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Best Things To Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul

You'll find Minneapolis to be trendier, and St. Paul to be quieter but no less interesting. Families will appreciate the Minnesota Zoo and Fort Snelling, while culture hounds can marvel at the distinct design of the city's hallmark buildings, including the Walker Art Center or see a show at the Guthrie Theater. Shopaholics can peruse the windows in the Mall of America or in downtown's Nicollet Mall. And last but not least, the Chain of Lakes, a scenic byway located southwest of downtown, is popular among athletic travelers who enjoy jogging or boating. If you still have more energy, hit the food spots on Nicollet Avenue for dinner, and later, check out the bars and live music scene in Minneapolis (First Avenue nightclub is a must).

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#1
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sheltering more than 80,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts ... read more»

#2
Chain of Lakes Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Described on by one resident as, "A must for visitors who wish to understand our city," no trip to ... read more»

#3
Guthrie Theater
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Named for founder Sir Tyrone Guthrie, the downtown theater is one of the nation's most renowned and one of ... read more»

#4
Walker Art Center
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Even if you're not incredibly passionate about art, a spin through the Walker Art Center is worth a few ... read more»

#5
Minnehaha Park Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.5

Why go: Sprawling along the banks of the Mississippi River, Minnehaha Park offers respite from the fast-paced atmosphere of Minneapolis. Situated about ... read more»

#6
Stone Arch Bridge Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: The Stone Arch Bridge is a must-see for any architecture buff. This 2,100-foot granite and limestone bridge (featuring a ... read more»

#7
Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Designed by famed avant-garde architect Frank Gehry, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum is the place to go for a ... read more»

#8
Mall of America Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: If you're facing a rainy day or simply can't bear the weight of your wallet, the largest shopping ... read more»

#9
Minnesota Zoo
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Situated about 30 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis in the suburb of Apple Valley, this 485-acre complex shelters an ... read more»

#10
Historic Fort Snelling
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Overall Rating: Rating: 4.0

Why go: Established in the early 19th century as a frontier outpost, Fort Snelling is the oldest structure in Minnesota. Its perch ... read more»

#11
Mill City Museum
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: To learn more about Minneapolis' industrious past, take some time to tour the Mill City Museum. Situated on the west ... read more»

#12
Midtown Global Market Free attraction
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Overall Rating: Rating: 3.5

Why go: If you're looking for a more unique shopping experience, skip the Mall of America and head to the Midtown ... read more»

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