Travelers who appreciate a mix of urban excitement and outdoor recreation find the perfect vacation destination in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
From museums and markets to beautiful city parks, there’s always something to do in this northern metropolis. Check out a few of the best Minneapolis tourist attractions.
Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
If you’re an art lover, a trip to the Walker Art Center and the adjacent sculpture garden offers a unique indoor-outdoor experience. Featuring an array of galleries, a stage and a cinema, the Walker Art Center showcases visual, media and performing arts. You can also grab a bite to eat, get an adult beverage or shop for gifts on site.
A cooperative effort between the art center and the city’s parks and recreation department, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden features over 40 installations spread over 11 acres. Favorite sculptures include “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” “Woodrow” and “Geometric Mouse.”
Minnehaha Falls Regional Park
Just north of the airport on the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Falls Regional Park is ideal for connecting with nature. Navigate scenic trails by foot or bicycle to see the majestic Minnehaha Falls, or try your hand at disc golf or volleyball. After taking the little ones to the wading pool and playground, enjoy a pre-packed lunch in the picnic pavilion or stop by the onsite restaurant.
Mill City Museum
For a one-of-a-kind history lesson, head to the riverfront in downtown Minneapolis. Set among the ruins of an old flour mill, the Mill City Museum offers interactive exhibits and plenty of places to explore, from the observation deck and courtyard to the surrounding waterfront. Before you leave, drop in to the café for a bite to eat and check out the museum store for special mementos.
Located just over 20 miles southwest of Minneapolis in Chanhassen, Minnesota, you’ll find Paisley Park, the former home of music icon and Minneapolis native, Prince. After his death in 2016, Prince’s 65,000-square-foot estate was opened for public tours. Just a few of the sights to see include the star’s recording studio, his colorful wardrobe and his guitar collection. After your tour, enjoy one of the artist’s favorite dishes at the museum café.
Mall of America
A trip to Minneapolis isn’t complete without a detour to the Mall of America in Bloomington, just 15 minutes from downtown. In addition to hundreds of retail shops, this facility offers 60 restaurants and an indoor amusement park. For even more fun, navigate the mirror maze, visit the aquarium or check out the comedy club.
Midtown Global Market
For an international shopping spree, make a trip to the Midtown Global Market just south of downtown. In this trendy, industrial-style space, you can find shops and stalls representing over 20 different world cultures.
Just a few of the things you can pick up include fresh produce, baked goods, clothing, jewelry and artwork. When you’re all finished shopping, sit down to tacos, sushi, pasta, a rice bowl or a big, juicy burger and fries.