Destination guide

Much to do in the mighty Minneapolis

You might think you'll get two cities for the price of one when booking your Minneapolis vacation rentals, but you'll soon find that one is more than enough. These days, Minneapolis has the edge over its 'twin' St. Paul. If you want culture, you'll be swimming deep in the City of Lakes. Its arts have more bite, its theatre more cut, and its skyline more height. Minneapolis also shops to the extreme with enormous Mall of America, and it plays hard too: think Nickelodeon Universe. Wrap it all in a warm dose of 'Minnesota Nice' and you have city break heaven.

Things to do

What's to see in Minneapolis?

Lavishly decked out with lakes, parks and rivers, Minneapolis has always been a visual treat, but the last couple of decades have seen bolder cultural styling in the city. The cobalt-mirror work of the Guthrie Theater hosts a mix of block-busters and contemporary performances. Then there's the stippled silverwork of the Walker Art Center, where you can challenge your inner artist. Or marvel at the famed Spoonbridge and Cherry sculpture. Old school delights include the Minnehaha Falls, inspiration for the Song of Hiawatha, or the ruin-turned-museum of Mill City.

Activities

Minneapolis—a day in the life

A day in Minnesota can start pretty chilled. The banks of the Mississippi are an open green thoroughfare, perfect for strolling. Here, you're never far from a riverside café and lunch begs to be done Scandi-style with family picnicking in the open by a lakeshore (and there are plenty of those!). Unless, of course, its winter when it’ll be the restaurants of the famed Skyway that call you. Minnesota does urban well, with clubs to break beats in or theaters to pluck souls. But don't fret if it's late—there are plenty of Minneapolis vacation rentals to be your base to crash in.

Weather

Winter's coming in Minneapolis

The locals may be somewhat easy-going in Minneapolis, but the weather certainly isn't. This city constantly reminds you what season it is. In summer, the sun smiles often in the City of Lakes but it can get hot and humid so head for the breezes of the river bank or lakeshore to cool off. Winters, on the other hand, can be hard, but Minneapolis is prepared. Get yourself cozy and warm by shopping in the heated walkways of the Skyway—or by tucking yourself up in one of the Minneapolis vacation rentals.

Natural features

Making Minneapolis wild again

Despite being a sprawling city, Minneapolis has much to interest lovers of the wilds. There's the mighty Mississippi passing right through its heart, famed for its fabulous falls and splashing river otters. There are more lakes in the city than you can shake a corn cob at, and are home to a myriad of birds. And don't forget the magnificent Minneapolis Zoo: A real treat for those coming to Minneapolis with family. This groundbreaking zoo includes clever trails that recreate tropical and arctic climes while also showcasing local wildlife.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Minneapolis

Fly into Minneapolis, MN (MSP-Minneapolis - St. Paul Intl.), the closest airport, located 7.1 mi (11.5 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to St. Paul, MN (STP-St. Paul Downtown), which is 10.6 mi (17.1 km) away.

You can get around Minneapolis by catching a ride on the metro at Nicollet Mall Station, Warehouse - Hennepin Station or Government Plaza Station.

Where to stay around Minneapolis?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 827 vacation rentals near Minneapolis. From 486 Houses to 262 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Minneapolis for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Minneapolis?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Minneapolis:

  • Central Minneapolis: 155 vacation rentals
  • Calhoun Isles: 135 vacation rentals
  • Southwest Minneapolis: 101 vacation rentals
  • Downtown West: 82 vacation rentals
  • Uptown: 104 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Minneapolis?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Minneapolis. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • U.S. Bank Stadium: 947 vacation rentals
  • Lake Calhoun: 837 vacation rentals
  • Lake Harriet: 973 vacation rentals
  • Minneapolis Convention Center: 961 vacation rentals
  • University of Minnesota: 927 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Minneapolis listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Minneapolis?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 486 Houses in Minneapolis. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Minneapolis include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 262 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available
  • Villas: 22 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Townhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Minneapolis?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 52 vacation rentals with pool available in Minneapolis. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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