universe means every kiddo can scream it up, then a stroll through SEA LIFE offers a deep dive into ocean life.

Shop Pick up kid-made souvenirs at M&M’s (print your own designs on candy!) and Crayola Experience (create-your-own experiences galore).

Food Want finger-friendly, super-unique treats? Wafels & Dinges is just one stop on a kidfriendly snack tour.

For the Tweens

Big-kid pleasers

Play The Museum of Illusions and ClimbZone experiences give this tough-to-please age lots to love, with snap-worthy moments galore.

Shop Cool-kid shopping destinations are all over the mall, with Wilson and Urban Outfitters as top tween destinations.

Food It’s all about the treats! Check out Beard Papa’s and Nothing Bundt Cakes® for a mid-afternoon indulgence.

For the Teens

Pure fire

Play Conceived by one of the original creators of Blue Man Group, the multi-media Wink World experience is a big wow—plus, check out FlyOver America for a once-in-a-lifetime view.

Shop Kappa Toys and Lush are top shopping stops, and don’t miss the chance to browse our dozens of kiosks with only-at-MOA finds.

Food Check out the feel-good vibes at Nautical Bowls, plus Niko Niko Boba offers a vast array of flavors and boba styles to make just-for-you bevs.

For the parents

Actually fun times

Play Grown-ups can have their own futuristic experience at the Tesla kiosk, with interactive displays about how cutting-edge vehicles work.

Shop Parent must-sees: TravisMathew offers versatile must-haves that feel great to wear, while lululemon just moved into a bigger, splashier space.

Food Go big with Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls—or just try Mall of America’s food courts packed with no-brainers for the kids, plus exciting gourmet and ethnic options. It’s like eating at different restaurants, together!

Plan your day-cation route at, or stop at an interactive kiosk on-site for easy walking directions. It all adds up to a family day that has something special for everyone.

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NICKELODEON UNIVERSE® (left) o ers thrills for the whole family; SEA LIFE AT MALL OF AMERICA (right) is a world of sea-filled wonder and entertainment.

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The vibrant arts and culture scene of the Twin Cities is a rich mosaic of the area’s compelling cultural diversity. Whether you’re wandering through an enchanting outdoor sculpture garden or catching a show at one of many historic theaters, you will be inspired by the creativity and passion of this dynamic community.

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Minneapolis Institute of Art is home to a diverse collection spanning centuries and continents.

Performing Arts

The Twin Cities is a vibrant hub of performing arts, boasting a rich tapestry of theaters, dance companies, and musical ensembles. From world-class venues hosting renowned acts to intimate theaters showcasing emerging talent, the Twin Cities’ performing arts scene offers a diverse and captivating array of cultural experiences for enthusiasts and newcomers alike.


Catching a show in the Twin Cities will be no problem, as the area’s thriving theater scene is second only to New York in live theaters per capita. A night spent at any of these diverse venues is sure to bring both thrilling entertainment and compelling cultural enrichment.

Capri Theater Capri Theater is owned and operated by PCYC, a nonprofit with a mission of bringing quality education and arts programming to the children and families of North Minneapolis. From lively theatrical productions to community cultural experiences, this historic venue never fails to bring the community together. 612-643-2024;

The Cedar Cultural Center In the heart of Cedar Riverside, a prolific neighborhood of live music and cultural activity, The Cedar offers intercultural enlightenment and celebration through global expressions of music and dance. 612-338-2674;

Children’s Theatre Co. As the nation’s largest theater for young people and a Tony Awardwinner for best regional theater, Children’s Theatre Co. is just as acclaimed as it is entertaining. Whether a school field trip or a family night out, this unique artistic experience is sure to captivate people of all ages. 612-874-0400;

Fitzgerald Theater History and theater fanatics alike will find enjoyment at Fitzgerald Theater, Saint Paul’s oldest surviving theater space. Built in 1910, the theater underwent many changes throughout the 20th century, eventually taking on the name of famous author F. Scott Fitzgerald, a native to Saint Paul. Enjoy Broadway musicals, live concerts, standup comedy, vaudeville shows, film festivals, and so much more from this revered venue. 651-370-2953; the-fitzgerald-theater

Guthrie Theater With its blue-plated exterior and yellow-tinted, cantilevered observation deck, the Guthrie Theater is a widely recognizable symbol of downtown Minneapolis. Catch a classical orchestration or play production at any of its three stages to witness the excellence that has earned this theater a regional Tony Award. 612-377-2224;

Hennepin Theatre Trust Once known as “Theater Row,” this dazzling stretch of downtown Minneapolis is home to three historic theaters: the Orpheum, State, and Pantages, all owned and operated by Hennepin Theatre Trust. From “Phantom of the Opera” to “School of Rock,” these venues host both classic and contemporary productions for all audiences. 612-455-9500;

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CAPRI THEATER (left) fosters community unity through quality arts programming; The ORPHEUM (right) showcases timeless performances and captivating productions.

Worth the Drive —

Minnesota’s thriving performing arts scene is too robust to be con ned to the Twin Cities alone. Outside Minneapolis and Saint Paul, you’ll nd artistic gems that are more than worth the drive. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres takes “dinner and a show” to a new level, o ering quality dining enjoyed alongside live performances of some of Broadway’s most beloved classics. Just 20 minutes south of the Twin Cities, Ames Center in Burnsville presents both local and national acts in the areas of dance, music, drama, comedy, and more. Not far, Minnetonka Theatre is one of the premier high school programs of the Midwest, producing exciting, upbeat, and always engaging theatrical productions. In nearby Bloomington, Sidekick Theatre can’t be missed, a space to support talented local performers as they shine in a range of compelling musicals, plays, and concerts.

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The GUTHRIE THEATER o ers compelling performances and innovative productions that captivate audiences year-round.

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History Theatre This four-time IVEY Awardwinning theater takes spectators on a journey through Minnesota’s fascinating history and heritage, providing a unique lens that links the past to the present. 651-292-4323;

Jungle Theater Rooted in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood of Minneapolis, Jungle Theater has a reputation for crafting performances that challenge, entertain, and encourage eye-opening conversations. 612-822-7063;

Landmark Center More than an entertainment venue, Landmark Center is a cultural gathering space for organizations and activities that enhance quality of life in the community, including music, dance, exhibitions, public forums, and artistic and cultural education. 651-292-3225;

Minnesota Orchestra Orchestra Hall near Peavey Plaza plays host to the Grammy Awardwinning Minnesota Orchestra, known around the world for its acclaimed symphony performances. 612-371-5600;

Northrop Auditorium From the heart of University of Minnesota’s East Bank campus, Northrop Auditorium serves as the university’s primary gathering space for the performing arts. 612-625-6600;

Ordway Center for Performing Arts Located in the heart of Saint Paul, the Ordway is recognized as one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers. Experience Broadway shows, dance performances, and family events, or book your tickets to witness the renowned Minnesota Opera in action. 651-224-4222;

Park Square Theatre Located in downtown Saint Paul’s historic Hamm Building, Park Square Theatre produces contemporary plays intended to elevate the diverse voices of the community. 651-291-7005;

Theater Latté Da Known for its original and reimagined musical theater productions, Theater Latté Da is the only nonprofit professional theater in the Twin Cities that produces exclusively musical theater. Enjoy one of these vibrant productions from the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis. 612-339-3003;

Theater Mu With a core mission of expressing the Asian American experience through the power of theater, Theater Mu is one of the largest Asian American theater companies in the United States. 651-789-1012;

Expressive Dance

Experience the mesmerizing world of expressive dance in the Twin Cities, where talented performers grace stages with their artistry, weaving tales of emotion and movement that captivate audiences

James Sewell Ballet Originally founded by James Sewell in New York City, the James Sewell Ballet was brought to Minnesota in 1993 to extend its vision and expertise to the Twin Cities community. The professional ballet company now tours nationally with its team of talented dancers and its compositions of boundary-pushing choreography. 612-672-0480;

Ragamala Dance Co. Expand your horizons by catching a performance at Ragamala Dance Co., an intercultural dance company that specializes in Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance form. 718-797-4577;

Twin Cities Ballet This nonprofit professional dance company seeks to make the art of ballet more accessible to all dancers and audience members through its original and contemporary productions. 952-452-3163;

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre As the premier flamenco dance company and school in the Upper Midwest, Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre strives to challenge, enlighten, and empower the community through the art of Spanish dance. 612-234-1653;

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Minnesota Historical Society

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) boasts 26 historic sites statewide. Visit any or all of MNHS’s 26 historic locations and see our state, or your hometown, in a whole new light.

MNHS connects people with history in meaningful ways, for today and for tomorrow. Since 1849, it has grown to become one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the country. MNHS plays an important role in our state’s historic preservation, education, and tourism, and provides the public with award-winning programs, exhibitions, and events. In the Twin Cities metro alone, you could explore:

• The exhibits at the Minnesota History Center or your family history at the Gale Family Library

• The Flour Tour, Baking Lab, Water Lab, or Observatory at Mill City Museum

• Family fun for every season at Oliver Kelley Farm

• The Gilded Age mansion, the James J. Hill House—the largest house in Saint Paul

• The landmark building that is the Minnesota State Capitol

• The exhibit highlighting the intersecting histories at “Historic Fort Snelling: Many Voices, Many Stories, One Place”

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MNHS site FORT SNELLING is a historic landmark, o ering visitors a glimpse into the region’s past.
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Discover the cultural treasures of the Twin Cities through its diverse array of museums. From interactive science exhibits to immersive art galleries and historical collections, Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer a rich variety of museums that celebrate art, history, science, and culture—inviting visitors on an enriching journey of exploration and discovery.

American Swedish Institute With Minneapolis being home to largest concentration of Swedish people outside of Sweden, the American Swedish Institute plays a critical role in preserving and sharing this rich heritage within the community and beyond. 612-871-4907;

The Bakken Museum From interactive exhibits to STEM education programs, The Bakken Museum encourages exploration in science, technology, and the humanities for all ages. 612-926-3878;

Bell Museum Located on the University of Minnesota’s Saint Paul campus, the Bell Museum is Minnesota’s official natural history museum and planetarium. Marvel at 10,000-year-old fossils, engage your senses in a touch-and-see-lab, or stargaze on the outdoor green roof and observation deck, all within this multifaceted institution. 612-626-9660;

Mill City Museum Immerse yourself in Minneapolis’ rich history at the Mill City Museum, built on the site of what was once the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world. 612-341-7555;

Minneapolis Institute of Art The Minneapolis Institute of Art pioneers an accessibility of outstanding, culturally diverse works of art, harboring artifacts, sculptures, paintings, and more that date back over the last 5,000 years of human history. 888-642-2787;

Minnesota Children’s Museum The Minnesota Children’s Museum encourages kids to learn by playing, with interactive exhibits and play spaces where kids take the lead. This critical exploration time not only builds kids’ confidence, curiosity, and creativity, but offers a day of fun for the whole family. 651-225-6000;

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(Clockwise from above left): THE BAKKEN MUSEUM inspires a passion for innovation; MILL CITY MUSEUM is built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill; Workshops at the AMERICAN SWEDISH INSTITUTE provide hands-on learning.

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Minnesota History Center At the Minnesota History Center, exhibits, events, and research converge to paint a comprehensive picture of Minnesota’s complex stories, people, and places. 651-259-3000;

Museum of Russian Art Dive into the art, history, and culture of Russia at the Museum of Russian Art, which houses a permanent collection of over 13,000 artworks and cultural pieces that span nearly six centuries of Russian history. 612-821-9045;

Science Museum of Minnesota Explore new boundaries in technology, natural history, physical science, and mathematics at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, this educational institution hosts school visits, traveling

exhibitions, online courses, and omnitheater movies. 651-221-9444;

Walker Art Center This renowned, multidisciplinary art institution hosts the work of some of the nation’s most celebrated artists within its growing collection of 15,500 works. Connected by ample green space is the enchanting Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which features more than 60 unique sculptures, including the widely recognizable Spoonbridge and Cherry, a symbol of the city. 612-375-7600;

Weisman Art Museum At the University of Minnesota, the Weisman Art Museum presents and interprets a diverse range of artwork, and enlightens visitors with regular exhibitions, organized letters, symposia, tours, and special events. 612-625-9494; ■


Discover peculiar, charming, and unexpected destinations across the Twin Cities that will both expand your horizons and allow you to let loose and play. Let your imagination run wild at House of Balls, where you can roam through rooms lled with unique, inventive, and quirky sculptures handmade by the local who has garnered a reputation as “the Willy Wonka of Twin Cities art.” At the Twin City Model Railroad Museum, you can imagine you are a strategic engineer, as you explore an impressive 11,000 square feet of interactive model train layouts. To fall down a history rabbit hole, make your way to Wabasha

Street Caves

, where the ghosts of the legendary gangsters of Saint Paul are still thought to be roaming around, even amid the venue’s weekly swing dancing sessions.

Discover the wonders of science and ignite your SCIENCE MUSEUM OF MINNESOTA in Saint Paul.
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No need to choose between nature and city life—the Twin Cities o ers the best of both worlds. With the Mississippi River, lakes, trails, and green spaces just steps away from urban activities, the area is perfect for those who love adventures of all kinds.

Escape to the natural beauty of Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington.
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Picturesque Parks &Green Spaces

With nationally acclaimed parks across the entire metro, the Twin Cities has no shortage of wide-open spaces and pictureperfect views. Whether you’re looking to picnic, exercise, visit a historic landmark, or simply connect with nature, the Minneapolis and Saint Paul park systems have you covered.


Minneapolis boasts an array of stunning parks that enchant visitors with their lush greenery, scenic trails, and serene lakeside views, offering a tranquil escape in the heart of the city

Boom Island Park For a perfect blend of nature and cityscapes, head to Boom Island Park, where you can find stunning views of the Minneapolis skyline while standing right on the Mississippi riverfront. The park features art installations, a playground, a miniature lighthouse, picnic sites, and riverside trails to explore.

Mill Ruins Park This historic site tells the story of the city’s remarkable success in the flour milling industry. At its peak, Minneapolis was producing over 20% of the nation’s total flour output, and it quickly became known as the “Flour Milling Capital of the World.” Today, the park features walking paths and bridges amid ruins of old flour mills and the water channels that powered them.

Mississippi Gorge Regional Park Situated along the east and west bluffs of the Mississippi River, this park offers scenic views all year long. Take the hiking and biking trails along either side of the river to explore the park’s ecologically diverse landscape. You might also spot a few feathered friends overhead—the gorge is home to over 150 migratory bird species and is a popular spot for bird-watching.

St. Anthony Falls This site on the Mississippi River is a must-see destination for visitors and holds great significance to the area—Minneapolis’ famous flour mills were once powered by the falling water, and the introduction of locks and dams to the falls expanded navigation of the river. The National Park Service offers free ranger-led walks along the Upper Lock and Dam, where you can see panoramic views of the falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, and the surrounding Mill District.

Saint Paul

Saint Paul’s parks are havens of natural beauty, with winding trails, peaceful lakes, and vibrant flora that invite residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the city’s serene outdoor spaces

Changsha China Friendship Garden

This serene garden in Phalen Regional Park celebrates the contributions of Chinese Americans to the Twin Cities and the sister city relationship between Saint Paul and Changsha, China. The garden currently includes the stunning Xiang Jiang Pavilion, various Chinese sculptures, a traditional archway, willow trees, and other flora. Additional details are still in the works, including a Hmong Plaza, which opened in May 2024.

Historic Fort Snelling Located on Dakota homelands, this historic military fort-turnedmuseum offers insight into Native American and Minnesotan history. Explore the walls of the fort and learn about the storied past of this National Historic Landmark, which overlooks the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers.

Raspberry Island Regional Park With a bandshell, plaza, ample green space, and walking paths, this spot on the Mississippi River is a wonderful place to relax, dip your toes in the water, and take in the view of Saint Paul’s skyline.

Rice Park In the heart of downtown Saint Paul, Rice Park boasts shaded benches, a beautiful water fountain, and other public art installations. It’s home to various festivals and events throughout the year, including the city’s famous Winter Carnival.

BOOM ISLAND PARK is a hidden gem along the Mississippi River, providing a peaceful escape with scenic views and charming walking paths.

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The greater Twin Cities boast a tapestry of parks, offering scenic trails, tranquil lakes, and lush greenery that beckon locals and tourists to embrace nature’s beauty and recreational opportunities

Elm Creek Park Reserve This park in Maple Grove is the perfect place to have a picnic, try your hand at archery, or play a round of disc golf. The area is home to a variety of wildlife, including eagles, sandhill cranes, and Minnesota’s state bird, the Common Loon.

Hyland Lake Park Reserve Located south of Minneapolis, the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Bloomington offers vast prairie landscapes to explore. Outdoor activities include hiking, skiing, camping, horseback riding, and much more.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park With nearly 2,000 acres of trails and lakes, the year-round recreation at Lebanon Hills is endless. Take a hike or bike ride through the park to uncover picnic areas, campsites, swimming beaches, and a sledding hill.

Tamarack Nature Center Located in White Bear Township on the northeastern edge of the Twin Cities, Tamarack Nature Center is a 320-acre preserve with plenty to see and do. The center connects you to hiking and cross-country skiing trails, a water park, child-focused nature activities, and year-round programs and events.

Theodore Wirth Regional Park As the largest park in the Minneapolis park system, Theodore Wirth is an excellent spot for all kinds of outdoor fun. From biking and cross-country skiing trails to disc golf, sledding, snowshoeing, and archery, the park offers ways to stay active throughout all four seasons.

CHANGSHA CHINA FRIENDSHIP GARDEN (above) symbolizes a special friendship between the city of Saint Paul and Changsha, China; THEODORE WIRTH REGIONAL PARK (below) is the largest park in the Minneapolis park system, with over 740 acres of land.
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RICE PARK in downtown Saint Paul hosts many festivals, concerts, and events throughout the year.

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Four Seasons of Fun

Make the most of your

Twin Cities visit with these seasonal activities


Winter in the Twin Cities transforms the landscape into a wonderland of snowy scenery, festive lights, ice skating rinks, and cozy indoor activities, offering a unique charm and coziness

Afton Alps This sprawling resort in the St. Croix River Valley offers 300 acres of skiable terrain, 50 trails, three terrain parks, and an elevation of 700 feet. Visitors can fuel up with on-hill dining options, including delicious treats from the s’mores gondola.

Buck Hill Located in Burnsville, Buck Hill is a renowned destination for winter sports. Try your hand at 15 different ski and snowboarding runs, race down the snow tubing lanes, or cozy up for a bite to eat with live music. Equipment rentals and lessons are available on-site.

Groveland Ice Rinks This facility in Saint Paul is a great place for outdoor fun. Lace up your skates and check out Groveland’s two hockey rinks, general skating rink, pond hockey rink, and the Groveland Oval. Skate rental is available and free of charge.

Hyland Hills Ski Area Skiers and snowboarders will love the slopes at Hyland Hills Ski Area, located within Bloomington’s Hyland Lake Park Reserve. The terrain park contains progressive and innovative features, and the park is known for its excellent snowmaking.

Ice Castles An adventure through the carefully crafted tunnels, caverns, and archways of the Ice Castles feels like something out of a storybook. Aside from the castle itself, this beloved family-friendly experience features ice slides, ice sculptures, a mystic light walk, and for the adults, a frosty ice bar.


Spring in Minnesota brings a burst of color and new life as flowers bloom and trees bud. It’s the perfect time for outdoor activities, festivals, and enjoying the mild weather.

Art-A-Whirl This annual Northeast Minneapolis event is the largest open studio tour in the country and a must-see for art lovers. On the third weekend in May, the neighborhood (known as the Arts District) comes to life with art demonstrations, interactive activities, live music, and more. This free event is a fantastic opportunity to connect with local artists in their own spaces.

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary This popular springtime destination is the oldest public wildflower garden in the United States. Follow the garden’s winding trails to find seasonal displays of native wildflowers in woodland, wetland, and meadow areas. Throughout April and May, bloodroot, wild ginger, trillium, bluebells, and trout lilies are at their peak.

AFTON ALPS (above) o ers 300 acres of winter family fun; ART-A-WHIRL (below) brings together more than 1,000 artists, galleries, and businesses at over 100 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

As flowers start to bloom, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska is another popular destination for connecting with nature. The sprawling landscape is covered with beautiful display gardens, nationally recognized tree collections, and protected natural areas. The 1,200acre lot is easy to explore via walking and driving paths, allowing visitors to get an up-close look at various plant species.

Normandale Japanese Garden Located on the Normandale Community College campus in Bloomington, this exquisite garden showcases authentic Japanese features and over 300 plants, shrubs, and trees. Take a stroll through the garden, marvel at the meticulous landscaping, and stop to feed the colorful koi fish.


Summer in the Twin Cities is a vibrant tapestry of cultural festivals, outdoor concerts, bustling farmers markets, and recreational activities, inviting residents and visitors to savor the season’s warmth and energy.

Farmers Markets Stocked with fresh produce and other goodies from local vendors, farmers markets are summertime staples. The Twin Cities has plenty of great options to choose from on both sides of the river, including the Minneapolis Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market, and the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market.

Great Northern Golf Trail This championship golf trail features some of the best courses in Minnesota, several of which are right here in the metro area. Head to Prior Lake and tee off at Legends Club or the Wilds Golf Club, both of which feature expansive natural settings and unique topography.

Skyline Mini Golf at Walker Art Center

Head to the Walker rooftop for sunshine, puttputt, and picturesque views of downtown Minneapolis. The one-of-a-kind mini golf course features a unique mix of 10 artist-designed holes and is fun for all ages.

Taste of Minnesota This midsummer staple packs great food, live music, art, and family fun into a weekend festival in downtown Minneapolis. The headliners for this year include Martina McBride and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and the free, two-day event will take place on July 6 and 7.

Uptown Art Fair With a reputation as one of the most exceptional art fairs in the United States, this annual event highlights the Twin Cities’ diverse artistic landscape during the first full weekend in August. Due to road construction in Uptown, a smaller version of the traditional event will be taking place this year at Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden Center in South Minneapolis on Aug. 3 and 4, 2024.


Fall in Minneapolis and Saint Paul paints the landscape with vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold as leaves change color. It’s a time for apple picking, pumpkin patches, and scenic drives.

AppleFest To celebrate the University of Minnesota’s rich history of apple research, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum’s AppleFest features orchard tours, apple tastings, lawn games, apple-themed concessions, apple trivia, and more.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Comprised of over 14,000 acres of land, the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge invites visitors to connect with nature and wildlife through educational and recreational opportunities. With more than 45 miles of trails in the south metro, the refuge is great for fall hikes amid colorful foliage displays.

Minnesota Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern


This highly anticipated event brings thousands of artistically carved pumpkins to the Minnesota Zoo every fall. Let the orange glow of the jack-o-lanterns light the way as you wander through the zoo’s autumn trail. A cross between a pumpkin patch and an art installation, this is the perfect activity for families looking to celebrate the spooky season.

Movies in the Park An outdoor movie is a great way to enjoy the crisp autumn air. Many parks across Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer a wide range of free film screenings throughout the fall, and they’re often accompanied by food trucks and other activities. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy an evening under the stars.

Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze

No fall season is complete without a trip to a corn maze, and the metro area is home to Minnesota’s largest. Open every day in the fall, the Twin Cities Harvest Festival and Maze in Brooklyn Park features a pumpkin patch, food trucks, sunflower field tours, face painting, a corn pit, and of course, the iconic corn maze.

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LEGENDS CLUB (above) is a premier public golf course in Prior Lake; MINNESOTA ZOO’S JACK-O-LANTERN SPECTACULAR (below) is an annual must-see, with thousands of carved pumpkins on display.

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Life on the Water

Minnesota may not have ocean shorelines, but its natural rivers and 10,000-plus lakes offer year-round fun. The Twin Cities is home to several waterways, which serve as local destinations for swimming, paddleboarding, ice hockey, live music, and more.

Como Lake This lake in Saint Paul’s Como Regional Park offers a 1.7-mile walking trail, a fishing pier, and a boat launch for canoes, kayaks, and small electric watercrafts. Pedal boat and stand-up paddleboard rentals are also available.

Lake Hiawatha Surrounded by a 241-acre park, Lake Hiawatha is a relaxing oasis in South Minneapolis. It’s known to have good fishing year-round, as the Minnehaha Creek brings lots of carp and northern pike in and out of the lake. Visitors can also enjoy walking paths, a swimming beach, and a nearby tennis court.

Lake Nokomis Lake Nokomis is located just south of Lake Hiawatha. As one of three sailing lakes in the Minneapolis park system, it’s common to see lots of colorful sailboats on the water throughout the warmer months. Stop by Wheel Fun Rentals to take a swan-shaped pedal boat for a spin—equipped with LED lighting, you can even rent the swan boats after dark for a one-ofa-kind adventure.

Lake Phalen Found in Phalen Regional Park in Saint Paul, this lake is a popular spot for swimming and watersport activities. Kayak and paddleboard rentals are available, and you can even take lessons in sailing, rowing, and paddling on-site.

Minneapolis Chain of Lakes Brownie Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Bde Maka Ska, and Lake Harriet make up the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, one of the most popular destinations in the area. With beaches, flower gardens, lakeside restaurants, skating, ice fishing, and more, these five lakes offer a little something for everyone.

Mississippi River The “Mighty Mississippi” plays an integral role in the geography of the Twin Cities, as it flows between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. With gorgeous riverfronts on either side, both cities offer scenic outdoor dining, hiking trails along the shoreline and bluffs, kayaking, canoeing, and festivals near the water.

LAKE HIAWATHA o ers a serene retreat amid urban surroundings.
LAKE 0F THE ISLES in Minneapolis o ers a perfect blend of natural beauty and stunning skyline views.

Local Rides

Minnesotans are big on biking, and the Twin Cities has miles of popular trails to explore

Gateway State Trail This 18-mile paved trail begins in Saint Paul, extends through the northeast suburbs, and concludes near Stillwater, passing through a cross-section of urban and rural landscapes. The ride offers scenic views of downtown Saint Paul, prairies, woods, and farmland.

Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway

For a true bike tour of Minneapolis, try the Grand Rounds. It’s one of the country’s longest continuous systems of public urban parkways, encompassing a 51-mile loop of off-street trails.

The Grand Rounds consists of seven segments throughout Minneapolis that highlight a mix of the city’s best natural and urban features: lakes, woodlands, riverbanks, skylines, trendy neighborhoods, and more.

Great Northern Greenway The Great Northern Greenway connects North and Northeast Minneapolis across the Mississippi River, passing through historic and diverse neighborhoods, commercial districts, and industrial sites. Destinations along the way include the business district on West Broadway, the Northeast Arts District, and several restaurants and breweries.

Midtown Greenway This 5.5-mile railroad corridor-turned-trail is a great way to navigate Minneapolis by bike. The Greenway is largely separated from the street grid, allowing for barrier-free bicycling that can make cross-town trips even faster than traveling by car. The trails are open 24 hours a day, year-round.

Mississippi River Boulevard The 600-mile Mississippi River Trail runs through Saint Paul along Mississippi River Boulevard, a gorgeous stretch of road with scenic overlooks of the river. ■

Bike Share Programs

No bike? No problem. In 2023, Minneapolis and Saint Paul introduced e-bike share programs, which can increase the convenience of getting around for visitors. Through vendors like Lime, riders can nd, unlock, and rent electric-assisted bikes using the company’s mobile app. E-bikes make it easier to ride uphill and travel at faster speeds. Users must be 16 or older; e-bikes are permitted on city streets, in bike lanes, on trails, and shared-use paths.

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MIDTOWN GREENWAY is a 5.5-mile long former railroad corridor located in South Minneapolis, with barrier-free bicycling and walking trails.

Twin Cities Gateway

Your gateway to fun and relaxation

The Twin Cities Gateway is jam-packed with fun Twin Cities events, attractions, and things to do. Cool o at a waterpark, play a round of golf, bike the Mississippi River Trail, enjoy dinner and a show, or visit a craft brewery. Let’s face it—there’s way too much to do in the Gateway for a day trip, so you’re going to need a comfortable hotel, conveniently located near Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Looking for a convenient and exciting place to stay? Look no further than the Twin Cities Gateway! With 25 conveniently located hotels o ering free parking, you’ll be minutes away from all the excitement the Twin Cities have to o er—top attractions, shopping, dining, and entertainment.

But the Twin Cities Gateway is more than just a convenient place to stay. It’s your gateway to year-round fun! Plus, each community has its own signature festival every summer/fall including Taste of Shoreview, Anoka Halloween, Fridley 49er Days, Blue Heron Days, New Brighton Stockyard Days, Coon Rapids 4th of July, Ham Lake Freedom Festival, and more!

Family Fun Catch the excitement of the 3M Open PGA golf tournament or the Target USA Cup Youth Soccer Tournament. Explore the spooky delights of the Halloween Capital of the World or enjoy countless other festivals and events throughout the year.

Thrills and Chills Make a splash at Bunker Beach, Minnesota’s largest waterpark. Watch your favorite athletes compete at the National Sports Center, the world’s largest amateur sports complex. Or choose your soundtrack for a thrilling water slide adventure at Tropics Indoor Waterpark.

Nature’s Playground Breathe in the fresh air at Springbrook Nature Center or Wargo Nature Center, where you can enjoy bird-watching and exploring the beauty of the outdoors.

Tee Up for Adventure Hit the green at one of nine fantastic golf courses, including Majestic Oaks Golf Club and the prestigious TPC Twin Cities.

Unwind and Savor Sample delicious craft beers at local breweries or savor a glass of wine at Willow Tree Winery.

With so much to see and do, you won’t want your trip to end. Book your stay in the Twin Cities Gateway today and discover your next adventure!

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The Rusty Bumblebee Stumpy’s Hatchet House Each year, BARTZ SNOW SCULPTURES (above) in New Brighton creates a giant snow sea creature; TARGET USA CUP (below) is held each year at the National Sports Center in Blaine and hosts over 1,200 youth soccer teams.
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FORGOTTEN STAR BREWING CO. in Fridley crafts exceptional small-batch beers.


The Twin Cities is comprised of diverse, vibrant neighborhoods, each with their own distinct history and charm. From beloved attractions to fantastic dining options and lakeside amenities, every local community has something exciting to o er. With easy access to two bustling downtowns and Minnesota’s natural wonders, families, friends, and visitors can enjoy the best of both worlds in the Twin Cities.

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Lake Harriet Bandshell is a beloved gathering place where music, performances, and community events come alive.

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Saint Paul

On the eastern side of the Mississippi River, Saint Paul boasts a wide range of historic buildings, museums, and dining experiences. With several retailers, sports venues, and cultural activities in the area, Minnesota’s capital city offers entertainment for all ages and interests.

East Side The many East Side eateries make this neighborhood a culinary destination of its own. Payne Avenue (known as Saint Paul’s “Eat Street”), is packed with a diverse array of flavors—Eastside Thai Restaurant, Yarusso Bros Italian Restaurant, Tongue in Cheek, and Bymore Taqueria are a few foodie favorites. The area is also home to Phalen Regional Park, where visitors can play a round of golf, take sailing lessons, or go for a swim in Lake Phalen.

Frogtown & Rondo Frogtown and Rondo are ethnically diverse neighborhoods known for their authentic cuisine and cultural celebrations. In Frogtown, the Little Mekong business and cultural district features products and flavors from Southeast Asian countries, and the Little Mekong Night Market festival is a beloved community experience. In the historic Rondo neighborhood, enjoy authentic soul food at Taste of Rondo Bar & Grill, coffee and breakfast favorites at Golden Thyme, or a sweet treat from Tooth Fairy Candy Store.

Highland Park With iconic family-owned restaurants, scenic green spaces, and entertainment options, it’s easy to spend a day in Highland Park. Like a true local, start with one of the famous Reuben sandwiches from Cecil’s Deli. Walk along the Mississippi River, hike through Hidden Falls Regional Park, and enjoy a movie and popcorn at the old-school Mann Theaters.

North End The North End is an area rich in history. It’s home to the state’s crown jewel, the Minnesota State Capitol Building, which is a must-see for visitors. History buffs should also visit the Oakland Cemetery, where several prominent Minnesotans are buried, and the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Head to the Blues Saloon for catfish bites and a lively atmosphere or enjoy classic diner fare at Coffee Cup.

West Seventh Street With proximity to some of the city’s most popular event centers, the West Seventh Street area has become a hot spot for bars and restaurants. Along the north end, you can enjoy elevated Mexican fare at Pajarito, brunch favorites at Hope Breakfast Bar, and authentic Italian dishes at Cossetta Alimentari or Louis Ristorante & Bar. Sip on craft brews at Summit Brewing Co. or Bad Weather Brewing Co. before cheering on the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center or catching a show at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

In Saint Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood, HIDDEN FALLS REGIONAL PARK (above) is a hidden gem; HOPE BREAKFAST BAR (below) in the West Seventh area o ers a fresh take on breakfast favorites. The MINNESOTA TRANSPORTATION MUSEUM (left) shares the story of rail transportation history in the Upper Midwest; TASTE OF RONDO BAR & GRILL (right) brings authentic soul food to the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhood.
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The MINNESOTA STATE CAPITOL stands as a majestic architectural masterpiece, embodying the state’s rich history.

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Minneapolis is the larger of the Twin Cities and, in many ways, the cultural epicenter of the state. It is full of renowned art museums, iconic music venues, award-winning eateries, and state-of-the-art sports stadiums. The trendy North Loop, lively Uptown, and peaceful Linden Hills areas are just a few of the communities that make Minneapolis a one-of-a-kind destination.

Downtown East At the heart of Downtown East is the reflective U.S. Bank Stadium, where football fans can catch the Minnesota Vikings on their home turf. Head over to West River Parkway to learn about the area’s unique flour milling history at Mill City Museum, see a show at the nationally acclaimed Guthrie Theater, or enjoy a hilltop picnic at Gold Medal Park.

Linden Hills Nestled between Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska, Linden Hills is a charming residential neighborhood that features unique retailers, beautiful green spaces, and a variety of restaurants. Visit The Bakken Museum for a science lesson, grab an ice cream cone at Sebastian Joe’s, or attend an outdoor concert at Lake Harriet Bandshell Park.

Longfellow Situated along the Mississippi River Gorge, the Longfellow neighborhood has plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Bike through Minnehaha Regional Park and stop to see the famous 53-foot waterfall or walk down the Minnehaha Mile to browse a treasure trove of vintage shops and bookstores.

Lyn-Lake Known as the most walkable neighborhood in Minneapolis, Lyn-Lake keeps visitors

busy with its fun selection of indie stores, entertainment venues, bars, and restaurants. Stop in at World Street Kitchen or moto-i to sample international flavors, sip local brews at LynLake Brewery, and head to Up-Down Minneapolis for old-school arcade games.

North Loop Considered one of the trendiest neighborhoods in the city, the North Loop is home to several upscale venues, boutiques, and dining options within walking distance of each other. Home to Target Field and Target Center, the North Loop is a great place to cheer on Minnesota sports teams. Spice up your wardrobe at D. NOLO or MartinPatrick3, sit down for award-winning cuisine at Demi or Spoon and Stable, or grab a drink on the rooftop of the Hewing Hotel.

Uptown With its proximity to the Chain of Lakes and walkable access to restaurants, shops, and activities, Uptown offers the best of both worlds. Spend the afternoon catching rays on the shores of Bde Maka Ska before heading into the heart of the neighborhood, where you can enjoy acclaimed Korean American fare at Kim’s, see an indie film at Landmark’s Lagoon Cinema, or hit the lanes at Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater.

GOLD MEDAL PARK (above) is a 7.5-acre park in the Downtown East neighborhood of Minneapolis; BRYANT LAKE BOWL & THEATER (below) is an Uptown hot spot.
TARGET FIELD is the home of the Minnesota Twins, and is in the North Loop neighborhood of Minneapolis.


Visit the gateway to Wisconsin

Nestled along the wild and scenic St. Croix River lies the picturesque town of Hudson, Wisconsin. Known as “the gateway to Wisconsin,” Hudson exudes a historic charm, offering a perfect blend of outdoor activities, captivating tours, quaint shops, top-notch restaurants, art galleries, and family-friendly activities. Just a short 30-minute drive from the Twin Cities, this Wisconsin weekend is a perfect getaway.

Looking to ride in style, get historic, or sample a taste of the town? Hudson has some unique tour options. If you prefer the water, St. Croix River Cruises are for you, but if you like a Historic Trolley with maybe a themed tour or two, check out Hudson Trolley Company. History buffs will enjoy the Octagon House Museum, the Lakefront Heritage Project, and even our self-guided history walks.

If you heart nature, you’ll heart Hudson. As a Tree City, Bird City, and home to eleven city, county, and state parks—Hudson will keep you exploring the great outdoors for quite some time. Bring a picnic, shoes to hike, and even some little ones because some parks also have a full playground! Our outdoor options keep nature enthusiasts coming back for more no matter what the season.

Hudson is also a great destination for bike enthusiasts with one of the bike routes covering 62 miles. But those new to biking have options, too, especially near the shops and the St. Croix River. Our early riders really enjoy the paved paths at Lakefront Park in downtown Hudson. Families can get some fresh air and enjoy the river view. After a nice ride you have some great shopping and dining options nearby to explore.

For visitors who love a good, sweet treat, Hudson offers confections at several locations that are all walkable from one another. Make sure to refuel after your Hudson adventure at Knoke’s Chocolates and Nuts, St. Croix Baking Co., Dipsy Ice Cream Shoppe, and Dairy Queen.

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Your Boat Club


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Your Boat Club believes in hassle-free boating. Whether you’re looking to connect with your kids, connect with nature, relax, unplug, tube, ski, wakeboard, fish, lay out in the sun, socialize, entertain guests, get away, or just enjoy a better work/life balance, boating has endless activities and benefits to offer. Customers simply show up, go boating, and go home. Your Boat Club takes care of all the work, while you have all the fun. Quite simply, life on the water is better.

Your Boat Club’s fresh fleet promises its members they keep the newest boats possible on the water! Your Boat Club’s fleet of pontoons, runabouts, and fishing boats is 1.5 years old or newer. You don’t have to be a member to enjoy its boats either. You can rent a boat for just a day, a long

Worth the Drive

Escape the hustle and bustle of the Twin Cities and embark on a journey to explore charming destinations that are just a short drive away.

weekend, or even a week! Plus, it offers multiday discounts and select delivery services to many lakes, including its 40-plus locations. Explore up north at great lakes like Gull Lake, Lake Vermilion, and Mille Lacs Lake, or cruise the beautiful Mississippi and St. Croix rivers or Lake Minnetonka.

Anoka—Known as the “Halloween Capital of the World,” Anoka boasts a rich history and vibrant community spirit. Stroll through historic downtown to admire charming shops and cafes or take a guided tour of the Anoka County History Center to learn about the city’s fascinating past.

North eld A picturesque town with a rich cultural heritage, North eld invites visitors to discover its historic downtown, lined with charming shops, galleries, and eateries. Outdoor enthusiasts can bike or hike along the Cannon Valley Trail, while bibliophiles can delve into the town’s storied past at the North eld Public Library.

Shakopee/Prior Lake—Located southwest of Minneapolis, Shakopee and Prior Lake o er a blend of natural beauty and recreational activities. Spend a day at Valleyfair amusement park for thrilling rides and family fun or visit Mystic Lake Casino Hotel for gaming excitement and live entertainment.

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Taylors Falls—Nestled along the St. Croix River, Taylors Falls o ers breathtaking scenery and outdoor adventures. Explore Interstate State Park for hiking trails, scenic overlooks, and unique geological formations such as glacial potholes. Take a leisurely boat tour along the river or enjoy a thrilling paddleboat excursion.

Waconia—Located west of the Twin Cities, Waconia is a hidden gem known for its scenic beauty and recreational opportunities. Spend a day boating or shing on Lake Waconia or explore the charming shops and restaurants in downtown Waconia. Plus, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is on the way, where acres of gardens, trails, and natural beauty await. n

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Discover endless possibilities between Minneapolis and Saint Paul, where a world of entertainment, dining, shopping, museums, and unique attractions awaits. We’ve curated a comprehensive list of resources to help you uncover the very best experiences the Twin Cities has to o er.

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Getting Around

Minneapolis and Saint Paul boast an abundance of options in dining, entertainment, and culture, making it a challenge to decide where to start. Fortunately, getting around to enjoy the myriad attractions in the Twin Cities is seamless, thanks to dependable public transportation services and convenient access to bike, scooter, and car rentals.


Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

In 2023, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) was ranked the Best Airport in North America in the category for 20 to 40 million passengers annually—and for good reason. Some of the Twin Cities’ best restaurants and chefs have stock at the airport, including Blue Door Pub, Hi-Lo Diner, and Northern Soul. Plus, MSP o ers ample shopping, an on-site salon and chiropractic care, and a 1.4-mile walking path (at Terminal 1).

• Terminal 1–Lindbergh, 4300 Glumack Drive, Saint Paul

• Terminal 2–Hubert H. Humphrey, 7150 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis

• 612-726-5555,


Amtrak The Union Depot in Saint Paul is both a historic landmark and a convenient stop along the Amtrak Empire Builder that connects Seattle to Chicago, removing the stress of driving or navigating a busy airport.

• Union Depot, 240 Kellogg Blvd. E., Saint Paul

• 800-872-7245,

Northstar Commuter Rail The Northstar line begins at Big Lake, a northern suburb of the Twin Cities and passes through downtown Minneapolis with a stop at Target Field. Its Park & Ride stations, accessible doors and aisles, and free Wi-Fi make it easy for visitors to get into the heart of Minneapolis.

• 612-373-3333,


Greyhound/Megabus The Greyhound and Megabus lines connect the Twin Cities to the rest of the state (and country) via several stops throughout the metro area.

• Greyhound: Minneapolis, 612-371-3325; Saint Paul, 651-222-0507,

• Megabus: Minneapolis and Saint Paul stops, 877-462-6342,

Metro Transit The punctual and clean Metro Transit buses weave throughout Saint Paul, Minneapolis, and all surrounding suburbs, so you can get to your destination comfortably and seamlessly.

• 612-373-3333,

METRO Light Rail The light rail is fast, frequent, and connected to all your favorite Twin Cities attractions. The METRO Blue Line travels between Mall of America and Target Field, while the Green Line passes downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota, and downtown Saint Paul.

• 612-373-3333,


The Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport has several car rental services and a lineup of taxis, plus bus, van, and limousine services that you can schedule in advance. Otherwise, the Twin Cities has a ready supply of Ubers, Lyfts, and other rideshare app options.

• Blue & White Taxi: 612-333-3333,

• Uber:

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Shared Bike & Scooter Program

Both Minneapolis and Saint Paul o er a ordable, widely accessible shared riding programs. In Saint Paul, Lime is the contracted e-bike provider, and in Minneapolis, operators include Lime and Veo—download these apps to get started. The app will allow you to nd, unlock, and rent an e-bike or scooter. Please note, Minneapolis authorizes Veo e-bikes and electric scooters, but these vehicles are not permitted to operate in Saint Paul.

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METRO TRANSIT provides a reliable and e cient transportation network, connecting residents and visitors with a multitude of destinations through buses, light rail, and commuter trains.

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Demi: 212 N. Second St., Suite 100, Minneapolis; 612-404-1123;

Maison Margaux: 224 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-900-1800;

Mara: 245 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-895-5709;

Martina: 4312 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-922-9913;

Meritage: 410 Saint Peter St., Saint Paul; 651-222-5670;

Murray’s: 26 S. Sixth St., Minneapolis; 612-339-0909;

Owamni: 420 S. First St., Minneapolis; 612-444-1846;

Porzana: 200 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-489-6174;

Restaurant Alma: 528 University Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-379-4909;

Spoon and Stable: 211 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-224-9850;


Eat Street Crossing: 2819 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-345-4136;

Graze Provisions + Libations: 520 N. Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612-259-8965;

The Market at Malcolm Yards: 501 30th Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-886-1022;

Mercado Central: 1515 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-728-5485;

Midtown Global Market: 920 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-872-4041;

North Loop Galley: 729 N. Washington Ave., Suite 102, Minneapolis; 612-354-7450;



Billy Sushi: 116 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; 612-886-1783;

Hai Hai: 2121 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-223-8640;

Gai Noi: 1610 Harmon Place, Minneapolis;

Khâluna: 4000 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-345-5199;

Kim’s: 1432 W. 31st St., Minneapolis; 612-540-2554;

Little Mekong: 422 University Ave. W., Saint Paul; 651-222-7798;

Vinai: 1300 NE Second St., Minneapolis; 612-431-5285;

Zen Box Izakaya: 602 S. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-3936;


Demera Ethiopian Restaurant: 823 University Ave. W., Saint Paul; 651-323-1424;

Dilla’s Ethiopian Restaurant: 1813 Riverside Ave., Minneapolis; 612-332-2898;

Pimento Jamaican Kitchen: Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations; 612-345-5637;

The Red Sea: 320 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-333-1644;

Victor’s 1959 Café: 3756 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-827-8948;


Animales Barbecue Co.: 1350 Tyler St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-400-2153;

Handsome Hog: 173 Western Ave. N., Saint Paul; 651-219-4013;

Herbie Butcher’s Fried Chicken: 735 E. 48th St., Minneapolis; 612-224-9251;

Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub: 2716 E. 38th St., Minneapolis; 612-208-1450;

Revival: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Saint Louis Park locations;


Broders’ Pasta Bar: 5000 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-925-9202;

Cossetta Alimentari: 211 Seventh St. W., Saint Paul; 651-222-3476;

Hyacinth: 790 Grand Ave., Saint Paul; 651-478-1822;

Mucci’s: 786 Randolph Ave., Saint Paul; 651-330-2245;

Pizzeria Lola: 5557 Xerxes Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-424-8338;

Red Wagon Pizza Co.: 5416 Penn Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-249-7147;

Wrecktangle Pizza: North Loop Galley, Malcolm Yards, and Lyn-Lake locations;

Young Joni: 165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-345-5719;


5-8 Club: Minneapolis, West Saint Paul, Champlin, and Maplewood locations;

Blue Door Pub: 1514 Como Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-367-4964;

Matt’s Bar: 3500 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-722-7072;

The Nook: 492 Hamline Ave. S., Saint Paul; 651-698-4347;

Parlour Bar: Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations;

Red Cow: Uptown, North Loop, Saint Paul, and 50th and France locations;


Barrio: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Edina, and MSP Terminal 2 locations; 952-920-1860;

El Burrito Mercado: 175 Cesar Chavez St., Saint Paul; 651-227-2192;

Nixta Tortilleria: 1222 NE Second St., Minneapolis;

Pajarito: 605 Seventh St. W., Saint Paul; 651-340-9545;

Petite León: 3800 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-208-1247;

Taquería La Hacienda: 334 E. Lake St., Suite 101, Minneapolis; 612-822-2715;


Francis: 2422 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-6870;

The Herbivorous Butcher: 507 First Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0992;

J. Selby’s: 169 Victoria St., Saint Paul; 651-222-3263;

Reverie: 1517 E. 35th St., Minneapolis; 612-987-7080;

Trio Plant-Based: 610 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-326-1326;


Bogart’s Doughnut Co.: Uptown Minneapolis and Saint Louis Park locations; 612-886-1670;

The Buttered Tin: Northeast Minneapolis and Saint Paul locations;

Cafe Latte: 850 Grand Ave., Saint Paul; 651-224-5687;

Cardigan Donuts: 40 S. Seventh St., Suite 207, Minneapolis; 612-259-7804;

Cooks | Bellecour: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Edina locations; 651-228-1333;

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Edwards Dessert Kitchen: 200 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-800-0335;

Milkjam Creamery: 2743 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-424-4668;

Patisserie 46: 4552 Grand Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-354-3257;


Fair State Brewing Co-op: 2506 Central Ave. NE, Saint Paul; 612-444-3209;

Forgotten Star Brewery: 38 Northern Stacks Drive, Fridley; 763-657-7231;

Fulton Beer: 414 N. Sixth Ave., Minneapolis; 612-333-3208;

Indeed Brewing Co.: 711 NE 15th Ave., Minneapolis; 612-843-5090;

Modist Brewing Co.: 505 N. Third St., Minneapolis; 612-454-0258;

Pryes Brewing Co.: 1401 West River Road N., Minneapolis; 612-787-7937;

Summit Brewing Co.: 910 Montreal Circle, Saint Paul; 651-265-7800;

Surly Brewing Co.: 520 Malcom Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 763-999-4040;

Utepils Brewing: 225 Thomas Ave. N., Suite 700, Minneapolis; 612-249-7800;

Waldmann Brewery: 445 Smith Ave. N., Saint Paul; 651-222-1857;



AxeBridge Wine Co.: 411 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-346-0138;

Bar Brava: 1914 N. Washington Ave., Minneapolis; 612-208-1270;

Joan’s in the Park: 631 Snelling Ave. S., Saint Paul; 651-690-3297;

The Tasting Room: 1434 W. 31st St., Minneapolis; 612-409-0277;

TERZO: 2221 W. 50th St., Minneapolis; 612-925-0330;

Troubadour Wine Bar: 2827 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-871-4073;

Urban Forage Winery & Cider House: 3016 E. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-584-4398;


Minneapolis Cider Co.: 701 SE Ninth St., Minneapolis; 612-886-1357;

Number 12 Cider: 614 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis; 612-345-4488;

Sociable Cider Werks: 1500 Fillmore St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-758-0105


11 Wells: 704 Minnehaha Ave. E., Saint Paul; 651-771-1875;

Brother Justus Whiskey Co.: 3300 Fifth St. NE, Suite B, Minneapolis; 612-886-1658;

Earl Giles: 1325 Quincy St. NE, Suite 100, Minneapolis; 612-345-5305;

King Coil Spirits: 550 Vandalia St., Suite 140, Saint Paul; 651-300-9550;

Norseman Distillery: 451 Taft St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-568-6299;

O’Shaughnessy Distilling Co.: 600 Malcom Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 763-338-0914;



Barbette: 1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-827-5710;

The Dubliner Pub: 2162 University Ave. W., Saint Paul; 651-646-5551;

The Exchange & Alibi Lounge: 10 S. Fifth St., Suite B100, Minneapolis; 612-391-3544;

Prohibition Bar: 821 S. Marquette Ave., 27th Floor, Minneapolis; 612-215-3700;

Volstead’s Emporium: 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis; 612-701-8101;

Young Joni’s Back Bar: 165 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-345-5719;


Acme Comedy Co.: 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393;

Camp Bar and Cabaret: 490 Robert St. N., Saint Paul; 866-687-8525;

Comedy Corner Underground: 1501 Washington Ave. S., Suite B1, Minneapolis; 612-492-1197;

Dakota Jazz Club: 1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-332-1010;

Fine Line: 318 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388;

First Avenue & 7th St. Entry: 701 N. First Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-8388;

Icehouse MPLS: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis; 612-276-6523;

LUSH Lounge & Theater: 990 Central Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-208-0053;

Puttery: 240 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-493-1102;

Thr3 Jack: 729 Washington Ave. N., Suite D, Minneapolis; 612-354-3667;

Turf Club: 1601 University Ave. W., Saint Paul; 651-647-0486;

Up-Down: 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-823-3487;

Varsity Theater: 1308 SE Fourth St., Minneapolis; 612-217-7701;



Capri Theater: 2027 W. Broadway, Minneapolis; 612-643-2024;

The Cedar Cultural Center: 416 Cedar Ave., Minneapolis; 612-338-2674;

Children’s Theatre Co.: 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-874-0400;

Fitzgerald Theater: 10 E. Exchange St., Saint Paul; 651-370-2953;

Guthrie Theater: 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-377-2224;

Hennepin Theatre Trust: 900 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-455-9500;

History Theatre: 30 10th St. E., Saint Paul; 651-292-4323;

James Sewell Ballet: 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-672-0480;

Jungle Theater: 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-7063;

Landmark Center: 75 W. Fifth St., Saint Paul; 651-292-3225;

Minnesota Orchestra: 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-371-5600;

Northrop Auditorium: 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis; 612-625-6600;

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts: 345 Washington St., Saint Paul; 651-224-4222;

Park Square: 20 W. Seventh Place, Saint Paul; 651-291-7005;

Ragamala Dance Co.: 3754 Pleasant Ave., Suite 422W, Minneapolis; 718-797-4577;

Theater Latté Da: 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-339-3003;

Theater Mu: 755 Prior Ave., Suite 107, Saint Paul; 651-789-1012;

Twin Cities Ballet: 16368 Kenrick Ave., Lakeville; 952-452-3163;

Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre: 3715 Minnehaha Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-234-1653;


American Swedish Institute: 2600 Park Ave., Minneapolis; 612-871-4907;

The Bakken Museum: 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-926-3878;

Bell Museum: 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., Saint Paul; 612-626-9660;

Mill City Museum: 704 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-341-7555;

Minneapolis Institute of Art: 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; 888-642-2787;

Minnesota Children’s Museum: 10 Seventh St. W., Saint Paul; 651-225-6000;

Minnesota History Center: 345 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul; 651-259-3000;

The Museum of Russian Art: 5500 Stevens Ave., Minneapolis; 612-821-9045;

Science Museum of Minnesota: 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., Saint Paul; 651-221-9444;

Weisman Art Museum: 333 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis; 612-625-9494;

Walker Art Center: 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis; 612-375-7600;

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