Explore Minnesota’s exciting zoo and see over 2,700 animals for yourself in their ‘natural’ environment. Be sure to experience the Discovery Bay aquarium center, which is made up of a maze of underground tunnels and walkways, where you’ll be able to see some of the greatest wonders of the deep close-up.
This winter sport is popular in the Twin Cities. Visit the St. Paul Curling Club and watch how the players slide the hubcap-sized ‘puck’ down the ice, aiming for the target. While the intricacies of the game may seem a bit foreign at first, it’ll definitely be a unique experience to see the ‘pitcher’ shouting at the ice brushes.
Minneapolis boasts the fifth most-visited museum in the United States and one of the few to still offer free admission (except for special exhibits). The impressive permanent collection features 20th century arts and photography, US and European painters of all genres and one genre the US is particularly famous for – pop art.
Also known as the ‘City of Lakes’, Minneapolis is far from a concrete jungle. With beautiful parks and outdoor areas, the Fort Snelling State Park is only one of the many in the region. Situated where the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers meet, the historic Fort is the state’s oldest structure. Enjoy a tour from knowledgeable guides complete with period dress.
As in most cities, the worn down industrial areas sooner or later become the new hot spots after they've been established by the creative crew. Minneapolis is no exception. The Northeast Minneapolis Art District is home to a great number of artist studios, art galleries and performance spaces. Walk around this unique neighborhood distinguished by picturesque, family-run businesses, rail yards and industry, kitschy watering holes and a wide range of restaurants. Many of the area’s old industrial buildings have been re-purposed as working spaces for over 400 artists.
This island in the middle of the Mississippi River lies just north of Saint Anthony Falls in Minneapolis and has a population of 144 (2000 U.S. Census). The island is a showcase for beautiful architecture and natural landscape as well as The Bell of Two Friends, a gift from Japan, and the Nicollet Island Pavilion event center, located in Nicollet Island Park and built in 1893 as the William Bros. Boiler Works.
This is one of those locations that needs to be at the top of your travel wishlist. The Mill City Museum offers a great blend of both past and present which is visible in their displays as well as the architecture. If you want more detailed info, why not try a guided tour?
This is a steakhouse where the menu reflects the offerings of local farms like chops, chicken and fresh vegetables. They also serve great side dishes like hash browns and dessert like whisky bread pudding and hot fudge and caramel-covered macadamia nut brownies. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This Minneapolis steakhouse has been serving select cuts of meat since 1946. Named one of the best steakhouses in the U.S. by travel and leisure, this restaurant offers delicious main courses in addition to a beautiful wine list and full bar all served to you in a beautiful setting.
112 Eatery has been proclaimed one of the best places to eat in Minneapolis not only by local publications but national ones, such as Food and Wine magazine and The New York Times. Chef Isaac Becker also received the 2011 James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Midwest. Be sure to save room for one of their acclaimed desserts.
When stepping inside Capital Grille you will experience comfortable elegance and be welcomed by friendly and efficient staff. The chefs only use the finest, freshest ingredients that are wonderfully prepared, all to engage all of your senses. From the menu you can choose mouth-watering dishes such as dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood and world-class wines.
French Meadow claims to be one of the leading cafés when it comes to thinking and acting organic. They´ve been on the case since 1985 so they know what they´re doing. Promoting sustainable agriculture, making and serving slow foods and generally providing a tasty little oasis of thoughtful and healthy living is the mission. Here, you will get organic and natural foods grown locally by farmers known and trusted by the owners, paying attention to the changes of seasons. Serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and has a kids menu. There is also a great selection of gluten free options.
The epitome of a rock and roll bar – some of the most legendary musicians and bands in history have played here. With three separate performance spaces, this historic venue offers something for everyone. The Mainroom, with a capacity to take 1550 persons hosts over 200 concerts a year, while 7th St Entry has a capacity to take 250 people and hosts over 350 concerts yearly. The Record Room, offers weekly DJ dance nights.
The Lounge appeals to the sophisticated night-lifer and the trendsetter. Hit this warehouse district club for its upscale drinks, music and dance floor. DJ's play a mix of musical periods and styles. The décor is stunning, and the dance floor is surrounded by huge windows.
This laid-back jazz club has hosted performances by notable artists like Bela Fleck; Blood Sweat & Tears; Bob Dylan; 10,000 Maniacs, and Herb Alpert. The Dakota also serves lunch and dinner, with regular events like "Foodie Nights" and "Wine & Artists" lunches.
The name of the club says it all, submerge yourself in the 90's gay scene. The high quality bar guarantees good drinks and all visitors recommend you make sure to check out the upstairs drag show. It can get quite crowded at times so make sure you are comfortable with tight spaces.
With great service and atmosphere, you can expect a good time here. The interior brings you into a different world as if you're walking into the previous century. Enjoy drinks like the Zula Zula or try our a shrunken head, which is actually served in a shrunken head cup!
This place is so enormous, it has its very own postcode. With over 500 stores, 70 restaurants, 14 movie screens, an 18 hole mini golf course and even an amusement park, the Mall of America is the U.S.'s fifth most-visited attraction. Shops like American Apparel, Banana Republic, Barnes & Noble, The Body Shop, Bose, Burberry, Calvin Klein Performance, Disney Store, Foot Locker, Guess, Macy's, Michael Kors and H&M are all located here.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is nestled among several cities such as Minneapolis, St. Paul and the suburban cities of Bloomington, Eagan, Mendota Heights and Richfield. There are a variety of services offering travelers transportation to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Bus service From and to the airport you can take city bus service (Route 54) provided by Metro Transit. Pick up and drop off is situated outside the Terminal 1-Lindbergh Transit Center, on Level 1 of the Blue and Red parking ramps. www.metrotransit.org + 612 341 4287 Taxi service Taxicab service is provided at both terminals and from the airport it takes 20 minutes by car to downtown Minneapolis. It is about 12 miles from the airport to Minneapolis, with fares that cost around $39-$49. If you have any questions regarding ground transportation go to the Terminal 1-Lindbergh Ground Transportation booth on Level T where staff seven days a week from 6 am to midnight offers information, directions and other assistance to travelers.
Minneapolis is compact and easy to get around. Metro Transit is the main public transportation operator in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area and one of the largest public transportation systems in the country. To travel with the bus is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around. The bus fares range from $1.75 to $3.00, depending on time of day.
Taxi services are offered anywhere in the city centre. You can take a taxi at the Minneapolis Convention Center or at any hotel. You can also call in advance for service. Taxi Minneapolis: www.yellowcab-newhope.com Airport Taxi: www.airporttaximn.com Red & White Taxi: www.redwhitetaxi.com Rainbow Taxi: www.rainbow-taxi.com