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Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the Mississippi Riverfront in Minneapolis. Visitors learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
The MIA houses more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history.
Minnesota History Center Saint Paul
The History Center brings history home by telling the stories of Minnesota. Visit to experience exciting exhibits, explore your family history and state archives in our research library, or gather with community for an intriguing history program or free concert. As the home of the Minnesota Historical Society, the History Center is a place for all to discover, discuss and reflect on why history matters today.
Minnesota Children’s Museum, Saint Paul
Seven galleries are uniquely designed to provide a hands-on, stimulating environment for children 6 months to 10 years old.
The Science Museum of Minnesota, Saint Paul
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in St. Paul, the Science Museum’s programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an IMAX Convertible Dome Omnitheater.
Walker Art Center & Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis
The Walker, a modern art gallery, and the adjacent sculpture garden are must sees in the Twin Cities. Sculpture Gardens & Conservatory FREE.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets, Eagan, MN
This new outlet mall features over 100 stores with savings up to 65% at a variety of leading manufacturers of apparel, shoes, home goods and more. There is no sales tax on clothing or shoes in MN!
Midtown Global Market, Minneapolis
The Midtown Global Market is an international public market featuring fresh and prepared foods, restaurants, and a selection of arts and crafts from around the world. A “fun & funky” vibe that rivals many of today’s top public markets.
Mall of America, Bloomington
The country’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. More than 520 stores, with retail giants Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom and Sears, plus specialty shops, national flagship stores and niche retail carts. Family-friendly attractions such as the new Nickelodeon Universe, Lego Imagination Center, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway and Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, 14-screen movie theater, and 20+ sit-down restaurant options.
Grand Avenue, Saint Paul
Rich in local character and tree-lined charm, Grand Avenue spans 30 blocks from the Mississippi River to downtown Saint Paul, passing colleges, beautiful old homes, storefronts that make a neighborhood hum, and shops—lots of original shops—all with decidedly unmall-like appeal. Great food, coffee, and snacks too!
Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is a center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the result of the desire of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, Oliver Rea, and Peter Zeisler to create a resident acting company that would produce and perform the classics in an atmosphere removed from the commercial pressures of Broadway. The Guthrie is located on the Mississippi River in Minneapolis in a facility designed by Jean Nouvel.
Jungle Theatre, Minneapolis
For more than 20 years, the Jungle Theater has had a substantial impact on the Twin Cities theater scene, having established a reputation for excellence that stems from a commitment to high artistic standards and the contributions of many respected and celebrated local artists. A flagship example of the transformative power of the performing arts, the Jungle plays a continuing and vital role in the Lyn-Lake neighborhood’s economic, social and cultural development.
Brave New Workshop, Minneapolis
The Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy Theatre has been writing, performing and producing original sketch comedy, music and comedy improvisation longer than any other theatre in the US. Over 50 years of crafting audacious, hilarious, and thought-provoking original comedy and satire, the BNW is a Minneapolis institution.
James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave., Saint Paul
Rugged stone, massive, scale, fine detail and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion. The house is a National Historic Landmark. Friday and Saturday, 10 AM – 3:30 PM, Sunday 1 – 3:30 PM. Admission $9 adults, $7 seniors and college students, $6 children 6-17; Children under 5 are Free. Contact 651-297-2555.
Segway Magical History Tour, Minneapolis
Travel back in time on a Magical History Tour™! Ride a Segway as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present without breaking a sweat. You cover several miles accompanied by a professional guide. Call 1-952-888-9200. Reservations required.
Como Zoo and Conservatory, Saint Paul
Exotic plants, amusement park, mini golf, animals, beautiful gardens—fun for everyone! St. Paul, FREE!
Mississippi River , Saint Paul & Minneapolis
Walk or run west on Summit Avenue 1.5 miles to the Mississippi River and enjoy Summit Avenue’s fine homes. Follow Mississippi River Boulevard north or south to take in Minnesota’s gorgeous fall colors along the river.
Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis
The Stone Arch Bridge was built by James Hill to establish railroad passage across the Mississippi River. Originally dubbed a folly, the structure eventually vindicated Hill. In 1982, the bridge was closed to rail traffic and was purchased by the state as a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. It’s the second-oldest bridge on the Mississippi and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Minnehaha Falls Park, Minneapolis
Overlooking the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park is one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, attracting over ½ million visitors annually. It is located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway. The 193-acre park features a 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river outlooks. The park contains oak, elm, silver maple, basswood, hackberry and cottonwood trees, as well as native and prairie woodland wild flowers.
Minnetonka Orchards, Minnestrista
Get out of town! Fall is a great time to be in Minnesota. Pumpkin patches and apple orchards (including corn mazes and wagon rides) are a blast. A great one is Minnetonka Orchards in Minnestrista, MN 763-470-3191.
Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, Downtown Saint Paul
Saturdays: 6 a.m. – 1 p.m. and Sundays 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
290 E. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market offers a large variety of local food and farmstead products.
For More Things to Do:
Check out Visit Saint Paul
Check out Visit Minneapolis