Aug 25, 2022 - Things to Do

A Texan visits the Twin Cities

A photo of the Minnesota Twins ballpark
Surprisingly delightful ballpark with a view. Photo: Tasha Tsiaperas/Axios

Visit Minneapolis to see what it's like when a city has clean streets and sidewalks … and widespread composting. Here are some non-expert tips from a Texan's visit:

Catch a game. We went for baseball at Target Field, but Target Center — home to Minnesota's NBA and WNBA team — is just across the street. Plus, the Vikings play downtown too, and it's easily accessible on public transit.

  • The Rangers pulled off three wins in Minneapolis after a tumultuous week of leadership changes in the club. And Twins fans were perfectly nice about it.

Eat a Jucy Lucy. This tip on cheese-filled burgers comes directly from our friends in Axios Twin Cities.

  • The original delicacy can be found at Matt's, a cash-only diner tucked away in a neighborhood.

Go shopping. The Mall of America is as large as expected and worth visiting for every store imaginable.

A giant spoon with a cherry on it in Minneapolis
Public art in a cool city. Photo: Tasha "Spoon" Tsiaperas/Axios

Visit the sculpture garden. Marvel at these massive artworks, including a giant spoon and a rooster.

  • This outdoor space has a great view of downtown and is accessible over a highway by an art-centric pedestrian bridge. Walkable bridges are common enough that there's a list of the best and worst in the city. Imagine that.

💭 Our thought bubble: More Texans should be visiting the Twin Cities in August to escape the heat (and torrential downpours). There's excellent Ethiopian food, great bookstores, funky bars and a nicer use of the river than Dallas.

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