The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are located just 45 minutes north of Northfield, making them an easy destination when you need a dose of urban life. Attractions include:
Restaurants of every imaginable cuisine: Italian, Thai, Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Ethiopian, Japanese, and more.
Sports. Twins professional baseball, St. Paul Saints minor-league baseball, the Vikings, the Timberwolves, soccer and, of course, hockey, the Wild. Or check out a less expensive sporting event at The University of Minnesota (just say "U of M").
Theaters with Broadway shows and local productions. The Ordway and Orpheum are the premiere musical theaters in town while the acclaimed Guthrie Theater is a prime venue for major and experimental productions. The Fitzgerald (in Saint Paul) hosts National Public Radio's "Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor.
Film, with numerous locations for popular releases and the Uptown and Lagoon Cinemas for independent and art films.
Classical arts. The American Ballet Theater, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera Company, and the Minnesota Orchestra should keep you busy.
Music. The Cities' indie music scene is one of the best in the country with venues like First Avenue, the Varsity Theater and the Cedar Cultural Center regularly hosting national acts.
Museums and galleries. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Walker Art Center, and the Weisman Museum at the U of M, accommodate both standing collections and touring exhibits. Across from the Walker is the outdoor Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The Warehouse District of Minneapolis is a mecca of small funky galleries hosting both local and national artists.
Shopping abounds in Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. There's also the Mall of America with more than a million square feet of shopping and entertainment.