Fun Things to Do in Minneapolis

The Best Minneapolis Tourist Attractions

With not one, but two vibrant cities to explore, visitors to Minneapolis–Saint Paul will find no end of incredible ways to spend their time. And if you’re staying at the hotel, then it will all be easy to reach. Carsharing and taxi services are easy to arrange, while a light-rail station just one block from the hotel will take you to within walking distance of all the area’s greatest highlights.


Looking for fun in the Twin Cities? That’s easy. Sports fans will enjoy dropping in on the area’s MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, WNBA, and MLS franchises, as well as the world-class stadiums and arenas that house them. The area also boasts more theater seats per capita than any other American city besides LA and New York, so a stirring live performance is always just around the corner. The cities’ many concert venues offer a rotating schedule of live music sure to suit any taste. And our hotel is a short drive from Minnesota Zoo, an AZA-accredited zoo that houses over 4,700 animals spread across six distinct themed areas.


Getting outside for some fresh air and natural beauty is great for mind and body — and Minneapolis–Saint Paul has plenty of gorgeous green spaces. The nearby Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Snelling State Park, and Minnehaha Regional Park offer plenty of outdoor and educational activities, including helpful visitor centers, a golf course, beautiful waterfalls, diverse wildlife, and a historic fort dating back to 1820. It’s all part of the larger Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, a 72-mile-long park that offers plenty of peaceful settings for fishing, boating, canoeing, birdwatching, bicycling, hiking, and more.


Is shopping more your speed? You’ll find no end of opportunities for retail therapy here. From the Mall of America — the country’s largest — to the unbeatable outlet shopping of the new Twin Cities Premium Outlets (just 10 minutes from the hotel) and countless other exciting destinations, the shopping here is always among the top St. Paul and Minneapolis attractions.

No matter how you enjoy spending your leisure time, our convenient hotel makes it easy to enjoy the top things to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul. For a condensed guide perfect for a weekend getaway, check out our 72 Hours in Minneapolis guide. And, as always, the staff at InterContinental Minneapolis – St. Paul Airport is happy to suggest a favorite based on your interests.