Things to do in Minneapolis
Mill City Museum
Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
The Minneapolis Institute of Art, formerly known as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, is a fine art museum located in the Whittier neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, on a campus that covers nearly 8 acres, formerly Morrison Park. Travel through 4,000 years of world history as you view more than 80,000 works of sculpture, photography, paintings, drawings and prints.
Weisman Art Museum
Major milestones in the museum’s history include significant contributions from Frederick R. Weisman and Frank O. Gehry. Frederick R. Weisman, a Minneapolis native, entrepreneur, and noted philanthropist, provided generous financial gifts and other support to the museum. Internationally acclaimed architect Frank O. Gehry designed the museum’s glimmering residence along the Mississippi River. Home to the museum since 1993, this important architectural achievement has become a landmark for the University of Minnesota and the Twin Cities.
Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities located in downtown Minneapolis
Things to do in Minneapolis – Outdoor Activities
Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
The Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway is part of the Federal Highway Administration’s National Scenic Byways Program, which recognizes and supports outstanding roads. The Grand Rounds is one of the country’s longest continuous systems of public urban parkways and has been the preeminent urban parkway system for more than a century.
The Grand Rounds encompasses natural features, including lakes, creeks, woodlands, riverbanks, and wetlands, as well as constructed features, like canals, lagoons, greenways and parks, playgrounds, parkways, trails, golf courses, athletic fields, picnic grounds, gardens, and bridges.
Mill Ruins Park
Mill Ruins Park is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis and is adjacent to St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge. It is the centerpiece of the revitalization of Minneapolis’ historic West Side Milling District.
In its 19th-century heyday, this area of mills, canals, tailraces and other historic resources comprised the largest direct-drive water-powered facility in the world and was the leading international producer of flour, a commodity which was shipped both nationwide and worldwide.
This industrial powerhouse was the catalyst for the development of Minneapolis and the birthplace of a number of companies which remain significant to this day, including General Mills, Pillsbury,
Theodore Wirth Regional Park
Theodore Wirth Park is the largest regional park in the Minneapolis park system and offers runners some of the best running trails in the Twin Cities areaThe park is located West of Downtown Minneapolis, technically in Golden Valley. South of Wirth Lake is the Quaking Bog and Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary. Though you cannot run within those areas, around the protected areas is an interconnected system of running trails that transcend hills and take you through hardwood forest. This is the most scenic part of the park as well as the most likely area to cross paths with wildlife. Keep an eye out for deer, foxes, or badgers. Also, since the area is a designated bird sanctuary, the birding opportunities are fantastic. When you’ve reached the top of one of the many hills in the local vicinity, take a breather and look up to the tree canopy. Downey woodpeckers, warblers, and other native birds seek refuge in Eloise Butler’s Sanctuary.
Things to do in Minneapolis – Breweries
Inbound BrewCo is a craft brewery and taproom in the North Loop of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The taproom is spacious and filled with natural light from floor-to-ceiling windows. Kids are welcome, and we have two craft sodas on tap for them (and for your gluten-free friend). Dogs are also allowed in the taproom, both inside and on the patio. You are welcome to order in food or purchase from the food trucks that park outside.
Fulton Brewing Company
Minneapolis’ first taproom brewery just across the street from Target Field. Easily accessible by LRT and bus. Now you can pair your favorite Fulton beers with food from our Taproom Kitchen-headed up by Executive Chef Scott Pampuch.
Indeed Brewing Company
Its diverse offerings are anchored by its flagship Day Tripper Pale Ale, and rounded out by seasonal and experimental brews, as well as the Wooden Soul series of wild, sour, and barrel-aged beer.
Well-known locally as an engaged and community-oriented brewery, Indeed has two lively taprooms, open five days a week and home to Indeed We Can, the company’s employee-driven charitable giving program, which donates 100% of taproom profits to an employee-sponsored local nonprofit every Wednesday of the year, Minneapolis #1 Brewery.