Top Choice Gardens in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

This 19-acre green space, studded with contemporary works such as the oft-photographed Spoonbridge & Cherry by Claes Oldenburg, sits beside the Walker Art Center. The Cowles Conservatory, abloom with exotic hoth…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Walker Art Center

The first-class art center has a strong permanent collection of 20th-century art and photography, including big-name US painters and great US pop art. On Monday evenings from late July to late August, the museum hos…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

This museum is a huge trove housing a veritable history of art. The modern and contemporary collections will astonish, while the Asian galleries (2nd floor) and Decorative Arts rooms (3rd floor) are also highlights.…
Top Choice Observatory in Minneapolis

Endless Bridge

Head inside the cobalt-blue Guthrie Theater and make your way up the escalator to the Endless Bridge, a far-out cantilevered walkway overlooking the Mississippi River. You don't need a theater ticket, as it's intend…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman, which occupies a swooping silver structure by architect Frank Gehry, is a university (and city) highlight. The airy main galleries hold cool collections of 20th-century American art, ceramics, Korean fu…
Notable Building in Minneapolis

Paisley Park

After Prince died in 2016, his family opened his 65,000-sq-ft home to the public for tours. Fans have been streaming to the mod, boxy white mansion ever since. It's a must-see if you're a devotee of the Purple One. …
Statue in Minneapolis

Mary Tyler Moore Statue

Mary Tyler Moore (of '70s TV fame) put Minneapolis on the pop-culture map. The spot where she threw her hat in the air during the show's opening sequence is now marked by a great, cheesy statue depicting our girl do…
Amusement Park in Minneapolis


If the rides at the Mall of America aren't enough, drive out to this full-scale amusement park 22 miles southwest of Minneapolis in Shakopee. The animatronic dinosaur park ($5 extra) is a big hit. Save big money by …
Amusement Park in Minneapolis

Nickelodeon Universe

The amusement park in the Mall of America offers 27 rides, including a couple of scream-inducing roller coasters. To walk through will cost you nothing; a one-day, unlimited-ride wristband is $36; or you can pay for…
Park in Minneapolis

Water Power Park

Walk down from Main St SE to this park jutting into the Mississippi River and feel its frothy spray. Quiet benches, skyline views and the chance to see hydroelectric power in action are also part of the package.