Discover What To Love About Minneapolis / St. Paul
What To Do
Parks & Gardens
Boasting one of the best park systems in the nation, Minneapolis alone is home to more than 180 parks; Minnehaha Falls and the Lyndale Park Rose Garden are always great options. Not to be overshadowed by its sister, St. Paul boasts more miles of Mississippi shoreline than any other city, making it easy to experience natural beauty right in the heart of downtown.
Both cities boast a thriving craft beer scene--between Minneapolis and St. Paul, there are more than 20 to choose from. Some of our favorites include Surly Brewing Company and Lift Bridge Brewing Company – both of which you can sample on our flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul!
Iconic Spoon & Cherry Sculpture
Whether you prefer a canoe paddle, 7-iron, or ski poles in your hand, the best way to experience the Twin Cities is out of doors. While it’s true that winters can be snowy, the best part about having 4 distinct seasons is the wide range of outdoor activities available to Minnesotans. Visitors can choose from golf, boating, sledding, or cross-country skiing just to name a few.
The Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene is nothing short of vibrant. From quaint coffee shops and cafes to larger, well-established concert halls and clubs (like the infamous First Avenue where the artist Prince filmed Purple Rain), music fans can discover new local talent or national touring acts from a variety of genres including indie rock, hip-hop, hard rock, and jazz.
Amazing biking trails
Minneapolis/St. Paul is known as one of the most bike-friendly cities in the U.S. Cyclists can choose from friendly urban thoroughfares, or more scenic routes along the Mississippi. Both the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Midtown Greenway trails are local favorites.
Minnesota is one of the few states home to a professional team in every major sport. The Minnesota Twins, St. Paul Saints, and Minnesota Lynx seasons take place in the summer, while the Minnesota Vikings dominate the autumn sports schedule. The Timberwolves and Wild kick off their calendars in winter, and the Minnesota United FC play in the spring. No matter what time of year you visit, there’s always a chance to get in on the action.
Minneapolis/St. Paul is one of the premier performing arts centers between the East and West Coasts. The Guthrie Theater, Ordway Center for Performing Arts, and Orpheum Theater are among some of the big names, but there are more than 440 theaters throughout the state. Whether you’re a fan of musicals, Shakespeare, or more avant-garde performances, the live offerings in the Twin Cities are hard to beat.
Minneapolis is where you want to be for the most happening nightlife with its abundance of nightclubs, fashionable bars, and music venues. The hippest neighborhoods include Uptown, Northeast, and the Warehouse District. St. Paul usually goes to bed a little earlier, but does offer a great collection of bars for those looking for a more low-key late night.
If you have a little more time to spend in the North Star State, it’s definitely worth the trip to head “Up North.” Only a 3-hour drive from the Twin Cities, the city of Duluth, Lake Superior’s North Shore, and Superior National Forest are all prime examples of the breathtaking beauty the northern regions of the state have to offer.
Shopping comes second nature in the home state of the largest indoor mall in the U.S., several outlet malls, and a plethora of charming local boutiques. Some of the top spots to shop ’til you drop include Mall of America, Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, and Grand Avenue in St. Paul. The best part? No sales tax on shoes or clothing!
Shopping at Mall of America
Foodies take note – the Twin Cities are the place to be! With a variety of international culinary traditions, world-class chefs with their very own James Beard Awards, and locally sourced farm-to-table ingredients, it’s no wonder the food scene in Minneapolis/St. Paul is booming. Trying to narrow down choices can be tricky, so for those under time constraints, hit up the North Loop or Eat Street in Minneapolis for the food neighborhood with the most options in close proximity. In St. Paul, head to Lowertown.
St. Paul Cathedral
What's Going On
Saint Paul Winter Carnival – January
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is the oldest winter festival in the nation and is quite literally legendary with its “King of the Winds” lore. This celebration spans late January through early February and features more than 75 separate events including ice castles, beer tastings, parades, a treasure hunt, and an ice and snow carving competition.
Festival of Nations – Early May
This 4-day festival features nearly 100 different ethnic groups and celebrates Minnesota’s cultural heritage. This is the largest multi-cultural event in the state and encourages each unique group to share their stories through performance, exhibits, and cuisine.
Grand Old Day – June
The first big event of the summer, Grand Old Day is perfect for people of all ages and interests. This 1-day festival features a parade and 4 distinct areas of fun along St. Paul’s Grand Avenue: Family Fun District, the Home & Garden District, the Sporting District, and the Entertainment District.
Minneapolis Aquatennial – Mid July
The Aquatennial is the official civic celebration of Minneapolis. Residents and tourists alike take part in the fun and entertainment which includes beach parties, sandcastle contests, classic car shows, fireworks, and more.
Minnesota State Fair – August
Coined the “Great Minnesota Get Together,” the Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and most attended expositions in the world and the second largest state fair in the U.S. Showcasing the finest agriculture, art, industry, midway games, concerts, and food on a stick the state has to offer, it’s certainly not to miss!
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – September
As the oldest and largest Renaissance Festival in the U.S., the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has a proud tradition of recreating a fictional 16th century English kingdom. All kinds of medieval fun including jousting, knights, crafters, entertainers and of course, food and drink are awaiting all ye olde adventurers!
Twin Cities Marathon – October
This 26.2-mile run is nicknamed the “Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America,” and draws nearly 300,000 fans and spectators to cheer on their favorite runners. A wide variety of events and activities are also available including a Health & Fitness Expo and the 27th Mile post-race celebration.