Things To Do In Minneapolis

Up to 57% Off Urban Scavenger Race

Hubert's Sports Bar & Grill

$80 $39

Teams navigate the city in search of 14 clues, which they must document via smart phone; first prize is $500 and entry for the championship

50% Off a Haunted-History Walking Tour

Downtown West

$50 $25

A two-hour walking tour covers most haunted areas and allows guests to conduct their own paranormal investigation

The Wanted – Up to 50% Off Concert

Skyway Theatre

$45.80 $23

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British pop quintet brings their boy-band moves and drum-tight harmonies across the Atlantic; Cassio Monroe and Midnight Red open

48% Off Go-Karting and Bumper Boats

Coon Rapids

$25 $13

Go-karters careen around the course; bumper boaters take aim at rivals with mounted squirt guns

"Dogwood" – Up to 49% Off Dramatic Play

The Peoples Center Theater

$23.76 $12

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Premiere play by acclaimed theater company follows a dysfunctional family as they deal with old wounds and new secrets

51% Off Cycling Event for American Diabetes Association

Minnehaha Falls Park

$35 $17

Cyclists choose their route distance, raise money for ADA, and enjoy a cycling experience with post-ride party and events

94% Off MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

50% Off Five-Day Kids' Robotics Camp

Multiple Locations

$199.95 $99

Instructors teach the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with challenging robot kits

62% Off Guitar Lessons at American Guitar Academy

Minneapolis

$129.95 $49

Under the tutelage of skilled instructors, prospective rock icons learn scales, chords, and soloing techniques during 30-minute lessons

50% Off Private Ballroom Dance Lessons and Membership

Richfield

$110 $55

Master an array of joyful ballroom dances, including Latin and swing, in private and group lessons

75% Off Fitness Classes at Kosama

Multiple Locations

$159 $39

Certified instructors lead interval training classes designed to increase stamina, build muscle, and burn calories

Up to 78% Off Bowling Package at Memory Lanes

Memory Lanes

$86.78 $19

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Strike-collecting sessions entertain groups of five or ten bowlers who stave off hunger with appetizers and sips of soda or beer

Up to 72% Off Fitness Classes at The Firm

Minneapolis

$160 $49

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Award-winning gym hosts more than 100 classes a week, such as spinning, heated yoga & Barre; new facility with free parking & freeway access

Up to 79% Off at Kor-Am Tae Kwon Do School

Northwest Richfield

$116 $29

Students learn the scientific and traditional Korean martial art of tae kwon do, honing both their bodies and spirits

Up to 55% Off Tai Chi Classes at Evergreen Fitness

SW Minneapolis

$100 $50

Practitioners of the Chinese martial art relax and increase focus while burning calories and improving balance, agility, and flexibility

Up to 67% Off Barre Classes at Time Out Pilates & Fitness Studio

Minneapolis

$165 $59

Small, controlled movements target and tone muscles of the thighs, abs, arms, and more; keep bodies of all fitness levels lean & strong

Up to 80% Off One or Two Months of Yoga

Logan Park

$300 $59

Community-centered studio with Zumba classes and variety of yoga styles, including restorative, Vinyasa, and Kundalini

Up to 60% Off Classes at Barre Bliss

Lyn-Lake

$155 $59

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Barre blends elements of ballet and yoga to lengthen and strengthen muscles; other classes add cycling or cardio to the regimen

Up to 56% Off Medieval Combat Fencing Class

Minneapolis

$74 $35

Instructors teach centuries-old Western Martial Arts sword techniques in a unique, 11,000-square foot space that was once a bowling alley

Up to 51% Off Cooking Classes at Local D'Lish

Warehouse District

$80 $39

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Casual cooking classes use instructor demos and student participation to teach the basics of assembling meals from fresh, local ingredients

Up to 55% Off Interactive Summer Cooking Workshop

The North Wind Lofts

$110 $55

Le Cordon Bleu–trained chef teaches participants to hand make fresh mozzarella, grill steak, and whip up a custard dessert

Up to 66% Off Yoga at Jeromeo Body Clinic

North Loop Warehouse District

$130 $49

Yogis in training learn the poses and postures of yoga during classes guided by an expert

Up to 80% Off Personal TRX Training Sessions

Minneapolis

$188 $49

For 45 minutes, clients work one-on-one with trainers and use TRX straps to exercise all the major muscle groups

Up to 70% Off Fitness Classes

Kingfield

$130 $39

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Clients will have access to kettlebell, yoga,and qoya classes; low-impact lifting workout burns fat, sculpts muscles, and builds strength

52% Off Murder-Mystery Dinner Show

Multiple Locations

$60 $29

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

Up to 56% Off at Power Defense Kickboxing

Downtown

$60 $30

Students learn effective self-defense techniques, such as how to target opponents' pressure points and strike out with knees and elbows

Up to 91% Off Boot Camp and Sports Training

Minneapolis

$320 $29

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Veteran US Air Force and Army Sergeant Peterson and staff couple military-style calisthenics with yoga, speed training and or kickboxing.

Up to 59% Off Private Guitar Lessons

Minneapolis

$80 $39

During 30-minute lessons, instructors introduce students to guitar fundamentals and help them develop more advanced skills

Up to 71% Off Personal Training

Seward

$400 $149

Personal trainers help clients set attainable goals to build strength, lose weight, and tone muscles

Up to 82% Off Fitness or Kickboxing Classes

Multiple Locations

$160 $49

Fitness training in small groups keeps patrons motivated to keep working out; kickboxing torches calories in a cathartic flurry of moves

Up to 61% Off Personal Training or Fitness Classes

Minneapolis

$120 $59

Instructors lead custom routines during personal-training sessions or guide groups through 60-minute boot-camp or kickboxing workouts

61% Off Four-Week Boot Camp at Look Good Naked

Lake Harriet

$320 $125

Trainer Lois Tiedemann Koffi uses stability balls and resistance bands to forge high-intensity total-body routines

Up to 65% Off Fitness Boot-Camp Classes

Seward

$100 $39.99

Forge new muscles and shed pounds during boot camp–style workouts

Up to 60% Off History Museum Membership and Visits

Whittier

$75 $30

Mid-19th century quilts and beaded moccasins among artifacts displayed at Hennepin County history museum, situated in historic mansion

Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Up to 50% Off Matisse Show

Whittier

$32 $16

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Art spanning Henri Matisse's storied career displayed on loan to the museum; MIA also exhibits its own Matisse colleciton

Mad Girl Productions Presents Sugar Art & Fashion Show – Up to 40% Off

Studio B at The Skyway Theater

$75 $45

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Festive evening of music, fashion, photography, and modern art champions the work of emerging and underground female artists

"The Doyle & Debbie Show" – Up to 50% Off Musical

New Century Theatre

$36 $18

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Musical comedy follows an aging country star and boisterous up-and-comer as they take one last shot at Nashville stardom

56% Off Saint Patty’s Pub Crawl

Warehouse District

$22.75 $10

Celebrate Saint Patty’s Day with included drink tickets while exploring different bars; portion of proceeds go to a local charity

Up to 54% Off Classes at Hiawatha Yoga

South Minneapolis

$100 $49

Gentle, restorative yoga classes, including beginners’, restorative and vinyasa, open the body and connect students to their breath

Up to 81% Off Unlimited Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Martial Arts Classes

St. Louis Park

$150 $29

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors trained by founder Carlos Gracie, Jr. lead men's, women's, and children's group classes

Half Off Training Packages at Endgame Fitness

Endgame Fitness

$125 $62

Evidence-based approaches to strength and conditioning help athletes prepare for upcoming challenges with personalized programs

Up to 60% Off Boot Camp Sessions

Iron Works

$24 $11

Certified trainer leads boot camp sessions at a family-friendly gym

Half Off Guitar, Bass, or Ukulele Lessons

Plymouth - Golden Valley - St. Louis Park

$50 $24.99

In private sessions custom tailored to student's skills, an accomplished instructor teaches lessons in guitar, ukulele, and bass

50% Off Nine-Hole Round of Golf

Roseville

$34 $17

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Approachable nine-hole, par 27 course that stretches along 1,373 yards of garden- and tree-lined fairways

44% Off Art Camp

Little Canada

$45 $25

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

81% Off Boot-Camp Classes at Look Good Naked

Multiple Locations

$76 $15

Nutritional guides, online resources, and a weekly newsletter augment one-hour boot-camp classes held multiple times a week

Up to 69% Off Classes at Shape Me Group Fitness

Roseville

$80 $29

Zumba, tai chi, and Yoga Sculpt classes are led by skilled instructors at this energetic group fitness studio

Jesters Comedy Improv – Half Off Comedy Show

Ol' Mexico Restaurante

$20 $10

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Six veteran improvisers transform audience suggestions into impromptu sketches

61% Off Craft Beer, Cheese, Distilled Spirits, and Limo Tour

Rosedale Center

$179 $69

Limousines ferry guests to four local manufacturers' tasting rooms to sample beer, bourbon, rye, vodka, limoncello, and cheese

50% Off Personal Training

Northwest Richfield

$480 $240

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 84% Off Fitness Boot Camps

Eden Prairie

$173.50 $35

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Boot-camp sessions tone bodies with a rotating mix of exercises, which incorporate resistance bands and bodyweight

Up to 80% Off at Focus Kids Karate Academy

Edina

$199 $39

The specialized program teaches kids aged 3–4 self-defense skills as well as listening, self-control, and discipline

Up to 59% Off at Tiny Footprint Coffee

Roastery 7

$40 $20

Guests taste five to six different roasts during roughly hour-long tour of a carbon negative commercial roastery

70% Off Martial-Arts Classes at USA Karate

Multiple Locations

$49.95 $14.95

Karate classes for adults or juniors teach self-defense techniques that improve agility, coordination, and leadership skills

Up to 55% Off Classes at Key Fitness and Yoga

Saint Paul

$70 $35

Instructors lead students through vinyasa yoga, Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and other fitness classes

Michael L. Walters as Dame Edna – Up to 50% Off Comedy

CAMP Bar

$58 $29

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With a spot-on impersonation approved by creator Barry Humphries, Walters steps into Dame Edna's kitten heels for a night of laughs

Up to 56% Off at AMF Bowling Co.

Roseville

$36 $17

Bowling at over 250 locations across the country hosts groups of two, four, or six for two hours of bowling

Up to 65% Off Buffet and Baseball from The Original Gabe’s by the Park

The Original Gabe's by the Park

$77.90 $35

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After dining on burgers and brats, groups hop on a shuttle with tickets in hand for a St. Paul Saints baseball game at Midway Stadium

50% Off Minnesota Reptile Show

Minnesota State Fairgrounds- Merchandise Mart Building

$16 $8

Reptile lovers can buy exotic pets, food, and cage supplies

Up to 85% Off at Fit Body Boot Camp

St. Paul

$185 $39

Trainers lead groups through cardio and strength-training exercises designed to boost caloric burn during and after workouts

65% Off Personal Training

Saint Paul

$195 $68

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

55% Off Fitness Classes

Downtown

$120 $54

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 89% Off Tae Kwon Do for the Whole Family

Multiple Locations

$149 $39

Instructors teach kids tae kwon do with or without parent participation and provide family classes for all to join in and learn together

Up to 74% Off Yoga Classes

St. Paul

$85 $25

Following the Iyengar method, instructors lead yoga students through classes that emphasize alignment, sequencing, and focused attention

Up to 50% Off Fairway Flyerz

Roseville

$20 $10

Colorful disks of various weights, shapes, and designs light up the course as players take aim at targets and baskets.

50% Off Boxing Lessons

Hamline - Midway

$100 $50

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

Up to 51% Off Adult Masters Swim Workouts

Multiple Locations

$45 $22

Certified Level I and II ACSCA/US Masters swim coaches; workouts comprise exercises that boost swimming skills and burn calories

Up to 52% Off from Paul "Wallace" Esch Guitar Instruction

St. Paul

$80 $40

Ethnomusicologist who's taught for more than 14 years shows students how to master acoustic or electric guitar via their own musical taste

50% Off Chocolate & Wine Decadence Bus Tour

Saint Paul

$130 $65

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Learn the rich ways that chocolate and wine make a perfect pair and sample truffles that have Oprah's seal of approval

St. Paul Saints – Up to Half Off Baseball Game for Two

Midway Stadium

$28 $14

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Independent team that has sent 15 players to the MLB in its 19-year history sets its sights on a winning year as the 2014 season kicks off

Minnesota Swarm Lacrosse – Up to Half Off Game

Xcel Energy Center

$36.35 $18

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After advancing to the divisional finals in two consecutive years, the Swarm look to build upon that success behind coach Joe Sullivan

Up to 55% Off Ethnic Cooking Classes at Ethnic Foods Co.

Maple Grove

$79 $39

Students learn to re-create tasty and nutritious yet simple international meals in their own homes

Up to 50% Off at Zero Gravity Trampoline Park

Mounds View

$24 $12

Jumpers traverse 11,000 sq. ft. of trampolines, dunking basketballs, playing dodge ball, turning airborne somersaults, and playing laser tag

Up to 87% Off Boot Camp Sessions at Fit4Life

Circle Pines

$180 $25

Certified personal trainer coaches clients of all fitness levels through interval training; nutrition program customizes meals and coaching

46% Off One Hour of Trampoline Time for Two

Multiple Locations

$28 $15

Gigantic trampolines line the floors and walls for gravity-defying jumping, bounding, and exercise

Up to 44% Off at Water Park of America

East Bloomington

$32.95 $19

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Indoor water park with twin-body slides, 10-story family raft ride, and activity pool

Half Off Amazing Mirror Maze for Two, Four, or Six

Mall of America

$15.90 $8

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Visitors meander and strategize their way through a disorienting and fun 2,500-square-foot mirror maze

Up to 71% Off at CM's Fitness Studio

East Bloomington

$100 $39

Nationally certified instructors infuse socially driven fitness classes— including Zumba and hip-hop—with energy and global flair

52% Off at Average Joes Archery

Coon Rapids

$33.20 $16

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Archery outing with all equipment, open shooting time to practice skills, and virtual experience to test skills

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In 1879, a lumber baron named Thomas Barlow Walker built an extra room onto his house. He mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the room's walls and opened it to the public. This private collection transformed into a public gallery with the founding of Walker Art Center in 1927. Over the following decades, the center's staff amassed a collection focused on modern art, gathering works from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti. Today, this permanent collection has expanded to encompass more than 11,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs, more than 800 film pieces, and more than 1,200 artists' books.

In the whimsical multistory geometric helix of the Barnes building, seven cube-shaped galleries radiate from a central core on terrazzo floors and under lofted ceilings. Docents lead group tours through the galleries to see rotating exhibitions or play hide-and-seek with Jackson Pollock. Current exhibits have explored the contemporary still photography of Cindy Sherman, American avant-garde film from 1960 to 1973, and prints, paintings, and sculptures produced after 1989. Inside the museum's social spaces, docents also host artist talks, film screenings, and open houses.

Designed as a contemporary twist on old European opera houses, the center's McGuire Theater draws visitors into its intimate space for live dance, theater, and music performances as well as performance art. Museum exhibits and events also spill outside to a central square and the four quadrants, bordered by granite and evergreen hedges, of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. As visitors walk across its lawns, they can glimpse iconic modern sculptures, cross a 375-foot steel-and-wood footbridge, or watch staff teach plants to paint in the Cowles Conservatory.

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis,
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CorePower Yoga founder Trevor Tice knows yoga is much more than a tool for increasing physical strength. "We've seen first hand emotional breakthroughs, physical improvements, and most of all, a new found confidence and balance our students carry from the studio into their daily lives," says Trevor. To further their holistic efforts, CorePower provides additional services and programs across various locations. Some outposts house spas where visitors can quiet their minds with a massage or facial, while others host Karma Yoga events wherein teachers lead free classes for cancer survivors, and students share home-cooked food with homeless youths.

But yoga resides at the heart of CorePower's mission to inspire as many people as possible, so each studio boasts a range of classes that accommodates all experience levels. Truly serious students can conjure pensive expressions as they enroll in a yoga-teacher-training program, and all patrons can take comfort in knowing their studio was built from recycled materials and equipped with energy-efficient fixtures.

2930 Emerson Ave S
Minneapolis,
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Wood Lake Nature Center's 3 miles of trails and boardwalks wind through 150 acres of cattail marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and restored prairie. The Center's membership program supplies budding naturalists with fun, informative classes and demonstrations. Watchful walkers clutching loaned binoculars and field guides spy for winged creatures in flight on the Spring Bird Hike. Meanwhile, an environmental book club assembles adults into friendly thought circles to discuss eco-related topics and practice tree impersonations. Naturalist Marthe Herbert conducts a live animal show, which lets participants notch a closer look at foxes, owls, and other local animals, and Friday night campfires let kids and parents melt marshmallows in the crisp night air. In the winter months, free snowshoe rentals help feet float through flurries, and families can ring in the new year without playing thousands of simultaneous cell phone jingles thanks to the yearly Candlelight & Ice event, which gathers them to walk candle-lit trails and sit beside a crackling fire.

6710 Lake Shore Dr S
Minneapolis,
MN
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National Sports Center is one of the few places in the world where you can step from verdant fields onto stretches of ice. Eight ice arenas—four Olympic-sized, four NHL-sized—comprise more than 148,000 square feet inside the Schwan Super Rink. And as for the fields? The National Sports Center was originally conceived as a soccer complex, and it still boasts 52 fields. The Guinness Book of World Records has certified National Sports Center as the largest soccer complex on earth.

Hockey and soccer still only make up a small portion of the sports that are playable at the center. Those same soccer fields might host rugby on one day, lacrosse on another, and ultimate disc the following week, provided the discs have not flown south for the winter. The ice rink might host figure skaters as well as broomball teams. At the center's outdoor cycling velodrome, brake-free bikes race each other along a canted track, thrilling crowds every Thursday from late May to September. Players of all stripes can sign up for leagues and lessons in their favorite sport, or check out everything from expos to fitness classes on the calendar of events.

1700 105th Ave NE
Blaine,
MN
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Dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the state’s storied past, the Minnesota Historical Society dutifully curates 26 historic sites and museums that help visitors delve into days of yore—from the Forest History Center in Grand Rapids to the Jeffers Petroglyphs in Comfrey and Split Rock Lighthouse on the North Shore.

Explore the Minnesota History Center’s collection of artifacts, local artworks, and hands-on exhibits at the History Center in St. Paul, from Civil War battle flags to Prince's suit from Purple Rain. Temporary exhibits include American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, on display through March 16, and Toys of the '50s, '60s and '70s, opening May 24. Mill City Museum in Minneapolis chronicles the linked histories of the flour industry, Minneapolis, and the Mississippi River, sending visitors through history as they traverse each floor on an eight-story elevator ride that depicts a working day at the mill. As a bonus, baking-lab demonstrations produce balmy bread samples and historically accurate stomach rumbles.

704 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis,
MN
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Most students in introductory stained-glass-making classes are in search of a new hobby or a fun few hours, but not Connie Beckers. In 1995, she took such a course and soon built a career around the art of stained glass and kiln-working. Now, through The Goddess of Glass, she teaches others her craft during classes that cover the creation of jewelry, coasters, plates, and transparent overalls. She’s also been known to flex her instructional muscle as a guest artist on the DIY Network show Cramped Quarters, where she taught the show’s host and contractor how to make stained-glass tiles for a kitchen in the middle of remodeling.

The Goddess of Glass also sells artwork and gifts out of a separate retail shop. Patrons can commission a custom piece, such as a stained-glass window, or peruse a collection of pieces by more than 80 local artisans. The shop’s staff can also advise clients who need custom framing, helping them to pick the proper matting and frame so that their Richard Nixon rookie cards really pop.

2205 Lowry Ave N
Minneapolis,
MN
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