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Top tourist attractions in Minneapolis, MN


Minneapolis is where the urban fast-paced cityscape blends flawlessly with beautiful green spaces. Aside from its parks, the city offers plenty of great cultural attractions like museums and theaters.

See the best of what Minneapolis has to offer in these great tourist spots:

Minneapolis Institute of Art
2400 Third Avenue South

The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) hosts a multitude of exhibits of various styles and media. This art venue has a collection of paintings from all over the country and abroad, including works from famed European artists like Rembrandt and Rubens. Mia also has on exhibit textiles, prints, photographs, sculptures, drawings, and artifacts. Some pieces in its collection feature the diversity of many cultures through the ages.

Mia is visited by over half a million people each year. It offers free admission and public tours all year round, as well as an on-site Family Center. If you’re looking for a great place for a fun and educational trip, Mia is the place to go.

Guthrie Theater
818 South Second Street

A production of Hamlet in May 1963 spearheaded the growth of non-profit resident theater movement in the Minnesota area. At the forefront of this was Sir Tyrone Guthrie, founder of the Guthrie Theater. From this time on, the said venue has been staging classic Shakespeare production stop-billed by thespians of note. Today, audiences can enjoy both classic and contemporary productions on three stages of this theater. Guests can also explore the facility with backstage tours available on Friday and Saturday mornings.

Minnehaha Regional Park
4801 South Minnehaha Park Drive

The Minnehaha Regional Park is one of the most popular parks in the city with over 800,000 people visiting each year. Its popularity can be credited to the beautiful Minnehaha Falls, a 530-foot high waterfall found in the park. You can also see statues of Hiawatha and Minnehaha from Longfellow’s acclaimed poem, The Song of Hiawatha.

Appreciate the many splendors of the park by strolling in the Pergola Garden. You can also enjoy a live show or dine at the Sea Salt Eatery. The park also has other amenities such as a bike path, disc golf course, playground, and many more.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
726 Vineland PI

Get a brand new appreciation for art at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It seamlessly combines two of the most important aspects of the city—its parks and its culture. The garden features iconic pieces like Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldeburg and LOVE by Robert Indiana. You can also find the Alene Grossman Memorial Arbor in the garden, as well as the Flower Garden in seasonal displays. The visual splendor of the venue makes it the perfect place to go for picture taking.

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue

Entering the historic Turnblad Mansion, the headquarters of the American Swedish Institute, is like going back in time. The mansion’s original interior made of carved oak, mahogany, and walnut has been well-preserved over time. Here, you will also see Swedish fine art, textiles, and glass on display. First owned by Swedish immigrant and newspaper publisher Swan Turnblad, the mansion was commissioned in the early 20th century. The Turnblad family donated the mansion to the institute which was formerly named the American Institute for Swedish Art.

Chain of Lakes Regional Park
2000 Upton Avenue

The Chain of Lakes Regional Park is made up of five different shorelines all connected by pedestrian trails and various green spaces. For an active day out, the park offers a host of amenities like cross-country skiing, fishing, archery, and so much more.

For those who would rather relax in this beautiful open space, you can wind down at the picnic area or visit the Lyndale Park Gardens. During summer the park also has free movies and musical performances.

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