Minnesota is known for its winters, but beautiful summers are our little secret.  If you are looking to venture out beyond the Mall of America during your visit, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite things to do in the Twin Cities!

  • Minnehaha Falls Park – This 193 acre urban park is great for hiking, picnicking, or just enjoying the majestic falls.
  • Check out the thrill rides, water park and unlimited family fun at Valleyfair Family Amusement Park!
  • We love our baseball in Minnesota and have great teams and beautiful outdoor stadiums to choose from. Our beloved Minnesota Twins play at Target Field, and “Fun is Good!” at CHS Field with our minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints.
  • Mini golf + Art = Love at Can Can Wonderland.
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul are two of most bicycle-friendly cities in the country with hundreds of miles of trails and bike paths. Grab a bike from Nice Ride MN and go for a ride!
  • Stop for a pint at one of our many, amazing breweries! Beer not your thing? We have an abundance of wineries, too.
  • Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is a family favorite. Stroll through the gardens and flowers of the Conservatory followed up by visiting the animals at the zoo at this century-old Twin Cities landmark. Entrance is technically free, though a $2-3 donation is requested.
  • The Minnesota Zoo. Enjoy the 485 acres of indoor and outdoor trails of our world-class zoo, featuring 4,880 animals and 515 species.
  • Enjoy fantastic shopping, restaurants and antiquing in one of America’s most picturesque towns, Stillwater, MN.
  • Rest your feet and let a segwey do the work as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront on a Magical History Tour! When you’re finished, stop next door for live music, craft cocktails and breathtaking skyline views at the Aster Café
  • The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the upper Midwest, featuring dinosaurs, hands-on exhibits and the Omnitheater.
  • Tour the cosmos and beyond at our brand new, state-of-the-art Planetarium at the Bell Museum!
  • Matt’s Bar the 5-8 Club. This legendary Twin Cities rivalry dates back to the 1950’s and has even been featured on the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food. Decide for yourself who has the best Juicy Lucy.
  • Minneapolis is known for its elaborate park system and city lakes. Spend the day enjoying on the water by renting a paddleboard or kayak from Wheel Fun Rentals.  In the evening, enjoy some outdoors entertainment with Music & Movies in the Park.
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art is a world-renowned art museum that welcomes everyone with free admission all day, every day.
  • No trip to Minneapolis is complete without a visit to the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” at the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Gardens.
  • Step back in time and experience American history at the Historic Fort Snelling.
  • Explore where old mingles with new at Mill City Museum, built into the ruins of what was once the world's largest flour mill.
  • The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a top Minnesota visitor attraction, offering more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.  End your day just down the road at the Chanhassen Dinner Theater.
  • Looking for more theater? Minneapolis’ Gutherie Theater and St. Paul’s Ordway Theater and both wonderful options.
  • Take a guided tour of the Prince's private estate & production complex, Paisley Park.
  • Take the little ones for a day of playing and exploring the interactive and fun Minnesota Children’s Museum.
  • Enjoy the pubs, sidewalk café’s and great shopping of St. Paul’s Grand Avenue. Head north one block to Summit Avenue for a self-guided walking tour along this 5-mile boulevard featuring the largest stretch of Victorian architecture in the United States.

Minnehaha Falls Park

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Science Museum of Minnesota

Juicy Lucy

Paisley Park