Here is a collection of Internet resources for making the most of “playing” in the Twin Cities.

Professional Sports
The Minnesota Twins - (MLB)

The Minnesota Vikings - (NFL)

The Minnesota Timberwolves - (NBA)

The Minnesota Lynx - (WNBA)  WNBA Champions 2011!

The Minnesota Wild - (NHL)

NSC Minnesota Stars - (NASL)  2011 NASL Champions!

The Minnesota Swarm - (NLL) 

MNDOT - Traffic and Transportation Page - city resources for traffic conditions, parking permits, towed vehicle information, and other means of local transportation

Google Maps - the popular mapping service, integrated with the CTA and Metra to conveniently plan trips by car, bus, or rail

Explore Minnesota - the official Minnesota tourism page giving visitors complete access to places to stay, things to see, and events to attend.

WikiTravel Minnesota and WikiTravel Minneapolis and St. Paul - a user-compiled tourist guide to Minnesota and the Twin Cities

Museums & Zoos
The Minnesota History Center - preserving and retelling Minnesota’s history through documents, artifacts, and exhibits.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - A free, non-profit museum of visual arts from around the world. Ancient to modern.

Science Museum of Minnesota - The Science Museum's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year.

Historic Fort Snelling - The story of Fort Snelling is the story of the development of the U.S. Northwest.

Minnesota Children's Museum - At the Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning. 

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum -The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close gardens and bike, walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.

Como Zoo and Conservatory Society - For over 100 years, Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory in St. Paul, Minnesota has charmed, educated and entertained millions of children and adults.

Minnesota Zoo - connecting people, animals and the natural world.

The Works - Where kids explore how things work.  The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun. Designed for young people between the ages of 5 to 12, The Works is open to the public.

Music & Dance
The Minnesota Orchestra - The Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world; award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and educational outreach programs; and a visionary commitment to building the orchestral repertoire of tomorrow.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra - The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, now in its 52nd season, is the nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra and is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.

Art & Theater
Walker Art Center - Minneapolis, Minnesota arts center which features contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits and programs.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts - The Ordway, recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, is home to a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance, and vocal artists on its Music Theater and McKnight Theatre stages.

Guthrie Theater - The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world.

State, Orpheum, and Pantages Theater - The Trust’s activities include Broadway touring productions, concerts, comedy, speakers and other variety entertainment plus educational initiatives including the SpotLight Musical Theatre Program for high schools, Critical View student reviewer program, Teen Ushers, the Access Program and Kids’ Night.


Fitzgerald Theater
Home to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion".  The Fitzgerald Theater is committed to programming that reflects the audience and mission of Minnesota Public Radio. This 1,000-seat theater acts as MPR's largest broadcast studio, with airwaves reaching millions of people tuned in to A Prairie Home Companion. Our staged productions commission authors, artists and radio hosts to create intellectually stimulating programs that delight and enlighten our vast public radio community. The Fitzgerald Theater is Saint Paul's oldest theater and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.


Nightlife - Minneapolis

First Avenue & 7th Street Entry
Made famous by local muscian Prince, First Avenue is the cornerstone of the midwest music scene.  The nightclub has been the starting point for virtually every single band to come out of the Twin Cities, including Prince, The Revolution, The Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Soul Asylum, Willful Neglect, Semisonic, American Head Charge, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, Dillinger Four, Dosh, The Jayhawks and Curtiss A, among others.  The 7th Street Entry is a venue where smaller and lesser known bands will play.

Fine Line Music Cafe
A smaller-sized music club located on 1st Avenue, the Fine Line features national and local acts. The main level provides a close proximity to the acts, while the mezzanine offers meals and seating for a more expensive price

Dakota Jazz Club
An upscale jazz club with a restaurant. 

O'Donovan's Irish Pub
A rather small-looking pub with a big inside, this is a good place to go for a pint. They have a nice variety of drinks on tap, from cider to stout to both ("Poor Man's Black Velvet"), and some authentic Irish food in case that isn't thick enough. The help can range from decent to good, and the regulars may even be rather welcoming as well. Fair prices, good beers, and even better food.  The venue features live folk music mosts nights of the week.

Brit's Pub
For over 20 years Brit's has been Minneapolis's own little corner of the UK. Known for nights by the fireplace in the winter and lawn bowling on the rooftop deck in the summer - with a whole lot in between! Cheers!

Aqua Nightclub
18+ dance club with live DJ.

Lee's Liquor Lounge
Located on a sketchy corner in the outskirts of Downtown, Lee’s Liquor Lounge is still worth visiting. Music nearly every evening, Lee’s spacious setup makes it easy to grab a chair or booth with a good view of the band. The crowd is a bit hard to place and the bartenders are a bit older than most might assume.

Kieran's Irish Pub
Live Celtic music, classic yet lively decor and a wide selection of affordable yet creative menu items make it a good destination for gameday, happy hour and dining-out crowds alike.

Nye's Polanais Room
Once voted by Esquire Magazine as The Best Bar In America  Nye's is an institution located across the river from downtown Minneapolis on the "north" side.  Stepping into Nye's is like stepping back in time.  Sing along at the piano bar, enjoy polish food, and drink manhattan's.  There's not a trendy bone in the bar!

Gasthof zur Gemutlichkeit
Are you itching to go polka dancing?  Find a slice of Bavaria right in Northeast Minneapolis. With the staff in full costume, giant glass boots of beer to share and plenty of schnitzel to go around, the meals at Gasthof’s are boisterous and brimming. Take your parents for dinner in the upstairs dining-room (they’ll love the accordion polkas) and afterward, head down to the basement for the large selection of German beers and club music. Be sure not to miss the tent parties for Maifest and Oktoberfest. Need a nic fix - but don't want to stand 50 feet away? Gasthof's has the solution. Just ask and a Fraulein will slap a wad of tobacco up your nose with her snuff board.

Nightlife - St. Paul

Camp Bar Twin Cities
The 5000 sq ft facility contains three separate spaces for customers; the upscale yet casual Front Bar, the lively Dance Bar and, weather allowing, our sidewalk patio. The front bar features a large u-shaped bar, flat screen televisions, a baby grand piano and our Entryway Lounge. The Back Bar features a dance floor, pool tables, darts, the hip Mezzanine Lounge, performance stage and upper-level VIP Sexy Lounge.

Myth Nightclub
Located just minutes from both downtown St. Paul and Minneapolis, Myth is the Midwest’s ultimate concert and club destination. Boasting over 36,000 square feet of world-class production space for live concerts, DJ’s and special events, it raises the bar to such heights that it must be experienced to be appreciated.

Myth offers a club experience unlike any other. Exceptional amenities include explosive, top-of-the-line sound and lighting to rock the perfect dance floor, multi-level VIP areas, luxury lounge with 3 exclusive VIP suites, a separate ultra-lounge with rooftop patio, ample general seating, 7 bars, sexy and attentive staff, and FREE parking!

Turf Club
The Turf is a perfect setting for rock. The long, prominent bar scales one side of the narrow interior; the stage is at the back; the entire space is enveloped in dark woods; and tinkling Christmas lights make for a cheap strip club ambiance rivaling the best of the local Veteran's Legions. The music is loud, the crowd is devoted.  Rich in unpolished history, this is a rock 'n' roll joint that gives everyone what they expect from a Midwest bar: flannels and beer. Sorry, there ain't no chocolate martinis here.

The Artist's Quarter Jazz Club
Tucked in the basement level of the historic Hamm Building in St. Paul, the Artists' Quarter has a subterranean, classic vibe evoking a bygone era. The club is owned by working jazz musicians, who designed a sound, look and feel for the optimal live experience. Whether presenting a legend like Roy Haynes (who recorded the live CD Whereas at the club) or a rising star from the Twin Cities scene, the AQ takes its jazz very seriously. Don’t despair the lack of a kitchen – the friendly AQ staff will set you up with food delivered by nearby restaurants.

The Happy Gnome
The Happy Gnome is not your typical restaurant/ bar: The Happy Gnome is where you experience craft beer exploration and culinary adventure, together.  For six years, The Happy Gnome has pushed forward the craft beer scene, growing our drafts lines to featuring 76 taps. Our tap list is exclusively domestic craft and quality import, rotating through seasonal selections and maintaining some favorites. Promoting craft beer is also fun: every month we feature a different brewery, hosting a beer dinner where the brewer comes and explains their beers and our chef creates a pairing for each course.  And it doesn’t stop with the 76 rotating taps: The Happy Gnome offers an ecclectic bottled beer selection, from mainstream to obscure.

The Liffy Irish Pub
The Liffey is downtown and almost across the street from the Xcel Energy Center so it's a hot spot during winter hockey season. The interior is all lovely carved wood and etched glass - very cozy on a winter's day - but the real bonus is the large, 2nd floor patio that looks up at Cathedral Hill. Fabulous.

Half Time Rec
A neighborhood dive bar known throughout the twin cities for it's eclectic music and bocce ball in the basement.  $2 tap beers keep everyone happy.  And if you're looking for THE place to be on St. Patty's day, this is the place.

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