Minneapolis has something for everyone—it’s the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. Nationally praised dining. Tax-free shopping. World-class theaters. Museums galore!
Nicollet Mall is downtown Minneapolis’ main 11-block thoroughfare and is within walking distance of the Institute hotels. This picturesque pedestrian street is a doorway to some of the best restaurants, shopping, and entertainment in town. There are an abundance of restaurants and eateries along the Nicollet Mall. Just a few blocks down from the mall is Eat Street, which features over 20 restaurants. Dining options vary from upscale to casual and are sure to satisfy any palate. Shoppers love Nicollet Mall for the many big-city-caliber shopping options, including Saks Off 5th and Macy’s. Nicollet Mall also features favorites like Target, Marshall’s, Barnes and Noble, The Gap, and others. Another favorite spot along Nicollet Mall is Orchestra Hall, where leading classical and pop music stars perform year-round. With so much to do, see, and experience, no visit to Minneapolis is complete without a stroll down Nicollet Mall!
With nearly 60 museums in the Minneapolis area, visitors can experience an array of history, science, art, and knowledge. The Walker Art Center houses a collection of more than 11,000 pieces of contemporary art and the adjoining Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home to more than 40 large-scale works.
With more theater seats per capita than any U.S. city outside of New York, there is always a powerhouse production on stage in Minneapolis. The Hennepin Theatre District is a mecca of entertainment offering a vast array of concerts, operas, comedy shows, dance presentations, and theatrical performances. The Guthrie Theater, called “a 21st century dream factory” by Time Magazine, boasts three stages presenting both classical and contemporary new works from diverse cultures and styles.
Minneapolis parks offer a variety of recreation opportunities for all ages. The nearby Loring Park, one of Minneapolis’ best city parks, has lovely walking paths around the lake, along with other attractions.
If you want to venture out and explore more of Minneapolis, here are a few suggestions—all located approximately 10 miles from the Institute hotels—and are just a short taxi ride away. The famed Mall of America is the largest fully-enclosed shopping and family entertainment complex in the U.S. The Science Museum of Minnesota is known worldwide for its dynamic interactive exhibits. The Minnesota Children’s Museum focuses on making science fun for kids.