Top 5 Things To Do in the Twin Cities
Breweries, Sports, and Music
Courtesy of Todd Buchanan
A beer, draft, cold one, cerveza, brewski… Whatever your chosen term, one thing’s for certain: The Twin Cities have a lot of it. But these brews aren’t just any suds; they are the products of the blood, sweat and tears of the brewmasters at the 40+ breweries in the metro. From fresh IPAs all the way to peanut butter porters, there’s always a new sudsy adventure for your taste buds to traverse. But it isn’t just quantity, it’s quality. Fair State Brewing Cooperative, Town Hall Brewery and Surly Brewing Co. have all taken home top honors from RateBeer. Come thirsty.
“Play ball!” Those words are the spark plug to a guaranteed good time at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. And watching America’s greatest pastime doesn’t get much better than here. Win or lose, it’s hard not to have a good time as you soak up excitement in the air and treat yourself to some of the best fare offered inside a major league ballpark. Don’t worry about missing a second of the action while you run to the restroom or grab a burger and fries either. High definition screens and speakers are peppered throughout the ballpark, ensuring you do not miss a beat. And premium seating areas in any one of the stadium’s 54 suites, along with Legends and Champions Clubs offer next level experiences for guests. What are you waiting for? Grab some friends and let the experience of a baseball game at Target Field knock your expectations out of the park.
Walker Art Center + Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
A hotbed for the arts, the Twin Cities are overflowing with creativity and originality. Nowhere is this more apparent than at the Walker Art Center and adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Ranking among the top five most-visited contemporary art museums in the United States, the Walker’s impressive collection includes more than 13,000 pieces that span all forms of media. Located right outside the museum’s doors and reopened in June 2017 fresh off a major renovation that saw the addition of an entry pavilion to the Walker and hundreds of new trees, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden covers 11 acres and features more than 40 works for visitors to experience, including the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry.”
Chain of Lakes
When you live in the Twin Cities, heading to the lake can be as easy as walking a few blocks—a privilege most have to pack up the car and drive for. Nestled in the heart of the metro are the shimmering waters of Brownie Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake of the Isles, Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, Lake Nokomis and the paved walking and biking paths that link them. Rain or shine, hot or cold, one can always find locals and visitors alike walking, running or snowshoeing on the trails, slinging a Frisbee, or playing volleyball. The sights aren’t half bad either. Aside from the natural beauty—trust us, it’s nothing to shake a stick at—some of the area’s most beautiful gardens dot the lake’s shores. The Chain of Lakes is the perfect escape to get back in touch with nature, all without leaving the city.
First Ave & 7th St Entry
This concert venue has been the place for live music since it opened its doors in 1970. Once a Greyhound bus station, performers such as Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Eminem have tested the decibel levels as well as left their mark—literally. Many artists who have graced its stages have their names written in the center of a star painted on the club’s exterior. First Ave was also the favorite venue of the late Minnesota music icon Prince. Scenes from his 1984 film “Purple Rain” were even filmed here. Pop in any night of the week for a musical performance—you might just catch a star in the making.