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Minneapolis, Minnesota, when combined with neighboring St. Paul, is one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the nation. As such, when you visit Minneapolis, you can anticipate an exciting itinerary of activities awaiting you. The city is also situated in a stunningly beautiful natural area, so there are many outdoor things to do in Minneapolis as well.

Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie Theater opened in 1963 and has since earned a stellar reputation for its repertory company and performances. The building houses three separate stages, an upscale restaurant, two casual restaurants and a lounge. Even if your visit to Minneapolis doesn’t allow you to take in a show, you can visit the theater to tour it. Self-guided tours are available. Or, you can buy a special architectural or backstage tour to explore the theater in depth.

Minneapolis Institute of Art

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The Minneapolis Institute of Art is home to more than 89,000 pieces of art. Art buffs love getting lost in the exhibits of this museum. The museum was founded in 1883 and has a solid mission of making art accessible to everyone. If you really want to see everything, plan on two days to tour the museum. A generous assortment of programs are available on a regular basis, including Family Days, Family Nights Out and classes offered in the Youth and Teen Studio to give young people hands-on art experiences.

Loring Park

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No visit to Minneapolis should be without a stop at Loring Park. Situated on Loring Lake, this park is a place for all seasons. You can play shuffleboard, shoot hoops, fish from the pier, wade in the pool, play tennis, jump in fountains and bike or walk the extensive trails through the park. Lunch concerts are held during the summer, movies are shown on some summer nights and you can ice skate in the park in the winter, .

Stone Arch Bridge

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Located in Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, the Stone Arch Bridge is definitely worth a stop. Starting at St. Anthony Main on the Mississippi River, stroll the cobblestone walkway until you get to the Stone Arch Bridge that spans the river. You’ll find both biking and walking paths, and a visitor center is situated on the west end of the bridge. You can take a free staff-led tour of the lock and dam to learn about the history of St. Anthony Falls.

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Regardless of the season, Minneapolis has much to offer tourists who want to explore this fine city. Plan at least a few days to see the best sights in the Minneapolis area.