I recently visited friends in Minneapolis over a long weekend. I had never been to Minnesota before, and really loved the Twin Cities and the fall weather (I’m aware of how terrible the winters are and you Minnesotans can keep them). Here’s a quick sum-up of places I went to that are worth visiting should you find yourself in Minneapolis.
- Walker Art Center – The crown jewel of the already bustling Minneapolis art scene, the Walker is worth a visit for the building alone. But it’s full of interesting art so go see that, too. Stop by the expansive gift shop.
- Franconia Sculpture Park – Not exactly in Minneapolis, but an easy drive outside of town, Franconia is a little magical. The giant piece of land is covered in native grasses, a little forest, and dotted with dozens of large-scale sculptures. It’s free and open during daylight hours for endless wandering.
- Stone Arch Bridge – In case you didn’t know, downtown Minneapolis is lined by the Mississippi River. This historic bridge spans the wide waterway, and is nice to look at and equally nice to walk over. While you’re in the area, check out the remains of an old mill and step out onto the Endless Bridge.
- Chain of Lakes – Not only does Minneapolis have a river, it has a whole chain of lakes. All of them are lovely, and offer walking paths. If the weather is nice, take a kayak or pedal boat out for a spin.
- Minnesota Center for Book Arts – A very cool, collaborative space that features a rotating gallery, shop, coffee shop, and book store.
- Kyatchi – A modern Japanese restaurant that strives to use sustainable (and sometimes local) seafood. They offer a surprisingly extensive menu with lots of opportunity for sharing.
- Izzy’s – This local ice cream stop has a couple of locations including downtown. An “izzy” is a tiny extra scoop on top of your order so you can have a bite of another flavor. Get the “dizzy izzy” for five little scoops (if you are indecisive like me).
- Kramarczuk’s – I’ve only eaten their classic sausages at Target field, but they were soooo much better than your standard ballgame hot dog with a nice snap.
- Brasa – Probably my favorite meal I had in Minneapolis. Great chicken, pork, and lots of sides like yucca, collard greens, beans and rice, and plantains. Nice atmosphere but casual. There can be a wait!