The 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is studded with contemporary artworks, whilst the Walker Arts Centre next door has a permanent collection of modern art. During your trip to Minneapolis, visit the Chain of Lakes environmental area from uptown, or drop into the Mill City Museum to find out about the city’s fascinating history.
Fort Snelling is the city’s oldest building, built in 1820 as an outpost on the frontier, or you can immerse yourself in an exploration of the history of art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
Minneehaha Park, inspired by ‘Hiawatha’, in the southeast borders the Mississippi and has a 55ft waterfall, and after visiting it you can spend a pleasant evening in the Guthrie Theatre, a showcase for classical and contemporary performances.
The Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in St Paul makes a great day out for the whole family and has an adjoining IMAX theatre. Don’t forget to check out the Como Town Amusement Park with its conservatory gardens, exotic fauna and regular exhibitions on conservation-related themes.
The Stone Arch Bridge spans the Mississippi at Minneapolis and is regarded as a major engineering feat. It spans 2100ft and affords splendid views of the city skyline and the St Anthony waterfall.