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About Minneapolis

Minneapolis is a scenic and arty city in the state of Minnesota, in the United States of America. Home to more than 410,000 residents, it is the state’s most populous destination. Minneapolis offers you a wealthy art scene and access to breath-taking nature. The city’s top tourist attractions include Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnehaha Park and Target Field.

Prepare to discover the breath-taking parks and green spaces of this destination, because cheap flights to Minneapolis are now available for a limited time! Minneapolis is the home of Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), a 15-minute drive or scenic 30-minute bus ride from the city centre. MSP serves several airlines, including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and KLM. Connecting flights to Minneapolis are available from Johannesburg and Cape Town. The flight duration from Johannesburg to Minneapolis is approximately 21 hours, 32 minutes.

Why visit Minneapolis

Architecture in Minneapolis

Magnificent Architecture

Explore the streets of this city in Minnesota and get amazing views of the towering skyscrapers around Minneapolis, such as the Cappella Tower and the IDS Centre.

Loring Park Minneapolis

Enchanting Nature

This American destination is home to a wealth of gorgeous parks, gardens, hiking trails and more, including the Chain of Lakes, the Peace (Rock) Garden and the Minnehaha Park.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Arts and Entertainment

Minneapolis’s rich creativity is one of its main drawcards. Admire the artworks at the Walker Art Center and the incredible Weisman Art Museum or enjoy live performances at the Guthrie Theater and the Children’s Theatre Company.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country United States of America
Currency United States Dollar
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.08 USD
Language English / Spanish / Tagalog / French / Chinese / German
Hub Airport Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport (MSP
Airline American Airlines
Time Zone GMT - 6
Travel Adaptor Type A / B

Best time to visit Minneapolis

With frosty winters (December – February), visiting Minneapolis during the summer (June – August) makes it the most popular time to discover this American destination. The temperatures during this time climb pleasantly to the higher 20s, which balances the high rainfall of this period. These ideal conditions bring the most tourists to Minneapolis, so if you want good hotel deals, you’d best book your accommodation well in advance. Events that take place in the summer include Twin Cities Pride (June) and the Upton Art Fair (August). To get the perfect balance between ideal weather and a quieter holiday experience, visit Minneapolis in May (late spring) and September (early autumn). Temperatures during these times range around the low 20s and there are plenty of reasonable hotel deals. Should you visit in May, make sure to avoid the later part of the month, since this is when college graduations take place. May offers events such as the Food & Wine Experience and the Soundset Festival, while in September, you can enjoy the Minnesota State Fair.

Weather & Climate in Minneapolis

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C -16°C -13°C -6°C 2°C 8°C 14°C 17°C 15°C 10°C 4°C -4°C -12°C
High °C -6°C -2°C 4°C 14°C 21°C 26°C 29°C 27°C 22°C 15°C 5°C -3°C
Rainfall (mm) 21 21 46 60 88 108 101 101 76 53 38 26

Overview

Discover one of the alluring destinations of the United States – Minneapolis, the largest city in the state of Minnesota. This big metropolis offers a vibrant arts and entertainment scene, as well as a rich collection of scenic parks, lakes and gardens.

Immerse yourself in the buzzing art environment of Minneapolis with its various art museums, such as the iconic Weisman Art Museum and the Walker Art Center. Treat yourself to entertaining comedy performances at the State Theater, inspiring classical music at the Paramount Theater, and memorable acting at the Mcguire Proscenium Stage.

If you prefer taking a stroll and exploring the city, enjoy sights of the breath-taking skyscrapers and iconic structures that contribute towards Minneapolis’s modern environment, such as the U.S. Bank Stadium, the IDS Building and the Capella Tower.

More inspiring views are available at this destination’s amazing selection of beautiful parks, gardens and lakes, including the Minnehaha Park, Lake of the Isles and the Mill Ruins Park. Many of these natural attractions are ideal for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, driving and simply enjoying a relaxing picnic.

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Visa & Customs

A tourist visa is required to enter the United States of America. Make sure you leave plenty of time for processing. Your passport must also be valid for six months after your return date and include two blank pages for entry stamps.

You can get more information by contacting the United States embassies and consulates in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.

The South African Consulate General in Chicago serves the state of Minnesota.

Address: Home Affairs Section, 200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Chicago IL 60604

Phone: +3129397929

Fax: +3129392588

Health & Safety

Since Minneapolis is a large city, stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep your valuables out of sight at all times when in public. When driving, make sure you lock all your valuables in the trunk/boot before you arrive at your destination, to avoid alerting potential thieves.

Areas to avoid include Cedar-Riverside, Folwell, Jordan, Phillips, Near North, Willard-Hay, Broadway Avenue, Penn Avenue and the northern parts of Powderhorn. Be careful when exploring Loring Park, Downtown Minneapolis and Loring Heights.

Cost of Living

ITEM CAPE TOWN JOHANNESBURG MINNEAPOLIS
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 183.65
Domestic Beer (0.5 litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 65.59
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.34 R 55.16
Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 20.62
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 37.50 R 118.06
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