Minneapolis Tourism Tips 
in The City of Lakes

Enjoy Minneapolis tourism in the "City of Lakes,"one of Minnesota's prime tourist attractions. 

Minneapolis TourismThe City of Lakes

Photo by Tom Heuerman

The editors of National Geographic Traveler magazine picked the city of Minneapolis as one of their 10 best summer trips. Their list features destinations around the world, and Minneapolis is one of only three in the U.S. The magazine says about Minneapolis: “a pedestrian-and-pedal friendly downtown and the welcoming Midwestern vibe makes it easy for first-time visitors to quickly feel at home in Minneapolis.” 

Read what other visitors say are the best things to see and do in Minneapolis.

More About Minneapolis Tourism

 Minneapolis entertainment offers far more than museums. There are exciting destinations for the entire family and a wide range of festivals and events throughout the year.

Minneapolis nightlife is second to none. The city of Minneapolis is the more glitzy twin of the Twin Cities. This is where Prince, the Replacements, and Soul Asylum first rocked. Explore the shopping and nightlife on Hennepin Avenue. Entertainment venues include world class music, dance, restaurants and "see and be seen" opportunities.

Minneapolis shopping is a great attraction in itself. If you enjoy unique shops you'll love shopping in Minneapolis.

Get around town on the Minneapolis Light Rail or the Hiawatha Line.

Three of our four major Minnesota sports teams are located in Minneapolis: The Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves. 

Minneapolis Restaurants feature some of the world's best chefs...some who are listed on James Beard's award list. Fine dining restaurants feature local, seasonal, and sustainable offerings. Explore the diversity of Minneapolis by dining in authentic Greek, Vietnamese, Moroccan, Somali, and so many more, restaurants. Don't miss the Midtown Global Market. 

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Minneapolis Tourism Attractions

Minneapolis attractions include more world class theater and music venues than any city other than New York. Just to drop a few names: The Guthrie, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Children's Theater Company, and the Museum of Russian Art.

Our Minnesota Arts and Culture page offers more information on these, and other music, art, museum, and theater venues in Minneapolis and the rest of the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis outdoor attractions, including the Minneapolis parks system, offer residents and visitors an extraordinary experience. Twenty-two lakes and, as well, the Mississippi River sparkle in Minneapolis. The more than 180 Minneapolis parks have been called the "jewel in the crown" of the city. The Chain of Lakes that include Lake Calhoun, Lake Harriet, Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake, in Minneapolis are part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. This beautiful setting for outdoor activities features more than thirteen miles of biking and walking paths along a connecting chain of lakes and parks. Right in the heart of the Twin Cities you can visit Fort Snelling State Park.

The Mississippi River is a prominant feature in several Minneapolis tourist destinations. A hike along the 1.8 mile St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail will lead you past St. Anthony Falls, the only natural waterfall on the Mississippi River. The trail also crosses the river on the unique and historic Stone Arch Bridge.

Fort Snelling State Park, a National Historic Landmark, is located at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers. Relive history with costumed reenactors and tours of the fort.

Minneapolis Events

There are a number of Minneapolis events and festivals that have been long-standing traditions for us and we look forward to them every year. Some of these you would expect to find on a list of Minnesota tourism recommendations; others may seem more geared to state residents yet offer lots of entertainment for all.

  • Minneapolis Aquatennial: this celebration of summer and of our lakes takes place in July. Downtown Minneapolis is the location for the Grande Day and Torchlight parades. The festival includes hundreds of free events.
  • The Minnesota Fringe Festival, in early August, is the largest non-juried performing arts festival in the U.S.
  • May Day Parade: a celebration of spring featuring oversized puppets, musicians, and partiers that moves along Bloomington Avenue and ends in Powderhorn Park.

Winter Wonderland in Minneapolis

There is lots of opportunity for winter fun and recreation in Minneapolis. Parks are filled with ice skating rinks, groomed cross-country ski trails, and more. For skiing right in the city, head out to Buck Hill near Apple Valley. In January, you can cross the river into St. Paul for the Saint Paul Winter Carnival.

Unique Hotels in Minneapolis will put you right in the center of the action. Some favorites include the classy Marquette, the stunning W in the historic Foshay Tower and the amazing Graves 601.

Minnehaha Falls

Don't miss Minnehaha Park that showcases the 53 foot waterfall made famous in the Longfellow poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Minneapolis Tourism with Kids

Most Minneapolis tourism attractions and Minneapolis events already mentioned, make wonderful family fun outings. Minnesota is a great playground for the whole family and the Twin Cities metro area is no exception. 

Just across the river you can explore Saint Paul Minnesota vacations as well. And some of our most well known, Minnesota family fun, attractions are in the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities. 

And just a short drive from the Twin Cities is the lovely river town of Stillwater. Here are lots of ideas about what to do on Stillwater Minnesota Vacations.

The city of Minneapolis is high on our list of 10 Best Vacation Spots.

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