The Twin Cities’ culture scene is more than just the Mall of America.  For your outdoor festival fix, check out the Aquatennial, a month-long (July) block party that features numerous local bands in downtown Minneapolis.  The Uptown Art festival, the Fringe Festival, the Renaissance Festival, the GLBT Pride Festival, the Dragon Festival, the Stone Arch Festival, and the May Day Parade are just a few of the other large cultural events that occur on an annual basis.

If you are looking for a museum, the Science Museum of Minnesota is your best bet.  The controversial “Body Exhibit” will be featured there until early September.  Don’t forget to visit the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, where you might catch a concert by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. 

For those of you who want to visit every capital building in the U.S., you’ll want to check out the St. Paul capital building, which was modeled after Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. It is one of the few buildings in the world with an unsupported marble dome, and its construction was completed in 1905. One previous capital building was destroyed in a fire in 1881, while another was completed in 1883 and found to be too small for practical use.