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Enjoy Three Marvelous Days in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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A musician performs at the Dakota Jazz Club / George Roedler

Enjoy Three Marvelous Days in Minneapolis and St. Paul

By Explore Minnesota

The Twin Cities region offers an array of theaters, jazz and nightclubs, science and history museums, and a delectable food scene. Enjoy all St. Paul and Minneapolis have to offer on your three-day group tour.

Arrive in Minneapolis and settle into your group-friendly accommodations. After a little relaxation time, refresh and prepare for dinner and drinks at Dakota Jazz Club. Serving American fare in a lively music scene, the Dakota is sure to provide your group with an entertaining meal.

Group of people sit in a circle in front of the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture on a busy summer day

Spoonbridge and Cherry (1988) by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden / Courtesy of Walker Art Center


Start your first day with a hearty breakfast at your hotel before the adventure begins. Head to one of the most visited art museums in the country at the Walker Art Center. Explore modern and contemporary works, sculptures, paintings, books, artist archives, live performances and more.

Spanning visual, performing and media arts, this eclectic center features a new 385-seat theater and a rooftop terrace to admire the dazzling cityscape. It also offers education areas and expansive green space with blooming gardens.

Take a few hours to discover some of the world’s finest art displays, including the magnificent exhibitions across the street. Walk over to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden comprising 11 acres dedicated to some 40 contemporary art sculptures.

Cathedral of St. Paul at night

Cathedral of St. Paul at night  / Barb McLean


After breakfast at your hotel, round everyone up for an exploration of St. Paul starting with a tour of the magnificent Cathedral of Saint Paul. Added to the list of the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the cathedral is a marvel of Beaux-Arts architecture serving thousands of Catholics for worship. It’s also the center of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Next, step back in time to the Gilded Age at the James J. Hill House just around the corner. Learn about Hill’s influence on the community and get a peek at what life was like for the wealthy Hill family. Offering both self-guided first-floor tours and 60-minute full-home guided explorations, the James J. Hill House will pique anyone’s curiosities.

Lunch offerings at the Red Cow in St. Paul include juicy handcrafted burgers, shareable plates, salads and soups, healthy bowls, sandwiches and more.

Dive deeper into the story of Minnesota at the Minnesota History Center near downtown St. Paul. Indulge in the stories of the Indigenous peoples of the Dakota and Ojibwe tribes and their immense influence on the region.

Tiger poses for a photo

One of six remaining tiger subspecies, the Amur tiger is a top predator of far eastern Asia / Minnesota Zoo


On Saturday mornings, you’ll find most people gathered at the famous Saint Paul Farmers’ Market in downtown from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Explore the myriad artisanal goods from baked and scratch-made treats to handcrafted souvenirs and unique gifts. Grab breakfast and coffee and peruse the many booths offering an array of items.

If your trip does not align with the Saturday Farmers’ Market, be sure to grab breakfast at your hotel before departing.

Get up close and personal with a number of endangered species and other protected wildlife for a morning at the Minnesota Zoo. Since 1978, the zoo has been providing protection and habitats for animals from around the world in an entertaining and educational environment.