9 Things to do While in the Twin Cities /

Here you are in the Twin Cities and boy have you got a day that needs seizing! There’s all sorts of lists of this and that, but these must do’s are handpicked favorites from 27 years of local expertise - read on and plan your day accordingly!

1. Ride some bike!

Happy mature couple going for a bike ride in the city on a sunny day

As RedFin’s number one most bike friendly city, this one’s a no brainer. Maybe you don’t have a bike, or maybe you just moved and your bike was strapped to the roof of your car for a thousand mile drive rendering it useless. All good, pick up a Nice Ride at one of a million locations throughout Minneapolis, and set your pedals free. There are so many scenic routes throughout the beautiful city, from the Grand Rounds to the Stone Arch Bridge - pop one into your Google maps and let your adventure begin.

2. Go on a brewery tour in Northeast Minneapolis

Two men toasting a glass of beer in bar

There are some must-hit breweries in Northeast Minneapolis - these are my seven favorites (plus bonuses!). Pro-tip: these are all bikeable!

3. Enjoy a show at one of our many iconic venues!

First Avenue (nightclub)

With more theatre seats per capita than New York City, you best catch a show. These are my faves along with a little insight. In addition to this list, you’ll find many vibrant small theaters with intimate productions playing alllll over the place - check these venues from the 2019 Fringe Festival to see what’s up. 

  • First Avenue - Once owned by Prince himself, this simply is Minneapolis. It’s a little grungy but this place has a spirit of its own.
  • The Dakota - Catch some jazz at one of the most intimate spots in town. Full menu and classy as you can get.
  • Acme Comedy Club - Top it off with a laugh inflicted by an unforgiving local or national headliner.
  • The Cedar Cultural Center - Riverside’s best with culturally inspired artists from far and wide.
  • Orpheum, State and Pantages Theatres - As historic as we have to offer in the theatre department, these venues host everything from Broadway to Buddy Guy.

4. Get your lake on with a boat, kayak, or paddleboard

Man in a kayak enjoying his holidays

In the land of 10,000 lakes, you’d be wise to find a way to float. Now this all comes down to style, but you’ve got a number of ways to express yourself on these lakes.

  • Wheel Fun Rentals - kayaks, paddleboards, paddleboats, canoes, quad bicycles, all sorts of fun located on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), Lake Nokomis, and Lake Harriet.
  • Paradise Charter Cruises and Minneapolis Queen - probably the most fun during the day, these cruises will feed you, keep your glass full and let you peruse Minneapolis or Lake Minnetonka from the water.
  • Float - affordable and fantastic boats from owners all throughout the metro area - it’s the VRBO of boats.

5. Go shopping at the Mall of America … p.s. it’s tax free!

Mall Of America

That’s right, there’s no taxes on clothing in Minneapolis, so pack an extra suitcase and shop till you drop.  The Mall of America is roughly 8 million square feet of shopping, eating, and amusing complete with the Nickelodeon Universe, and SEA LIFE Aquarium

6. Immerse yourself in unique art & culture

the minneapolis institute of arts

The art situation is real in Minneapolis. Plot out a gander of some of the finest historical art collections at our museums:

7. Segue tours on the Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Stop over to the beautiful St. Anthony and Main area and sign up for the Segway Magical History Tour - while you’re near, stop in at the Aster Cafe for views and delicious cafe fare. You’ll tour along the lovely stone arch bridge and get some great looks at the Mississippi and the skyline.

8. Fun bars where there’s more to do than drink!

Minneapolis - Up-Down

Many of us love to drink, but how about some activities!

9. Eat!

BRASA Rotisserie

There’s a hundred good places to eat in Minneapolis but these are some all-time favorites.

  • Chimborazo - Humble Ecuadorian and Andean foods, you must order the Saltado and fried plantains.
  • Brasa Rotisserie - Slow cooked, Creole style comfort food, OH SO GOOD.
  • Matt’s Bar - One of the original homes of the Juicy Lucy, a dive-bar delight.
  • Young Joni - Amazing kimchi and Korean bbq pizza, wood fired!
  • Pizza Luce - Hands down the best pizza in Minneapolis.

Whether you're looking for weekend getaways here, or live here, you'll always have the time of your life in the Twin Cities. If you're deciding to move here, you'll want to have a good home builder and remodeler by your side. Black Dog Homes will always be here for you and can answer all of your questions about living in Minneapolis. 
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