7 Amazing Minneapolis Birthday Ideas - Celebrate In Style

Minneapolis Birthday Ideas

Let the party favors fly as you celebrate an unforgettable birthday party with great experiences, entertainment, and adventures! Minneapolis is an amazing place to blow out some birthday candles. Minneapolis birthday ideas range from fun and adventurous to refined and cosmopolitan. You can even bring your birthday party to the lake if you plan things the right way!

What makes Minneapolis such a magical place to create lasting memories with friends on a special day? Along with Saint Paul, Minneapolis makes up one portion of the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The Twin Cities are unique because they combine all of the trappings of city life with endless opportunities for recreation covering dozens of lakes, miles of trails, and acres of lush public parks. That means that a celebration can blend dinner and shopping with long hikes and fun on the water. Check out all of the fun things waiting for you on this list of birthday ideas in Minneapolis!


1) Plan A Unique Birthday Party Experience On Lake Minnetonka

Stunning and sparkling Lake Minnetonka is located just minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Spanning more than 14,000 acres, Lake Minnetonka is a favorite spot for vacation homes among celebrities because it’s a great place to relax in nature without leaving a major metro area very far behind.

As they enjoy glimpses of the historic mansions that line the shore here, visitors discover a wonderland consisting of 30 lake bays. Of course, the best way to see every nook and cranny is to board a lake cruise!

Paddle Tap is the premier cruise operator serving Lake Minnetonka. If you’re looking for birthday party ideas Minneapolis visitors can enjoy, you’ll be excited to discover that our tour company offers a mix of private party boats and public cruises. Just imagine a beautiful day on the water with one of these excursion options:

  • Private party boat for 10 to 18 guests

  • Tiki-themed cruise boat

  • LazyTap Party Pontoon with 300 square feet of space to party that includes a 100-square-foot upper deck

After boarding at Back Channel Brewing or Excelsior Bay, guests can party down on the water while enjoying their own food and beverages. Guests always enjoy the best views of Lake Minnetonka on our vessels as we explore bays and channels that larger boats can’t access.

Don’t miss the chance to book one of the best Minneapolis birthday ideas for your group. From selecting your music to bringing your own party favors, we know how to help you plan every last detail to make this day 100% your own!

Join us at PaddleTap as we embark on a journey to create unforgettable memories on your special day!

Unique Birthday Party Experience On Lake Minnetonka


2) Make Time For A Little Birthday Shopping At Mall Of America

Located just 10 miles away from Minneapolis in Bloomington, Mall of America is a four-level mall that is home to hundreds of stores, restaurants, and attractions. Nearly 40 million people visit the mall annually to shop and play.

In addition to browsing among more than 500 retailers, add these attractions to your Minneapolis birthday ideas itinerary:

  • Amazing Mirror Maze: 353 North Garden

  • 5D Extreme Attraction by Matrix Technology: 5130 Center Court

  • Museum of Illusions: 281 Central Parkway

  • SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium: 120 East Broadway

  • Tactical Urban Combat: 340 West Market

  • The Escape Game: 300 East Broadway

  • The LEGO Store: 164 South Avenue

Mall of America also has tons of great food to choose from when planning a birthday dinner or sweet treat:

  • Shake Shack

  • Wahlburgers

  • DeLeo Brothers Pizza

  • Buffalo Wild Wings

  • Piada Italian Street Food

  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory

Of course, the best part about coming to Mall of America while visiting Minneapolis is that you can go on a shopping spree that ensures you can enjoy the presents you picked for yourself!

Birthday Celebration At Mall Of America, Bloomington MN


3) Make A Splash At Bunker Beach Water Park In Coon Rapids

Bunker Beach Water Park in nearby Coon Rapids is Minnesota’s largest outdoor water park! If you’d like your own private room at the park, consider renting a cabana to enjoy shade and privacy.

Extra Fun: While visiting the water park, take the opportunity to see the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park in all its glory! This stunning year-round scenic attraction offers bike trails, picnic areas, cross-country skiing, and birding.

Splashy Birthday Celebration At Coon Rapids


4) See A Show At The Guthrie Theater

One of the best birthday ideas in Minneapolis is booking a show at the iconic Guthrie Theater in downtown Minneapolis. Situated in Mill District, the Guthrie is an award-winning building that was designed by Jean Nouvel.

The theater is architecturally notable because its design incorporates a 175-foot cantilever bridge overlooking the gorgeous Mississippi River that’s known as the Endless Bridge.

Overlooking Mississippi River At The Guthrie Theater


5) Bring The Group To A Thermal Spa

If you’re all about unique birthday party ideas Minneapolis visitors can enjoy, bring your birthday party to the sauna! A Scandinavian-style sauna and oasis called Nordic Nook in nearby Golden Valley offers a wood-fired barrel sauna and cooling pond for your rejuvenation!

If some of your friends don’t want to take the plunge, they can simply enjoy lounging by the fire or resting on a hammock at this luxurious and relaxing spot for one-of-a-kind birthday parties.

Scandinavian-Style Suana For Your Birthday Celebration


6) Enjoy Some Live Music

If live entertainment is on your wish list for a birthday party celebration in Minneapolis, you’ll be happy to know that it’s easy to find a great place to vibe out to some tunes with your party group! Some of the top bars and restaurants with live music include:

  • The Local

  • Icehouse

  • Underground Music Venue

  • First Avenue

  • Cowboy Jack’s

  • Bunker’s Music Bar & Grill

  • Copperwing Distillery

  • Flying Dutchman Spirits

Pro tip: After you find a great place to celebrate the special day with your group, you might be wondering about the best drink to order for the birthday girl or boy. Everyone around here knows that you celebrate with the Bootleg Cocktail. Considered the official drink of Minnesota, the Bootleg Cocktail is a citrus-infused drink made with mint, lemonade, and limeade. Cheers!

Live Music Birthday Party Celebration In Minneapolis MN


7) Add A “Bookish” Activity To Your Birthday Party At Mill City Museum

When planning to celebrate with a getaway party that spans more than a day, it’s good to know that the best birthday parties often combine fun things with educational and enriching experiences. That’s why Mill City Museum makes the list of amazing places to add to your “rolling” birthday party in Minneapolis!

This fascinating museum was built on the Washburn “A” Mill along the banks of the Mississippi River. Travel back in time to the days when Minneapolis was the Flour Milling Capital of the World. The highlight of the museum is the Koch Rooftop Observation Deck which offers panoramic views of the Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls, Stone Arch Bridge, and Mill Ruins Park.

Educational Birthday Party At Mill City Museum


The Midwest Knows How To Party: Start Planning An Amazing Birthday Party In Minneapolis

It’s so easy to plan a memorable birthday party that combines the fun of one of America’s major cities with the raw beauty of nature when you decide to turn one year older in Minneapolis! There’s no doubt that you’ll want to enjoy museums, great dining, and entertainment while checking out everything from historic districts to modern malls.

However, there’s nothing like reflecting on another year lived while gliding along the glassy tides of Lake Minnetonka with your favorite people. Booking a private charter for your party feels like having your own private party room that just happens to be located in the middle of Lake Minnetonka!

Paddle Tap is ready to provide you with the experience of a lifetime with our easy-to-book excursions for a variety of party sizes and budgets. Start planning your birthday adventure with us today!

1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
2 to 18

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1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
Up to 18

TikiTap-Back Channel Brewing

Our 100 minute cruise our Tiki Pub (yes, its a Tiki Themed Party Pontoon Boat and has ZERO pedals) boat offer the perfect scenic escape! It's our #1 Boat Tour for Bachelorette Parties!

This is our newest boat on Lake Minnetonka for the season. This adventure is perfect for any corporate event, private birthday party or just for fun on a bachelorette or bachelor parties!

This is the newest and largest single boat we offer and is 26 feet long and almost 12 feet wide! This party boat includes comfortable bar stool seating around the custom tiki bar, and seating for maximum of 18 total guests with plenty of walking room around the almost 300 square foot deck.

Enjoy our one of a kind Tiki Themed bar to rest your beer, wine, or cocktails.

Do you have any worry about a bathroom? Don’t! this boat does come equipped with a full bathroom for you to use.

Worried about rain? Don’t! We have a large canopy that covers 70% of the TikiTap! If this boat is open, book it soon as this is for sure the first one to be reserved.

Things to Know:
What to know:

100 minutes long
Bluetooth music
Bathroom on board
Departs out of Back Channel Brewing in Spring Park
300 square feet of usable room
Holds up to 18 guests
Pricing: $35-$49/person Private Cruise (10 or more required tickets to make it private)
135 HSP Gas Motor

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1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
Up to 18

Private Tours (All Boats)

PaddleTap is proud to offer private tours on all of our party boats! These one-of-a-kind Tiki Boats, Pedal Pubs, or Party Pontoons can be rented out on Excelsior Bay or Seaton Channel! Enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka!

Take a peek at all our boating options and which locations they start from. You will truly love this experience for any Bachelorette, Birthday or Corporate outing!

All private tours are charged on a per person fee. Prices range from $35-$39/person Monday-Wednesday and $35-$45/person Thursday-Sunday with a $4/increase for prime summer on all tickets in July. 10 Tickets or more are required to reserve a private boat. We have a public option that is $55/person if you have less than 10.

Our Lowest cost boat is our Original PaddlePub out of downtown Excelsior ($35/person) the rest of our boats are closer to $39-45 most days

2 hours 30 minutes
Group Size
10 to 18

2.5 hour Private Tour-Private Tour Back Channel Brewing (18 max)

PaddleTaps longest tour of the season-2 hours and 30 minutes! This tour is new for 2024, and only being offered starting in June of 2024.

Explore Lake Minnetonka in the fall where the leaves start changing. Explore the channels and bays that the larger charter boats cannot offer. Bring your own beverages, some snacks and let us drive you around West Arm/Seaton Channel/Cooks Bay for 2.5 hour on the water, our longest cruises of the year! We will get up and close to some of the best fall colors Lake Minnetonka offers. This tour will have a bathroom on board as well with bluetooth music.

This tour will either be on our largest 30 foot LazyTap double deck boat, or the 25 foot TikiTap boat. Depending on boat availability with other tours being offered"

Pricing is $70/person for the 2.5 hours, and private bookings require 8 tickets to be purchased as a down-payments are utlizied before the season starts to reserve your boat. But you are more than welcome to book as many seats as you need up to the boat maximum of 18 guests.

1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
Up to 14

Small Group/Public Tour (All Boats)

Do you have a smaller group? Or just don't want to rent the entire boat? Book our per seat boating option! Perfect for those smaller groups who still want to go out and celebrate that Birthday/Bachelorette or even just a night out! This option does have a requirement of of 6 guests to guarantee it will go out. But you only pay for as many seats as you want. This option is not guaranteed private, and it is very likely you will be paired with other people! (we offer private cruises that start with 8 ppl-18 ppl)

This public option is only available out of our Back Channel Brewing Location (LazyTap or TikiPubs) and downtown Excelsior on our original Pedal Pub Boat Cruise.

1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
Up to 18

LazyTap Double Deck-Back Channel Brewing (18 person boat)

PaddleTap’s #1 boat tour! For the people who like to take it easy on the lake! Our LazyTap Party Boat ride has your name written all over it. This is our only double deck party boat that is massive! PaddleTap offers one boat for 2024. This boat can hold up to 18 guests!

Both boats offers two levels and covers at least 300 of deck space on the main level with an additional 100 square feet on the upper deck! This boat has zero pedals and is the true lazy experience that can hold up to 18 total guests!

These boats offer a private party bar down the middle for you to load up with your own drinks and bench seating all the way down on both sides.

We have a large wide open space in the front where people can move around and take in the views, or sit in our comfy seating all around.

This is our only boat that can allow swimming (on requests) which has a ZERO alcohol policy. If you want to swim no alcohol is allowed. but it still does only last 100 minutes. If you do choose to swim, we limit it to four people at one time and must wear a life jacket (provided) BUT ZERO ALCOHOL. Swimming on our LazyTap is only allowed out of Back Channel. We do not allow it out of Downtown Excelsior.

The LazyTap has a large 150 HSP motor, we can cover a fair amount of lake to enjoy everything that Lake Minnetonka offers! Our pickups are out of Back Channel Brewing, Lord Fletchers, Downtown Excelsior or Wayzata.
What to know:

Private boat captain
100 minutes long
Bluetooth music
Bathroom on board
Departs out of Back Channel Brewing in Spring Park
400 square feet of usable room (two levels)
Holds up to 14-18 guests (depending on the boat you select)
Pricing: $39-$45/person Private Cruise (10 or more required tickets to make it private)
*$4/more a person from July 12th-August 4th 2024*
150 HSP Gas Motor
Zero Pedals (not even an option here)

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