One half of the famous Twin Cities, Minneapolis is a city that deserves deeper exploration. A place of parks, lakes and heavy-hitting cultural institutions, it’s cleaved in two by the glistening ribbon of the Mississippi River. Explore more, and you’ll unearth a wealth of big-city attractions and al fresco fun.
The focal point of Minnehaha Regional Park, this 53-foot waterfall definitely has the ooh-ahh factor—especially after a week of rain. After snagging a few good photos, peruse the public art, put your feet in the wading pool or challenge your crew to a game of disc golf.
Lake Minnetonka is a welcome escape from city life, but at 14,500 acres, there’s a lot to see and do. So, for starters, we recommend setting sail on the steamboat Minnehaha, feeding your sense of adventure by geocaching, and boogying down to Big Island, a.k.a the “party cove.” And be sure to wear your swimsuit so you can “purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka” like they did in Purple Rain. Downtown Wayzata and Excelsior aren’t far if you’re ready for a fantabulous lunch.
You can’t go wrong with classic chicken and waffles. And nobody does it like Revival. Start with beer-battered cheese curds or johnnycakes, add in your favorite sides like mac and cheese and hush puppies, and voilà—it’s a meal made in Southern-fried heaven.
I Like You
If you want a strange or one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home to mom, this is where to find it. I Like You brings together more than 200 artisans and crafters to showcase—and sell—some of the Twin Cities’ most inventive handicrafts.
In Minneapolis, Vegas Lounge is famous for its seven-nights-a-week karaoke parties. Wet your whistle with one of the daily drink specials, and then step on stage to channel your inner Ariana Grande. The bar food prices aren’t bad either.
St. Paul, the ‘other twin’ of the Twin Cities, is where Minneapolis unwinds, undoes its collar and takes time to appreciate the finer things in life. The capital city of Minnesota, St. Paul boasts restored 19th-century civic buildings, laid-back small-town charm and a refreshingly cosmopolitan array of attractions.
Visitors come from far and wide for the fascinating wildlife dioramas, but there’s so much more to this new-ish museum. Hold a 10,000-year old fossil in your hand in the Touch & See Lab, explore the final frontier in the planetarium, and learn about sustainable landscaping outside. And if we were you, we’d end a self-guided tour with a stroll around the enchanting UMN campus.