Photos: 10 Ideas for Visiting Downtown
Downtown Minneapolis is a regional leader in entertainment, activities and opportunities. And you can tailor your time here however you want. Enjoy our vast assortment of restaurants, check out our eclectic shopping options and find a spot to rest at one of our accommodating hotels. >> Shop. Stay. Dine. Play.
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Downtown Minneapolis is filled with beautiful sight lines and scenery, and there are so many ways to get around. Our 2.5 million residents in the Twin Cities are all within a half-hour drive and can access Downtown via Interstates 35W, 94 and 394. The Light Rail Transit system’s Blue Line connects Downtown Minneapolis with the MSP International Airport, the Mall of America and Bloomington. The new Green Line, completed in 2014, connects Downtown Minneapolis and Downtown St. Paul, with both the Blue and Green lines leading to the beautiful new Target Field Station. There are dozens of bus lines that connect Downtown Minneapolis to the rest of the metro area. Once you’re here, enjoy the possibility of walking more than 120 city blocks and enjoy the skyline views, parks, museums and riverfront. We have miles of outdoor trails, and we have 8 miles of skyway that connects 80 city blocks. If you’re looking for excitement and fun, we’ve got you covered. And we’ve got plenty of ways to get there.
There are so many ways to enjoy the unique and celebrated art scene in Downtown Minneapolis. Start by checking out our historic and iconic Theatre District along Hennepin Avenue for Broadway musicals or comedy shows at the Orpheum, Pantages and State theatres. Head to East Downtown for a play at beautiful Guthrie. Listen to the sweet sounds of the Minnesota Orchestra Hall on Nicollet Mall. View the city’s top artwork at the Walker Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum. And if you’d like to enjoy local art while you tour the city, check out the Made Here series presented by Anderson Windows—this Summer 2014 project connects 35 previously unused storefront windows with local art displays. We’re proud of our Minnesota arts, and we want to share them with you.
The Downtown Improvement District’s goals are to create a greener, cleaner and safer Downtown. Greening is at the core of those two other core values, and the Downtown Council’s vision for the 2025 Plan calls for increased greening efforts in the public realm. So as you walk around, enjoy the sights along the Mississippi River along the banks or on the Stone Arch Bridge, explore Loring Park, Gold Medal Park or Mill Ruins Park, among others, and check out the new greening initiatives along Nicollet Mall and in the Warehouse District through the DID. And don’t forget to explore the countless restaurants and businesses that help Downtown Minneapolis achieve its greening goals. We applaud everyone’s efforts in this important aspect of the 2025 Plan, and the DID presents its annual Greening & Public Realm Awards to showcase the community’s dedication toward this cause.