Upon spending time in Minneapolis or Saint Paul, everyone knows there are essential places to see. There are so many unique things to experience in the Twin Cities, making it difficult to decide what is necessary to visit and what isn’t. Here are 12 absolutely incredible places to visit in Minneapolis and Saint Paul:
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Como Zoo and Conservatory
Como Zoo and Conservatory is more than lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my! The zoo is home to the prettiest conservatory in the entire state. It's the perfect venue for weddings, or a trip in the middle of the winter as a reminder of things beyond the cold and dead. Como Conservatory, 1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55103.
2. The Basilica of Saint Mary
You don't have to be Catholic or religious at all to appreciate the beautiful architecture of Minneapolis' Basilica of Saint Mary. Home to the annual music festival held by Cities 97, The Basilica Block Party, this church is more than meets the eye. Basilica of Saint Mary, 88 N 17th St, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
3. Foshay Tower and Observation Deck
The Foshay Tower was Minneapolis' first skyscraper and was the tallest building in the entire city until 1971. The observation deck is a must-visit. See Minneapolis from high above! Foshay Tower, 821 S Marquette Ave, Minneapolis, 55402.
4. Historic Fort Snelling
Fort Snelling was a military fortification and spans over 300 acres in Saint Paul. There are a variety of trails to follow, as well as historical artifacts to examine. Visit Fort Snelling to understand Minnesota's past. Fort Snelling, 200 Tower Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55111.
5. Guthrie Theater
If you're a fan of locally produced and excellently executed theater, The Guthrie is a necessary venue for your visit. Located east of downtown, the theater is placed alongside the west bank of the Mississippi River, making for impeccable views. The Guthrie Theater, 818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
6. Walker Art Center
The Walker Art Center helps define Minneapolis as a city. It's home to some of the most incredible contemporary art in the entire country. Make sure to pay a visit to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as well, since it's connected to the Walker. The Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
7. Minnehaha Regional Park
Minnehaha Park is full of history, beauty, and adventure. The John H. Stevens House is the birthplace of Hennepin County, as well as the city of Minneapolis itself. The winding trails are perfect for hiking, and Minnehaha Falls is easily the most stunning waterfall in the area. This park has a little bit of everything.
8. Mill City Museum
Minneapolis would not be the city it is today without its economic footing in flour milling. The Mill City Museum has risen from the mill's ruins to be the ideal spot to learn everything there is about how Minneapolis became the booming city it is. Mill City Museum, 704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
9. Ordway Center For The Performing Arts
Downtown Saint Paul is lucky to have The Ordway Center for The Performing Arts, a theater known for hosting a variety of arts from ballets to Broadway Touring Shows. The theater itself is stunning and is what makes the capital city of Minnesota so absolutely wonderful. Ordway Center For The Performing Arts, 345 Washington St, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
10. Stone Arch Bridge
If you want to see the most incredible view of the Minneapolis skyline, visiting and walking the Stone Arch Bridge is a must. The pedestrian bridge used to carry trains with Minneapolis' exports, but now is the perfect spot to capture a photo of the city's skyline.
11. Science Museum of Minnesota
Dinosaurs? Interactive lessons on electricity? The Science Museum of Minnesota has a little bit of it all. Fun for the whole family, it's the perfect rainy day activity. Whether you're interested in geology or meteorology, The Science Museum has something for you. Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W Kellogg Blvd, Saint Paul, MN 55102.
12. Minnesota State Capitol
Throughout these elaborately decorated halls, Minnesota is made. All of our states' laws and government takes place here. The State Capitol has always been incredibly gorgeous, but with its recent remodel, the building has been restored to its original glory. Participate in your government and in your state. Walk these halls for yourself. Minnesota State Capitol, 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Saint Paul, MN, 55155.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul are incredible cities. There’s so much to experience within them, that you must prioritize the important things. What are your favorite places in the Twin Cities to visit? Let us know in the comments below!