Top things to do

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 American in Minneapolis

Bryant-Lake Bowl

A workingman's bowling alley meets epicurean food at the BLB. Biscuit-and-gravy breakfasts, artisanal cheese plates, mock duck pad thai and smoked whitefish melt in the mouth. A long list of local beers washes it al…
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…
Mall in Minneapolis

Mall of America

Welcome to the USA's largest shopping center. Yes, it's just a mall, filled with the usual stores, movie theaters and eateries. But there's also a wedding chapel inside. And an 18-hole minigolf course. And a zipline…
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 …
Modern American in Minneapolis

Bachelor Farmer

The dishes at this fun restaurant play on the region's Scandinavian heritage: smoked fish, meatballs and cheese-and-pickled-mushroom-topped toast making frequent appearances on the ever-changing menu. The chef grows…
American in Minneapolis

Butcher & the Boar

The coppery, candlelit room is carnivore nirvana. Get your carving knife ready for wild boar ham with country butter, chicken-fried veal sausage and many more house-crafted meats. Sampler plates are the way to go. T…