Must-stop Spots

From amusement parks and zoos to aquariums and landmarks, you'll find plenty to fill your daily itinerary. Don't miss a visit to these local attractions, which include 13.3 miles of pathways encircling the Chain of Lakes.


Tasting the Towns

With streets lines with innovative and electic restaurants, Minneapolis Saint Paul owns a spot on the national food scene. We're serving up dishes for every appetite thanks to award-winning chefs and creative restauranteurs who make the area's dining scene delicious.


Style in the Cities

Find what you're looking for and more! Save with no sales tax on clothing and shoes at malls big and small as well as boutique shops and neighborhood stores. You're sure to find unexpected treasures and gifts that reflect the culture of the area.


In the Spotlight

See why the theater, dance and music groups around Minneapolis Saint Paul deserve an encore, then explore the exciting exhibits and stunning architecture of local museums. We have more theater seats per capita than anywhere outside of New York City and nearly 60 museums.


Three Cheers for the Home Team

We've got spirit, thanks to the six professional teams that call the metro home. Whether summer or winter, outdoors or indoors, there's a sport for every season and fan.



One-of-a-kind attractions. Tax-free shopping. Nationally praised dining. World-class theater. Museums galore. Green space. In Minneapolis Saint Paul, you get two cities worth for the price of one.

With 30 theater venues, more than 10 dance companies, 30 classical music groups and nearly 60 museums, it’s no wonder we’ve been called the Midwest’s cultural capital. And it’s not just numbers that impress, but what’s inside. Find paintings by van Gogh at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, catch a Broadway show at the Orpheum Theatre, or enjoy the melodic sounds played at the newly renovated Orchestra Hall.

With no sales tax on clothes and shoes, the savings here are unbeatable—and there is no shortage of places to do so. Not only do we have Mall of America and its 520 stores, but we are also home to the nation’s first enclosed mall, Southdale, and shopping neighborhoods like 50th and France and Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue.

It’s just plain fun here; no matter what season you visit. Attend the Minnesota State Fair, Saint Paul Winter Carnival or one of our many other festivals. Explore the Chain of Lakes. Bike along or snowshoe through our many miles of trails. Paddleboard on the Mississippi River. Tee off at championship courses. Play pond hockey. Visit our racetracks, casinos, amusement parks, or two zoos. No matter where you go or what you do, welcome.

Dining Destination

Diners might be intimidated by the options available, but we’re happy to provide something for everyone. From street eats to first-class cuisine, check out what trendy dining options are available for the tasting.

Our culinary standards are high here, as we are home to three consecutive James Beard winners for Best Chef in the Midwest. Our chefs have been on the forefront of the sustainability movement, cooking with fresh, local ingredients and serving dishes that range from classic American to ones from Thailand, Germany, Spain and beyond.

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Play Outside in Any Season

There’s no better way to get acquainted with an area than to get outside, so hike, bike, paddle, swim or stroll in what Forbes calls the nation’s healthiest cities. With 90,000 miles of shoreline and 929 metro area lakes, get in touch with nature in an urban environment, a concept that’s at the heart of Minneapolis Saint Paul’s outdoor scene.


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