The Minneapolis Bucket List
When you visit a city, there are places that are fun to see, but not necessary to capture the essence of a city. Then there are the things
that are true must-sees; things that define a city. This is a list of those must-sees. Consider this the ultimate list of things you must do
when you visit Minneapolis. These ideas span across all four seasons, with a perfect blend of city and nature. From flying kites in the
winter to attending a game in the best sports venue in America, this is one bucket list you’ll want to complete.
Take part in the official party of Minneapolis:
The Aquatennial Festival.
Spend the first two weeks of August
racing from show to show for the
Minnesota Fringe Festival.
Enjoy lawn bowling on the roof at Brit’s Pub.
iPod out of juice? Head on over to one of
the five major Minneapolis parks anytime
during the week to hear live music, part of
Minneapolis Music in the Parks.
Canoe and look at the beautiful houses
along Lake of the Isles in Uptown.
450 different types of food served up deep
fried, in a bucket, wrapped up and even on
a stick warrant a trip down to the Minnesota
eat your way
View the largest fireworks
display west of the Mississippi every July,
then head to the Soap Factory for the annual
Ten Second Film Festival.
Stroll through a Japanese peace garden and
the country’s second oldest public rose
garden, located on picturesque Lake
Harriet—on Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes.
Enjoy sidewalk dining at dozens of
restaurants along downtown’s Nicollet Mall.
Learn about Minneapolis history in 19
minutes flat at Mill City Museum.
Dance, drink and get “diva-d” at
Twin Cities Pride Fest, the largest
free gay pride festival in the country.
Kayak, canoe or slide row St.
Anthony Falls with the people at
Above the Falls Sports.
Hit the trifecta of nationally-acclaimed
art festivals: Uptown, Powderhorn
and Loring Park Art Festivals.
Hop on a Nice Ride bike at one of the 65
stations and explore the city on two wheels
Rock out at the party “of a higher order”:
the Basilica Block Party.
Witness the mid-summer classic at Target
Field with the MLB 2014 All-Star Game.
Walk around and create your own adventure.
When you think of a major metropolitan
city, what usually pops into your mind?
Sprawling skyscrapers? A vibrant night-
life? Maybe a rich art and theater scene
alongside professional sporting events?
What about a park every six blocks?
Minneapolis has all this. And that’s
what makes us the City by Nature. Only
in Minneapolis can you step outside your
hotel and kayak the Mississippi River.
Minneapolis is a perfect blend of urban
chic and natural beauty, creating a city
where outdoor fun is minutes from your
door. Rent a bike at one of the many
Nice Ride stations and conquer “The
Most Bike-Friendly City” on two wheels.
Have some fun on the water in our
Chain of Lakes, or walk to places like
St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch
Bridge to see beauty normally reserved
for postcards. And, when the snow
drops and the water ices over, strap on
some skis or ice skates and glide around
our winter wonderland.
After exploring the nature in Minne-
apolis, you’ll still find the dynamic vibe
of a thriving metropolis. Minneapolis
is home to restaurants known nation-
ally, with James Beard Award winners
and finalists cooking up a variety of
remarkable cuisine. Complement that
dinner with a show at one of our many
renowned theaters, boasting everything
from Broadway-quality shows to up-
and-coming underground productions.
Shop around at our fashionable stores,
and don’t feel bad if you feel the urge to
splurge; there is no sales tax on apparel
in Minnesota. When the day is done, relax
and unwind in our wide array of accommodations downtown, enjoying high-class amenities without the high price.
No matter the season, no matter the
weather, Minneapolis has enough outdoor and indoor adventure to keep you
busy day after day. We’re the perfect
blend of nature and city. Welcome to the
City by Nature.
“I highly recommend this
tour. Great way to see sights
of the city you’ve never
NICE RIDE MINNEAPOLIS CITY BY NATURE
“Top 10 Summer
Destination in the World”
STONE ARCH BRIDGE