Minneapolis September 23, 2017
10 Surprising Things You’ve Never Thought About Doing In Minneapolis
There are a million things to do within the city of Minneapolis. But for many resident tend to pick their favorite activities and places and stick with them, rather than branching out to try new things. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with knowing what you like and want to do, but every once and awhile it’s good to change up your routine. Minneapolis has so much to offer: here are ten surprising things you’ve never thought about doing in Minneapolis!
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. Hi-Fi Hair and Records
The owner of Hi-Fi, Johnny Clifford, better known as Jonny Z (Zygomatic) knows exactly what cool is. His salon has been open since 2012 in Loring Corners and has aimed to connect fashion and music, since the two are far from mutually exclusive. Whether you want to receive the best rock 'n' roll haircut of your life, or want to file through the store's expansive vinyl collection, you'll leave Hi-Fi with a smile on your face.
Hi-Fi Hair and Records is located at 1637 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
2. House of Balls
Allen Christian has an affinity for turning bowling balls into works of art. In fact, he has a knack for turning most everyday objects into art; every piece is totally weird and totally unique. This museum is tucked away on the West Bank in Minneapolis. It's a strange place for sure, but a fun one.
House of Balls is located at 1504 S. 7th St, Minneapolis, MN 55454.
3. Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Foods and Gifts
A very large percentage of Minnesotans have Scandinavian blood. We can’t get enough of our heritage: cutesy shops and delis like Ingebretsen's are the perfect place to get in touch with our lineage. Ingebretsen's has been open since the 1920s and still proudly serves all of the lutefisk and lingonberries your heart desires.
Ingebretsen's Scandinavian Foods and Gifts is located at 1601 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55407.
4. Orfield Laboratories
Orfield Laboratories is home to the quietest room in the world. It's so quiet in the room that you can practically hear the blood running through your veins. It has been incorrectly reported that the longest time someone could stand being in the room was 45 minutes. We don't know the record, but for $125 a person you can make this tour happen and see what all of the fuss is about.
Orfield Laboratories is located at 2709 E. 25th St., Minneapolis, MN 55406.
5. The Salt Cave
Halotherapy is all the rage these days. The Salt Cave in Minneapolis is a man made cave of pink Himalayan salt on the walls and floor. The salt supposedly has healing effects, especially for those with sinus issues. It's a great place to relax or to take one of the Salt Cave's famous yoga classes.
The Salt Cave is located at 4811 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55419.
6. Zoran's Sculpture Park
The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden might be more popular, but Zoran's Sculpture Park in Northeast definitely wins the most whimsical category. This park is perpetually under construction and is constantly changing. It will never look the same after each visit, which is what makes it so spectacular.
Zoran's Sculpture Park is located at 79 13th Ave. NE., Minneapolis, MN 55413.
7. The Soap Factory
This art gallery used to be, you guessed it, a soap factory in the early 1900s. Although there is no evidence of a sinister history at the factory, legend has it that the place is haunted by the animals whose tallow was used to make the soap. The Soap Factory holds the scariest haunted house every October to milk its haunted history for everything its got.
The Soap Factory is located at 514 2nd St. SE., Minneapolis, MN 55414.
8. Volstead's Emporium
If you see a red light, you'll know that this exclusive speakeasy in Uptown is open. This prohibition era themed haunt serves some of the fanciest cocktails. Before you know it, you'll feel like a regular bootlegging gangster from the roaring 20s.
Volstead's Emporium is located at 711 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55408.
9. Our Lady Lourdes Church
If you're not going to go to the oldest continuously operating Catholic Church in the city of Minneapolis for mass, you still have to have a steaming hot homemade meat pie that the church serves every single week. They're to die for.
Our Lady Lourdes Catholic Church is located at 1 Lourdes Pl., Minneapolis, MN 55414.
10. The Bakken Museum
Within this gorgeous mansion in South Minneapolis, you'll find the coolest and underrated museum on the history of electricity. Many exhibits within the museum are interactive and are totally fun for the entire family.
The Bakken Museum is located at 3537 Zenith Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55416.
If you like to think outside of the box, then these ten unusual activities in Minneapolis are perfect for you. What’s your favorite thing to do in the city? Let us know in the comments below.
Have visitors coming to town and aren’t sure where you’d like to take them? Read
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