Minneapolis, MN is a beautiful city filled with the sites and sounds of Minnesota.This itinerary highlights the picturesque waters the state is known for, gives you a taste of the city, and even provides opportunities to unwind while taking all this city has to offer.
1. Spy House Coffee
You’ll want to fuel up as you’re about to get your steps in while exploring Minneapolis. Start off with a visit to one of the metro’s many locations of Spy House Coffee. Minnesotan’s enjoy all four seasons — grab hot coffee if it's winter, or go for an iced beverage if you’ve landed here in the humid summer.
2. Stone Arch Bridge
With coffee in hand, take a stroll around Stone Arch Bridge. Make sure you have your camera ready as you’ll be treated to fabulous views of Minneapolis as the mighty Mississippi rushes below. The large walking bridge sits over the lock & dam of St. Anthony Falls. You can relax as you listen to the rushing water and enjoy the peaceful scenery in the heart of Minneapolis.
3. Pay Tribute to Prince
At Jack and Ferdi, we strive for a holistic approach to travel and music is one of the crucial components that helps us immerse in a local culture, and improve our overall well-being. This is why we have included music playlists for each city in J+F app!
As you’re galavanting around the city today, consider turning on some Prince. The Minneapolis native added to the great music scene the city has to offer. If you’re a true fan, you can tour Paisley Park — his former estate-turned museum.
4. Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum
As you leave the Stone Arch Bridge, take a short jaunt along the banks of the Mississippi over to the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum. You’ll know when you get there — the steel masterpiece can’t be missed.
5. Galactic Pizza
Grab lunch at Galactic Pizza. The wild rice pizza is a delicious tribute to the local lands and Ojibwe tribe native to the area. Fun fact — this pizza joint is poured solely by energy generated by wind.
6. Historic Grain Belt Brewery
Do you know what goes well with pizza? Beer. And if you like beer, then you’ll love Minneapolis — the city is home to numerous local breweries. But for a bit of history, head to the pioneer — Grain Belt Brewing Company. For a taste of ‘Minnesota Nice’, go for a Grain Belt Premium, the American Lager is known as The “Friendly” Beer.
7. Spoonbridge & Cherry The Walker Art Center
One of Minneapolis' most iconic sites is Spoonbridge & Cherry. The massive sculpture is perched in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the perfect place for an afternoon stroll. The sculpture garden is also associated with the neighboring Walker Art Center, the two sprawl over more than 20 acres of green space perfect for a bit of yoga or meditation.
8. Enjoy the Sunset over Lake Harriet
While you saw the Mississippi River several times today, it wouldn’t be a trip to Minnesota without a lakeside sunset. Minnesota is after all, The Land of 10,000 Lakes, and 12 of them are in Minneapolis! When in the city, Lake Harriet provides a picturesque setting any time of year. Take a moment to relax, meditate, and enjoy a beautiful scenery.
9. Catch a Show at First Ave
To experience a bit of nightlife, catch a show at First Avenue & 7th Street Entry. This intimate theater is known for drawing household names. The iconic stage is where Prince shot the Purple Rain music video. Get your tickets ahead of time to assure yourself a seat!
Fit all of this in and you'll have gained a well-rounded Minneapolis experience. You enjoyed the great outdoors, sipped on local brews, captured the sights, and were entertained every step of the way. This clean, health-conscious, and culturally-rich city wins the hearts of visitors again and again.
For work and play — Minneapolis is an inviting city with much to offer.