Take a long weekend in Minneapolis and St. Paul to immerse yourself in culture, theater, music and fine dining. Getting out on the towns will stimulate all of your senses.
Day 1: Mill City Museum & Guthrie Theater
DAY: Visit the Mill City Museum, located along the picturesque Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. The museum is built into flour mill ruins, and tells the story of the flour industry, the river and the city. Explore the adjacent riverfront area, where highlights include the picturesque Stone Arch Bridge, Gold Medal Park and St. Anthony Falls.
EVENING: Choose from three dining options at the Guthrie Theater to suit your taste buds or pocketbook, or opt for Thai, Japanese, Italian or American fare at one of the many nearby eateries. The theater's Target Lounge is the place for cocktails and an extraordinary view of the Mississippi River from the cantilevered bridge.
Day 2: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Russian Art Museum & The Music Scene
DAY: Mia is the Twin Cities’ encyclopedic museum, housing more than 80,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of world history. General admission is always free, with some special events and exhibits requiring tickets. The Museum of Russian Art, located in a beautiful, remodeled church, hosts exhibits of all types of Russian art and culture. Both museums are located in south Minneapolis.
EVENING: Indulge at one of the many fine restaurants on or near Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, and select the perfect venue to experience the city's music scene. Orchestra Hall presents classical and pops by the Minnesota Orchestra and other programs with a wide variety of special guests. The Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant features top international jazz artists and local talent and some artists outside of the jazz genre. First Avenue and Fine Line Music Cafe present up-and-coming and established acts in rock, hip-hop and other genres.
Day 3: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden & St. Paul Theaters
DAY:Walker Art Center is internationally renowned for its contemporary art collection, exhibits, performances, films and programs with legends from the art world. While there, don’t miss the adjacent, free Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the largest urban sculpture parks. The garden’s centerpiece is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry, which has become a Twin Cities icon.
Trip Extenders: Minnesota Fringe Festival, Suburban Art & Theater
Plan a trip during Minnesota Fringe, the Midwest’s largest performing arts festival. More than 1,000 artists present theater, comedy, dance, storytelling and other performances at more than a dozen venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul over 11 days in August.
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