The Mississippi River and the  Central Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis.

Five reasons why you should visit Minneapolis, Minnesota


Contributing writer

Minneapolis is a lively and diverse city that's known for its more than 10,000 lakes as well as having the largest mall in North America. But it has so much more to offer visitors.

Explore the endless trails, enjoy the outdoors and discover the vibrant theatre and arts scene. If you get the chance to visit you will not be disappointed as there's something for everyone.

The people there are known for their “Minnesota Nice”, so don’t be afraid to ask for directions - they’ll also probably give you extra tips on their favourite must-see places. Here are just a few reasons why you should visit Minneapolis.

Mill City Farmers Market

1. Minneapolis is great for families

Minneapolis offers miles of paved trails that wind around lakes and parkways of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway, showcasing parks, gardens, historical sites, beaches, golf courses, as well as diverse neighbourhoods.

There are people outside being active year-round and amazing playgrounds, activities, and public schools for kids. Another favourite is the local farmer’s markets throughout the city.

Winter fun at the annual Loppet Winter Festival on frozen Lake Of The Isles, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2. All four seasons are celebrated

Minnesota truly has and celebrates all four seasons. You can visit in any season and have a very different visit each time. The summers are an amazing time to visit, with fairly moderate temperatures and lots of lakes to explore.

If you are visiting in the winter, just be aware it can get very cold and depending on the year, there can be a lot of snow. There’s always a winter festival, skiing or ice fishing, as well as lots to do indoors.

The Spoon and Cherry sculpture at the Minneapolis SculptureGarden.

3. Minneapolis has a vibrant arts scene

While there are many things to do in Minneapolis, the opportunities for arts, music and entertainment seem endless. The arts scene in Minneapolis is well supported and loved, and you can choose between world-class theatre, museums, art galleries, and live music.

Minneapolis was the home of the singer Prince and his studio Paisley Park now draws people from around the world to attend tours, concerts, and events. Don’t miss the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, known for the famous Spoonbridge & Cherry as well as 40 other sculptures.

George Floyd mural outside Cup Foods at Chicago Ave and E 38th St in Minneapolis, Minnesota

4. Minneapolis is a center for social justice reform

Minneapolis has been at the centre of social justice reform and working through new ways to solve racial injustices and policing issues many cities are facing.

The city was also the home of George Floyd and the centre for many protests that came after. You will find the George Floyd Memorial site that honours him, as well as murals and street art throughout the city remembering him.

Split Rock Lighthouse on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota

5. There's a stunning drive north of the city

If you have the time, head north about two hours to the North Shore of Lake Superior. Lake Superior is the largest of the Great Lakes and ranks as the second-largest lake in the world (by surface area).

Minnesota’s North Shore refers to the shoreline of Lake Superior that runs from Duluth, Minnesota to Grand Portage near the Canadian border. This is a beautiful scenic drive that gets you out of the city and exploring all of the impressive natural wonders that Minnesota has to offer.

On this drive, there are eight MN state parks, waterfalls, lighthouses, and great hiking along the way. During the fall season, a must-do is taking the aerial gondola in Lutsen for the best fall leaf colour. There are great restaurants, coffee shops, and stores in Grand Marais, and don’t miss Artist Point.

Planning a trip to Minneapolis? Stay at Hotel Indigo in the city centre.

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Author - Shelly

Shelly is a travel blogger and marketer for large travel brands. She can often be found with her husband and three kids on a road trip to accomplish their quest to make it to all 63 of the US national parks. Her blog Almost There Adventures focuses on unique outdoor travel experiences for families.

Last Updated 28 March 2023

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