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Olivia Harvey
February 02, 2018 7:40 pm

We envy you diehard football fans headed to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota this weekend for the 2018 Super Bowl. Come Sunday, the New England Patriots will face off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a game that will have us all on the edge of our seats. But before you attend the big game, those of you who are visiting Minneapolis, Minnesota for the first time may want to get some sight-seeing in. There’s so much to do in downtown Minneapolis — we’d love to give you a few suggestions.

Firstly, if you haven’t already checked out the U.S. Bank Stadium’s pre-Super Bowl event lineup, we highly recommend you do so. The Stadium began their Super Bowl festival on January 26th so fans can pack as much football fun into their Super Bowl experience as possible. Until game day, February 4th, the Stadium is hosting Super Bowl LIVE and Super Bowl Experience, two events filled with family fun.

Attendees can play virtual reality games, go to live concerts, and receive autographs from notable NFL players.

Once you’ve had your fill of fun at U.S. Bank Stadium, grab the family and go check out what the City of Minneapolis has to offer. Such as…

Minneapolis Institute of Art

With over 80,000 works of art spanning over 4,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA) will balance out your sports vacation with a bit of art history. And, with free admission, you can save your money to buy extra Super Bowl snacks.

Guthrie Theater

Take a tour of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater while in town. The theater’s website states that the “architecture and scenery are an Instagrammer’s dream.” There aren’t any shows currently playing at the Guthrie, but the building alone is worth a visit.

The Escape Game

Work together with your team to find clues and messages that can help you escape the room. Teams can choose from several different escape themes: “The Heist,” “Mission: Mars,” “Gold Rush,” or “Prison Break.” This live-action brain teaser will get your heart pumping.

Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tours

If you’re a craft beer connoisseur, you’ll definitely want to check out Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tours. You and your friends can head out on a bus trip to discover all the craft beer Minneapolis has to offer as you hop from taproom to brewery.

Mill City Museum

History buffs, this is the activity for you. Head over to the historic Mill City Museum on the Mississippi Riverfront. There you can check out a variety of exhibits pertaining to the old mill in which the museum sits. You can also take part in workshops and programs, dine within the museum, and take advantage of the museum’s shopping opportunities.

First Avenue

Love live music? First Avenue  & 7th Street Entry offers a historic venue with two performance spaces that play host to over 200 live concerts a year. Tonight, February 1st, The Mainroom will host Thursday Night Throwdown: A Big Ol’ Funky Dance Party, so grab your tickets now!

Make the most of your Minneapolis vacation. Enjoy the Super Bowl and all the fun activities downtown Minneapolis has to offer.

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