• About Twin Cities

    Our Neighborhood

    Minneapolis-St. Paul

    The Twin Cities are home to 180 city parks, 20 Fortune 500 companies, and more theater seats per capita than any city in the world besides New York. Minneapolis and Saint Paul provide endless outdoor, career development, and cultural opportunities.

    Eating in the City

    Photos of local cuisine, featuring food from Mirror of Korea, Groundswell and Black Sea

    Mirror of Korea

    761 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    Just a short walk across the street, Mirror of Korea offers the Hamline Midway neighborhood a window into a place whose origins link back from the other side of the world. Mirror of Korea offers some of the best Korean food around.


    1340 Thomas Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    Groundswell is a wonderful option for students seeking gluten-free and vegan options. Boasting a bakery as well as a cafe-style restaurant, Groundswell often hosts local artists and musicians, including a small Minnesota-themed gift shop.

    Black Sea

    737 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55104
    Black Sea is a favorite among Hamline students, mostly due to the restaurant's dedication to large portions at extremely affordable prices. Students can choose from a large variety of Turkish cuisine, served fresh and fast.

    Of course, there's lots more to eat and explore in the Twin Cities. Your new favorite food could be just a short trip on the Green Line away. Check out Visit Saint Paul and Twin Cities Dining Guide for more options!

    Local Fun

    Photos of the Como Zoo Conservatory, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Mill City Museum.

    Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

    1225 Estabrook Dr, Saint Paul, MN 55103
    Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is the perfect setting for an outdoor adventure. The zoo hosts a wide variety of animals and exhibits, matched only in diversity by the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, a wide expanse of exotic and local gardens.

    Minneapolis Institute of Art

    2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404
    The Minneapolis Institute of Art is a fine art museum that offers a wide array of cultural and historical art as well as a vast collection of contemporary art installments. The museum often hosts special events, but regular admittance is offered at no charge.

    Mill City Museum

    704 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
    With an explosive past, the Mill City Museum offers a unique look at local history on the ruins of the Washburn A Mill flour plant, which suffered a flour explosion in the late 1880s and a devastating fire in 1990.

    Photo Cred: Como Zoo and Conservatory, MIA, Mill City Museum

    Performing Arts

    Photos of the Guthrie Theatre, Orpheum Theatre, and a production at the Soap Box Factory.

    Guthrie Theater

    818 S 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55415
    The Guthrie offers a variety of professional theatrical performances throughout the year. Featuring local actors and artists, it showcases the Twin Cities' rich theatrical community.

    Orpheum Theatre

    910 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55402
    The beautifully renovated Orpheum Theatre has a rich history and is known for premiering musicals such as Victor/Victoria and The Lion King.

    Brave New Workshop

    824 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
    The longest running satirical theatre in the country, Brave New Workshop specializes in political and social satire. Not only does BNW host their own regular shows, but they host other events on their ETC stage, and host classes for all ages. Just minutes from downtown Minneapolis, Brave New Workshop is an affordable and hilarious place for a night out.

    Photo cred: Public domain, Hennepin Theater Trust, Soap Factory

    Sporting Events

    Photos of the Wild playing at the Xcel Energy Center, Target Field, and the Saint Paul Saints mascot.

    Minnesota Wild

    Xcel Energy Center
    Minnesota is known for it's incredible winters, and with the incredible cold comes incredible winter sports. The Minnesota Wild hockey team can be found playing home games in downtown St. Paul, just a short ride from campus. The Xcel also hosts events like concerts year-round.

    Minnesota Twins

    Target Field
    Grab a hot dog at Target Field in Minneapolis and enjoy watching the Twins, Minnesota's professional baseball team. Not a baseball fan? Check out Target Field's website for other cool events like concerts.

    Saint Paul Saints

    CHS Field
    The Saints have a long history with the city of St. Paul. Root for a local team in brand new CHS field. The team is part-owned by Bill Murray, so fun and laughter is always a guarantee. Prefer to root for a team that's even closer to home? CHS Field is also home of the Pipers Baseball team, so go root for your friends and classmates too!

    Minnesota Vikings

    U.S. Bank Stadium
    Rain, snow, or shine, go root on Minnesota's professional football team, the Vikings. U.S. Bank Stadium is brand new, finished in 2016, and features state of the art facilities and technology. The stadium also hosts other events, and will be the home of the 2018 Super Bowl.

    Photo cred: Minnesota Wild, Target Field, Saint Paul Saints

    Outdoor Recreation

    Photos of natural scenic spots in Minnesota

    Grand Rounds Scenic Byway

    Minneapolis Grand Rounds Scenic Byway consists of 102 miles of walking and biking trails and covers from the Downtown Riverfront to Theodore Wirth. Grand Rounds will take you by museums, waterfalls, flower gardens, theaters and other beautiful sights. With information kiosks and more than 50 interpretive sites, Grand Rounds is a fun way to get outside, exercise, and enjoy local Minneapolis scenery.

    Quarry Park and Nature Preserve

    1802 County Road 137, Waite Park, MN 56387
    Though a little bit of a drive from the Twin Cities, Quarry Park and Nature Preserve in Saint Cloud is one of Minnesota's most popular recreation sites. With activities like rock climbing, scuba diving, cliff diving and hiking, you'll find no shortage of unique and beautiful places to explore at this historic park.

    Fort Snelling State Park

    101 Snelling Lake Road, Saint Paul, MN 55111
    Fort Snelling Sate Park offers extensive hiking, bike and ski trails as well as canoeing, swimming and golfing. Visit Historic Fort Snelling for a fun and educational tour that brings you back to the 1820s in Minnesota.

    Find other fun outdoor recreation spots and events at the DNR website or at the Explore Minnesota webpage.

    Photo cred: Minneopa State Park, Lake Harriet, Minnehaha Falls


    Photo of a Nice Ride bike rental kiosk.

    The Hamline campus is situated in the middle of the Twin Cities. You need only step off campus to start your journey to new experiences and opportunities. Take the Green Line downtown, ride a bike to a new park, or even rent a car for the day.

    Learn more about getting around the cities »

    Still looking for things to do? Check out the Minneapolis and Saint Paul events calendars or the City Pages calendar for more exciting things to do and places to visit!