Just 40 miles from campus, the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer plenty of things for our students to do. There are several ways to get there from Northfield, so most students find it easy and fun to visit the “Cities” several times a year. Here are a few things to do when you get there.
A round of applause
The Twin Cities have an incredibly rich theater culture. Many locals claim that we have the second highest number of theater seats per capita. While that’s yet to be proven, there’s plenty of action on the marquees at the nationally known Guthrie, Ordway, Penumbra, and Orpheum theaters, but don’t overlook the critically acclaimed productions at smaller neighborhood venues like the Jungle, Mixed Blood, and Ritz theaters.
Prince, Dessa, Lizzo, Dylan, Atmosphere
Home to some of the most influential artists in rock, hip hop, pop, and jazz, the Twin Cities’ music scene is incredible. Whether you seek an intimate concert at the Cedar Cultural Center or want to catch a national headliner at First Ave, you’ll find a variety of great acts to satisfy your musical appetite.
And speaking of appetites, you’ll find an amazing spread of restaurants, farmers markets, and food trucks throughout the metro area. You can enjoy authentic tamales, injera, pho, or lutefisk, so you’ll be able to indulge in old favorites, but be sure to try something new. Whatever you’re craving, if you’re looking for good food, Minneapolis and St. Paul have you covered.
Retails and roller coasters
Did we mention that the largest mall in the United States is located just 30 minutes north of campus? It’s hard to ignore the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. It’s practically a rite of passage for Carleton students to trek to “MOA” to shop for clothes, stock up on sports team swag, ride a roller coaster, and play a game of mini golf — all under one roof.
Yep. It’s a big cherry
The Walker Art Center’s outdoor Sculpture Garden showcases a beautiful and sometimes silly collection of sculptures, such as the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. Just across town from the Walker, you’ll find one of the country’s most comprehensive collections of Asian art at Mia. Explore the fascinating history of electricity at The Bakken, or the history of Minneapolis’s mill culture at Mill City on the banks of the Mississippi River. And that’s just a small sample of the museums and galleries you’ll find throughout the Twin Cities.
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Parks and lakes are everywhere
We’re really proud of our outdoor lifestyle. Parks, trails, and gorgeous scenery abound in this land of 10,000 lakes. You may have heard it gets cold in Minnesota, and it does, but we have four beautiful seasons here, which means we’re never at a loss for things to do outside. Depending on the weather, we can choose to bike, hike, skate, ski, swim, and run — and so we do!