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5 Things to Do in Minneapolis Right After You Move
So, you’ve just moved to Minneapolis. Now that the stress of the move is over, it’s time to have some fun.
From scenic lakes and outdoor activities to top museums and theaters, Minneapolis offers lots to see and do for all ages. It can be hard to know where to start with all of your options.
If you’re going to be a local, there are some things you have to do before anything else. We’re going to let you in on five of the top things to do in Minneapolis when you move here so you’ll be able to fit in with the locals in no time.
1. Walker Art Center
Enjoy time at one of the top five most visited contemporary and modern art museums in the country. Walker Art Center, located in Minneapolis, is famous for its collection of both American and European artists in a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, film, performance arts, books, and more.
Some of the artists highlighted in the galleries include Andy Warhol, Jenny Holzer, Frank Stella, and Katharina Fritsch, just to name a few.
There is something for all at the Walker Art Center. Even little ones in the family can explore art through special creative activities and art-making programs. Free First Saturdays is a favorite for children offering family-friendly activities.
2. Mill City Museum
Discover the intersecting histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi river, and the city of Minneapolis at the Mill City Museum.
Once the largest flour mill in the world, this museum recreates an authentic flour mill experience with authentic equipment and hands-on exhibits showing milling techniques.
Watch professional baking demonstrations in the baking-lab and experience hands-on fun in the water-lab.
Also, ride an industrial elevator on the “Flour Tower” tour and stop on each of the eight floors of the mill to view equipment and a video about the mills’ history. The Flour Tower tour ends on the 8th floor where you can take the elevator one more level up to the observation deck.
3. Grab a Slice from Pizza Luce
Pizza Luce is a local Minnesota pizza chain that you have to try. You can get everything from a classic slice of cheese to a vegan-gluten-free vegetable concoction to specialty pies like the “Fire Breathing Dragon” pizza.
With multiple Minneapolis locations and late night hours, Pizza Luce is a Minneapolis staple.
4. The Guthrie Theater
Experience first-rate theater or music performances on one of the three stages at the world-renowned Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Located on the Mississippi River, The Guthrie produces classic masterpieces as well as modern works.
In addition to the theatrical performances, tour the architecture of the Guthrie as it is a work of art itself. It boasts the unique Amber Box, a lounge with floor to ceiling yellow-tinted windows cantilevered 15’ from the face of the building, providing a nearly 360-degree view. Also, it is home to the “Endless Bridge,” another cantilevered extension offering outstanding views of the Mississippi River.
Maybe you’re looking for a way to fine-tune your own theater skills. You’re in luck because the Guthrie also offers classes and workshops for those just starting out or seeking to live out their own passion for the arts.
5. Mall of America
If there’s one thing that Minnesota is known for, it’s the Mall of America. The MOA is just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, which makes it a go-to destination for new residents.
In addition to the fantastic shopping, this one-of-a-kind mall even has an amusement park, aquarium, and water park under its enormous roof. Mall of America is a mega entertainment venue. Where else could you shop at more than 500 stores, dine at more than 60 restaurants, plus go zip-lining, go-karting or have a spa day?
Great Things to Do in Minneapolis
Minneapolis is an exciting city with loads of activities. Whether you like nature, shopping, sports, or anything in between, there’s something for you here. These five things to do in Minneapolis are great starting points to get you involved in Minneapolis culture.