There are lots of guidebooks to Minneapolis, St. Paul and the Twin Cities.  


We developed this list to apply a little more locally... You might travel to Wisconsin to do Parasailing listed here (truth in advertising, that's a five hour drive!~), but it might never occur to you to ask if there is a gangster tour right here in town, instead of having to go all the way to Chicago!  


This is a work in progress, hope you find it helpful! 


You should be able to click on the web addresses below!


Please give us suggestions!


We put a lot of work into it so it is (c) 2012 Scott and Jenna Short Stay !


Minneapolis & St Paul Area
Activities and Attractions List

Family Vacation Activities

Amusement Parks

Other Amusements

Ice Skating


  • 3rd Lair Roller Skatepark and Skateshop 850 Florida Avenue South Golden Valley, MN 55426 (763) 797-5283 ‎ http://www/

Roller Skating


  • There are so many options for swimming in the land of 10,000 lakes. See the fitness centers category for indoor lap pools, see the waterpark category for swim fun. To experience the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes check out this link:

Zoo and Animal Life

Miniature Golf

  • Centennial Lakes 7499 France Avenue South Edina (952) 833-9580
  • Putt'er 1200 Midway Parkway Saint Paul (651) 488-0277
  • Adventure Gardens Miniature 6335 Portland Avenue South Richfield (612) 861-9169
  • Medalist Management 601 Carlson Parkway Minnetonka (952) 476-2100

Museums and History

  • The Science Museum and Omni Theater 120 West Kellogg Boulevard St. Paul 55102 651.221.2550
  • Mill City Museum 704 South 2nd Street Minneapolis 55401 612.341.7555
  • James J. Hill House(historic mansion) 240 Summit Ave, St Paul 651-297-2555
  • Minnesota Children's Museum 10 7th Street West, Saint Paul (651) 225-6000
  • Hennepin History Museum 2303 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis (612) 870-1329
  • The Bakken Museum 3537 Zenith Avenue South, Minneapolis (612) 926-3878
  • Historic Fort Snelling Hwys 5 and 55, St Paul 612-726-1171
  • Oliver H. Kelley Farm (living history farm) 15788 Kelley Farm Rd, Elk River 763-441-6896
  • Minnesota State Capitol   75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St Paul 651-296-2881
  • Minnesota History Center 345 Kellogg Blvd W, St Paul 888-727-8386
  • The American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Ave, Minneapolis (612) 871-4907 ‎

Sightseeing Sights

Arts & Entertainment

Outdoor Concerts, Movies, and Art

Art Museums

  • Walker Art Center 1750 Hennepin Av. S. Minneapolis 612-375-7600
  • Minneapolis Institute of Arts 2400 3rd Av. S. Minneapolis 612-870-3131
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design   2501 Stevens Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (800) 874-6223 ‎

Live Theater and Music

Cinemas / Movie Theaters

Outdoors in the Summer

Rafting & Kayaking


  • Lake Calhoun Sailing School 3010 East Calhoun Parkway, Minneapolis (612) 927-8552 ‎
  • Lake Minnetonka Sailing School 19500 Park Avenue, Wayzata, MN (952) 404-1645 ‎



These are both a drive from Minneapolis

Jet Skiing & Waterskiing

Water skiing began in 1922 when Ralph Samuelson used two boards as skis and a clothesline as a tow rope on Lake Pepin in Lake City, Minnesota!

  • Lake Minnetonka
    • Bay Rentals. Inc. Jet skis available for rental 952-474-0036
    • Tonka Tubing - tubing, water skiing, water boarding, knee boarding, cruising and touring or swimming and floating. 952-255-9940


Mountain Biking (see also Biking)


  • There are so many options for swimming in the land of 10,000 lakes. See the fitness centers category for indoor lap pools, see the waterpark category for swim fun. To experience the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes check out this link:

Hot Air Ballooning

Sightseeing by boat


Outdoors in the Winter

Cross Country Skiing

Downhill Skiing



Sledding / Tubing

Winter Recreation


Outdoor Activities (and some indoor activities) Year Round

Hiking / Trails / Geocaching


Hunting & Trapping

Wildlife Viewing And Birding

Rock Climbing


Wildlife Viewing And Birding

Dog Parks Off-Leash

Horseback Riding

Fitness Center / Gym / Racquetball / Basketball Court

Call to Verify policies on travelers

Biking (see also Mountain Biking)


Outdoor Tennis

Indoor Tennis   



Adult Friendly Amusements

Sports- Professional and College

 Sightseeing Sights

Explore MN Metro online guidebook

Sightseeing Tours



Health / Beauty Spa


Night Clubs

  • Kit Cat Klub 313 14th Avenue Southeast Mpls. 55414 (612) 331-9800
  • Congo Latin Bistro 501 E Hennepin Ave Mpls. 55414 (612) 331-3360
  • First Avenue and 7th Street Entry 701 First Ave Mpls (612) 338-8388

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