What are the best things to see and do in Minneapolis?

Minneapolis is an architecture hotspot, with unique buildings that dot the city. There are a few gleaming trophies that are as enjoyable on the inside as they are on the outside, such as the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Walker Art Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum, the magnificent Guthrie Theater that overlooks the dancing Mississippi River and the downtown library whose glass walls offer a big-screen view of the thriving city streets. Throw the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a Twins game at Target Field into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect list of Minneapolis activities. Here’s the breakdown:

1. Big dramas like A Streetcar Named Desire shine at the Guthrie Theater, but the building itself is no secondary character. Sitting on the Mississippi, it offers a beautiful view of the city and has one of the largest cantilevers in the world.

2. Art aficionados will want to spend the afternoon perusing the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection of fine art. To see some local talent, stop by the new wing that’s dedicated to Minnesota artists and contemporary work.

3. Take yourself out to the ballgame to see the Minnesota Twins swing into action. Target Field, a new LEED-certified ballpark in the Warehouse District, is the Twins’ home base.

4. The innovative contemporary art museum named Walker Art Center is called the "Pompidou of the United States." See works by noted artists here, such as Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell; then walk across the street to see more art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

  • On March 15, 2013
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    What are the best things to see and do in Minneapolis?

    While they are plenty of great sites and events to experience when visiting Minneapolis, one of my favorites has to be the Weisman Art Museum. Designed by architect Frank Gehry, the museum is a stainless steel work of art itself and is as visually striking as any of the installations you'll see inside. The spot is a teaching musuem of the University of Minnesota, but don't assume that means the works will be of amateur quality. You'll see works from artists such as Georgia O'Keeffe and Mardsen Hartley as well as ceramics and some very interesting contemporary art. 
  • On March 13, 2013
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    Where can you watch sports in Minneapolis?

    After spending a few too many years in the football-focused Metrodome, the Twins packed up and moved to the beautiful Target Field in downtown Minneapolis (rated the #1 Fan Experience in all major league sports by ESPN The Magazine). While the Vikings are stuck in the Dome for a bit longer (any clear-headed Minnesotan will admit the venue has seen much better years), the purple and gold crew will be moving to a shiny new stadium also nestled in downtown (hopefully) in 2016. 

    On the NBA side of the sports fence, both the Timberwolves and the Lynx call the Target Center their home.

    If you're looking for a little NCAA action, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are the main attraction in town. While the Gophers baseball team shares the Dome with the Vikings, the basketball squad plays in the very-cool Williams Arena (aka The Barn). With its tight space and raised floor, the atmosphere can become pretty wild during close games. The Gophers football team takes the field in the fairly-new, horseshoe-style TCF Bank Stadium. 
  • On March 12, 2013
    Alex Skjong answered the question: Alex Skjong

    Where is the best shopping in Minneapolis?

    If you've traveled anywhere close to the Twin Cities metro area, The Mall of America certainly stands out in your mind as a haven for all shopping (and amusement park... and movie theater... and aquarium...) needs. But there are plenty of other shopping destinations in the TC that will satiate any desires with the distinct added bonus of not having to wade through the crowds at MOA.

    Much of downtown Minneapolis is connected via the skyway system, making trips to shops like Brooks Brothers, Saks Fifth Avenue or Macy's perfectly bearable during Minnesota's frigid winters and, equally as distressing at times, scorching summers. Nicollet Mall is a lovely stretch of downtown that houses various shops, bars and some of the city's skyline-defining buildings such as the IDS Center.

    If St. Paul is on your itinerary, Grand Avenue (one street over from the beautiful Summit Avenue) makes for a very enjoyable stroll on a weather-permitting afternoon. With too many shops to count, walking Grand Avenue's full stretch will undoubtedly have you entering in boutiques featuring everything from art supplies, clothing, crafts, décor and much more.
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  • On November 13, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where can you watch sports in Minneapolis?

    The Vikings, Minnesota’s pro football team, use the Metrodome as its home base; while the Twins, the state’s professional baseball team, play ball at Target Field. The Target Center is the official home of the Timberwolves since 1990, which is where you can catch Minnesota’s professional men’s basketball team.
  • On November 13, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Where is the best shopping in Minneapolis?

    While it isn’t in the city, the Mall of America is only 15 minutes from downtown and is the state’s biggest shopping attraction. With more than 520 specialty stores, four department stores, an amusement park, an underwater world, a gigantic food court and 20 sit-down restaurants, the MOA is a city in itself; in fact, it is so massive that 258 Statues of Liberty could fit inside the always temperate, four-floored building.

    The MOA is the perfect tourist destination for shoppers and gawkers alike, with high-end shops like Betsey Johnson, Nordstrom, Coach, Burberry, Bloomingdale’s and Francesca’s Collections, as well as MOA-themed gift shops, discount retailers and chains, as well as off-beat stores dedicated to things like University of Minnesota mascot Goldy Gopher. A view of the roller coaster, which snakes across the mall’s center, is worth a visit alone. And as a bonus, this is where the TLC reality show Mall Cops is filmed, meaning you just might glimpse the quasi-celebrities watching over the racks.
  • On November 13, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Which hotels have the best design style in Minneapolis?

    Minneapolis is fast becoming the epicenter of all things cool. Even its hotels reflect its progressive, art-minded nature. Graves 601, Le Meridien Chambers and the W-The Foshay are all a sight to be seen interior design-wise. Here’s why you can’t miss them:

    1. The chic, minimalist rooms in Graves 601 look like upscale lofts, with light-wood flooring and furniture. The spacious bathrooms feature Hermès toiletries and deep-soaking tubs.

    2. Le Meridien Chambers is a museum. More than 200 pieces of original contemporary art decorate the hotel, and each room has its own unique artwork. In the lobby, you’ll spy a bull’s head in formaldehyde from controversial artist Damien Hirst.

    3. The W-The Foshay blends art deco and funky contemporary design in its rooms, with bamboo wallpaper, sleek furniture and cherry-red circular minibars. The lobby, or "living room," is also chic, with oversized black armchairs surrounding an indoor fire pit.
  • On November 13, 2012
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best things to see and do in Minneapolis?

    Minneapolis is an architecture hotspot, with unique buildings that dot the city. There are a few gleaming trophies that are as enjoyable on the inside as they are on the outside, such as the Herzog and de Meuron-designed Walker Art Center, the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum, the magnificent Guthrie Theater that overlooks the dancing Mississippi River and the downtown library whose glass walls offer a big-screen view of the thriving city streets. Throw the Minneapolis Institute of Art and a Twins game at Target Field into the mix, and you’ve got the perfect list of Minneapolis activities. Here’s the breakdown:

    1. Big dramas like A Streetcar Named Desire shine at the Guthrie Theater, but the building itself is no secondary character. Sitting on the Mississippi, it offers a beautiful view of the city and has one of the largest cantilevers in the world.

    2. Art aficionados will want to spend the afternoon perusing the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection of fine art. To see some local talent, stop by the new wing that’s dedicated to Minnesota artists and contemporary work.

    3. Take yourself out to the ballgame to see the Minnesota Twins swing into action. Target Field, a new LEED-certified ballpark in the Warehouse District, is the Twins’ home base.

    4. The innovative contemporary art museum named Walker Art Center is called the "Pompidou of the United States." See works by noted artists here, such as Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell; then walk across the street to see more art in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.