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601 1st Ave N
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55403
Phone: 1-612-677-1100
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Discover Beautiful Outdoor Attractions in Minneapolis

Lakes, bridges, parks—and great art. Minneapolis has it all, and so much of it is right here within walking distance of Loews Minneapolis. Here in the state known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, we have 13.3 miles of pathways surrounding the Chain of Lakes. Minneapolis is home to Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet, to name just a few. But the city could as easily be called Land of Green Parks, since we’re known for having some of the best parks in the U.S.

One of our most recognizable landmarks, the Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture, combines two of our greatest assets—green space and museums. And then there’s the sculpture of one of our most beloved icons, Mary Tyler Moore. Whether you’re here for work or play, we hope you have time to visit one of these top attractions of Minneapolis.

Spoonbridge and Cherry
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
1750 Hennepin Avenue
The most famous piece from the Walker Art Center’s collection at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The piece by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen has been a cherished symbol of the city since its completion in 1988. Free guided tours of the Garden are offered May through September on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 AM. The Garden is open from 6 AM – midnight daily. More info

Stone Arch Bridge
Located just north of downtown Minneapolis
(Near the 35W bridge)
This historic bridge is the only one of its kind spanning the Mississippi River. The 2,100-foot long native granite and limestone structure features 23 picturesque arches, making it a popular photo opportunity for visitors. It is the oldest mainline railroad bridge in the Northwest and is part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail. The Stone Arch Bridge Festival takes place in June, showcasing over 250 musicians and artists. More info

Lake Calhoun
3000 E. Calhoun Parkway
612-230-6400
A popular local spot for swimming, fishing, wind surfing, sailing and canoeing. Lake Calhoun is part of Minneapolis’ Chain of Lakes and offers more than three miles of trails ideal for walking, running and biking. As you circle the lake, enjoy the backdrop of the city skyline as well as the fresh Midwestern air. More info

Mary Tyler Moore Statue
700 Nicollet Avenue
Nicollet Mall at 7th Street S
Meet MTM right here on the streets of Minneapolis! Well, a bronze incarnation, that is. This statue is located in the pedestrian Nicollet Mall, just across the street from where the end credits of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show” was filmed.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Avenue S
612-870-3000
Browse masterpieces from around the globe—including collections from Asia, Africa and the Americas. Don’t miss the MAEP galleries, featuring work by local Minnesota artists. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts hosts regular family programs, as well as Third Thursday, when you can enjoy the collection with drinks and live music. Free admission. Closed Mondays and major holidays. More info

Weisman Art Museum
323 East River Road
612-625-9494
Enjoy artistry inside and out. The Weisman Art Museum collection is housed within a striking stainless steel building designed by Frank Gehry. Inside, you’ll find work by early twentieth-century American artists like Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Maurer and Marsden Hartley, along with contemporary art, including ceramics. WAM is a teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and home to a revolving lineup of exciting exhibitions. Free admission. Closed Mondays and major holidays. More info

American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
612-871-4907
Part of the fun in visiting this cultural center and museum is that one of its buildings is a Turnblad mansion resembling a castle. The newer half is The Nelson Cultural Center, which opened in 2012 and houses the institute’s gallery, event center, studio arts classroom, gift shop, terrace, courtyard and café serving Nordic cuisine. Admission fee. Closed Mondays and most holidays. More info

Mill City Museum
704 2nd Street S
612-341-7555
Once the world’s largest flour mill, this museum now attracts locals and visitors to a prime Mississippi riverfront location. The structure now includes an eight-story glass façade overlooking the river and featuring graphics depicting the old milling operations. The collection aims to shed light on the influential history of the flour industry in Minneapolis. Admission fee.  Closed Mondays, except in July and August. More info

Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE
612-626-9660
A new building and planetarium are in the works but for now you can still enjoy an engrossing visit learning about science and the natural world. Dioramas anchor the permanent collection and visiting exhibits can include artworks along with educational explorations of plant and animal life. Kids of all ages can get a hands-on experience of the universe at the ExploraDome. Admission fee; free on Sundays. More info