Northside Spectacular

Welcome to North Minneapolis Mural
Welcome to North Minneapolis Mural Photo Courtesy: Photographer Mark Allan Peterson and Asian Media Access

Welcome to the Northside Spectacular Bus Tour!

Super Bowl Fans, don’t miss this great opportunity to check out North Minneapolis, a part of the city with much history and vibrancy! Just 2 miles from the US Bank Stadium.  We are here to provide authentic local experience touring attractions along two of the most prominent local streets – Broadway Avenue and Plymouth Avenue, with histories, arts, cultures and winter sports.

Read more about this event below. Check out the route, learn more about the stop locations and points of interest. Welcome to North Minneapolis!

North Minneapolis has a proud history, typically being the first stop for immigrants since 1890. Now more than 75% of “Northside” residents are people of color, sharing diverse cultures and customs together. The Grammy-award winning musician Prince performed his first show in 1979 at the Capri Theater on West Broadway in North Minneapolis. It is also home to the KMOJ Radio, which was created in 1976 to provide broadcast communications training for people of color living in the Twin Cities.  The station call letters were inspired by the Swahili word umoja, which means “unity.” 

Our two featured streets – Broadway Avenue runs East – West, and is the business hub for the Northside. Contrasting to Plymouth Avenue (also runs East – West), an educational and cultural corridor.  Our Bus Tour will take you to various stops, experiencing Twin Cities’ signature wintry events, along with a backdrop of its history and cultures.

The bus tour will operate daily from Feb 2nd (Fri) to Feb 3rd (Sat) 10am to 5pm and the Tour Bus will be departed every hour on the hour from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (1501 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403).    The Tour Guide will greet you at the T Building 1st Floor open plaza, facing the Hennepin Ave.   There are two buses running, that will be picking up and dropping off participants at designated stops. You can get on a bus at any of the spots, get off at the next stop, spend as much time as you like, then catch the bus as it comes around to continue the tour. Your tour ends when you have made the round and returned to where you begin. 

Bus tour ticket is at just $10 for Super Bowl fans, including all designated site pick up/drop off, all Bus Stop Events (unless noted as Ticketed Event), with unlimited hop-on/hop-off options at your convenience. Please reserve through www.northmpls.com.   FMI: 612-376-7715

Using our bus tour allows you to connect with different interesting spots, much easier to jump from one attraction to the next with “hop on and hop off” option at a connection. With different featured activities and signature events throughout Northside, you will have a winter adventure only found in MN.

Bus Tour Stops

Tour Stop #1: Plymouth and Penn Corridor Area — Urban League   BUS STOP

Urban League (2100 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Get all your soul food information, while you listen to the Black History Month Talk, along with Local Artists’ Fair

Thor Companies HQ Construction Tour – Experience the 1st hand, how a building constructed from ground up. 20-person maximum per tour of the THOR construction site. Safety will be provided. (only available on 2/2 and 2/3).

NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center (1313 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411)- Learn about NorthPoint’s history as Pilot City and the community health center movement now celebrating 50 years of providing medical, dental, behavioral health and social services to North Minneapolis. See our future plans for a $67 million expansion in the Penn- Plymouth intersection.

Homewood Studios (2400 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Come to see the Black History Month Emporium II.  The artist/curator is Homewood Studios resident artist Bill Jeter. Featured artists include 5 Northside artists: Richard Amos, Keiona Cook, Shirley Jones, Phyllis Chatham, and Maria Johnson. Besides the displayed art, books and movies will be available – to watch or read in the gallery or to take home.

Tour Stop #2: Asian Media Access BUS STOP

Asian Media Access (2418 Plymouth Ave N., Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Come to experience the Asian Traditional Costume and Tea Ceremony. 
* The first 120 visitors receive a Ghirardelli Travel Mug souvenir package at Asian Media Access site. Learn More

Prince’s Childhood home (drive-by) is located on Logan Avenue, and his first rehearsing studio is at his childhood friend Andre Anderson’s house on Russell Avenue.

Football Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Viking star – Carl Eller’s residency (drive-by) in North Minneapolis Willard/Hay neighborhood.

Tour Stop #3: Winter Activities at the Theodore Wirth Park Chalet BUS STOP

All sorts of winter sport activities you can experience with, including: Cross Country Skiing; Fat Tire Biking; Sledding; Snowboarding; Snowshoeing; Snow Tubing, and Winter Hiking, and don’t forget to sit down at the beautiful Wirth Chalet Fireplace room for a hot chocolate.  Learn More.

* Free Tubing with purchased Bus Tour ticket

Tour Stop #4: Golden Valley and Penn Corridor Area — Wirth Co-Op Grocery
BUS STOP

Wirth Co-Op Grocery (1835 Penn Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) –  Best Neighborhood Grocery Store, with 10% discount with your bus tour ticket

Tour Stop #5: Broadway and Penn Corridor —
KMOJ Radio and its Flower Sculpture BUS STOP

KMOJ Radio and its Flower Sculpture (2123 W Broadway Ave #200, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Best Community Radio Station on the Northside.  The Flower artwork in front of KMOJ building is a transit shelter that masquerades as a giant vase of flowers. It provides a fun place to wait for the bus, and announces itself from blocks away.

Hollywood Studio of Dance (2130 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Best Northside arts story – building Northside youth characters

Broadway Liquor Outlet  (2220 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Best Northside’ business resilience example – a re-born from the devastating tornado

North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center (1711 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Do the Fit Bowl – exercise at the Best Neighborhood Gym

Capri Theater (2027 West Broadway, Minneapolis, 55411)Best Entertainment at the Northside – where Prince first performed in 1979

Tour Stop #6: Winter Activities at the North Commons Park — North Commons Ice Rink BUS STOP

North Commons Ice Rink (1801 N James Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411)

North Community YMCA Youth & Teen Enrichment Center (1711 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) – Do the Fit Bowl – exercise at the Best Neighborhood Gym

Tour Stop #7: “Mural Avenue” – the West Broadway BUS STOP

Random Stops along the “Mural Avenue” – The murals of North Minneapolis are distinctive, reflecting the energy and spirit of the neighborhood. Some of the best murals of the city can be found in North Minneapolis. Community leaders in the neighborhood have encouraged and facilitated the creation of more public art in North Minneapolis, including more works by local artists and while also refurbishing storefronts.

Tour Stop #8: Broadway and 94 Highway Corridor

Driving by) 4th Street Saloon Mural and Old Highland Historical Houses – European American settler’s history in North Mpls. with beautiful Queen Anne style houses along Dupont Avenue between 2 major streets – Broadway and Plymouth.

The area known today as Old Highland was originally part of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation, which was claimed for the United States in 1809 by Lt. Zebulon Pike. In 1857, the area immediately north of Bassett Creek was separated from the Reservation, and opened for settlement.  From 1857 through the 1860s, much of north Minneapolis was platted and basic traffic routes established. The major arteries became the present-day Lyndale Avenue and West Broadway (which had been a wagon trail that ran out to Osseo and linked to the Red River Ox Cart Trail to Pembina on the Canadian border). Many homes in Old Highland were built toward the end of the golden age of Minneapolis (late 1870s to 1893), so-called because of its exponential growth and financial prosperity during this time.    Learn More.