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The Midwest meets metropolis in Minneapolis, and the result is the best of both worlds. The city's restaurants, boutique shops, mixology bars, and art galleries are friendly, fun, and without pretense, all set in a landscape of lakes along the Mississippi River.
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701 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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Bands of all caliber and genre come through the iconic First Avenue & 7th St Entry music venue. Most famous as the backdrop to Prince's Purple Rain performances, the venue helped Prince get his start in the '80s. It was also home to the early punk...
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7000 Target Pkwy, Brooklyn Park, MN 55445, USA
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Little-known fact: There is a museum of Target history (located in the HQ building) tracing the roots of the Dayton Hudson Corporation, and displaying classic advertisements. You'll learn about Spot the dog, too.
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center is one of the major contemporary art museums in the U.S., housing some of the most iconic and innovative visual, performing, and mixed media art in the world. The Center hosted the first major museum exhibits by Joseph...
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250 3rd Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
From farm equipment to bread to appliances, the historic warehouse of the current Traffic Zone Art Center has had a diverse past. It is now home to 23 studios and an art gallery to help foster a community of mid-career artists. Stop by while...
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100 Portland Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
This former railroad bridge, built across the Mississippi River in the 1880s, is now a pedestrian and bike path perfect for strolling between parks. With panoramic views of the downtown skyline, river, and St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge is a...
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1308 SE 4th St, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
Minneapolis has no shortage of good music venues. But the Varsity, located in the funky college neighborhood of Dinkytown, is an exceptionally neat place to catch a gig. The interior is beautiful industrial-chic with exposed brick and pipes and...
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100 Washington Square, 100 S Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401, USA
The Nice Ride bike rental service makes getting around Minneapolis easy and cheap. Bike stations are scattered throughout town, so you can hop on and off shared bikes as you travel, using bike lanes, boulevards, and dedicated paths and bridges.
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112 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414, USA
The dimly lit Nye's bar and restaurant is a step back in time, complete with red carpeting and dark wood paneling. There's live music most every day of the week, and the patrons haven't left since the 1960s (well, not literally). Polka with "The...
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725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
The Walker Art Center has one of the best collections of modern art in the Midwest, and in 2017, it reopened its public sculpture garden following a two-year renovation. The 19-acre collection holds 60 pieces, up from 40 when the center opened in...
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4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422, USA
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The fun and interactive fine-dining experience of Travail Kitchen & Amusements will be extended with the opening of Travail 2.0 in a larger new location, thanks to a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised its goal of $75,000 in just...
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1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
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With great live music nearly every night, the Dakota Jazz Club provides a wonderful way to spend an evening. I recently took my husband to hear a group that promised something a bit different on his birthday. Baladino, a five-piece band with...
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818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
The Guthrie Theatre is a blue behemoth in the midst of the old, Minneapolis flour mills. It could be an eyesore, but it's not. In fact, even if you're not going to catch a show (which are very much worthwhile), it's worth a visit. The first floor...
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2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408, USA
Between the cafes, galleries, indie theaters, boutiques, and vintage shops of Uptown Minneapolis are the graffitied walls of the Intermedia Arts building. Make sure to stop by to see the regularly updated street art on the exterior as well as the...
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Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, MN 55417, USA
Minnehaha Park is a serene 193-acre green space along the Mississippi River that features a 53-foot waterfall. During the winter, the falls turn to ice, making for a dramatic landscape. With a restaurant on site, bandshell, playground, wading...
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Stone Arch Bridge, Minneapolis, MN, USA
This is one of my favorite places in the city. Either side of the bridge gives you a fantastic view. Anyone who wants to consider themselves part of the Twin Cities needs to go here at least once. Speaking from experience though, you'll want to go...
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333 E River Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum is a striking stainless steel landmark on the University of Minnesota campus. Stroll by to admire the silver curves and angles, and either continue on to explore the college...
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818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415, USA
Although the new Guthrie Theater was only completed in 2006, it has a rich history in the resident-theater movement of the 1960s. Architect Jean Nouvel created this stunning masterpiece that is worth visiting even if not attending a show, although...
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1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
Ranked by ESPN magazine as the "number one baseball stadium experience in North America," Target Field is a must-visit for all sports fans. You can get up close and personal with the stadium on a 90-minute tour on select game days at 11:00 a.m....
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2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404, USA
A gem in the USA’s cultural crown, the MIA has some 80,000 objects in its permanent collection, spanning 5,000years of world history. Its Asian art collection in particular is thought to be one of the best in the country. The Institute doesn’t...
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824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403, USA
A Twin Cities comedy institution, Brave New Workshop have been creating smart, funny, and thought-provoking comedy, satire, and improv for more than 55 years. Their shows regularly sell out so buy a ticket online in advance. My top tip? Go a...
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5500 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55419, USA
Explore a thousand years of culture at the fascinating Museum of Russian Art, a treasure trove of priceless art and artifacts. This is the only North American museum of its kind and features rotating exhibits that showcase works rarely seen in the...
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821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402, USA
Once the tallest building in Minneapolis, the Foshay Tower was modeled after the Washington Monument. Today, it remains a gorgeous art deco building that now houses a W Hotel. On the 30th floor, there's also a small museum worth exploring and an...