Attractions

Top Choice Gardens in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The 11-acre garden, 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 hothouse f…
Top Choice Museum in Minneapolis

Walker Art Center

The first-class 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 hosts f…
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

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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

Mill City Museum

The building is indeed a former mill, and highlights include a ride inside an eight-story grain elevator (the 'Flour Tower'), Betty Crocker exhibits and a baking lab. It's not terribly exciting unless you're really …
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 doi…
Amusement Park in Minneapolis

Valleyfair

If the rides at the Mall of America aren't enough, drive out to this full-scale amusement park 25 miles southwest of Minneapolis in Shakopee. The animatronic dinosaur park ($5 extra) is a big hit. Save money by book…
Amusement Park in Minneapolis

Nickelodeon Universe

The amusement park in the Mall of America offers 25 rides, including a couple of scream-inducing roller coasters. To walk through will cost you nothing; a one-day, unlimited-ride wristband is $33; or you can pay for…
Zoo in Minneapolis

Minnesota Zoo

You'll have to travel a way to get to the respected zoo in suburban Apple Valley, which is 20 miles south of Minneapolis. It has naturalistic habitats for its 400-plus species, with an emphasis on cold-climate creat…