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Location, location, location.

Curious about the Twin Cities? Make your campus visit into a vacation by exploring museums, theaters, sports, and more. U of M students don’t spend all of their time on campus, and visitors shouldn’t either.


Goldstein Museum

The Goldstein Museum of Design is operated by the U of M College of Design. It’s a great place to get inspired or learn some history.

Mill City Museum

Dubbed “The Most Explosive Museum in the World” the Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Art in the heart of Minneapolis—the MIA has one of the finest art collections in the country.

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its interactive exhibits and large format films.

Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center hosts the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, performances, lectures, events, and contemporary exhibits.

Weisman Art Museum

The Weisman Art Museum offers free admission and rotating exhibits right on the East Bank campus of the U of M.


Gopher Sports

With 23 Division I teams, there’s always a top-notch game on campus. Check out the full schedule for Gopher Sports!

Professional Sports

Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota has the largest population of timberwolves in the lower 48 states, so this NBA team is right where it belongs.

Minnesota Lynx

Minneapolis is home to the two-time champion WNBA team, the Minnesota Lynx!

Minnesota Saints

Baseball in Minnesota hits a new level of fun with Saint Paul Saints professional baseball.

Minnesota Twins

Spend an afternoon watching the Twins play at Target Field in downtown Minneapolis!

Minnesota Vikings

The Minnesota Vikings are playing at the U of M’s TCF Bank Stadium for their 2014 and 2015 seasons!

Minnesota Wild

Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn, Minnesota Wild

Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild had an exciting 2014 season by making it into the NHL playoffs. At home, they play at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.


Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair gives visitors 12 days of fun leading up to Labor Day!

Northern Spark

Each summer, Northern Spark brings artists, performers, and thousands of Twin Cities residents together for a weekend of fun.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival—the largest Renaissance festival in the U.S.—provides a great getaway in the late summer.

Twin Cities Pride

Every summer, Twin Cities Pride hosts a weekend of speakers, live music, a parade in downtown Minneapolis, and more!

Stone Arch Bridge Festival

The Stone Arch Bridge Festival gives Twin Cities residents a full weekend of art fairs, live music, and other performances.

Rondo Days

Rondo Avenue, Inc.—an organization dedicated to preserving Black history in St. Paul—sponsors a parade & festival every third week of July.


Guthrie Theater
Guthrie Theater

The famous Guthrie Theater hosts shows from across the world. It’s also part of the U of M’s B.F.A theater program!

Varsity Theater

The Varsity Theater is just blocks away from the U of M campus, so you don’t have to travel far to see a great show.

First Avenue

Anyone who knows anything about music will tell you that First Avenue is, quite simply, what a music club should be.

Fitzgerald Theater

Since 1910, the Fitzgerald has played host to Broadway musicals, vaudeville shows, film festivals, and concerts of all sorts.


Mall of America

With 500+ stores and 42 million visitors a year, the Mall of America is the second-largest shopping mall in the nation. A movie theater, restaurants, and specialty stores ensure you can always find whatever you’re looking for.

Hennepin Avenue & Nicollet Mall

The streets of Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall are where you can experience the best of Minneapolis. Take in a show, shop 'til you drop, spoil your taste buds, and relax in luxury all in one convenient location.


Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

At the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, every exhibit and class inspires visitors to value living things of all kinds.

Minnesota Zoo

Since opening in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo has introduced guests to species from across the globe.

This page mentions just a sampling of what the Twin Cities have to offer. If you’re looking for more activities and attractions in the area, check out Meet Minneapolis and the St. Paul Convention & Visitors Authority.

Want to explore like a local? NiceRide is a bike sharing program with dozens of locations near the U of M. This route guides you through the “Land of the Golden Gophers!”

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