Shopping & Attractions
Year-round excitement for all walks of life.
With no sales tax on clothing, Minneapolis-Saint Paul is an international draw for shopping. Its celebrated Mall of America (MOA) is one of the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the nation. With more than 570 stores and restaurants, Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium and a seven-acre amusement park under one roof, MOA attracts more than 40 million visitors each year. It’s the largest tourist attraction in the Midwest.
A Shopper's Paradise
Shoppers appreciate the variety of the Twin Cities retail scene. Homegrown retail giants Target, Best Buy and Macy’s (formerly Dayton’s) have a large presence in the Greater MSP region. Major department stores such as Nordstrom and Macy's anchor the MOA. And thriving retail districts can be found in neighborhoods all across the Twin Cities, including Edina’s 50th & France and Saint Paul’s Grand Avenue.
Uptown Minneapolis caters to urban hipsters. Midtown Market showcases international treasures and ethnic food. Historic Stillwater is one of many destinations for antique hunters. Locally sourced farmers’ markets grace neighborhoods across the Greater MSP region, garnering praise from Travel + Leisure.
Downtown Retail District
Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis’s downtown pedestrian mall, features chic boutiques, a Sack’s Fifth Avenue outlet, and upscale fashion stores. Downtown Saint-Paul sports one-of-a-kind shops and fine restaurants throughout its rich cultural corridor. In both cities, shoppers are protected from the elements by skyways – unique climate-controlled bridges invented in Minnesota.
Year-round Family Attractions
Visitors and residents alike take advantage of the Twin Cities’ plethora of family attractions. Minneapolis-Saint Paul is one of the few major US cities to support two zoos. Valleyfair Amusement Park, Minnesota Twins baseball and hundreds of community festivals are popular summer destinations.
Twin Cities families are as active in winter as the rest of the year – with outdoor recreation and indoor diversions. The Science Museum of Minnesota is Minnesota’s favorite museum, based on attendance. The Minnesota Children's Museum, Minnesota History Center, Minnesota Children's Theatre Company, and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum are all national treasures.