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Kathryn’s Guidebook

Kathryn

Kathryn’s Guidebook

Amusement Parks
From Como Town in the Midway area of St. Paul to Valleyfair in the southern suburb of Shakopee, and of course, Nickelodeon Universe in the heart of Mall of America, thrill seekers of all ages have plenty to see, do and explore in the Twin Cities’ amusement parks.
Located in the heart of the Midway area of St. Paul, Como Town is a family amusement park surrounded by a quaint community of 1930s-era housing. With 19 rides aimed at the younger thrill seekers, this family-friendly haven is surrounded by a 384-acre park with ample picnic and play areas as well as beautiful, paved trails that meander throughout and around the park’s centerpiece: Como Lake. Adjacent to Como Town is the always free (though donations are encouraged) Como Zoo & Conservatory, also a must-visit, with or without kids.
Como Town
1301 Midway Pkwy
Located in the heart of the Midway area of St. Paul, Como Town is a family amusement park surrounded by a quaint community of 1930s-era housing. With 19 rides aimed at the younger thrill seekers, this family-friendly haven is surrounded by a 384-acre park with ample picnic and play areas as well as beautiful, paved trails that meander throughout and around the park’s centerpiece: Como Lake. Adjacent to Como Town is the always free (though donations are encouraged) Como Zoo & Conservatory, also a must-visit, with or without kids.
Spread across seven acres in the center of Mall of America is Nickelodeon Universe, the world’s first Nickelodeon-themed amusement park. Whether you stop by on a shopping break or strap on an Unlimited Ride Wristband for a full day of adventure, nearly 30 rides and attractions await all ages. Spiral and turn on SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, be in control of every twist and flip on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, or test your bravery on Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course. Little ones can soar on a Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler gondola high above the park, swing with the Backyardigans, take a trip on Diego’s Rescue Rider, or go on Swiper’s Sweeper’s wild ride. The newest addition is FlyOver America, the nation’s first fully immersive, breathtaking virtual flight across the United States. Once you’ve had your fill of thrills, meet your favorite Nick characters, shop for merchandise, and view the Universe of Light, an interactive light show with music, lights and effects that transform the air space.
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Nickelodeon Universe
5100 South Avenue
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Spread across seven acres in the center of Mall of America is Nickelodeon Universe, the world’s first Nickelodeon-themed amusement park. Whether you stop by on a shopping break or strap on an Unlimited Ride Wristband for a full day of adventure, nearly 30 rides and attractions await all ages. Spiral and turn on SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, be in control of every twist and flip on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, or test your bravery on Dutchman’s Deck Adventure Course. Little ones can soar on a Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler gondola high above the park, swing with the Backyardigans, take a trip on Diego’s Rescue Rider, or go on Swiper’s Sweeper’s wild ride. The newest addition is FlyOver America, the nation’s first fully immersive, breathtaking virtual flight across the United States. Once you’ve had your fill of thrills, meet your favorite Nick characters, shop for merchandise, and view the Universe of Light, an interactive light show with music, lights and effects that transform the air space.
Get your thrill on at Valleyfair, the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park. With notorious thrill rides like Steel Venom, the aptly named Wild Thing, Xtreme Swing and RipCord, thrill seekers will find no better amusement park in the region. Not into soaring heights and stomach-dropping dips? Family and kid friendly rides abound in Planet Snoopy, and with live music and the state-of-the-art animatronic Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, visitors find themselves needing (and wanting) to come back time after time to experience all the park has to offer. Located in Shakopee, Valleyfair has been a favorite family attraction since 1976.
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Valleyfair
1 Valley Fair Dr
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Get your thrill on at Valleyfair, the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park. With notorious thrill rides like Steel Venom, the aptly named Wild Thing, Xtreme Swing and RipCord, thrill seekers will find no better amusement park in the region. Not into soaring heights and stomach-dropping dips? Family and kid friendly rides abound in Planet Snoopy, and with live music and the state-of-the-art animatronic Dinosaurs Alive exhibit, visitors find themselves needing (and wanting) to come back time after time to experience all the park has to offer. Located in Shakopee, Valleyfair has been a favorite family attraction since 1976.
Aquariums & Zoos
Many know the state of Minnesota as the land of 10,000 lakes (there’s more than 11,000 actually), so it’s no surprise that we take natural habitats—and their inhabitants—seriously. Get an up-close-and-personal look at them all at two vastly different zoos and a world-class aquarium.
Minnesota’s oldest zoo houses more than 60 species, an outdoor music venue and the beautiful Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free community zoo (donations are encouraged) is quaint enough to stroll through, yet big enough to see many exotic animals. Make a day of it and visit the adjacent Como Town Amusement Park, an outdoor, family-friendly amusement park, pack a picnic and dine under one of the many amazing trees spread throughout the 384-acre park. You can also bring a suit and towel and head over to the Como Regional Pool. See if you’re able to ride the new zip line all the way to the finish before making your splash.
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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
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Minnesota’s oldest zoo houses more than 60 species, an outdoor music venue and the beautiful Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free community zoo (donations are encouraged) is quaint enough to stroll through, yet big enough to see many exotic animals. Make a day of it and visit the adjacent Como Town Amusement Park, an outdoor, family-friendly amusement park, pack a picnic and dine under one of the many amazing trees spread throughout the 384-acre park. You can also bring a suit and towel and head over to the Como Regional Pool. See if you’re able to ride the new zip line all the way to the finish before making your splash.
The Minnesota Zoo offers a variety of exotic animals as well as daily feedings, demos and shows like the Tropical Reef Dive Show and the Monk Seal Demo. See the animals in person in one of eight distinct trails or areas, and then see them on screen with a documentary at the IMAX Theatre.
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Minnesota Zoo
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The Minnesota Zoo offers a variety of exotic animals as well as daily feedings, demos and shows like the Tropical Reef Dive Show and the Monk Seal Demo. See the animals in person in one of eight distinct trails or areas, and then see them on screen with a documentary at the IMAX Theatre.
Visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America is unlike any aquatic experience around. Step into a tunnel 14 feet below the water’s surface to experience sea creatures swimming above, beside and around you. Enter Atlantis, featuring a 500,000-gallon tank filled with sharks, sea turtles and other wonderful creatures of the sea, then touch and feed stingrays at the new Pacific Northwest Touchpool.
SEA LIFE at Mall of America
120 E Broadway
Visiting SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America is unlike any aquatic experience around. Step into a tunnel 14 feet below the water’s surface to experience sea creatures swimming above, beside and around you. Enter Atlantis, featuring a 500,000-gallon tank filled with sharks, sea turtles and other wonderful creatures of the sea, then touch and feed stingrays at the new Pacific Northwest Touchpool.
Museums
With nearly 60 museums and galleries to choose from, visitors and residents alike have plenty of opportunities to learn something new. Conduct hands-on experiments at the Science Museum of Minnesota, stroll through contemporary artwork at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden or examine cultural artifacts from the American Swedish Institute. No matter which museum you choose, it's going to be a day of wonder.
Get up close and personal with new pieces fresh off the facelift and old favorites. Take a virtual tour of this outdoor exhibit, and then visit the iconic Twin Cities attraction in person to see any of the 50-plus pieces yourself. You can even make a day out of it by going to the adjacent Walker Art Center or Loring Park afterward.
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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineland Place
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Get up close and personal with new pieces fresh off the facelift and old favorites. Take a virtual tour of this outdoor exhibit, and then visit the iconic Twin Cities attraction in person to see any of the 50-plus pieces yourself. You can even make a day out of it by going to the adjacent Walker Art Center or Loring Park afterward.
Minnesota has always had a large population of Scandinavians, so it’s only right to learn about the culture and eat the food, both of which you can do at the 1908 Turnblad mansion: an enormous, French Chateau-esque structure once home to Swedish immigrants. Inside its walls resides The American Swedish Institute, a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Sweden and the Swedish-American population. With a large display of art, an extensive library collection and seasonal exhibits, this Minnesota and National Register of Historic Places landmark is full of artifacts and information highlighting contemporary and historical Swedish culture. New exhibits like Amp Up! The Hagstrom Guitar Sensation and Swedes Rock! delve into Sweden’s musical history while past exhibits have had scientific and holiday themes. Stop by the museum store for unique trinkets or dine in FIKA, the onsite cafe, offering award-winning Nordic-inspired cuisine.
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American Swedish Institute
2600 Park Avenue
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Minnesota has always had a large population of Scandinavians, so it’s only right to learn about the culture and eat the food, both of which you can do at the 1908 Turnblad mansion: an enormous, French Chateau-esque structure once home to Swedish immigrants. Inside its walls resides The American Swedish Institute, a museum and cultural center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich history of Sweden and the Swedish-American population. With a large display of art, an extensive library collection and seasonal exhibits, this Minnesota and National Register of Historic Places landmark is full of artifacts and information highlighting contemporary and historical Swedish culture. New exhibits like Amp Up! The Hagstrom Guitar Sensation and Swedes Rock! delve into Sweden’s musical history while past exhibits have had scientific and holiday themes. Stop by the museum store for unique trinkets or dine in FIKA, the onsite cafe, offering award-winning Nordic-inspired cuisine.
Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, the 70,000-square-foot Science Museum of Minnesota is designed to spark a love of science in people of all ages. Learn how we can change the world at the Future Earth exhibit or study anatomy in the Human Body Gallery. Discover one of only four real mounted Triceratops in the Dinosaurs & Fossils Gallery, build math muscle at the Math Moves exhibit, or extract wheat germ DNA in the Cell Lab. Grab a seat and explore all the wonders of our nation’s National Parks in the state-of-the-art Omnitheater, a giant dome screen offering a variety of films every day. For some live science action, view one of the museum’s daily theater performances on topics ranging from fermentation to Charles Darwin’s bulldog. Indeed, this is a place for curious minds as it is dedicated to topics like paleontology, physical science, technology, the human body, and peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River.
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Science Museum of Minnesota
120 West Kellogg Boulevard
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Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, the 70,000-square-foot Science Museum of Minnesota is designed to spark a love of science in people of all ages. Learn how we can change the world at the Future Earth exhibit or study anatomy in the Human Body Gallery. Discover one of only four real mounted Triceratops in the Dinosaurs & Fossils Gallery, build math muscle at the Math Moves exhibit, or extract wheat germ DNA in the Cell Lab. Grab a seat and explore all the wonders of our nation’s National Parks in the state-of-the-art Omnitheater, a giant dome screen offering a variety of films every day. For some live science action, view one of the museum’s daily theater performances on topics ranging from fermentation to Charles Darwin’s bulldog. Indeed, this is a place for curious minds as it is dedicated to topics like paleontology, physical science, technology, the human body, and peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River.
Shopping
Whether you want to meander aimlessly or spend a day power shopping, you’ll find what you need in the Twin Cities. From Uptown to Downtown and all around, the Twin Cities are the source of the latest trends and one-of-a-kind goods in every category.
The upscale yet quaint shopping neighborhood of 50th and France, located a few minutes west of the metro in Edina, is where a collection of unique shops collide to create a charming cobblestone stretch to explore. This lively intersection and the surrounding blocks boast more than 175 retailers and professional services, including on-trend, budget-friendly accessories at Fringe, coveted brands at bluebird boutique, stylish apparel at Athleta, hard-to-find fashions from established and up-and-coming designers at Bumbershute, and an assortment of suits, pants and casual wear for men at Belleson’s. You can also get a blowout at The Wow Bar, a custom blend of at-home hair color at dpHUE, or shop for handmade cosmetics at Lush.
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50th & France
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The upscale yet quaint shopping neighborhood of 50th and France, located a few minutes west of the metro in Edina, is where a collection of unique shops collide to create a charming cobblestone stretch to explore. This lively intersection and the surrounding blocks boast more than 175 retailers and professional services, including on-trend, budget-friendly accessories at Fringe, coveted brands at bluebird boutique, stylish apparel at Athleta, hard-to-find fashions from established and up-and-coming designers at Bumbershute, and an assortment of suits, pants and casual wear for men at Belleson’s. You can also get a blowout at The Wow Bar, a custom blend of at-home hair color at dpHUE, or shop for handmade cosmetics at Lush.
What makes our city center so vibrant is the number of restaurants, venues, attractions and shops that are housed inside its borders. Along the pedestrian-friendly walkway Nicollet Mall—which is receiving a major facelift through 2018—you’ll find a multi-level Macy’s and two-story Target, plus a farmers market that takes over the sidewalks in the summer months. Located inside the city’s tallest building, the IDS Center, are brand names like Gap and Banana Republic, plus Hubert White, a family-owned men’s store that offers high-quality suits, shirts, casual wear and even an on-site tailor, and Love From Minnesota where you can satisfy all of your souvenir needs. A short walk away, either outside or by enclosed skyway, you’ll find more apparel at Brooks Brothers, Len, Men’s Warehouse and Marshalls, jewelry at G. Allan Jewelers, R.F. Moeller Jewelers or JB Hudson Jewelers, and pampering services at Embury Spa, Ivy Spa Club or Juut Salonspa.
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Minneapolis
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What makes our city center so vibrant is the number of restaurants, venues, attractions and shops that are housed inside its borders. Along the pedestrian-friendly walkway Nicollet Mall—which is receiving a major facelift through 2018—you’ll find a multi-level Macy’s and two-story Target, plus a farmers market that takes over the sidewalks in the summer months. Located inside the city’s tallest building, the IDS Center, are brand names like Gap and Banana Republic, plus Hubert White, a family-owned men’s store that offers high-quality suits, shirts, casual wear and even an on-site tailor, and Love From Minnesota where you can satisfy all of your souvenir needs. A short walk away, either outside or by enclosed skyway, you’ll find more apparel at Brooks Brothers, Len, Men’s Warehouse and Marshalls, jewelry at G. Allan Jewelers, R.F. Moeller Jewelers or JB Hudson Jewelers, and pampering services at Embury Spa, Ivy Spa Club or Juut Salonspa.
Named one of the prettiest neighborhoods in America by Forbes, Grand Avenue stretches more than 30 tree-lined blocks from the Mississippi River to downtown St. Paul and is dotted with good eats, cozy coffee houses, and unique boutiques and shops. Author, humorist and radio personality Garrison Keillor was so enamored with the area that he opened up his own place there, Common Good Books, just a short distance from his home. Find books for children at Red Balloon Bookshop, or wildly imaginative toys, games and puzzles for them at Creative Kidstuff. Adults will enjoy culinary products from Cooks of Crocus Hill, bath and body products and fragrances from Garden of Eden, or the art-filled The Grand Hand Gallery, which sells functional pieces including hand blown glass, jewelry, wearable fiber art and paintings. For something to wear not display, women can look to Evereve, which sells contemporary apparel made by and for women, or Bombshell, a boutique for plus-size shoppers. And if you need something more comfortable to wear while strolling the avenue, pop into lululemon athletica, The North Face or Patagonia for active and outdoor wear.
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Grand Avenue
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Named one of the prettiest neighborhoods in America by Forbes, Grand Avenue stretches more than 30 tree-lined blocks from the Mississippi River to downtown St. Paul and is dotted with good eats, cozy coffee houses, and unique boutiques and shops. Author, humorist and radio personality Garrison Keillor was so enamored with the area that he opened up his own place there, Common Good Books, just a short distance from his home. Find books for children at Red Balloon Bookshop, or wildly imaginative toys, games and puzzles for them at Creative Kidstuff. Adults will enjoy culinary products from Cooks of Crocus Hill, bath and body products and fragrances from Garden of Eden, or the art-filled The Grand Hand Gallery, which sells functional pieces including hand blown glass, jewelry, wearable fiber art and paintings. For something to wear not display, women can look to Evereve, which sells contemporary apparel made by and for women, or Bombshell, a boutique for plus-size shoppers. And if you need something more comfortable to wear while strolling the avenue, pop into lululemon athletica, The North Face or Patagonia for active and outdoor wear.
The crown jewel of the Twin Cities shopping scene is, without a doubt, Mall of America. With more than 520 stores and 50-plus restaurants, MOA is anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. Shop for upscale brands like Boss Hugo Boss, Burberry, Hammer Made, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman in the mall’s South Avenue, then check out other signature stores like The North Face, Fjällräven, Kate Spade New York and Carlo's Bakery. There’s plenty of beauty at Aveda, bareMinerals, Origins and Sigma Beauty; accessories at Fossil, Pandora, Swarovski and Swatch; kids gear at The Children’s Place, Gap Kids, and Janie and Jack; and tech items at Apple, Best Buy, Brooktone, Bose and the Microsoft Store. You’ll want to set aside a day, or at least most of one, to maximize your time here.
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Mall of America
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The crown jewel of the Twin Cities shopping scene is, without a doubt, Mall of America. With more than 520 stores and 50-plus restaurants, MOA is anchored by Macy’s, Nordstrom and Sears. Shop for upscale brands like Boss Hugo Boss, Burberry, Hammer Made, Michael Kors and Stuart Weitzman in the mall’s South Avenue, then check out other signature stores like The North Face, Fjällräven, Kate Spade New York and Carlo's Bakery. There’s plenty of beauty at Aveda, bareMinerals, Origins and Sigma Beauty; accessories at Fossil, Pandora, Swarovski and Swatch; kids gear at The Children’s Place, Gap Kids, and Janie and Jack; and tech items at Apple, Best Buy, Brooktone, Bose and the Microsoft Store. You’ll want to set aside a day, or at least most of one, to maximize your time here.
Located just southwest of downtown Minneapolis, this eclectic neighborhood caters to a younger crowd, whether they are taking a seat in a trendy restaurant before seeing an indie flick or working away in local coffee houses. And there are shops to please this entire mix of people that frequent the streets. In the center of it all is Calhoun Square, found at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, where inside you’ll find retailers like CB2, H&M, Francesca’s Collections, Blush by Kay, Atmosfere, Timberland and Kitchen Window. Outside the square’s doors are nationally recognized retailers such as Apple, The North Face, Goorin Brothers Hat Shop and John Fluevog Shoes, cementing that intersection as the dominant retail center. Plenty of other shops fill the surrounding streets, though. There’s Local Motion, which sells locally designed clothing as well hand picked collections from Los Angeles, New York and Europe; Cliché, where you’ll find hip clothes and accessories; and Magers and Quinn, an independent bookstore selling hard-to-find editions as well as current titles.
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Uptown
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Located just southwest of downtown Minneapolis, this eclectic neighborhood caters to a younger crowd, whether they are taking a seat in a trendy restaurant before seeing an indie flick or working away in local coffee houses. And there are shops to please this entire mix of people that frequent the streets. In the center of it all is Calhoun Square, found at the intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue, where inside you’ll find retailers like CB2, H&M, Francesca’s Collections, Blush by Kay, Atmosfere, Timberland and Kitchen Window. Outside the square’s doors are nationally recognized retailers such as Apple, The North Face, Goorin Brothers Hat Shop and John Fluevog Shoes, cementing that intersection as the dominant retail center. Plenty of other shops fill the surrounding streets, though. There’s Local Motion, which sells locally designed clothing as well hand picked collections from Los Angeles, New York and Europe; Cliché, where you’ll find hip clothes and accessories; and Magers and Quinn, an independent bookstore selling hard-to-find editions as well as current titles.
North Loop will fill your arms and have you looking stunning from head to toe. Shinola, the iconic Detroit-based watch brand and Filson, the Seattle-based provider of bags and sportswear, are located next to each other. MartinPatrick3 sells debonair bowties, old-school cufflinks and other goods for the modern, well-dressed man, while Askov Finlayson offers superbly constructed, timeless men’s pieces, including ones under their own brand plus ones like Faribault Woolen Mill, Red Wing Shoes and Barbour. For the ladies, Grethen House sells upscale clothing and accessories by cutting edge designers, D.NOLO provides quality, fashion-forward pieces, and Statement Boutique offers affordable, stylish jewelry. If you’re in the market for home goods, you’ll want to stop at The Foundry, which sells carefully designed and collected bed, bath, kitchen and tabletop objects, among other items.
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North Loop
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North Loop will fill your arms and have you looking stunning from head to toe. Shinola, the iconic Detroit-based watch brand and Filson, the Seattle-based provider of bags and sportswear, are located next to each other. MartinPatrick3 sells debonair bowties, old-school cufflinks and other goods for the modern, well-dressed man, while Askov Finlayson offers superbly constructed, timeless men’s pieces, including ones under their own brand plus ones like Faribault Woolen Mill, Red Wing Shoes and Barbour. For the ladies, Grethen House sells upscale clothing and accessories by cutting edge designers, D.NOLO provides quality, fashion-forward pieces, and Statement Boutique offers affordable, stylish jewelry. If you’re in the market for home goods, you’ll want to stop at The Foundry, which sells carefully designed and collected bed, bath, kitchen and tabletop objects, among other items.
Theater
The Twin Cities is home to a vital and varied theater scene that rivals any in the world. The Guthrie Theater is the flagship on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis, but all kinds of theatrical performances—from touring productions fresh off Broadway to musicals, classics, new works, experimental art, dance and shows for young people—are available to the local theatergoer on any given night.
Generations of young people have seen sparkling dreams come alive on CTC stages with some of the highest-level children’s theater in America. Adaptations from great children’s literature have included staging works from Mark Twain, Beverly Cleary and Dr. Seuss, as well as CTC-commissioned plays ranging from interpretations of folk tales from around the world and plays aimed at issues concerning today’s young people and teens. Each season features a range of works aimed at age groups from pre-school to high school, delivered by an acting company that consistently moves and delights.
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Children's Theatre Company
2400 3rd Avenue South
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Generations of young people have seen sparkling dreams come alive on CTC stages with some of the highest-level children’s theater in America. Adaptations from great children’s literature have included staging works from Mark Twain, Beverly Cleary and Dr. Seuss, as well as CTC-commissioned plays ranging from interpretations of folk tales from around the world and plays aimed at issues concerning today’s young people and teens. Each season features a range of works aimed at age groups from pre-school to high school, delivered by an acting company that consistently moves and delights.
The oldest active theater in St. Paul, the Fitzgerald opened in 1910 as the Sam S. Shubert Theater and was a movie house in the 1930s. Since 1980, it has been owned by Minnesota Public Radio, which refurbished its stage in 1986 to create a permanent home for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. A delight inside for its period architecture, the Fitz has a place on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is also home to such events as MPR’s author series Talking Volumes.
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Fitzgerald Theater
10 East Exchange Street
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The oldest active theater in St. Paul, the Fitzgerald opened in 1910 as the Sam S. Shubert Theater and was a movie house in the 1930s. Since 1980, it has been owned by Minnesota Public Radio, which refurbished its stage in 1986 to create a permanent home for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. A delight inside for its period architecture, the Fitz has a place on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is also home to such events as MPR’s author series Talking Volumes.
Founded in 1963 by British theater legend Tyrone Guthrie, the theater that bears his name has occupied a three-stage architectural gem on the Mississippi River since 2006. Theater lovers relish the sweeping views from the building’s elevated lobbies and cantilevered Endless Bridge just as much as they love the world-class productions ranging from new works to great classics. Artists and technicians work in-house for sets, costumes and wigs that result in signature production values known to wow the most exacting audiences. Also a world-class center for arts education, the Guthrie partners with the University of Minnesota for an Actors Training Program that graduates young people ready to work on stages locally and around the country.
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Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street
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Founded in 1963 by British theater legend Tyrone Guthrie, the theater that bears his name has occupied a three-stage architectural gem on the Mississippi River since 2006. Theater lovers relish the sweeping views from the building’s elevated lobbies and cantilevered Endless Bridge just as much as they love the world-class productions ranging from new works to great classics. Artists and technicians work in-house for sets, costumes and wigs that result in signature production values known to wow the most exacting audiences. Also a world-class center for arts education, the Guthrie partners with the University of Minnesota for an Actors Training Program that graduates young people ready to work on stages locally and around the country.
No other theater delves into the rich past (and sometimes present) of Minnesota with such variety, intelligence and respect for the region’s heritage. Recent plays have depicted the experience of immigrants in early Minnesota, legends from sports and culture, and the first stage play by Garrison Keillor. A vital part of the Twin Cities’ culture scene, History Theatre consistently attracts top-flight talent on its stage.
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History Theatre
30 10th Street East
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No other theater delves into the rich past (and sometimes present) of Minnesota with such variety, intelligence and respect for the region’s heritage. Recent plays have depicted the experience of immigrants in early Minnesota, legends from sports and culture, and the first stage play by Garrison Keillor. A vital part of the Twin Cities’ culture scene, History Theatre consistently attracts top-flight talent on its stage.
In the heart of Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake district is the Jungle, an opulent small theater that offers up classics and new works with signature energy, invention and visual flair. A can’t-miss stop for those in the know about the Twin Cities theater scene, the Jungle has a rich history of artistic adventure and accomplishment that includes regular productions of some of the great English-language playwrights.
Jungle Theater
2951 Lyndale Ave S
In the heart of Minneapolis’ Lyn-Lake district is the Jungle, an opulent small theater that offers up classics and new works with signature energy, invention and visual flair. A can’t-miss stop for those in the know about the Twin Cities theater scene, the Jungle has a rich history of artistic adventure and accomplishment that includes regular productions of some of the great English-language playwrights.
Located in a converted firehouse in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Mixed Blood’s mission is dedicated to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which it pursues by staging mostly contemporary plays with as much spirit and edge as you’ll find anywhere in the nation. Recent seasons have seen explorations of race, gender, sexuality, nationality and differences in physical abilities—in works ranging from the worlds of sports to developing countries to modern suburbia. It also pursues a policy called Radical Hospitality, which means tickets are all free on a first-come, first-served basis (you can also pay to reserve a seat in advance).
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Mixed Blood Theatre
1501 S 4th St
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Located in a converted firehouse in Minneapolis’ Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, Mixed Blood’s mission is dedicated to the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which it pursues by staging mostly contemporary plays with as much spirit and edge as you’ll find anywhere in the nation. Recent seasons have seen explorations of race, gender, sexuality, nationality and differences in physical abilities—in works ranging from the worlds of sports to developing countries to modern suburbia. It also pursues a policy called Radical Hospitality, which means tickets are all free on a first-come, first-served basis (you can also pay to reserve a seat in advance).
Operating in bucolic Excelsior since the 1940s, Old Log has long been known as a dinner theater specializing in comedies and musicals, as well as favorites for children. It recently changed hands after being run by local legend Don Stoltz for more than 60 years, and with the opening of the new dining concept Cast & Cru as well as new artistic leadership tapping into the deep well of Twin Cities talent, Old Log is poised to fill its house with its second act.
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Old Log Theatre
5185 Meadville Street
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Operating in bucolic Excelsior since the 1940s, Old Log has long been known as a dinner theater specializing in comedies and musicals, as well as favorites for children. It recently changed hands after being run by local legend Don Stoltz for more than 60 years, and with the opening of the new dining concept Cast & Cru as well as new artistic leadership tapping into the deep well of Twin Cities talent, Old Log is poised to fill its house with its second act.
In a small theater space south of downtown Minneapolis, Open Eye stages original works combining music, movement, puppetry and live action that touch on Old World mythology and a universal sense of restlessness. Eerie, surreal and very human, Open Eye often claims their shows are open from ages 9 to 90—and in their case, it’s an accurate description.
Open Eye Figure Theatre
506 E 24th St
In a small theater space south of downtown Minneapolis, Open Eye stages original works combining music, movement, puppetry and live action that touch on Old World mythology and a universal sense of restlessness. Eerie, surreal and very human, Open Eye often claims their shows are open from ages 9 to 90—and in their case, it’s an accurate description.
The Ordway’s glass façade is a landmark of central St. Paul, and its mix of local and touring productions delights throughout the year with a diverse range of crowd-pleasers.
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Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
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The Ordway’s glass façade is a landmark of central St. Paul, and its mix of local and touring productions delights throughout the year with a diverse range of crowd-pleasers.
Nestled in the pedestrian-only Seventh Place in downtown St. Paul, Park Square enjoys a dedicated audience for its productions of both classics and contemporary works, done with style and the best of the Twin Cities theater-artist community.
Park Square Theatre
20 West 7th Place
Nestled in the pedestrian-only Seventh Place in downtown St. Paul, Park Square enjoys a dedicated audience for its productions of both classics and contemporary works, done with style and the best of the Twin Cities theater-artist community.
The nation’s pre-eminent African American theater company stands in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood, and its intimate stage has been home to some of the most varied, piercing art in the country. Highlights have included signature productions of playwright August Wilson, who crafted some of his great works in association with the company, and the annual holiday Black Nativity. Penumbra also regularly offers education for young people, community dialogue, and study guides for its plays that delve into the rich history and complex legacy of the African American experience.
Penumbra Theatre
270 N Kent St
The nation’s pre-eminent African American theater company stands in a quiet St. Paul neighborhood, and its intimate stage has been home to some of the most varied, piercing art in the country. Highlights have included signature productions of playwright August Wilson, who crafted some of his great works in association with the company, and the annual holiday Black Nativity. Penumbra also regularly offers education for young people, community dialogue, and study guides for its plays that delve into the rich history and complex legacy of the African American experience.
With one of the smallest auditoriums in town, located in a community center in south Minneapolis, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Pillsbury House is a small-stakes operation. But its artistic leadership has crafted a theater that consistently makes year-end best-of lists in local papers and it’s because it selects sharp, incisive contemporary plays about the burning issues of today and stages them with some of the best talent in the cities. You’ll find yourself sitting close enough to the action to see every facial expression and movement of the talented actors in front of you, an experience more than worth the price of admission.
Pillsbury House and Theatre
3501 Chicago Avenue
With one of the smallest auditoriums in town, located in a community center in south Minneapolis, you’d be forgiven for assuming that Pillsbury House is a small-stakes operation. But its artistic leadership has crafted a theater that consistently makes year-end best-of lists in local papers and it’s because it selects sharp, incisive contemporary plays about the burning issues of today and stages them with some of the best talent in the cities. You’ll find yourself sitting close enough to the action to see every facial expression and movement of the talented actors in front of you, an experience more than worth the price of admission.
Despite its intimate nature, this theater has become a hub for Midwestern musical comedy. Originally located in the Radisson Plymouth hotel, the playhouse now resides in the Plymouth Best Western. The theater has made a name for itself through its host of hilarious off-Broadway musicals, including but not limited to the notoriously sidesplitting Church Basement Ladies—a Plymouth Playhouse original that has travelled far and wide since its conception in 2005. With 211 famously roomy seats, the playhouse packs it in.
Plymouth Playhouse
2705 Annapolis Ln N
Despite its intimate nature, this theater has become a hub for Midwestern musical comedy. Originally located in the Radisson Plymouth hotel, the playhouse now resides in the Plymouth Best Western. The theater has made a name for itself through its host of hilarious off-Broadway musicals, including but not limited to the notoriously sidesplitting Church Basement Ladies—a Plymouth Playhouse original that has travelled far and wide since its conception in 2005. With 211 famously roomy seats, the playhouse packs it in.
Breweries and Cideries
It seems like a new brewery arrives on the Twin Cities scene every month, diversifying our market like never before. Learn how Minnesota made a name for itself as a craft beer capital, then explore our breweries in person—we have about 50 in the metro area alone, so bottoms up.
Sourced entirely from a Minnesota apple orchard, their hard ciders pack a delicious punch—and so do their beers if you’d like a little of both.
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Sociable Cider Werks
1500 Fillmore Street Northeast
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Sourced entirely from a Minnesota apple orchard, their hard ciders pack a delicious punch—and so do their beers if you’d like a little of both.
The famed destination brewery is a sight to be seen with a beer hall complete with lunch and dinner menu, a separate fine dining restaurant, plenty of space to play yard games and an ever-growing list of beers to try.
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Surly Brewing Co.
520 Malcolm Avenue Southeast
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The famed destination brewery is a sight to be seen with a beer hall complete with lunch and dinner menu, a separate fine dining restaurant, plenty of space to play yard games and an ever-growing list of beers to try.
Visit this cozy taproom in the historic building called The Broadway, complete with exposed brick and timber—a perfect nod to the Northeast vibe.
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612Brew
945 Broadway Street Northeast
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Visit this cozy taproom in the historic building called The Broadway, complete with exposed brick and timber—a perfect nod to the Northeast vibe.
Coffee and Tea
The Twin Cities are chock-full of fun coffee shops, hip cafes and inventive tearooms to fill your cup with something delicious. Whether it’s a strong cup of black coffee that you crave or something a little more creative, we have just the place for you.
Undoubtedly a Minneapolis-St. Paul staple, Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. sells wholesale coffee beans and runs café locations in five neighborhoods—Uptown, Whittier, Northeast, North Loop and St. Paul—besides. I am partial to the Northeast location myself, with its deck, high ceilings, and plethora of seating options. I always get a Carmella (if caramel isn't your favorite, their Spygirl latte is also a good choice with hints of honey and lavender). If you fall in love with the ambiance (and the coffee) like I did, check out Spyhouse’s coffee accessories and apparel online.
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Spyhouse Coffee
2404 Hennepin Avenue
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Undoubtedly a Minneapolis-St. Paul staple, Spyhouse Coffee Roasting Co. sells wholesale coffee beans and runs café locations in five neighborhoods—Uptown, Whittier, Northeast, North Loop and St. Paul—besides. I am partial to the Northeast location myself, with its deck, high ceilings, and plethora of seating options. I always get a Carmella (if caramel isn't your favorite, their Spygirl latte is also a good choice with hints of honey and lavender). If you fall in love with the ambiance (and the coffee) like I did, check out Spyhouse’s coffee accessories and apparel online.
Located right in Highland Park in St. Paul and dangerously close—across the street—to Patina and Half Price Books, Quixotic Coffee is small, cozy and aesthetic. In fact, the actual definition of “quixotic” is “exceedingly idealistic.” The definition continues with “unrealistic” and “impractical,” but that just isn’t true of Quixotic Coffee. Their roomy wooden booths make for good studying or productivity spots, and their salads are almost as good as their lattes. And who said coffee shops couldn’t sell beer and wine, too? If its later in the evening and coffee is out of the picture, order a beer on tap instead.
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Quixotic Coffee
769 Cleveland Avenue South
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Located right in Highland Park in St. Paul and dangerously close—across the street—to Patina and Half Price Books, Quixotic Coffee is small, cozy and aesthetic. In fact, the actual definition of “quixotic” is “exceedingly idealistic.” The definition continues with “unrealistic” and “impractical,” but that just isn’t true of Quixotic Coffee. Their roomy wooden booths make for good studying or productivity spots, and their salads are almost as good as their lattes. And who said coffee shops couldn’t sell beer and wine, too? If its later in the evening and coffee is out of the picture, order a beer on tap instead.
If the look of your latte almost matters as much as the taste, you’re in the right place. Café Astoria has gone viral for its extravagant, colorful, gold leaved lattes and mochas—perhaps you’ve seen this video? Located on West Seventh Street in St. Paul, you’ll be Instagramming your creation before you even take a sip.
Cafe Astoria
180 Grand Ave
If the look of your latte almost matters as much as the taste, you’re in the right place. Café Astoria has gone viral for its extravagant, colorful, gold leaved lattes and mochas—perhaps you’ve seen this video? Located on West Seventh Street in St. Paul, you’ll be Instagramming your creation before you even take a sip.
The charming atmosphere of Claddagh Coffee will make you fall in love right away. If you aren’t in the mood for a specialty latte, go for a lavender lemonade or a hot tea, instead. For larger tables or a dimmer ambiance, take your drink downstairs to the lower level; it’s tiny but cozy. Look for the coffee shop’s notebook if you have comments about the coffee or would simply like to share a line from your favorite song or poem.
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Claddagh Coffee
459 7th Street West
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The charming atmosphere of Claddagh Coffee will make you fall in love right away. If you aren’t in the mood for a specialty latte, go for a lavender lemonade or a hot tea, instead. For larger tables or a dimmer ambiance, take your drink downstairs to the lower level; it’s tiny but cozy. Look for the coffee shop’s notebook if you have comments about the coffee or would simply like to share a line from your favorite song or poem.
Cats plus coffee? Yes, please! Relatively new to Uptown, the Café Meow allows guests to play with cats while they drink their coffee or espresso drinks. Be warned though—lots of people are interested in this concept, so you might have to wait a little while to play with the cats.
The Cafe Meow
2323 Hennepin Ave
Cats plus coffee? Yes, please! Relatively new to Uptown, the Café Meow allows guests to play with cats while they drink their coffee or espresso drinks. Be warned though—lots of people are interested in this concept, so you might have to wait a little while to play with the cats.
Located in Cathedral Hill on Selby Avenue, Nina’s Coffee Café is a cozy coffee shop. Tables fill up fast on the weekends with college students and professionals trying to get work done, but if you get a spot try one of their vanilla lattes (Nina’s serves Spyhouse Coffee). And if you stick around for lunch, their sandwiches are to die for. Plus, a whole entire wall is taken up by a painted bookcase—you can’t get cuter than that.
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Nina's Coffee Cafe
165 Western Avenue North
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Located in Cathedral Hill on Selby Avenue, Nina’s Coffee Café is a cozy coffee shop. Tables fill up fast on the weekends with college students and professionals trying to get work done, but if you get a spot try one of their vanilla lattes (Nina’s serves Spyhouse Coffee). And if you stick around for lunch, their sandwiches are to die for. Plus, a whole entire wall is taken up by a painted bookcase—you can’t get cuter than that.
Located in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis, Five Watt is known for mixing coffee with bitters and the end product is more delicious than you think. Try The Kingfield, with vanilla, Five Watt coriander bitters, espresso, milk and black Hawaiian sea salt, or the Big Easy with cold press, chicory and nutmeg simply syrup, black walnut bitters and cream.
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Five Watt Coffee, Kingfield
3745 Nicollet Avenue
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Located in the Kingfield neighborhood of Minneapolis, Five Watt is known for mixing coffee with bitters and the end product is more delicious than you think. Try The Kingfield, with vanilla, Five Watt coriander bitters, espresso, milk and black Hawaiian sea salt, or the Big Easy with cold press, chicory and nutmeg simply syrup, black walnut bitters and cream.
Besides selling wholesale coffee, Dogwood Coffee has three locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area—East Lake, Uptown and St. Paul—so you have choices when it comes to sipping your favorite caffeinated beverage. If you go to the East Lake location, check out the new wallpaper designed by Flavorpaper and art by local artist John Alspach.
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Dogwood Coffee Bar - Uptown
3001 Hennepin Avenue
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Besides selling wholesale coffee, Dogwood Coffee has three locations in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area—East Lake, Uptown and St. Paul—so you have choices when it comes to sipping your favorite caffeinated beverage. If you go to the East Lake location, check out the new wallpaper designed by Flavorpaper and art by local artist John Alspach.
Unassuming, a little quirky, but definitely a Macalester-Groveland favorite, Cahoots Coffee Bar is located right off of Snelling Avenue and offers coffeehouse staples (plus some great specialty options like a Lavender White Mocha or Raspberry White Mocha), but also a Mediterranean platter, stuffed grape leaves, a hummus place, daily soups and fresh bakery items. Find a spot indoors or, in nicer weather, take your coffee outside behind the shop in Cahoot’s little garden patio.
Cahoots Coffee Bar
1562 Selby Avenue
Unassuming, a little quirky, but definitely a Macalester-Groveland favorite, Cahoots Coffee Bar is located right off of Snelling Avenue and offers coffeehouse staples (plus some great specialty options like a Lavender White Mocha or Raspberry White Mocha), but also a Mediterranean platter, stuffed grape leaves, a hummus place, daily soups and fresh bakery items. Find a spot indoors or, in nicer weather, take your coffee outside behind the shop in Cahoot’s little garden patio.
Rustica has two locations, one in Uptown Minneapolis and one in Eden Prairie, and serves specialty coffee beverages all day and award-winning baked goods from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. everyday. Although the Eden Prairie location is out in the west metro (which can be a commute for some), the bakery is located in the historic Smith Douglas More House right off of Eden Prairie Road—the character of the house inside and out make this a worthwhile destination, even if it is just for coffee.
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Rustica
3220 West Lake Street
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Rustica has two locations, one in Uptown Minneapolis and one in Eden Prairie, and serves specialty coffee beverages all day and award-winning baked goods from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. everyday. Although the Eden Prairie location is out in the west metro (which can be a commute for some), the bakery is located in the historic Smith Douglas More House right off of Eden Prairie Road—the character of the house inside and out make this a worthwhile destination, even if it is just for coffee.