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Twin Cities Tourism & Sightseeing

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!

Top Twin Cities Attractions


Live music and theater of every stripe help fill Minneapolis’ performance spaces that boast more seats per capita than any city outside New York. With Tony Award-winners The Children’s Theatre Company and the Guthrie Theater calling Minneapolis home, as well as three historic and two more theaters that make up the Hennepin Theatre District downtown, you will want to find time for some of the 75-area professional theatre companies are performing in spaces throughout the city! World-renowned Minnesota Orchestra and Minnesota Opera companies perform throughout the year just a pirouette away from the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts. And if rock is your speed, a turn on the floor at First Avenue is required. Art, science and history are on display at more than 55 museums including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Weisman Art Museum, which have made their marks nationally. With four professional sports teams playing at world-class facilities, there's something for every fan, too.


Mill City Museum
Falconer Vineyard
Walker Art Center/Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Red Wing Shoe Store & Museum

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Top Things To Do In Twin Cities


Shop along Nicollet Mall at Macy’s and the flagship, two-story Target store, numerous boutiques or visit the largest mall in the country, Mall of America – a short ride via light rail train. Plus, there’s no sales tax on apparel and shoes, so get ready to save! Outdoor activities abound - bike, walk, Segway or pick your sport -- there's always something active to do in the City by Nature. And you can't miss Minneapolis' arts and culture - with museums, galleries, concert venues and more theatre seats per capita than any city outside NYC, you cannot miss what's on view in Minneapolis.

Guthrie Theater
Bunker Park Stable
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
Segway Tours
Afton Apple Orchard

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Top Twin Cities Events


The music and theater scene is top-notch, with everything from Broadway shows to local and national bands. Tony Award-winners The Children’s Theatre Company and the Guthrie Theater call Minneapolis home, as well as three historic theaters that make up the Hennepin Theatre District. With 75 professional theatre companies, you can see a different show every night of the week. And orchestra and opera groups perform throughout the year, as well as every other type of music at clubs like the famous First Avenue and Dakota. With four professional sports teams, there's a game nearly every day, too!

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Celtic Thunder at State Theatre

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Upcoming Events in Twin Cities

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Event Venues

Burnsville Performing Arts Center (88)
Cedar Cultural Center (33)
Orpheum Theatre (25)
Varsity Theater (25)
State Theatre (24)

Top Places to Stay in Twin Cities


Stay at the best rated hotels in Twin Cities. To ensure accuracy, our Twin Cities hotel guest scores come only from actual customers! That way, you can count on accurate reviews from real guests! These places to stay scored the best by our customers. View the hotel to see the comments and scores. With over 30,000 reviews of hotel rooms in Minnesota alone, you can't go wrong!

Hampton Inn Minneapolis/St. Paul-Woodbury
Guest Score:
From $169 / night.


Free Internet, Free Breakfast.
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis - Maple Grove
Guest Score:
From $139 / night.


Free Internet, Restaurant.
Oak Ridge Hotel and Conference Center
Guest Score:
From $158 / night.


Free Internet, Restaurant.
Residence Inn By Marriott Minneapolis Edina
Guest Score:
From $179 / night.


Free Internet, Free Breakfast.
Staybridge Suites MPLS-Maple Grove/Arbor Lakes
Guest Score:
From $120 / night.


Free Internet, Free Breakfast.

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Inexpensive Places to Stay in Twin Cities


Why pay more? If you are looking for cheap hotel reservations, the following rooms are at least 30 percent less than the average room rate of $79.

Baymont Inn and Suites Eden Prairie / Minneapolis
Guest Score:
From $79 / night.


Free Internet, Free Breakfast.
Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Eden Prairie
Guest Score:
From $80 / night.


Indoor Pool, Free Internet, Restaurant.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Eden Prairie
Guest Score:
From $74 / night.


Indoor Pool, Free Internet, Free Breakfast.
Hilton Minneapolis
Guest Score:
From $79 / night.


Indoor Pool, Free Internet, Restaurant.
Quality Inn & Suites Mall of America - MSP Airport
Guest Score:
From $76 / night.


Indoor Pool, Free Internet, Free Breakfast.

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.

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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 Weather


More Information


Find more information about Twin Cities, MN by visiting the local visitor bureau (Minneapolis, City by Nature) or request a visitor guide to be mailed to you!


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


Other Destinations Near Twin Cities To Visit


The North Shore of Lake Superior is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream, perfect for sea-kayaking, fly-fishing or skiing and just a 2-3 hour drive. The shores of the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Rivers are close enough for cruises and day visits. Stillwater offers antique stores while water fun at Lake Minnetonka includes sailing, swimming, boating, fishing and fun. Shakopee offers our Valleyfair Amusement Park, Canterbury Park, The MN Renaissance Festival and more. The Minnesota Zoo is just south of the cities in Apple Valley.


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