50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota


Are you having fun yet? The City Pages staff compiled a list of our favorite things to do around town. Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer indoor comfort, here are 50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.

50. Head underground and explore the cavernous Soudan Underground Mine, the state's oldest iron ore mine.

49. Get out of the elements with some retail therapy at the Mall of America and stop by Nickelodeon Universe for some indoor adrenaline thrills afterwards.

48. Catch the incredible views as the leaves change color up north in the fall.

47. Visit the Minnesota Zoo for a taste of local wildlife on the Minnesota Trail or their killer summer concert series.

46. Grab hold of those handlebars and bike your way through one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

The Mall of America boasts hundreds of stores, an indoor amusement park, and an aquatic life exhibit.

The Mall of America boasts hundreds of stores, an indoor amusement park, and an aquatic life exhibit.

45. Hit the slopes at one of Minnesota's many ski areas.

44. Glimpse into the past at the historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.

43. Try your hand at graffiti. From the murals at Intermedia Arts to the graffiti graveyard in Duluth (where you can add your own touches), Minnesota's got great street art.

38. Tour Niagara Cave. Located in Harmony, Minnesota, the cave is 400 million years old, and contains a 60-foot waterfall, a wedding chapel, and plenty of strange fossils. Mystery Cave is just down the road, too.


34. Catch a game with the Twins, the Wild, the Timberwolves, the Vikings, the Saints, and others all around the Twin Cities.

33. Experience the Saintly City Cat Club's annual cat show at River Centre during the Winter Carnival.

32. Get your groove on during Too Much Love or catch a great concert at the iconic First Ave

31. Take in a show with theaters as far as the eye can see, from major regional hubs like the Guthrie to innovative ensembles like the Jungle and Ten Thousand Things pushing boundaries at every turn.

30. Eat your way through the State Fair (just try to avoid the lamb testicles).

29. Take the very steep plunge and ride the Wild Thing at Valley Fair

28. Check out local bands, classic movies, and learn about your city for free in Stevens Square Park at Cinema and Civics

27. Brave the cold and step into the Art Shanties on Medicine Lake. 

26. Bring the kids to the regional Tony Award-winning Children's Theatre Company

25. Dive in at Hidden Beach where stoners and nudists can share a beer.

Franconia Sculpture Park has tons of larger-than-life works of art.

Franconia Sculpture Park has tons of larger-than-life works of art.

24. Take a look at the masterpieces in the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Walker Art Center. These two museums are a couple of miles apart geographically, but worlds apart aesthetically. 

23. Be a part of the action onstage at a comedy-improv show at ComedySportz and Brave New Workshop.

22. Broaden your musical horizons at the Minnesota Opera, which commissioned this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Silent Night." And don't be intimidated by the art form's pricey reputation; tickets for some performances start at $20. 

21. Visit the SPAM Museum in Austin. 

20. Ice skate at The Depot.

19. Put your best foot forward on a Pedal Pub tour in Northeast, Downtown Minneapolis, or St. Paul. 

18. Get lost in Sever's Corn Maze in Shakopee.

The Minnesota State Fair has tons of tasty eats.

The Minnesota State Fair has tons of tasty eats.

17. Hit up arts festivals all over the Twin Cities including the Stone Arch, Centennial Lakes, Uptown, Northern Spark, Art-a-Whirl, and others.

16. Walk through the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden any time of year. 

15. Grab lunch from a food truck.

14. Get in shape with the Duluth road-race tradition Grandma's Marathon, or the ever-popular Twin Cities Marathon.

13. Chow down on some of the world's best hot dogs at The Weinery

12. Drink home-brewed sake at Moto-I, the first restaurant/bar in the U.S. to brew its own sake. 

11. Peek at the skyline from the observation deck at the Foshay Tower, one of the best public viewing places in Minneapolis. There's also a small museum where you can learn about the tower's namesake, convicted male fraudster Wilbur Foshay.

Valleyfair is home to the big, green rollercoaster: Wild Thing.

Valleyfair is home to the big, green rollercoaster: Wild Thing.

10.Try your luck at Bryant-Lake Bowl's Cheap Date Night. Monday nights get you two entrées, a bottle of wine or a few beers, and one round of bowling for $28 (actual romance may not be included).

9. Show off your style at the semi-annual Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week events. 

8. Transform into one of the undead when the Zombie Pub Crawl takes over St. Paul and Minneapolis each year.

7. Flip through the calendar of events for Open Field at the Walker, and take advantage of local experts, or just neighbors, gathering and sharing skills for free.

6. Discover first-hand why Frank Gehry is a world-famous architect at the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

5. Catch dinner in any of the state's thousands of lakes. City dwellers should try Lake Calhoun for muskies, bass, and walleyes (for these last, cast your line at sunset).

4. Reap the benefits of Minnesota agriculture at one of the dozens of farmers markets in the Twin Cities including the Minneapolis, St. Paul, Linden Hills, Midtown, and Mill City farmers markets.

Spam has been around since 1937.

Spam has been around since 1937.

3. Shop and eat your way through a world of flavors at the Midtown Global Market.

2. Sip on a cold one in Minnesota's many local breweries including Fulton, Harriet Brewing, the soon-to-open Dangerous Man Brewing Company, or Surly Brewing (the 11th best brewery in the world).

1. Camp and canoe through the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Exploring this remote and pristine wilderness during any season should be near the top of everyone's bucket list.