Minneapolis, AKA the Minni apple, is the land of 10,000 lakes. But the beauty of this incredible midwestern state is about so much more. With its grand museums, countless lakes, scrumptious food, expansive green belts, and the third-largest river, Mississippi- Minneapolis is the best travel destination this summer. It is the hub of urban modernization and a paradise for shopaholics as well.
Here’s a list of 9 top attractions you must visit in Minneapolis!
Indulge in Art at Walker Art Center
The building itself is quite impressive, and you are wowed by the sheer creativity of the place right from the first glance. Not visiting the walker art center while in Minneapolis is like returning from Egypt without seeing the Pyramids. Walker Art Center is a valuable part of the city and a cynosure of contemporary arts. This award-winning building hosts 700,000 people each year.
If you are an artistic soul, the walker art center is just the perfect place to start. The art center offers lectures, events, film screenings from known personalities of the world of art and culture. Moreover, it houses a theater, cinema, eateries, exhibition galleries, and much more.
Chain of Lakes Regional Park
The water wonderland- chain of lakes park comprises 6500 acres of water and 488 miles of shoreline. Interlinked by trails, picnic nooks, and numerous green belts, the chain of lakes regional park is a popular attraction for nature-enthusiasts in Minneapolis. And that’s not it!
There is no limit to outdoor fun as you can hop on the bike and ride the scenic trails. Or better yet, enjoy the live music at Lake Harriet Bandshell. You can also rent a boat and paddle away from Lake Calhoun to the lake of the isles.
Experience the ethereal beauty of the Mississippi River and St.Anthony Falls
Enjoying the magnificence of the river Mississippi is perhaps one of the biggest attractions for nature buffs like me. The picturesque and charming West River Parkway sprawls through the city for nine miles and is a perfect place to run, unwind or simply soak the nature.
You can also explore St.Anthony Falls nearby if you want to experience the drop-dead gorgeous views. The falls are famous not only for their beauty but for their history as well. A must-visit place for nature lovers and history nerds!
Enjoy the feast at The Bachelor Farmer
If you are in for a food adventure after a long, fun-filled day, head to the bachelor farmer to enjoy a hearty meal that will literally send you into a food coma. Using the Rare ingredients and fresh produce from local farms, the Bachelor farm’s food will surprise you.
The food is mainly Scandinavian and keeps on changing daily. Devour the amazingly delicious short rib dinner on a Sunday night and have a food blast with your pals or family.
Hand-Pick the fruit at the Twin Cities (socially distanced activity)
The right blend of urbanity and rural charm make Minnesota the top tourist destination that it is today. If you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, why not head over to the local apple orchard in twin cities. And the best thing is you don’t have to venture far as there are many options like Apple Jack Orchards, Afton Apple Orchard situated near the metro.
You can pick apples or pumpkins as well and involve your kids where they can learn a thing or two about nature and its gifts.
Go for a fun run at the annual Monster Dash St.Paul
The Annual Monster Dash at St.paul is about taking a marathon to the next level of fun. Unleash your inner creativity by running a 5k, 10k, or 10-mile marathon in funky Halloween costumes. Have fun while supporting a great cause because all the proceeds go to charity. The idyllic trail wounds around the Mississippi River, so it’s a win-win for you at any cost. You also get to win a prize if you end up being one of the top runners!
Get crazy at Mall Of America
Ahhhh. The acclaimed Mall of America is a must-visit attraction because frankly, it's a pity to miss all the fun that goes on here. With 502 shops, countless top-of-the-class restaurants, tons of activities, and 400 events throughout the year- Mall of America is a crown jewel of Minnesota. MOA receives 40 million visitors per year. Shopping is so much fun here because shoes and clothes are tax-free!
For unlimited fun and games, head over to the Nickelodeon universe to enjoy 25 feature rides, including roller coasters. Some other attractions include a Giant Aquarium, concert, Flight simulation, Miniature golf, and much much more.
Catch a Fish at National Trout Centre
Fancy catching a fish? The national Trout center in Preston is an ideal destination to learn and see some live action. If you are a fly-fishing kind of guy, you can learn about cold water ecology, local fishing information, and all things trout fishing. The nin-hole fishing course is a must-visit if you are really looking to cast a line.
Experience the art at Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
The Sculpture Garden is hard to miss when you are visiting the Walker art center. With its phenomenal sculptures and lush green spaces, this garden stuns you with the creativity and grandeur of modern architecture. Most famous sculptures include Claes Oldenburg's Spoonbridge and Cherry. Hosting and exhibiting modern and contemporary art pieces from the walker art center, this Garden is a perfect place to enjoy art in the open air.
The attraction welcomes millions of visitors every year.
These are a few of the top things to do in Minnesota, but there's a lot to explore in the city round the year.
Travel safe. Follow the travel guidelines of the county before you plan your visit.