Attractions In Minneapolis

There’s more to Minneapolis than just Mary Tyler Moore and Prince! The city is chock-full of museums, theaters, parks, and restaurants!

Please note that due to COVID-19 shelter in place restrictions, we have not been able to verify which attractions will be open again during our event, or if there will be operational limitations due to COVID-19 precautions.

Some attractions currently show as closed on their websites, with pending reopening announcements once the shelter in place orders have been lifted.

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NameTypeNotesWebsite
Acme Comedy Co.AttractionsLive comedy, dinner, and cocktails.http://acmecomedycompany.com/
American Swedish InstituteMuseumsThe center of Swedish-American culture in Minneapolis. Exhibits, collections, and demonstrations.https://www.asimn.org/
Bad Axe ThrowingAxe ThrowingLocal francise of the world's biggest urban axe throwing club. Private lanes available for 4 or more people. Sharp heavy axes, beer and wine; what could possibly go wrong?https://badaxethrowing.com/locations/axe-throwing-minneapolis/
Bakken MuseumMuseumsSTEM-oriented museum housed in a historic mansion with medicinal gardens, the Bakken Museum explores science, technology, and the humanities. https://thebakken.org/
Bell Museum and PlanetariumMuseumsUniversity of Minnesota's natural history museum and planetarium.https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/
Blainbrook BowlBowlingBowling, sports bar, arcade, and restaurant.https://www.blainbrookbowl.com/
Boom Island Park LighthouseParksOne of the last lighthouses on the Mississippi River.https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/boom_island_park/
BrickmaniaShoppingBrickmania® makes their own line of premium quality, historically accurate military building kits, custom printed minifigures, and accessories using genuine LEGO® building bricks and other premium-quality, after-market elements.https://www.brickmania.com/brickmania-ghq-store-minneapolis-mn/
Bryant Lake Bowl & TheaterBowlingMade famous by the drone video on YouTube, the Bryant Lake Bowl & Theater offers bowling, food, and movies!https://www.bryantlakebowl.com/
Buffalo ExchangeShoppingThrift store.https://www.buffaloexchange.com/location/uptown-minneapolis/
Cedar Cultural Center ("The Cedar")ArtsIntercultural arts center, with diverse global music and dance programming.https://www.thecedar.org/
Chanhassen Dinner TheatresAttractionsMusicals, concerts, and comedy paired with dinner!https://chanhassendt.com/
Como Park Zoo & ConservatoryZoosComo Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has two acres under glass with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. https://comozooconservatory.org/
Como-Harriet Streetcar LineToursTake a 15-minute ride on a classic PCC Streetcar to Lake Harriet.https://trolleyride.org/como-harriet-streetcar/
Crayola Experience (Mall of America)AttractionsFrom the website: "Bursting with more than 20 hands-on activities, this one-of-a-kind family attraction is where color, chemistry and technology combine to create a colorful adventure for a child's imagination. Name and wrap your own crayon, star in a coloring page, bring your art to life in 4-D and so much more! Perfect for a day of family fun."https://www.crayolaexperience.com/mall-of-america
Dakota ClubArtsIntimate jazz club, restaurant, and bar. Located on Nicollet Mall.https://www.dakotacooks.com/
DayTrippers Dinner TheaterArtsPlays with a delicious buffet meal!http://www.daytripperstheatre.com/index.html
Electric FetusShoppingMinneapolis' favorite rock and counterculture music store. One website suggests that Prince used to shop for music here.https://electricfetus.com/
Elsie's Dining - Bowling- CocktailsBowlingContemporary 16-lane bowling alley and full-service restaurant and bar.https://www.elsies.com/
Escape the RoomEscape RoomsEscape rooms, with multiple variants.https://escapetheroom.com/minneapolis/
Eye of Horus MetaphysicalAttractionsMagickal accountrements, crystals, jewelry, herbs, tarot, Reiki, readings, and more.https://www.eyeofhorus.biz/
Fallout Shelter ArcadeAttractionsMinnesota’s only operator of Virtual World Tesla II cockpits. Established in 2008 the Fallout Shelter Arcade is both new player and veteran player-friendly.https://www.falloutshelterarcade.com/
Federal Reserve Bank of MinneapolisAttractionsTour of the Ninth District Federal Reserve Bank.https://www.minneapolisfed.org/connect/tours
Fireighters Hall & MuseumMuseumsMuseum dediated to the education and historic preservation of fire service.https://mnfiremuseum.org/
FlannelJax’sAxe ThrowingAlcohol, axe throwing, crosscut sawing, and stump thumping. Sounds like fun for someone!https://www.flanneljaxs.com/
FlyOver America (Mall of America)AttractionsFlight simulator ride. Go flying over America!https://www.flyover-america.com/
Foshay Tower Observation DeckAttractionsHoused in what is now the W Hotel, the 30th floor observation deck and museum offers unparalleled views from an Art Deco landmark.https://www.exploreminnesota.com/profile/foshay-museum-observation-deck/3510
GameWorks (Mall of America)AttractionsVideogaming lounge at the Mall of America.https://www.gameworks.com/locations/mall-of-america
Golden Pearl VintageShoppingVintage women's and men's fashions.https://thegoldenpearlvintage.com/
Guthrie TheaterArtsBreathtaking contemporary architecture (1963) housing multiple stages and studios. See website for event calendar.https://www.guthrietheater.org
Guthrie TheaterToursTour a 1,440 seat theatre built in 1963, designed by Ralph Rapson with a seven-sided asmetrical platform stage designed by Tany Moiseiwitsch. https://www.guthrietheater.org/plan-your-visit/tours/
H&B GalleryShoppingConsignment store specializing in art, antiques, and household goods.https://www.handbgallery.com/
Hennepin Overland Railway Historical SocietyMuseumsRailroading history museum, including a 64' x 29' HO scale model train layout.https://hennepinoverland.org/
Hennepin Theatre Trust (State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theatres)ArtsMusicals, Drama, Comedy, and Stage Plays (multiple venues). At one time, Hennepin Avenue was known as “Theatre Row.” As many as 30 show houses devoted to the performing arts lined the boulevard — among them, the State Theatre (1921), the Orpheum Theatre (1921) and the Pantages Theatre (1916). Today, Hennepin Theatre Trust owns these three surviving venues from that era. Each extraordinary building has been painstakingly restored to reflect the style of its original construction and updated for modern audiences.https://hennepintheatretrust.org/events/
Hmongtown MarketplaceAttractionsHmong community mall with shops, restaurants, and a farmer's market.https://hmongtownmarketplace.com/
House of BallsArtsArt studio and gallery. From the website: "For 33 years I have kept an open window to my life. It's called the House of Balls. Pressure cookers are plasma cut. Crankshafts are braised. Chicken feet are epoxied. They all become images of the human figure. But carved bowling balls are my distinction. I subtract the resin, revealing a face or full body within and sometimes feel as if I am removing the layers of my own psyche. This is the origin of the name House of Balls. I think it's come to mean something more as well– the idea that we all possess the creative impulse and owe ourselves the balls to express it."https://www.houseofballs.com/
HUGE Improv TheaterArtsImprov theater.http://www.hugetheater.com/
HumanOnAStick™ToursSegway tours of Minneapolis and St. Paul.http://www.magicalhistorytour.com/
June ResaleShoppingThrift store specializing in upscale vintage resale.https://juneresale.com/
Jungle TheatreArtsLocal live theatre.https://www.jungletheater.org/
Lock & Key Escape RoomsEscape RoomsEscape rooms, with multiple variants.https://lockandkeyescape.com/
Mall of AmericaShoppingNot the largest mall in North America, but…close. Very close. Shopping, food, an aquarium, the M&M's store, the LEGO Store, amusement park rides galore, indoor golf/minigolf, AND MORE. (You're welcome.)https://www.mallofamerica.com/#
Mary Tyler Moore StatueLandmarksIt's Mary! In bronze! What more do you need to know?https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mary+Tyler+Moore+Statue/@44.9765693,-93.2715853,17z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xda2966090d423a7d!8m2!3d44.9768425!4d-93.2724758
Memory LanesBowlingBowling, eats, and entertainment in a retro atmosphere.https://www.memorylanes.com
Mercado CentralShoppingFeelin' like a little salsa? The Mercado Central offers 40+ Latino restuarants and shops.http://mimercadocentral.com/
Midtown Farmers MarketAttractionsFarmer's market, runs every Saturday from May to October.http://midtownfarmersmarket.org/
Midtown Global MarketAttractionsMidtown Global Market is a vibrant economic and cultural center where community gathers. Home to over 45 businesses spanning over 22 cultures, the Market provides a global experience to its visitors with an extraordinary variety of tastes, arts and crafts as well as music and dance programs throughout the weekhttps://midtownglobalmarket.org/
Mill City Farmers MarketAttractionsFarmer's market, runs every Saturday from May to September.https://www.mnhs.org/millcity/activities/farmers-market
Mill City MuseumMuseumsHistory of Minneapolis as a center of flour milling. A must-see for all home baking enthusiasts!https://www.mnhs.org/millcity/activities/museum
Minneapolis Central LibraryLandmarksMinneapolis Public Library was founded in 1885 and opened in the city’s first public library building on 10th Street and Hennepin Avenue in 1889. In 1961, a larger and more modern building was constructed on the current location. A new building opened in 2006 and houses the largest collection of items in the Hennepin County Library system. Tours available by two weeks' advance reservation. https://www.hclib.org/about/locations/minneapolis-central
Minneapolis Institute of ArtMuseumsWith over 90,000 artworks, Mia’s collection includes art from six continents, spanning about 5,000 years. https://new.artsmia.org/
Minneapolis Park & Recreation BoardParksWith 180 parks scattered throughout the metropolitan area, there's something for everyone. Browse the website for more details.https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/
Minneapolis Queen Boat ToursToursSightseeing and scenic tours on Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River.https://www.twincitiescruises.com/public-cruises
Minneapolis Sculpture GardenArtsFree sculpture garden at the Walker Art Center.https://walkerart.org/visit/garden
Minneapolis Skyway (General Info)LandmarksGeneral guide to the Minneapolis skyway, with a link to download the Skyway App.https://www.minneapolis.org/map-transportation/minneapolis-skyway-guide/
Minneapolis Skyway (Interactive Map)LandmarksInteractive map of the Minneapolis Skyway system.http://www.skywaymyway.com/
Minneapolis Skyway (Static Map)LandmarksPDF map of the Minneapolis Skyway system.https://s3.amazonaws.com/meet-minneapolis/craft/cms/skyway-guide.pdf?mtime=20180411095313
Minneapolis Water TaxiAttractionsSolar-powered water taxi for river cruises. By reservation only.https://mplswatertaxi.com/
Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and GalleryMuseumsThe Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery (MAAHMG) preserves, documents and highlights the achievements, contributions and experiences of African Americans in Minnesota. https://www.maahmg.org/
Minnesota AxeAxe ThrowingFrom the website: "It’s all about the THUNK!! The feeling of planting an axe into the wood target is exhilarating. At MN Axe we employ Axe Masters. The Axe Master is experienced in the art of axe throwing. They will run your arena for you with conducting safety training, the training of axe throwing and competitive axe throwing games. MN Axe offers Walk-ins, reservations and competitive League Throwing for small groups up to large corporate events."https://www.mnaxe.com
Minnesota Center for Book ArtsArtsExhibitions and classes in book arts.https://www.mnbookarts.org/
Minnesota Children's MuseumMuseumsThe museum in St. Paul features 10 permanent exhibits including a four-story climber with spiral slide, laser maze, car wash, ball launchers, maker space, pretend town, and a gallery for toddlers and pre-schoolers. There’s also a traveling exhibits gallery that features a new exhibit every few months.https://mcm.org/
Minnesota History CenterMuseumsDiscover the history of Minnesota!https://www.mnhs.org/historycenter
Minnesota Landscape ArboretumMuseumsUniversity of Minnesota's famed arboretum features 1,200 acres of professionally-maintained gardens, rare plant collections, and accessible trails. Open by reservation only.https://arb.umn.edu/
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA)SportsCheer on the Minnesota Lynx!https://lynx.wnba.com/
Minnesota Museum of American Pattern GlassMuseumsOne of the largest collections of decorated American pattern glass in the United States, primarily spanning from 1880 to the 1920's.http://www.mnmapg.org/
Minnesota OperaArtsOpera company, well-known for staging agant-garde and rare works.https://mnopera.org/
Minnesota OrchestraArtsWorld-class orchestra led by Osmo Vänskä, known for his interpretations of standard, contemporary, and Nordic repertoires. https://minnesotaorchestra.org/
Minnesota Streetcar MuseumMuseumsThe Minnesota Streetcar Museum collects, restores, and exhibits electric streetcars that operated in Minnesota. The collection includes streetcars from Minneapolis and St. Paul, Duluth, Winona, Moorhead, and the Iron Range. The Museum holds the largest collection of Minnesota streetcars anywhere.https://trolleyride.org
Minnesota Twins (MLB)SportsRoot for the Minnesota Twins!https://www.mlb.com/twins/ballpark
Minnesota United FC (MLS)SportsSoccer fan? Come watch the Minnesota United FC play!https://www.mnufc.com/
Minnesota ZooZoosCreated by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. Cutting-edge exhibits provide exciting experiences with animals and their habitats introducing guests to species from around the globehttps://mnzoo.org/
Mission ManorEscape RoomsEscape rooms, with multiple variants: Inheritance, Countdown, and Asylum.https://www.missionmanor.com/
Mixed Blood TheatreArtsFrom the website: "Mixed Blood uses theater to disrupt injustice. We are a social justice organization catalyzing action and change through art. Our work is guided by deep community engagement and rooted in radical hospitality."https://mixedblood.com
Movies in the ParkArtsMinneapolis' Park and Rec Board offers evening concerts and films in City parks.https://www.minneapolisparks.org/activities__events/music__movies/
Museum of Quackery OnlineMuseumsAlas, the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices (a/k/a "The Museum of Quackery") has been closed, but its fabulous collection lives on at the Science Museum of Minnesota. This is the online collection, to whet your interest.http://www.museumofquackery.com/welcome.htm
My Sister's ClosetShoppingLocal thrift store
niceride Minnesota Bike SharingAttractionsRegional bike sharing plan, with single rides and day passes available. See website for bike locations and rental information.https://www.niceridemn.com/
Northeast Minneapolis Arts AssociationShoppingAssociation supporting local artists. Website features a directory of galleries, shops and studios.https://nemaa.org/directory/
Norway HouseMuseumsNorweigan cultural center.https://www.norwayhouse.org/
Open BookArtsA center for the literary and book arts. Shopping, classes, events, galleries.https://www.openbookmn.org/
Paisley ParkToursFor proponents of the posh purple purveyor of pugnatioius music, Prince. Step inside Prince's world. Tours Thursday through Monday.https://www.paisleypark.com/
Peanuts Statues (Article)LandmarksArticle on the "Peanuts on Parade" project in St. Paul, which resulted in Peanuts character statues scattered all over the Twin City area.https://johnweeks.com/tour/peanuts/index.html
Peanuts Statues (Interactive Map)LandmarksThere are 50+ sets of "life sized" Peanuts character statues scattered all over the Twin Cities area. This map lets you find hem.https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1kxjLv_OlGcfniGT-E37uB1oZ7Fs&ll=45.115552076324825%2C-94.14210315&z=8
Pedal PubAlcohol BikingDrink your choice of beer, cider, wine, or spiked seltzer while pedaling a 12-person bike. (A non-drinking pilot steers the bike.)https://www.pedalpub.com/twin-cities-mn/
Punch Bowl MinneapolisBowlingBowling, Jenga, karaoke, and scratch-to-craft food and cocktails.https://punchbowlsocial.com/location/minneapolis
Real Ghost ToursToursExplore the supernatural aspects of Minneapolis!https://realghosttours.com/
RewindShoppingVintage and contemporary clothing and apparel.https://rewindminneapolis.com/
Riverview TheaterArtsClassic auditorium retrofitted with contemporary seating and projection and sound systms. Mostly repertory programming, with some current/first-run movies.http://www.riverviewtheater.com/
Science Museum of MinnesotaMuseumsFounded in 1907, this science museum in St. Paul offers 370,000 square feet of space. It includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery, five permanent galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater. (And…the collection from the former Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, a/k/a "The Museum of Quackery".)https://new.smm.org/
SeaLife (Mall of America)AttractionsMinnesota's largest aquarium. (You've been warned.)https://www.visitsealife.com/minnesota/
Sisterhood BoutiqueShoppingWomen's clothing and accessories thrift/resale shop run by a collective of East African women providing jobs and skill building for young women.http://www.sisterhoodmn.org/
Textile CenterMuseumsA national center for fiber art, Textile Center’s mission is to honor textile traditions, promote excellence and innovation, and inspire widespread participation in fiber art.https://textilecentermn.org
The Basilica of St. MaryLandmarksReputedly the oldest basilica in the United States.https://www.mary.org/
The Café MeowAttractionsMinnesota's first and only cat café.https://thecafemeow.com/
The Cowles CenterArtsInterdisciplinary dance/music performance theatre.https://www.thecowlescenter.org/
The Escape Game (Mall of America)Escape RoomsMultiple escape room adventures, ranging from Mars missions to heists and mysterious markets.https://theescapegame.com/minneapolis/
The Fair on 4 (Mall of America)AttractionsCocktails! Beer! Go Karts! Axe Throwing! Pizza! Fair Food! WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG?!https://thefairon4.com/
The Fit TouristToursWalking and biking tours of Minneapolis.https://thefittourist.com/
The Food BuildingAttractionsAs an urban food production hub, FOOD BUILDING houses three artisan food businesses—Red Table Meat Co., Baker's Field Flour & Bread, and Alemar Cheese Company—that transform Minnesota’s quintessential agricultural commodities—pork, grain, and milk—into award-winning, nationally-known products that are delicious points of hometown pride.https://www.foodbuilding.com
The Hitching CompanyToursHorse and buggy tours.https://thehitchingcompany.com/
The Irreverent BookwormShoppingWhimsical and welcoming independent bookseller.https://irrevbooks.com/
The LoftArtsShared space for readers, writers, classes, readings, and related literary events. See website for events and schedules.https://loft.org/
The LumberjackAxe Throwing"The Jespersen family opened The Lumberjack to create a place where visitors can learn about Stillwater’s rich history and locals can find a home." … meaning drink up, eat fabulous food, and TOSS THEM AXES!https://www.thelumberjackmn.com/axe-throwing-stillwater.html
The Murder Mystery CompanyAttractionsFrom the website: "Would you like a side of murder with your dinner? Nothing works up an appetite like solving a mystery, so dig into dinner and a crime scene with The Murder Mystery Company in Minneapolis. You get three courses of food and fun with our mystery experts! Make your next night out totally killer by snagging your tickets today!"https://murdermysterydinnerminneapolis.com/
The Museum of Russian ArtMuseumsExploring the art and culture of Muscovite Russia, the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union, its former republics, and post-Soviet Russia. Reportedly the largest such collection outsdie of Russia.https://tmora.org/
The Shops at West EndShoppingUpscale shopping, dining, and entertainment in the St. Louis Park area.https://www.theshopsatwestend.com/index.php
The Somali Museum of MinnesotaMuseumsMinnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the United States. Find out more at the only museum of Somali culture in North America!http://www.somalimuseum.org/
Town Hall LanesBowlingAn old-school neighborhood bar and restaurant alongisde a modern 10-lane bowling alley, and house-made microbrews.https://www.thlanes.com/
Trapped Puzzle RoomsEscape RoomsEscape rooms, with multiple variants.https://www.trappedpuzzlerooms.com/
Traveling TapAlcohol BikingBYOB (no hard alcohol) and party while pedaling a 16-person bike. (A non-drinking pilot steers the bike.)https://www.travelingtap.com/
Twin Cities Food ToursToursSavor and stroll: enjoy delicious food tastings from local restaurants and specialty stores while experiencing the history and culture of the neighborhood.https://www.twincitiesfoodtours.com/
Up-Down MinneapolisAttractionsFrom the website: "Up-Down Minneapolis features more than 50 arcade games from the ‘80s and ‘90s, pinball machines, four classic skee-ball alleys, Nintendo 64 console gaming, life-size Jenga and Connect Four.

All games cost just 25 cents. Our drink menu includes an extensive craft beer selection with over 60 beers on tap and even more bottles and cans, as well as house-made pizza by the slice with unique toppings."
https://www.updownarcadebar.com/minneapolis/
Upstairs CircleAttractionsIt's a crafting workshop! It's a bar! It's both! What could possibly go wrong? Create your own concrete drink coasters, butcher boards, bottle openers, leather wallets, and jewelry!https://upstairscircus.com/mpls/
Urban Adventure Quest (Scavenger Hunt)ToursA scavenger hunt adventure beginning at the home of the Vikings and taking you on a journey through urban parks, historic mills, and down along the river and falls. Solve challenges and have fun as you see amazing outdoor art, experience Minneapolis culture, and take in the city's beautiful, natural views.https://www.urbanadventurequest.com/tours/things-to-do/minneapolis/default.aspx
US Bank Stadium (Home of the Minnesota Vikings)SportsTake a tour of the stunning home of the Minnesota Vikings NFL team!https://www.usbankstadium.com/tours
Vertical EndeavorsAttractionsWall climbing facility.https://www.verticalendeavors.com/
Via's VintageShoppingVia’s Minneapolis storefront carries a huge range of vintage clothing, jewelry, and accessories dating from the 1800's to the 1980's.https://www.viasvintage.com/
Walker Art CenterMuseumsExtensive galleries covering visual, media, and performance arts.https://walkerart.org/
Weisman Art MuseumMuseumsContemporary art museum at the University of Minnesota.https://textilecentermn.org
Wheel Fun RentalsAttractionsBoat and bike rentals. Multiple locations in Minneapolis; see their website for details on locations and types of rentals.https://wheelfunrentals.com/find-a-location/?fwp_proximity=44.977753%2C-93.2650108%2C25%2CMinneapolis%252C%2520MN%252C%2520USA
Wild Rumpus BooksShoppingSupport your independent booksellers!https://www.wildrumpusbooks.com/
Xcel Energy Center (Home of the Minnesota Wild)SportsTake a tour of the home of the Minnesota Wild NHL team!https://www.xcelenergycenter.com/guest-services/arena-tours
Zero Hour Escape RoomsEscape RoomsMutiple escape rooms, with names such as "Kraken the Case", "Mad Tea Party", "Prison Break", and "A Quiet Place".https://minneapolis.zerohourescaperooms.com/
Northwest Airlines History MuseumMuseumsCommercial aviation fan? You'll be delighted with this museum featuring the history of Northwest Airlines!https://northwestairlineshistory.org

Last update to this page: 5/24/2021