The Twin Cities are an awesome summer destination, as the metropolis comes alive with folks soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the local lakes and taking advantage of the fun outdoor activities that abound. If you’re traveling in for the Minneapolis Tri, here’s a list of our favorite things to do in Minneapolis.

Rides and Runs


Gym Sesh


Eat and Drink

Coffee Shop/Café

Keep your spectators happy and steer them to Nokomis Beach Coffee and Angry Catfish Bicycle and Coffee Bar, both super close to the Minneapolis Tri venue. 


Toast your achievement at Town Hall Brewery or Northbound Smokehouse & Brewpub. They’re both close to the race, so you can start the celebration ASAP.



The Juicy Lucy at Matt’s Bar

In our book, you’ve earned the right to treat yo’self after finishing a triathlon. Check out these spots and sigh happily.

  • Matt’s Bar, home of the original Jucy Lucy
  • Mel-O-Glaze — Conveniently located on the Sprint and International Bike Course, Race Director Kelly Donahue speaks from her personal experience that these donuts taste “GREAT” after a long run or race.


Clean Eating

If keeping the engine clean is more your style, make sure to visit French Meadow Bakery, one of the longest-running certified-organic bakers in in the country. In addition to organic, many of their offerings are gluten-free, vegan, yeast-free and/or Kosher.

Family Activities

Got some kiddos in tow? These spots are a hit with the whole family.

  • Rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards or paddle boats from Lake Nokomis, Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, or Cedar Lake.
  • Sea Salt is an ice cream, beer and food outdoor restaurant that has group bike rentals nearby and live music at night. It’s also located at Minnehaha Falls, which is a cool site on the Sprint and International Bike Course.
  • Lake Harriet has live music and outdoor movie showings at its bandshell, which is on the International Bike Course.
  • We’d be remiss without mentioning the Mall of America, which is about 10 minutes from the race site.


Gear Shop

Gear West is the biggest triathlon store in the nation and has everything to meet your tri needs. Kevin, the owner, is passionate about the sport and very knowledgeable, so hit him up for recommendations and with your questions.

As the official triathlon retail sponsor for Minneapolis Tri, Gear West also will bring your online order to the Minneapolis Tri expo, so you’ll be ready to go on race morning. 


Special thanks to Minneapolis Tri Race Director Kelly Donahue for putting together this list! Registration is still open for Minneapolis Tri, featuring International, Sprint and Super Sprint distances, plus a Duathlon, as well as relay options for most distances.