About Twin Cities

Must-Stop Spots

Don’t miss a visit to these local attractions.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

Get acquainted with Minneapolis Saint Paul by first visiting the Stone Arch Bridge—it’s recognized as a National Civil Engineering Landmark that spans 2,100 feet across the Mississippi River. You won’t get a better view of the Minneapolis skyline and St. Anthony Falls. You can bike, jog or blade over the bridge, but there are other paths with great views in the area as well.

Minnesota wasn’t named the Land of 10,000 Lakes for nothing. You’ll find 13.3 miles of pathways that encircle the Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis, including Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. No matter where you are in Minneapolis, you will be able to easily find a park, considering that 94 percent of residents live within a 10-minute walk of one, and in 2013, Minneapolis was named to have the nation’s best park system.

Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe

For a different kind of park—one with twists, turns and hair-raising drops—spend the day at Valleyfair, the Midwest’s largest amusement park with an assortment of thrill, family and kid rides. Launch into 360-degree spirals on Steel Venom, hang out with the Peanuts gang at Planet Snoopy or unwind on the lazy river at Soak City Waterpark. Double up on shopping and thrill seeking by going to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. While you’re there, shop and dine at the nation’s largest indoor mall, experience life under the sea at SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium where you can travel through a tunnel 14-feet below the water’s surface and spot more than 10,000 sea creatures, or splash at the nearby Water Park of America.

To see other creatures and animals, visit the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley, which encompasses 500 acres with close to 3,000 animals and 504 species. Don’t miss the Penguins of the African Coast, the bird show, Discovery Bay where you can touch a stingray, or a chance to catch a movie at the adjoining Great Clips IMAX Theatre. At Saint Paul’s Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the whole family will enjoy seeing polar bears, zebras, lemurs and 1,000 other animals that call the Como Zoo home. Also check out Como Town, the adjacently located kid-centered amusement park, or the beautiful displays of exotic plants at the conservatory gardens.

Historic Twin Cities

Have a grand time experiencing our rich history.

Minnesota History Center

MN History Center

Minnesota is rich in history and character. Discover the Minnesotan roots through a variety of interactive displays of the state’s struggles, landmarks, successes and past through the interactive museum filled with both changing and permanent exhibits throughout the year including Minnesota’s Greatest Generation, Then Now Wow, Grainland, and The U.S-Dakota War of 1862.

Minnesota State Capitol

MN State Capitol

The beautiful architectural design by Cass Gilbert has captured a classically styled building boasting 23 different types of stone and marble from around the world including Minnesotan granite and limestone for the last 110 years. Discover the architectural masterpiece of our State Capitol and explore the House and Senate chambers; maybe even see the legislature in action. Please note: The Minnesota State Capitol is undergoing a three-year preservation project. Free tours are available Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sundays from 1-3 p.m. only. Weekday tours have been suspended due to construction. For updates please call 651-296-2881651-296-2881.

Cathedral of Saint Paul

St. Paul Cathedral

The majestic incarnation looking over downtown Saint Paul is the historic Cathedral of Saint Paul. The fourth building to occupy this name—from a humble wood cottage overlooking the river to the stately structure we have today—the history and character of this place of worship creates a rich landmark. The Cathedral’s museum provides an opportunity for visitors to see and appreciate historic photographs, paintings, drawings and artifacts. Free tours Monday-Friday at 1 p.m.

Basilica of Saint Mary

Basilica of Saint Mary

More than a place of worship and a beautiful building, the Basilica of Saint Mary is a defining landmark of our state. Serving as a foundation for the community of Minneapolis for more than a century, the Basilica is one of the most recognizable landmarks on the city skyline, serving as a center for community outreach, a venue for the arts and a spiritual home to a diverse perish. The Basilica is the historic heart of Minneapolis.

History Tours

History Tours

Whether you want to ride, bike, walk or cruise, many local tours offer a peek into our history. Take an Award-Winning City Tour aboard a motorcoach through the unique architecture of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul and the diverse neighborhoods between with the Twin Cities Highlights Tour. The Minnesota Historical Society leads walking tours to special landmarks in both cities, while also offering fun outings like the History Pub Crawl. The Fit Tourist takes you past landmarks on either bike or foot. Take a Wabasha Street Caves Tour or a Gangster Tour, or hop a Segway to see the historic spots in either Saint Paul’s Summit Hill neighborhood or Minneapolis’ Riverfront District.

Summit Avenue

Summit Avenue

Named one of America’s Great Streets, it’s only necessary that Summit Avenue offers 90-minute walking tours of the beautifully historic neighborhood. Guided by those with insights about the Gilded Age architecture, social history and current preservation, the tours of the historic avenue become an awe-inspiring experience of the longest remaining stretch of Victorian homes in the country. The tour covers more than a mile, beginning at the James J. Hill House and continuing on through the cobblestone side streets and historic stone curbs of the breathtaking avenue. The homes are beautiful, but paired with the large, old trees that line the stretch, Summit Avenue is picturesque, making it a favorite jogging route for many and a must-stroll in the fall as the leaves transform into a canopy of colors.

Mill City Museum

Mill City Museum

Take a trip through Minneapolis’ history as you tour what was once the world’s largest flourmill at Mill City Museum. Built on the historic riverfront of the Mississippi, the museum offers a number of exhibits and tours all colliding history with fantastic sightseeing. Explore the nooks and crannies of the Washburn A Mill, learn of the hardships endured by men and women who milled flour, see expansive views on the observation deck or learn about brands like Pillsbury and General Mills. Join a guide from Mill City to visit a railroad landmark, or wet your beer and historical palate as you discover the richness of Minneapolis’ history through a Pub Crawl tour down Washington Avenue. Who says learning can’t be fun… and delicious.

Stone Arch Bridge

Stone Arch Bridge

The bridge’s 2,100 feet of native granite and limestone arch over the Mississippi River below St. Anthony Falls. Built by railroad tycoon James J. Hill in 1883, the Stone Arch Bridge is a historic landmark connecting both ends of our downtown. Mill City Museum, St. Anthony Falls, and boats and barges passing through can all be enjoyed as you walk, bike or run atop the 23 arches of history. Enjoy the trail on your own or take advantage of the many walking tours of St. Anthony Falls and the Stone Arch Bridge.