Best Things to do in Minneapolis

Sometimes it can be a true type of self-care to travel alone. When you want, you can go anywhere or anyplace and do whatever hits every fancy step in your way, letting your instincts and passion drive your moves. Go ahead; maybe you can have an ice cream of double scoop before lunch! For people who plan to travel alone or with friends and family, Minneapolis offers lots of great experiences for them. If you’re on a complete solo trip or just have a day or two to enjoy with your travel partner, then you can do a lot of things in their own way during the day.

No matter what your mood is, there are plenty of things to keep you occupied in downtown Minneapolis. You will experience rooftop yoga at the Douglas Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae if you’re itching for a stretch and sweat and the weather cooperates. If you don’t feel like yoga, you can also enroll in a small-group exercise workshop run by the kaleidoscopic Bob Dylan Mural at Fly-feet. Below we are listing down some of the exciting places where you can do a lot of things in Minneapolis.

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum was designed by an avant-garde architect named Frank Gehry. It is a place to visit for seeing some of the America’s most prominent contemporary art. You’ll find works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Roy Lichtenstein here. Besides that, it is important to mention there is an outstanding array of ceramics and Korean furniture throughout the museum. Notable traveling exhibitions are also hosted at this museum. The museum was considered too small by some new travellers, but others appreciated it as a manageable scale. The range wasn’t worth a special trip which some critics claimed, but most of the people who came by here are impressed with its quirky facade and beautiful location on the banks of the Mississippi River. And you can make a day of your tour, visiting the campus and nearby communities. 

How to go there: First reach the River Road, Minneapolis and then find 333E, Frequently, Metro Transit buses and the Green Line train pass through the campus. It is also one of the right ways for you

Cost: Free

Operating Times: The museum is open from 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday which lasts till up to 5 p.m, from 10 a.m. till 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 11 a.m. onwards Till 5 p.m. Saturday and on Sunday. 

Guthrie Theater

It was named after its founder, Sir Tyrone Guthrie’s. This downtown theater is one of the most esteemed and well known theaters in the country. It is also one of the most cherished gems in this region. The Guthrie Theater’s repertory company, which opened in 1963 with a performance of “Hamlet,” has made a name for itself for its critically praised balance of classical theater and avant-garde works. The theater also features a full-service hotel, two casual eateries and some of the finest views of Minneapolis from the shores of the Mississippi River, aside from its three individual performance spaces. Former tourists highly suggested seeing a performance when you’re in this city, claiming that there isn’t a bad seat in the building. The architecture of the building and the excellent river views inspired a lot of people to visit that place.

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How to go there: If you’re planning a bus trip, take Route 7 and Route 22 and stop at Chicago Avenue at the bottom corner of Washington Avenue. You’ll then be standing only two blocks from the theatre.

Cost: All the price and ticketing are vary on the show and time of the show, there is no specific pricing.

Operating Times: Operating time varies on the show and the management authority. You can check their website for these timings. 

Walker Art Center

A spin around at the Walker Art Center is worth a few hours, even if you think that you’re not unbelievably crazy about art. It is known for its historic and contemporary art collection, which contains drawings, sculptures and portraits by both American and European artists. The nearby Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is considered one of the country’s largest urban sculpture gardens and home to the famous Spoon Bridge and Cherry Bridge. It is also one of Walker’s biggest sketches (the piece has become somewhat of an iconic symbol for Minneapolis). Take a walk over the nearby Irene Hixon Whitney Footbridge for a stunning view of the area.

How to go there: Take a public transport, to go to Vineland Place. Usually Bus 12 and 6 goes to Vineland Place. Then find 725 Vineland Place and there you go. You will reach your destination.

Cost: Adults have to pay $14 for the entry. However children’s 18 and below are free for entry. 

Operating Times: The Art Center is open from 11 a.m. on Tuesday until Sunday. It opens till 5 p.m. (Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.) and till 9 p.m. on Thursdays.

Minnesota Zoo

It is located in the suburb of Apple Valley which is approximately 30 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis and has 485-acre complex shelters with an incredible menagerie of almost 5,000 creatures. It really have everything starting from camels to flamingos, as well as an Imax theatre. Latest tourists said that about the zoo that and for him, he doesn’t matter the temperature. He also said this a perfect family experience. You can plan on attending the Medtronic Minnesota Trail show, which involves wolverines, coyotes and the American black bear, but we would suggest only if you’re interested in learning more about the wildlife native to the area. In the zoo’s Discovery Bay, which contains the 218,000-gallon Shark Reef exhibit and you can encounter more exotic animals. The zoo also has its own hand-made Conservation Carousel, along with the animals.

How to go there: its call the 13000 Zoo Boulevard, you can easily get a public transport for that. 

Cost: Adults have to pay $18 for the entry. However children are from 3 -12 need to pay $12 for the entry. 

Operating Times: Zoo is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4 or 6 p.m., depending on the day and the season.

Mill City Museum

If you are really interested to know more about Minneapolis then take the time to visit the Mill City Museum to learn more about Minneapolis’ industrious history. Located on the west side of the Mississippi River, the museum recreates a historic mill experience with machinery, train cars and family-friendly hands-on displays showcasing milling methods. It is located in what was once the largest flour mill in the world. For culinary shows, the museum also boasts its own baking facility. The museum can be a nice place to spend a cold or rainy day, said past tourists, but beware that entry rates may be a little high, particularly for families. Others admired the amount of Minnesota heritage on show here, as well as the museum’s view of the water. You can also find a market for farmers here in the museum’s train shed in both summer and winter.

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How to go there: First you have to reach Marquette Avenue South, and go to 510 no. Suite, 200 Minneapolis

Cost: Tickets costs $12 for adults (seniors) and $10 for students; tickets cost $6 for children aged 5 to 17.Operating Times: Mill City Museum is open from 10 a.m. on Tuesday to Saturday and stays till 5 p.m. (From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons), On the July and August month, the museum is also open in Monday.

Mall of America

This is one of the biggest shopping mall in the world and certainly is a welcome distraction. Whether you’re facing a rainy day or literally can’t handle the weight of your penny bag, then this is the ultimate destination for you. This is the place where you can shop before you break, with more than 500 shops (2.5 million square feet of shopping space). The Mall of America is also home to many family-friendly attractions if you’re not in the mood to shop, including the Nickelodeon Universe theme park and the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium and along with more than 25 different rides and attractions. You should also go to the cinema and even find time for FlyOver America (a flight simulation ride) and XD Ride (part roller coaster, part video game).

How to go there: With easy access from American Boulevard, hotel shuttles, taxis, and tour buses drop off and pick up passengers at the new North Entrance. This is in the parking lot of the Mall, which is east of IKEA and north of Lindau Road. Signage is positioned to direct visitors to their cars in these locations.

Cost: its entry is free of course, as it’s a mall, but the products this mall offer are a bit expensive.

Operating Times: The opening hour is from Mon-Fri is 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. and on Sat/Sun is 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Sheltering over 90,000 works of art which covered more than 5,000 years, this art institute is one of the finest place in Minneapolis. If you’re an art lover, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place which we would highly recommend to go. This museum has everything you need to get your fixed, whether you’re interested in ancient Egyptian objects or European masterpieces by artists like Titian and Monet. In addition to the amazing art collection, the museum also offers the Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Café to compliment the visitors.

How to go there: It’s situated on 2400 Third Ave. S., you can take any public bus to reach there.

Cost: its entry is free of course, as it’s a mall, but the products this mall offer are a bit expensive.

Operating Times: The opening hour runs 10am-5pm on Tue, Wed & Sat and 10am-9pm on Thu & Fri, 11am-5pm Sun.

Minnehaha Park

This Park spreads along the shores of the Mississippi River, provides respite from Minneapolis’ fast-paced environment. All year round, it is a popular location. And the park’s popular 53-foot Minnehaha falls, made famous by the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Past guests raved over Minnehaha Park, defining that as “beautiful” yet “relaxing.” Many said that the highlight here was the waterfall.

How to go there: It is located about 6 miles on the southeast of central Minneapolis, which is called the 193-acre park

Cost: It’s free of cost.Operating Times: People can go there every day from 6 am to 10a.m daily. There is no closing day for this.

Chain of Lakes

Without going to some of the most popular subways, no trip can be completed towards the Land of 10,000 Lakes is completed. There is always something new about each of the five bodies of the water that encompass the Chain of Lakes, these are: Lake Harriet boasts live concerts throughout the summer, bird sanctuary, rose gardens and two family-friendly beaches and many more. Another important thing is Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), which attracts a more recreational crowd with plenty of boat and bike rentals and jogging and biking trails.

How to go there: It’s situated on 2 400 South 4th St; you need a private transport, or rental car to visit there. 

Cost: As it’s a lake, it’s free to visit anytime.

Operating Times: There is no closing for it. It is open every day and every night.

Stone Arch Bridge

It is a must-see bridge for any design enthusiast. This 2,100-foot bridge is made of granite and limestone was designed in 1883 (with a total of 23 arches) and was vital to the growth of the city by increasing the flow of people and goods into and out of Minneapolis. It is the only stone arch bridge to have ever crossed the Mississippi River and was declared a Historic Civil Engineering Landmark in 1971. 

How to go there: You can take the West River Road and reach the Portland Avenue to enjoy the bridge.

Cost: Of course it’s free.

Operating Times: Open for 24/7

Bottom Line:

In our listed places, you can do a lot of things and make your travel in Minneapolis memorable. So next time, whenever you are planning to go on the twin cities, make sure to check our list again to know your perfect destination.

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