Minneapolis might be one of the lesser known cities of the United States for those who aren’t natives (like myself), but it doesn’t mean that it’s not a great place to visit.
Home to the Minnesota Vikings, the largest city in the state has been growing in population since 2016 and seems to be adored by tourists and locals alike. It helps that Super Bowl 52 just recently put it on the map.
Approximately four hours away from my long-distance boyfriend’s hometown of Green Bay, we decided to head to Minneapolis for a weekend away conveniently just before the Super Bowl to see what this hub of arts, culture, and entertainment had to offer.
Heading to the Twin Cities soon? Well, here’s how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis based on our time there.
Situated on the outskirts of the city, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a must-do for anyone who loves a good painting or sculpture. As well as having an extensive art collection spread out over three floors, it also has a killer view of the city’s skyline from its floor-to-ceiling windows. I absolutely loved it!
Confusingly a street name as well as an actual mall down one street, the Nicollet Mall is situated in the very heart of downtown Minneapolis and features some of the most-loved American shopping chains.
Always a central hub for some of the most exciting goings-on in the city, this street was completely packed out with food stalls, bars and points of interest whilst we were there in preparation for the Super Bowl the following weekend. There were people everywhere and the atmosphere was electric, especially at night when local musicians and acts would perform on a big stage in the center of the street.
If only we had the heart to stay out and brave the MINUS 12-degree Celsius cold! (Spoiler: we didn’t.)
A fabulous Italian restaurant well-known in Minneapolis for its amazing drinks and cuisine, dining at Zelo made for a very romantic and enjoyable date night during our second evening in the city. I couldn’t recommend it enough. (Limoncello optional, but we like to go hard or go home.)
Even if you’re not an American football lover, the US Bank Stadium (home to the Minnesota Vikings) is still worth checking out. Built on the former site of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the indoor stadium opened in 2016 and is an amazing piece of architecture.
Go have a nosy and make sure that you don’t forget your #StadiumSelfie! (I got mine.)
A cute restaurant that does a variety of fresh, yummy food, the Hen House Eatery is an ideal place to eat brunch. Why? Well, it’s popular, has an exciting atmosphere, and the menu is spot on – what’s not to like?
Located in Bloomington just outside of the city, you simply can’t go to Minneapolis without stopping off at the Mall of America on the way home. It’s one of the top tourist destinations in the USA and has a variety of stores and entertainment attractions, which makes it a rather fun place to spend an afternoon.
Oh, and it has a freakin’ theme park in the middle of it – so there’s that. (Wait, what?!)
One word: go.
If you were wondering how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis, I hope I’ve managed to give you a few ideas. Whether you’ve been before or are a total Twin Cities newbie, Minneapolis has certainly got a lot to offer the average traveller. The look and feel of downtown alone are enough to make you want to continue in your exploration of the city (and the state!)
My boyfriend and I had a great time whilst we were there and we’re sure glad that we picked Minneapolis for our weekend away destination. Happy days.
(Have you ever been to the Twin Cities? Do you have any recommendations in terms of how to spend a weekend in Minneapolis? Let me know in the comments below!)