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Minneapolis-St. Paul Area

Aerial shot of Downtown Minneapolis Skyline and Stone Arch Bridge
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Bike or walk across the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis / Paul Vincent
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Bike or walk across the Mississippi River on the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis / Paul Vincent

Explore the Twin Cities

The state capital, St. Paul, and neighboring Minneapolis make up the Twin Cities, an incredibly rich and diverse area with dramatic skylines, exciting pro sports, award-winning theater, renowned restaurants and a booming craft beer scene.

Revel in the natural beauty of dozens of trails, parks and waterways, such as the Chain of Lakes and the Mississippi River. You can also shop ’til you drop at local boutiques and the nation’s largest mall, Mall of America, with no tax on clothing or shoes. Or, attend one of the hundreds of annual events in the region, from small-town celebrations to one of the largest state fairs in the country.

Girl looking up at a wall of fossils at the Bell Museum

Uncover natural wonders at the Bell Museum in St. Paul

Kid-Friendly Fun

The Twin Cities for Families

Kids and kids-at-heart will love exploring these top 10 kid-approved stops in the Twin Cities. From larger-than-life dinosaurs and indoor water parks to roller coasters and four-story indoor play areas, there’s no shortage of family fun. 

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Kids looking through glass at grizzly bears at the Minnesota Zoo

Get up close and personal with grizzly bears at the Minnesota Zoo / Minnesota Zoo

Have a Wild Time

Explore the Minnesota Zoo

Visitors to the state's largest zoo will encounter animals and habitats from around the globe in exciting exhibits.

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Minneapolis restaurant serves four plates of Vietnamese food on a wooden table

Try the Vietnamese street foods at Hai Hai restaurant and bar in Minneapolis / Matt Lien courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

Food & Drink

Must-Visit Minneapolis Restaurants

From the nation's best Somali cuisine to classic diner fare and authentic birria tacos, here are 45 incredible Minneapolis restaurants to check out the next time you're in town.

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Mural de Prince Uptown Minneapolis

Un homenaje al Príncipe en Uptown por el artista Rock 'Cyfi' Martinez / Courtesy Meet Minneapolis

Iconic Sights

In Prince’s Footsteps

One of Minnesota’s most iconic celebrities, Prince’s impact on the music world can be traced back to countless Minnesota landmarks, from the Sound 80 recording studio to the Minneapolis nightclub immortalized in “Purple Rain.”

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Mall of America rotunda

Mall of America rotunda

Retail Respite

Hot Spots to Shop

From indie shops to outlet malls to the sprawling Mall of America in Bloomington, you’ll discover unparalleled shopping experiences in the Twin Cities area.

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