Best of

the Twin Cities

Best Planetarium

ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Ever since our planetarium in the old Minneapolis Public Library closed, the Twin Cities has been lacking an engaging place to learn about the universe. But for those looking to fill the void, the University of Minnesota's Bell Museum now has you covered. In 2011, the Bell Museum opened the Minnesota Planetarium's ExploraDome, a 14-foot tall, 25-diameter portable window into space. The ExploraDome offers a guided tour through the dark side of the moon, all corners of our galaxy (and beyond), and real pictures taken by the Mars Curiosity rover. The best part is that each show is different, because the audience decides where the tour goes. It's a great place to take your kids, but adults will walk away with plenty of new information as well.

Best Museum (2015) Bell Museum of Natural History

Best Permanent Collection Piece (2019) The Bell Museum's Woolly Mammoth

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Place to Do Something for Free Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best Make-Out Spot Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Tweeter David Brauer

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Unlikely Activist Chris Kluwe

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Bus Route Route 16

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"