Kick off the Weekend with Happy Hour: There are tons of great restaurants in Minneapolis with summer happy hour deals because I’m convinced no one knows how to embrace summer like Minnesotans. If you’re looking for a brewery, check out Inbound or Fulton. You could head to a pub such as Kiernan’s, Britt’s, or Lyon’s. If you’re following this itinerary to a T – head to Cowboy Jack’s with all the other Twin’s fans for a pre-game special!
Catch a Twins Game: Hanging out at Target Field, local beer in hand, cheering on the Minnesota Twins is a perfect way to spend a summer night in Minneapolis. This is a beautiful stadium with tons of great (but overpriced) food options. The Minnesota Twins games have a great, family-friendly atmosphere that’s fun for everyone.
Roam around the Mill District: One of my favorite areas in Minneapolis, the Mill District is a beautiful place to take a morning walk across the iconic Stone Arch Bridge. Grab a coffee at 7 Corners Coffee and stroll on this pedestrian bridge where you will overlook the “Mighty Mississippi” while getting a lovely view of the Minneapolis skyline. If you’re interested, you can stop in the Mill City Museum to learn more about the history and dangers of flour milling. I also recommend going in the Guthrie Theater and heading up to the Endless Bridge for another great view.
Get out on the water: This isn’t called the “land of 10,000 lakes” for nothing – make sure you enjoy Minnesota’s famous lakes. There are water activities for all interests, from kayaking or paddle boarding on lake Bde Maka Ska, to a pontoon boat with friends on White Bear Lake, to a speed boat with tubes and water skis on Lake Minnetonka.
Take on Uptown: A popular area for young adult and graduate students to live and go out, Uptown has some great bars and restaurants to try out. Check out World Street Kitchen, India Palace Uptown, Origami, or Lake & Irving. If you want to combine dinner and entertainment – check out Bryant Lake Bowl and Theater. If you’re out with your crew or partner and looking for more entertainment head to Up-down, an arcade bar, or Stella’s after hours to dance the night away.
Morning Brunch: It’s so hard to pick just one spot given all the amazing options, so check out a few of my favorites: Hen House Eatery, Copper Hen, Hell’s Kitchen, or Birchwood Cafe for more relaxed options. If you’re still in party mode from last night, check out UNION Rooftop or CRAVE for one of their popular drag brunches.
Can Can Wonderland: If you still have energy and want to end the weekend with a bang, head to Can Can Wonderland for spunky mini golf with fun carnival snacks and drinks. This is such a fun activity for friends or families and a great way to end a weekend in Minneapolis.
Want more ideas? Check out my destination guide on the Twin Cities.