Minneapolis spans an entire 60 block distance and equates to seven miles. Surprisingly, Minneapolis is not the capital of Minnesota even though it is the largest city in the state. However, do not let its lack of capital status steer you away—there are plenty of things to do in Minneapolis. One thing to keep in mind when planning a visit to any part of Minnesota is that it is famous for its chilling winters. Therefore, if you are not a fan of the cold, you should probably plan on a spring or summer visit.
Although it is quite cold in the winter months, Minneapolis boasts a 69-block walkway that connects almost every major building. The Minneapolis Skyway as it is officially known is 100% heated meaning if you do need to travel here in the winter, you can still explore the city in comfort and true resident fashion.
1. Prince Memorabilia
What many people are unaware of is the fact that the artist formerly known as Prince was both born and raised here. Up until his recent death, he was still residing here, continuing the “Minnesota sound” that he helped cultivate so long ago. Are you a fan of Prince? Even if you are merely a fan of music history, there is plenty of Prince memorabilia in Minneapolis that represents Prince and the legacy he left behind. This sound culminated from a combination of R&B, pop, funk, new wave, and of course, rock and roll. In Minneapolis, you will find Prince attire, records, home décor, and just about anything else you can dream up.
2. A Fun Minnesota Passport or Other Novelty Items
There are many stores in Minneapolis that carry Minnesota passports. Not only are they cute, but they show all of the sights of Minneapolis, so you do not miss a thing! Another unique and novelty piece of Minnesota includes Minnesota Greetings Mints. Not only do they come with mints handy, they can be reloaded and carried with you in the future. Also, if you are a fan of wild rice, you can buy some in multiple souvenir stores as it is locally grown.
3. Local Goods That Help Good Causes
One very neat thing about Minnesota, specifically Minneapolis, is that they are very generous. What I mean by this is, there is a lot of charity to get involved in. In fact, there are many stores that make hefty donations to animal shelters, children’s charities, and the like. This is made possible by people like you. The residents of Minneapolis and tourists alike who shop at stores like Greater Goods support these charities through the store’s donations.
While there are plenty of national bookstore chains, Minneapolis features unique stores with rare selections. Enjoy books like the Lincoln Del Cookbook, a lake fish cookbook or Northern Gardener should you reside in the North. Additionally, they have First Avenue, NorthStar Cocktails, and a Minnesota Book of Skills that is particularly interesting. All of these books are published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press making them quite the special find. One of the best places to catch these books is a store by the name of I Like You.
5. Ukrainian Goods
As it turns out, Minneapolis has quite the array of different cultures. For instance, there is a surprising amount of Ukrainian history in this area. And with the culture, of course, brings some of the best opportunities to check out their goods. There are several stores in the area that sell Ukrainian goods like decorative egg stands, dyes, crafting tools and beyond. If you want a true cultural experience, you can also find Ukrainian figurines performing traditional acts like making music.
6. Unique Jewelry
I know what you are thinking – I can buy jewelry anywhere. And while this is true, you might be surprised to see what other areas have to offer. The best part about a lot of this jewelry is that it is mostly hand-crafted. This ensures that each piece is different, just like the human race. Crafted out of locally sourced precious stones and crystals, you can find beautiful amber pieces and differently shaped crystal and mineral necklaces, rings, etc.
Minneapolis and Grabbing Souvenirs That Mean Something
On the surface, I do not believe many people realize all there is to see in Minneapolis – or even Minnesota for that matter. However, after reading this guide, I hope I have made you aware of why Minneapolis is more than worth a visit. From the history of the rock icon Prince to the colorful community that exists within the city—you will never find yourself bored when vacationing in Minneapolis. Make sure if you are planning a trip to Minnesota to arm yourself with this guide so you do not miss out on the best souvenir opportunities.
Updated: August 8, 2018