There are many activities a person can explore in Minneapolis that truly defines this city as NICE. Here are a list of just some of our favorite things to do. So make sure these are on your bucket list and let us know on our Facebook page what your favorite thing is to do in Minneapolis!
#1 – Veg out at a movie in the park
Calling all movie buffs. Minneapolis plans FREE screenings around many beautiful parks in Minneapolis where you can catch one of your favorite films. Bring a blanket to lay on, your favorite snacks and your entourage to enjoy a happening n the fresh air! Check out the full schedule of movies!
#2 – Work the calves hiking Minneahaha Falls
Minneapolis has been deemed the most active city in the country. We are now waiting for the article that Minnesotans are the most attractive by working our muscles from exploring Minneapolis parks. Minnehaha Falls is an experience worth hiking for during all four seasons. Explore the falls during springtime to witness the free flowing water fall into the stream below. In winter, the frozen falls will captivate you to snap photos of Mother Nature’s winter power. Be sure to explore Minnehaha Park in all four seasons!
#3 – Inhale a burger at the Blue Door in Longfellow
Did you know Blue Door has a new location in the Longfellow neighborhood? After getting messy with an cheesy, succulent juicy lucy, feel free to stick around for blingo and/or trivia. The Longfellow location is known for their fun nights of blingo/trivia where you can win prizes, continue to munch and enjoy a night with friends!
#4 – BOUNCE AROUND THE MINNEAPOLIS SKYWAYS
If you are looking for a group activity that is perfect temperature year-round, then venturing around the Minneapolis skyways will be a perfect memory. The Minneapolis skyways are set to a perfect 65 degrees for ease and comfort to get around downtown Minneapolis. We encourage every person to make a night visiting a few Minneapolis restaurants connected by the skyways. Consider getting a fresh brewed red ale at Rock Bottom Brewery, a sausage & champ plate at Kieran’s Irish Pub, and/or a fancy old fashioned at Restaurant MAX [located at the bottom of Hotel Minneapolis]. Create your own map, with a series of bucket list items to try at each place. Think of the streets as hot lava – Skyway route only!
#5 – SHOP LOCAL AT MINNEAPOLIS FARMERS MARKETS
Nearly every day in spring/summer/fall you can find a local Minneapolis market to explore and find some precious gems you would not find in any other city. Products can range from produce to jewelry. Favorite markets that happen frequently would be the Nicollet Mall Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers Market, and Farmers Market Annex – located off Lyndale Ave. Each market is unique from one another, so try hitting them all!
#6 – CHEERS AND ENJOY THE VIEW
Indulge in a beer/cocktail on a St. Anthony Main patio such as Aster Cafe, Pracna on Main, Tugg’s Tavern. These favorite restaurants supply great patios to soak up the sun and take in a captivating Minneapolis landscape. This idea is definitely one of our favorites to show out-of-town friends/family the happy hour + skyline scene.
#7 – ‘SEG’ YOUR WAY ACROSS MILL CITY DISTRICT
Walking, biking, kayaking are all great ways to explore Minnesota; however, not many people are aware of another fun way to scoot around Minnesota pathways – Segway! Guru Justin can speak from personal experience how thrilling rolling around on a segway is, albeit, very intimidating at the start, but the overall experience is too amazing to be afraid! Start off renting out a segway on St. Anthony Main, then make your way with a tour group across the Stone Arch Bridge and let your hair wisp around the Mill City District.
#8 – MAKE YOUR WINTER MARK IN THEODORE WIRTH PARK
Finding winter fun can be a challenge and a bit menacing, but after experiencing snowy trees and crisp air all around is what could change your perception. Theodore Wirth Regional Park offers snow shoe rentals starting at $12 and a beautiful landscape to explore during the winter season. Snow shoeing is an experience that people can pride themselves doing here.
#9 – SIP THE AFTERNOON AWAY IN NORTHEAST
Sometimes a chill Minneapolis afternoon is the perfect recipe to feel accomplished and to reward yourself. Spend an afternoon enjoying some of the finest coffee at the Northeast Spyhouse. If the day is sunny and warm, they have a giant door they leave open for the fresh air to breeze through the coffee shop. It’s a motivating feature, as this one Guru can contest while finishing up this blog! Afterwards, reward yourself with a pint at 612Brew located downstairs of the same building.
#10 – SCOPE A CELEB
This recommendation comes straight from our remote GetKnit Guru Amy in California. Let us all speak in confidence that this recommendation helps your celebrity scope withdrawals. Josh Hartnett is one of Minneapolis’ native celeb. You may be able to witness a sighting while enjoying an iced latte and a warm cinnamon roll at Isles Bun & Coffee in Uptown. Try not to spit out that iced latte if you see Josh roaming the streets!
#11 – Paddleboard the lakes
Paddleboarding has become all the rage in Minnesota. With 90,000 miles of shoreline, there’s a lot to explore on SUP boards! Check out our friends at Twin Cities Paddleboard for rentals and check out our site in a few weeks for a Paddleboarding event!
Looking for things to do in Minneapolis or St. Paul? We've got you covered. GetKnit Events is an experiential events company located in Minneapolis. Our goal is to knit together local businesses to create one-of-a-kind events for the general public. GetKnit also plans unique corporate events for organizations of all sizes. We love exploring new places and getting to know our neighbors!