Welcome to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area!

Minneapolis, Saint Paul and our neighboring communities are collectively referred to as the Twin Cities, and are renowned for its cultural and recreational opportunities and beautiful natural surroundings.

The Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is best known for its rich natural environment. Each season offers ample opportunity to explore the natural world in a variety of contexts. The Minneapolis/Saint Paul metro area's nationally renowned system of regional parks and lakes are extensive with 136,900 acres of parkland and 950 lakes in the metro area alone. Hiking, fishing, swimming, golfing, snow shoeing, boating, or evening walks around Lake Calhoun are all popular and accessible activities for any visitor.

Additionally, the metro area offers a wide selection of cultural and entertainment offerings. There are several public museums , private art galleries, music and arts festivals, historic theaters that offer drama, comedy and music, and a plethora of cuisine options suitable for even the most discerning pallet.

If sports are your preferred form of recreation, you will find a variety of options. As a spectator you have it all. Each major professional sport is represented in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area: Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild, Twins, Lynx and Thunder. The University of Minnesota teams are another possibility, and so are the St. Paul Saints, a minor league baseball team that is a local favorite for a fun summer evening.

The Twin Cities also offer extensive opportunities to shop for unique Minnesota goods and services. Downtown Minneapolis has 2 million square feet of retail, one of the highest concentrations of shops in any city its size. The Nicollet Mall and the Uptown area are two of the most popular and well-known shopping districts. For pure shopping power, there is no better fit than the nation's largest shopping center, Mall of America.

Annual Events

Minneapolis Holiday Market
Beginning the day after Thanksgiving and running right up until Christmas Eve, the area around Peavey Plaza is transformed into a quaint village showcasing an authentic European Holiday experience with shopping,entertainment, and delicious food & drinks.

City of Lakes Loppet
35km cross-country ski race through the Twin Cities (1st weekend in Feb.)

Heart of the Beast Theatre May Day Parade
Parade and Festival featuring fantastic puppets and floats (1st weekend in May)

Art Studio Tour and Open House in NE Minneapolis (May)

Pride Festival & Parade
One of the country's largest annual Gay-Lesbian-Bisexual-Transgender pride celebrations (June)

Stone Arch Bridge Festival
Art and music on the Minneapolis riverfront (June)

Minneapolis Aquatennial
Summer festival with more than 70 events including milk carton boat races and Torchlight Parade (3rd week of July)

Minnesota Fringe Festival
Hundreds of music, dance & theater performances at about 20 different venues. (1st week in Aug.)

Loring Park Art Festival
Fine art festival in an idyllic downtown park setting (1st weekend in Aug.)

Uptown Metris Art Fair
One of the top fine arts festivals in the Midwest (1st weekend in Aug.)

Powderhorn Festival of Arts
Features regional fine arts and crafts (August)

Lake Hiawatha Neighborhood Festival
Neighborhood festival with food, entertainment, and family activities (August)

Minneapolis Monarch Festival
Celebration of the Monarch butterfly's 2,300 mile migration, highlighting the Minnesota-Mexico connection with music, art, dance, food, and habitat awareness. (September - 1st Saturday after Labor Day)

Twin Cities Marathon
The most beautiful urban marathon in America (1st weekend in Oct.)

Art & Museums

Art Museums

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Katherine Nash Gallery

The Museum of Russian Art

Walker Art Center

Weisman Art Museum

Arts Organizations

Intermedia Arts

Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA)

Stevens Square Center for the Arts

Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization

Culture & History Museums

American Swedish Institute

Firefighters Hall and Museum

Hennepin Overland Railway Museum

Mill City Museum

Minnesota Historical Society

Minnesota Streetcar Museum


IFP Minnesota (Independent Feature Project)

Minnesota Film Arts

Minneapolis Movie Theaters

Literary Arts

The Loft Literary Center

Hennepin County Public Library

Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Open Book

The Playwrights' Center

Science & Nature Museums

The Bakken Library and Museum

James Ford Bell Museum

Landmarks & Tours


Landmarks & Historic Districts
Browse historic photos, study architectural styles and create your own landmark tour.

Mary Tyler Moore Statue on Nicollet Mall
Where the opening segment of the Mary Tyler Moore Show was filmed.

Midtown Global Market
Public market featuring fresh and prepared foods in renovated historic building.

Minneapolis Bridge Tours and Events
Minneapolis has more bridges across the Mississippi River than any other city.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Includes famous Spoonbridge and Cherry located at the Walker Art Center

Minnehaha Falls
53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs and river overlooks at Minnehaha Park.

Mall of America (MOA)
One of largest malls in U.S. is in nearby Bloomington — an easy trip by light rail .

St. Anthony Falls
Known as the birthplace of Minneapolis, this landmark is the only waterfall on the Mississippi River.

Notable Architecture

Children's Theatre Company
Addition by Michael Graves

Foshay Tower
Designed by Magney & Tusler (1929)

Guthrie Theater
Designed by Jean Nouvel

The IDS Center
Designed by Phillip Johnson & John Burgee

Mill City Museum
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Designed by McKim, Mead and White (1915)

Minneapolis Public Library
Designed by Cesar Pelli

Walker Art Center
Recent addition by Herzog & de Meuron

Weisman Art Museum
Designed by Frank Gehry


City Hall Tours
Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse was built between 1887 and 1906. Discover amazing facts about the building on a volunteer-led tour.

Historic Walking Tours
Guided walking tours of historic sites throughout the city.

Streetcar Rides at Como-Harriet
The Minnesota Streetcar Museum





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