Target Field is the home turf of the Minnesota Twins. Equipped with amenities like mobile seat upgrades, predictive gaming, free WiFi and mobile tickets, it is a popular venue for sports fans. Seating a whopping 40,000, this baseball field offers a good view of the game from all seats. Special stadium tours are organized for visitors. Concerts are also held here.
The Guthrie Theater was founded in 1963 with an aim to promote theater that was an alternative to the largely commercial Broadway. Today, the Guthrie Theater's mission remains the same but what started off as four productions is now a complex that includes three stages: the McGuire Proscenium Stage, the Wurtele Thrust Stage, and Dowling Studio. One doesn't have to be a ticket holder to visit the building and its cafe or lounge. There are also guided and self-guided tours.
Voted one of the Top 10 Concert Venues in the US by Amusement Business, this is also the permanent home of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. The sports and entertainment facility is also host to major concerts and family events. Free tours are given at 2pm on Thursdays, starting from the main lobby, on the First Avenue side of the building.
Part of the mighty Ghermezian family estate, the Mall of America is infused with a carnival vibe. Standing strong ever since its inception in 1992, this mall is touted to be one of the country's largest, boasting a sleek, well laid-out architectural style. Complete with retail outlets, dining establishments and amusement and theme parks like the Nickelodeon Universe (one of the largest indoor theme parks in the country), this sprawling mall is home to an arsenal of entertainment-filled attractions, including 400 specialty stores, major department stores, Legoland, a flight simulation center, a movie theater, and the Sea Life Aquarium, among others. More than 50 dining options include national favorites like Ruby Tuesday and Benihana, along with more local chains like Masu Sushi & Robata.
Located at the southern end of downtown Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall, this is the home of the world-renowned Minnesota Orchestra. The hall was built in 1974 with the goal of providing as nearly perfect acoustics as technologically possible at the time. Visitors will notice the huge cubes hanging from the ceiling, which were designed and placed to deflect sound to all seats. More than 225 orchestral and community concerts are presented here each year. One of city's most popular series, the Viennese Sommerfest, takes place in July with performances, food and refreshments spilling out onto Peavey Plaza.
This premier multi-purpose venue for sports and entertainment is home to the Minnesota Wild hockey team. Over 140 events are hosted at the Xcel Energy Center annually, including a multitude of concerts that include acts like Shania Twain, Pearl Jam and Bette Midler, the Dave Matthews Band, ice shows, circuses, conventions, trade shows and sporting events.
A huge space for partying the night away, the Exchange Nightclub is your best bet for a fun night in Downtown West. Unwind with delicious cocktails and premium drinks here while dancing to fabulous music blasting from its state-of-the-art sound system. The spacious club has two bars, along with a large dancing area. The intimate VIP area with bottle service is perfect for a special occasion or party. The swanky décor, delicious drinks, warm staff, and chill vibe, will make you want to revisit soon.
The US Bank Theater is an adaptation for the colossal Target Center, making it more suitable to smaller performances for audiences ranging from 2500 to 7500 people. A movable floor-to-ceiling curtain transforms the Center into a more intimate theater.
In 1967, faded Nicollet Avenue, the city's principal shopping area, was converted into Nicollet Mall, one of the country's first pedestrian malls. The traffic-clogged street was replaced with a rolling, 30-foot wide roadway for buses and taxis only. Sidewalks were widened and turned into a shady, flower-filled boulevard. A clock presides over Peavey Plaza at 11th Street. This 12-block area is home to hundreds of shops, theaters, department stores, and restaurants.
In 1881, the Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce formed an association to facilitate the buying and selling of wheat, oats and corn. The purpose of this organization was to make sure both parties were arriving at a fair price based on the quality of the product being brought to market. Gaining notoriety and becoming a national force in the growing grain industry, the Chamber of Commerce commissioned the construction of a building in downtown Minneapolis to house the daily activity of the grain business. It was not until 1947 that the building was officially christened the Minneapolis Grain Exchange and commodity trading became a separate entity from the Chamber of Commerce. The building's turn-of-the-century design includes heavy use of stone, brick, marble and ornate wood. The terracotta ears of corn and stalks of grain on the building's façade are particularly interesting and striking. Tours include a glimpse of the always-rowdy trading floor.