Minneapolis has grown from a 19th-century mill town into a glistening modern city that forms part of Minnesota’s famous “Twin Cities”. It’s home to lush urban parks, world-class art museums and 24 lakes, set around its distinct and diverse neighbourhoods.
Things to do in Minneapolis
Take the time to explore the district of Northeast, which is one of the oldest parts of Minneapolis and renowned for its ethnic restaurants and artistic culture. If you want to stretch your legs, head to the Lakes area which boasts many of the city’s parks and walking trails.
Art enthusiasts should visit the Walker Art Center, which features exhibition galleries and theatres for contemporary visual and performing arts. Wander around the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which includes Claes Oldenburg’s iconic work “Spoonbridge and Cherry”.
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts exhibits works from European masters, such as Rubens and Rembrandt, as well as global cultural pieces dating back around 5,000 years. If you’re more interested in the evolution of American art, head to the Frederick R Weisman Art Museum, set within an impressive stainless-steel building.
Want to learn about the industrial history of Minnesota? Visit the Mill City Museum, which is built on the ruins of the 19th-century Washburn A Mill. It showcases the role Minneapolis played in global flour production from 1880 to 1903 through engaging displays and historic artefacts.
Getting around Minneapolis
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport is the main gateway to the city and situated 20 minutes’drive south of the Downtown area. Light rail and buses are the main means of getting around the city, together with elevated Skyway pedestrian walkways.