An afternoon at Target Field for the Minnesota Twins baseball game is an ideal way to spend a summer day in Minneapolis. But why end the fun after just one day? Discover everything from museums to award-winning eateries to panoramic views of the Mississippi River to turn your Twin Cities trip into the ultimate weekend getaway in Minneapolis.
Day 1: North Loop neighborhood
Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood, the home of Target Field, is where history and ultra-modern meet. The city’s hippest restaurants, bars and boutique shops are nestled in newly renovated historic warehouse buildings. Feeling hungry? Grab some Italian fare with a modern twist at Red Rabbit. Focusing on pizza and pastas cooked in the fire-fueled oven, Red Rabbit was voted “Best happy hour, late night” by City Pages in 2017. Take a seat at the rustic bar and discover your new favorite cocktail from their expansive list.
When you get thirsty, head to one of Minneapolis’ many local breweries: Clockwerks Brewing. The focus here is on “carefully crafted, well balanced, session-style beers” and is a must-visit for steampunk fans!
Time to stretch your legs. Head two blocks east on 4th Ave, then two blocks north on Washington Ave and you will find yourself on the fringe of the North Loop’s shopping hotspot. This two-block stretch on 3rd and 2nd Ave between Washington Ave and 1st St is quickly becoming a shopping destination for locals and travelers alike. You won’t want to miss Martin Patrick 3, a unique shop with stylish men’s apparel, furniture and gifts for anyone on your list!
Wrap up your day in the North Loop with a truly unique experience at Upstairs Circus. This bar and restaurant offers a wide variety of DIY projects for you to customize and create! With everything from jewelry to serving trays to leather beer koozies, everyone is sure to find a project that they will be thrilled to take home! End your night with a cocktail at FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar before heading to bed at Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown.
Day 2: Mill District & the Stone Arch Bridge
Good morning! Looking for a great brunch spot with local, farm-to-table ingredients? Look no further than Radisson Blu’s own FireLake Grill House & Cocktail Bar! Each dish is prepared with local Midwestern ingredients from Twin Cities-based food artisans like Red Table Meat Co. and Lone Grazer Creamery. Sip $3 mimosas on the weekends!
The Mill District is just three blocks from U.S. Bank Stadium and reveals Minneapolis’ roots in the flour industry. Learn all about it while exploring the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill at Mill City Museum. Next, head to the Guthrie Theater to take in a panoramic view of the Mississippi River! The Amber Box on the ninth floor and the Endless Bridge offer breathtaking views and great photo opportunities, especially during the fall season. These spaces are free and open to the public.
After taking in those incredible views, you’ll be dying to cross the river and experience it up close! Stroll across the historic Stone Arch Bridge, the only arched bridge made of stone on the entire Mississippi. The bridge was completed in 1883 and is the perfect place to snap a family photo with the Minneapolis skyline in the background! Admire that skyline over lunch at Aster Café. This romantic, candle-lit restaurant and bar on Main St, “the prettiest street in Minneapolis,” was named the “best place to go on a first date” by City Pages.
Ready to take in a little more history? Continue on Main St and take a left on Merriam St. You will find yourself on Nicollet Island, the site of the first bridge across the Mississippi River. The bridge was opened in 1855 and was located on the site of today’s Hennepin Avenue Bridge. Step back in time as you head up to the north end of the island, where 22 restored Victorian-era homes still stand.
Cross the river on the Hennepin Avenue Bridge and continue down Hennepin Ave for 8 blocks. Turn left on 7th St and the Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown is on your right. Welcome back!