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Twin Cities Tourism and Sightseeing
Minneapolis is the City by Nature, with fabulous shopping, dining and entertainment next to lakes, parks and a mighty river that brought the city to being.

Experience the city at its best as you walk or bike on 50+ miles of trails along the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway as they pass the Chain of Lakes or enjoy paths winding along the Mississippi River. With over 80 miles of on street and over 80 miles of off-street pathways through scenic parks, downtown and the neighborhoods, this active, lush, green city will impress and urge you outdoors. You can rent bikes April - November from Nice Ride Minnesota at kiosks.

Getting around is a snap using light rail transit, with stops in downtown, at the airport and Mall of America. No matter what the weather, easily travel between many hotels and attractions using the skyway system in downtown.

Diverse ethnic options line Nicollet Avenue’s “Eat Street” and the Warehouse District is the center of downtown’s nightlife; bursting with restaurants and nightclubs. Fine dining options abound at restaurants owned by James Beard Award-winning chefs.

Art, science and history are on display at more than 55 museums in the area and well-known places such as Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Weisman Art Museum that have made their mark nationally.

Visit the historic Riverfront and Mill District, where Minneapolis got its start in the flour milling industry. You’ll know you’re in a true urban melting pot as you try diverse ethnic dining options that line Nicollet Avenue’s “Eat Street.” The Warehouse District is the center of downtown’s nightlife; bursting with restaurants and nightclubs right outside the gleaming, LEED Silver-Certified Target Field ballpark.

There are outdoor activities for every season and Minneapolitans are active year-round. Bike, boat, water ski, run, cross-country ski, fish (or ice fish!), play and watch team sports from one of our five professional teams. You can be an active participant or spectator in Minneapolis!

No trip to Minneapolis would be complete without souvenirs! Shop along the 13-blocks of pedestrian-friendly Nicollet Mall at Macy’s and the flagship Target store or visit the largest mall in the country, Mall of America – a short ride via the METRO Blue Line train. Plus, there’s no sales tax on apparel and shoes, so bring an extra bag!

There is literally something for everyone here and you will feel right at home with the friendly residents, clean and beautiful downtown and the many amenities that make a trip worth taking!
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Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)
Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Museum in Minneapolis, MN USA

Inspiring wonder through the power of art. Art in the heart of Minneapolis. Mia is free. Every day. Mia inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country.

Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN USA

Contemporary art museum and outdoor sculpture garden. The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences.

Mill City Museum
Mill City Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Museum in Minneapolis, MN USA

Take a fantastic journey into Minneapolis' past! Visit Mill City Museum’s Bush Foundation Gallery; discover why Minneapolis was nicknamed the “Mill City” through exhibits focusing on power, production, promotion and people.

Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum
Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Museum in Red Wing, MN USA

For a huge selection of premium work-outdoor-casual footwear, distinct leather bags and accessories, visit the Red Wing Shoe Company Factory store and new casual footwear store in Downtown Red Wing. Home to the World's Largest Boot.

(CLOSED) - Great Clips Imax Theatre
(CLOSED) - Great Clips Imax Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Imax Theatre in Apple Valley, MN USA

10 Mile Scenic Biking Loop
10 Mile Scenic Biking Loop
Bicycling in Hastings, MN USA

A ten-mile walking & biking loop along the Mississippi River A ten-mile walking and biking loop trail which takes you along the Mississippi River, allowing you to practically step out onto the river on our overlook platform and watch the boats and barges tug by.

Afton Apple Orchard
Afton Apple Orchard
Recreation in Hastings, MN USA
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U pick apples, fall raspberries, pumpkins, strawberries Come pick your own apples, fall raspberries, pumpkins and strawberries. Located on South 90th St. between County Road 21 and Mn 95, 2 miles south of Afton Alps in the scenic St Croix River Valley. Strawberries, June - July. Call for picking conditions.

Alexander Ramsey House
Alexander Ramsey House
Historic Site in St. Paul, MN USA

One of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes, the Ramsey House offers a glimpse into family and servant life in the 1870s. Three generation of Ramseys lived the home before it was willed to the Society in the 1960s.

American Swedish Institute
American Swedish Institute
Museum in Minneapolis, MN USA

Museum of Swedish art, culture and history The American Swedish Institute is a vibrant arts and cultural organization housed in the historic 100 year old Turnblad Mansion and the 3 year old Nelson Cultural Center. ASI engages locally and connects globally.

Big Dog Fishing Guide Service
Big Dog Fishing Guide Service
Fishing in Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, MN USA

Central Minnesota Fishing Trips Big Dog Fishing Guide Service offers guided fishing trips for muskie, bass, northern pike, walleye and crappie in the Minneapolis, St. Paul & Central Minnesota areas. We can provide something special for everyone.

Daytona Golf Club
Daytona Golf Club
Golf in Dayton, MN USA

18 Hole Par 72 Golf Course / Indoor Tennis / Racquetball Daytona Golf Club opened in 1964 and offers an 18 hole par 72 championship golf course and is located in Dayton, Minnesota, in the northwest metro area of the Twin Cities. We offer guests 18 holes of championship-caliber golf, indoor tennis, and racquetball courts.

Elko Speedway
Elko Speedway
Recreation in Elko, MN USA
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NASCAR Sanctioned Race Track Elko Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned 3/8 mile high banked oval race track competing within the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Series. We are located just 30 minutes south of downtown Minneapolis.

Getting Plowed: A Holiday Survival Guide
Getting Plowed: A Holiday Survival Guide things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Theatre in Minneapolis, MN USA

The Brave New Workshop’s 302nd Revue The polar vortex, aggressively enthusiastic Salvation Army bell ringers, and Aunt Marge's fruit cake: we get it. The holiday season is rough.

Great Clips® IMAX® Theatre
Great Clips® IMAX® Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Imax Theatre in Apple Valley, MN USA

Great Clips IMAX Theatre IMAX IS BELIEVING! THE GREAT CLIPS IMAX THEATRE offers films in stunning IMAX 3D & IMAX full-length films. IMAX movies put you in the center of spirited adventure and hypnotic events in a way no other movie presentation can.

Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Fort Snelling
Historic Site in St. Paul, MN USA

Living History Museum of 19th century frontier life Overlooking the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers, Fort Snelling was once the furthest outpost of the U.S. military.

James J. Hill House
James J. Hill House
Historic Site in St. Paul, MN USA

Historic 1800s Gilded Age mansion Guides lead tours that explore family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion on historic Summit Avenue. Completed in 1891, the red sandstone residence was the setting of the public and private lives of the family of James J.

JC's Guide Service
JC's Guide Service
Fishing in Inver Grove Heights, MN USA


Live Music Saturdays!
Live Music Saturdays!
Recreation in Stillwater, MN USA

Live music every Saturday in June, July & August! Enjoy live music every Saturday all summer long at Saint Croix Vineyards! During the months of June, July and August we will have live music from a variety of local musicians every Saturday from 1pm-4pm.

Magical History Tour
Magical History Tour
Segway PT Tour in Minneapolis, MN USA

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Minnesota History Center
Minnesota History Center things to do on a rainy day in Twin Cities, MN
Museum in St. Paul, MN USA

The museum's innovative, interactive exhibits showcase the collections. Visitors can climb aboard a 24-ton box car or experience the extremes of Minnesota weather in a multimedia show that recreates the power of a tornado. An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.

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Best Places to Stay in Twin Cities

Americinn By Wyndham Rogers
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From $106 / night.

Swimming Pool.
Bizzaro Apartment
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From $70 / night.

Non Smoking Rooms.
Private Room And Bath In Charming Bungalow
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From $77 / night.

Non Smoking Rooms.
Residence Inn Minneapolis Plymouth
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From $167 / night.

Round Barn Farm B & B Event Center
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From $229 / night.

Non Smoking Rooms.

Best Time to Visit Twin Cities

The best time to visit Twin Cities, Minnesota is in the summer and fall for the lakes, festivals and fun! If you like winter, St. Paul's Winter Festival in January and February might be just the ticket. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the 70s and 80s. Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the 40s. Fall nights are cold with lows in the low 30s. Winter averages are in the 20s.

Spring Visit Twin Cities in the summerSummer Visit Twin Cities in the fallFall Winter

Monthly Temperatures in Twin Cities

Month Low Avg High
January 6.2 14.5 22.8
February 13.0 21.4 29.7
March 23.9 32.8 41.7
April 36.2 47.2 58.2
May 48.5 59.9 71.2
June 57.6 68.4 79.1
July 62.7 73.0 83.2
August 60.7 70.8 80.8
September 51.7 61.8 71.8
October 40.1 49.8 59.4
November 26.1 33.3 40.5
December 12.3 19.5 26.7

Twin Cities Visitor Bureau

Minneapolis, City by Nature

Minneapolis, City by Nature

Free Twin Cities Visitor Guide

Minneapolis Saint Paul Official Visitors Guide

Minneapolis Saint Paul Official Visitors Guide

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