Things to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Other resources:
City of St. Paul official website
City of Minneapolis official website

Attractions 

Central Library

Conference 2011Cesar Pelli's eye-catching creation is a downtown gathering place, with five stories of books, computers, meeting spaces and a café—plus a children's library and Teen Central, a one-of-a-kind resource center exclusively for teens.

Guthrie Theater

Conference 2011This Jean Nouvel stunner was hailed by GQ as "a jaw-dropping feat of engineering and architectural chutzpah." Featuring dramatic river views, the spectacular endless bridge and two celebrated restaurants in one of Minneapolis's most exciting neighborhoods. Playing in June, 2011 - “God in Carnage” by Yasmina Reza

Jungle Theater

Conference 2011Founded in 1991 in a storefront space at the corner of Lake Street and Lyndale Avenue in South Minneapolis, the Jungle Theater quickly established a loyal following and received widespread critical acclaim for its productions. In 1999, the theater moved into its permanent home: an intimate 150-seat space around the corner from its original location. Playing June 10 – July 31, 2011- “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” by Stephen Sondheim

Mall of America

Conference 2011Mall of America has been described as a city within a city. Along with an extensive range of retail, restaurants and entertainment, there are many unique features to Mall of America likely to be found in any community

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Conference 2011Housed in the same complex with the Children's Theatre Company, the Michael Graves expansion lets the Institute show off more of its impressive permanent collection.

Minnesota Zoo

Conference 2011Situated on 500 acres, the Minnesota Zoo features 2300 animals, birds and dolphin shows, and an IMAX theater.


Twins Baseball

Twins vs. 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers


Walker Art Center

Conference 2011The 2005 expansion designed by Herzog & de Meuron doubled the size of this internationally acclaimed art center. Featuring new galleries, rooftop terraces, an 11-acre outdoor sculpture garden, and one of the hottest tables in town: 20.21 by Wolfgang Puck.

Weisman Art Museum

Conference 2011The country's only art museum by visionary Frank Gehry will undertake an 11,000-square-foot expansion designed by Gehry himself. The addition will double exhibition space and create a dedicated studio for creative collaborations. Projected completion date: 2011.

Tours 

Al & Alma's Supper Club and Charter Cruises

Conference 2011Enjoy the beauty of Lake Minnetonka on a luxury yacht. Join a lunch or dinner cruise and take in the gorgeous scenery of this 14,000-acre lake.

Carriage Rides

Conference 2011See the sights on Nicollet Mall or take a romantic ride along the Mississippi. Blankets are provided for chilly evenings, so snuggle up and enjoy the ride.

Free Walking Tours

Each summer, the City of Minneapolis offers a full schedule of free walking tours. Led by expert guides, the roster includes Victorian neighborhoods, Nicollet Island and the historic Warehouse District.

Guthrie Theater Backstage Tour

Conference 2011Peak behind the curtain on this popular tour. Learn about the landmark building as well as the technical demands of producing a play.

Minneapolis Institute of Art Tours

Conference 2011Join daily public tours or book a custom tour for your group. Learn about special exhibits and treasures from the expansive permanent collection.

Minneapolis Queen

Cruise the Mississippi Riverfront on this pristine paddlewheeler. Passengers learn about the city's history while enjoying the blossoms of spring or the vibrant colors of fall.

Minnesota Public Radio Tours

Conference 2011Minnesota Public Radio will offer public tours of their Saint Paul headquarters on Friday morning, June 10th at 10:00am and then again at 11:00am. This 60-minute behind-the-scenes visit includes the studios, newsroom and the music library. You might also get the chance to meet some of your favorite on air hosts and behind-the-scenes staff. The studio is located at 480 Cedar Street,  Saint Paul, MN.  Please contact 651 2901212 for additional details or to reserve your space.

Padleford Packet Boat Company

Conference 2011Climb aboard for narrated cruises on the Mississippi River. Cruises set sail from Saint Paul's Harriet Island and run through October. 

Stillwater Day Tour

Conference 2011Experience the charm of this historic river town. Magnificent mansions, graceful churches and one-of-a-kind shops make this a perfect day trip.

Twin Cities Highlights Tour

Discover the magic of Minneapolis and Saint Paul. The route includes the Guthrie Theater, historic Fort Snelling, Mall of America, State Capitol and much more.

Walker Art Center Tours

Hit the Walker on weekends for guided tours of exhibits. Missed the group? Art on Call lets you learn about the artwork using your cell phone.