Carlson School Skyline

Explore Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Minneapolis-St. Paul metro hosts a plethora of dining, sightseeing, and recreation options during your visit. Explore these destinations to experience the best the Twin Cities has to offer.

  • Butcher and the Boar: a festive and communal dining experience serving American craft food, bourbon, and beer.
  • Spoon and Stable: a French eatery led by James Beard award-winning chef, serving local seasonal ingredients
  • Matt’s Bar: a bustling bar that invented and perfected the world-famous Jucy Lucy in Minneapolis
  • The Nook: St. Paul's claim to the Jucy Lucy
  • Cossetta's: An Italian market in St.Paul that has been open since 1911, offering both a cafeteria and sit-down experience
  • Saint Dinette: a French-inspired comfort food location in the historic Lowertown neighborhood in downtown St. Paul


Arts & Culture


  • Dakota Jazz Club: an intimate cabaret setting with music every night plus full-service American fine dining & cocktails
  • The Local: a sprawling, mahogany-lined venue featuring traditional Irish food and drink, plus an outdoor patio
  • Fulton Brewery: a microbrewery serving house beers in an industrial warehouse setting, founded by a Carlson School alum
  • First Avenue: iconic music venue
  • Turf Club: a no-frills lounge offering nightly live rock music in St. Paul


Parks and Lakes
  • Gold Medal Park: a 7.5-acre park situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, located within walking distance from the Carlson School
  • Lake Calhoun: the largest lake in Minneapolis, and a popular destination for walking, bicycling, canoeing, and more
  • Harriet Island Regional Park: one of the Twin-Cities most visited parks, located on the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul
  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory: located in the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul, this free zoo and conservatory is a go-to destination in the Twin Cities


  • Public transit: Minneapolis-St. Paul is outfitted with a substantial network of bus and lightrail options for guests to explore the city
  • Bike sharing: as one of the top cities in the country for cyclists, Minneapolis makes it easy to simply and inexpensively check out a bicycle for short trips. *Weather permitting*
  • Ride sharing: Uber and Lyft operate in Minneapolis-St. Paul