A Fabulous Girls Weekend In Minneapolis: 7 Girls Night Out Ideas

Girls Night Out Minneapolis

Has the task of planning a girls’ weekend in Minneapolis fallen on your shoulders? There’s no need to feel overwhelmed about where to take your friends each night of your getaway. This city is full of great stuff to do from morning until late night! In fact, Minneapolis is a great spot whether you like shopping, exploring fun restaurants, grabbing drinks at happy hour, or visiting landmarks.

While you may think that your girls’ weekend itinerary has to stay focused on attractions in the city, the best-kept secret around is that Minneapolis is the perfect spot to bond over the beauty of the great outdoors.

The city’s proximity to some of the best lakes in the country means that you can also surprise your friends with a little bit of cruising! The best part is that lakes are so close that you’ll be back in time for a night out on dry land.

Are you ready to have so much fun while you shop, dine, and laugh at your ladies’ night away? This list of seven girls’ night out ideas Minneapolis visitors can enjoy covers all of the city’s great places to visit and explore in the morning, afternoon, and night!


1) Bring Your Girls’ Weekend Getaway To The Lake

Just wait to see everyone’s expression when you tell them that you’re all going on a party cruise on Lake Minnetonka! Located a short drive from Minneapolis, Lake Minnetonka is an 18-acre body of water surrounded by natural beauty and wildlife. While the lake is serene, it’s actually considered a hub for the “party on the lake” lifestyle that is so strong in the Twin Cities.

No company knows every twist, turn, and curve of the shoreline of Lake Minnetonka like PaddleTap. We have a fleet of top-of-the-line vessels designed to provide the elite, personal experience you simply can’t get from other boats!

At PaddleTap, we cater to travelers planning a girls’ weekend in Minneapolis by offering pickup and drop-off spots near some of the area’s best breweries. We offer cruises that are perfect for girl trips, friend reunions, bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, and more.

When you reach out to book your experience, our helpful staff will be happy to help you find the perfect option based on your party size, style, and travel dates.

Here’s a peek at what’s on the table:

  • Private tours on our tiki boats, pedal pubs, or party pontoons

  • Small group and public tours

  • The LazyTap Party Boat ride aboard our double-decker vessel

  • Electric Duffy boat rental

While most of our tours last 100 minutes, a few are 150 minutes long. Our tours offer elite experiences with affordable rates, friendly services, and so many ways to customize your fun! The best part is that you’ll be dropped off at the dock in time to enjoy a fun ladies’ night in downtown Excelsior.

Every trip is BYOB! There’s no better way to make every moment you spend together on a girls’ trip count! Book your spot with PaddleTap today!

Day At Lake Minnetonka With The Girls


2) Get A Taste Of Luxury At Hotel Ivy

Do your friends like to make everyone else green with envy whenever you hang out? Hotel Ivy was made for you! You can make the ambiance of this swanky hotel the backdrop of your vacation even if you don’t have the budget to stay the night. That’s because the bar is an iconic downtown establishment that’s open to the public.

Claim a spot inside this modern and sleek lounge to let the expert mixologists pour your crew some cocktails. Whether you come before or after dinner, the shared plates and live music will set the perfect mood for the night. Ivy is also a top spot for happy hour in Minneapolis!

Girls At A Luxury Hotel


3) Hop To Maple Grove For Some Shopping To Find Great Looks For Girls’ Night

Prep for a ladies’ night Minneapolis style by heading to the mall to pick out your outfits before hitting restaurants and bars! The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes is widely considered the best spot for shopping in the Minneapolis area if you want to avoid trekking around the city just to shop at stores you like.

This shopping center consists of four blocks of upscale retailers. The shopping complex houses a number of well-known women’s apparel retailers and cosmetics stores.

Don’t worry if your dinner reservations aren’t until much later in the night. The great restaurants and snack spots here make grabbing lunch easy!

Good to know: Maple Grove is located just 25 minutes outside of Minneapolis. A daily commuter route offers multiple options for going back and forth between the two cities without spending the night outside of Minneapolis.

Shopping Experience - Popular Shopping Areas In Maple Grove


4) Plan A Spa Day Before A Big Girls’ Night

Add some pampering to your girl’s weekend by penciling spa-time magic into your itinerary. Here’s a list of popular Minneapolis spots to consider as you shop around for the right package:

  • Sabai Body Temple (2753 Hennepin Avenue)

  • Tula Spa (319 West 48th Street)

  • Anda (201 South 11th Street)

  • Spa Sweet (4747 Chicago Avenue)

  • Awaken for Wellness (1821 Saint Clair Avenue, St. Paul)

  • HALO Healing Therapies (514 North 3rd Street)

Girls Pampering Themselves Before The Big Night Out In Minneapolis


5) Take A Trolley Tour On A Girls’ Night, Morning, Or Afternoon

Minneapolis Trolley Tours is a company offering unforgettable tour experiences that let guests discover the beauty, history, and spookier side of Minneapolis. Here’s a look at what you can book:

  • Candlelight Ghost Tour: Beginning and ending at the haunted mansion at 300 Clifton in Minneapolis, this spine-tingling after-dark journey brings passengers to haunted sites and paranormal hotbeds around the city.

  • Gilded Age Mansion Tour: Perfect for people who love architecture, this experience brings guests to famous Minneapolis mansions belonging to some of the city’s wealthiest families from the past!

  • Narrated Scene Tour: This incredible tour brings trolley riders through five districts of the city. Guests will learn many interesting tidbits about how Minneapolis became one of the nation’s most important metropolitans!

  • Breakfast Trolley: Perfect for a slow weekend morning, the breakfast trolley pampers guests with a leisurely pace that’s perfect for sipping coffee while taking in pretty views in the early light. The finale of the experience is a stop at Nicollet Diner for the best breakfast in Minneapolis. Yes, breakfast is included with the cost of your ticket!

  • True Crime Tour: What kind of dark secrets is Minneapolis hiding? Hear the shocking truth about sensational crimes, notorious mobsters, and other sordid affairs!

Tip: With these tours filling up fast, you’ll want to book your group tour ahead of time to ensure there’s a seat for everyone attending your girls’ weekend. Minneapolis Trolley Tours offers group discounts for groups of 10 or more.


6) Enjoy Good Food Around Nicollet Avenue On Your Girls’ Night

Nobody can accuse any street in Minneapolis of being devoid of amazing culinary options. However, a stretch of Nicollet Avenue positioned just south of downtown is definitely the city’s unofficial restaurant alley. In fact, this part of the city is known as the Eat Street corridor. While the eateries and bars in the neighborhood are eclectic, we’ll save you the trouble of having to shop around for the most popular restaurant.

All locals know that the most famous Eat Street restaurant is the Black Forest Inn. Locally owned and operated since 1965, this iconic German restaurant has a beer garden and patio seating. In addition to serving incredible beers and drinks, the Black Forest Inn also has a German-European menu featuring authentic bratwurst, schnitzel, braised pork shank, cabbage rolls, Bavarian pork sandwiches, apple strudel, and Black Forest cherry tart!

The Perfect Girls Night Dining


7) Visit The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

You can always have just as much during the day as you can at night when you’re coming to Minneapolis for a girls’ weekend. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is the perfect example of why you might want to linger around town the morning after your last night to visit some fun attractions! In fact, this is one of the best spots to take pictures to always remember your girls’ weekend.

This 11-acre park is a free Minneapolis attraction that’s open to the public. Visitors can embark on self-guided tours that provide information about the artists behind the massive sculptures that pepper the greenery.

While the best views are available during the day, the park can fit into a girls’ night! With the park open until midnight, you could always plan to come to take cool photos of the larger-than-life sculptures at night in between dinner and drinks during your girls’ weekend.

Exploring The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden


Make Every Day And Night Count During Your Fun Minneapolis Trip

There are so many great things to plan for a girls’ night out Minneapolis visitors will never forget! There’s no question that you’ll want to spend a lot of time exploring the restaurants and landmarks that give the city its character. However, nothing creates memories like a cruise among girlfriends.

That’s why PaddleTap is here to help you plan a legendary excursion on Lake Minnetonka. We make booking a trip for a girlfriend getaway so easy. Contact us today to start planning a trip that will make sure the best girlfriends turn into lifelong ones!

Unforgettable Lake Minnetonka Girls Trip

1 hour 40 minutes
Group Size
Up to 14

Paddle Pub 1 and 2-Downtown Excelsior-2 Boats (20% Promo)

PaddleTap is proud to offer private tours on our only downtown Excelsior powered party boat! These one of a kind Pedal Pubs can be rented out on Excelsior Bay! Remember the "peddling" is 100% optional. You do not have to pedal if you don't want too!

Our Paddle Pub Party Boats, holds a maximum of 14 people! By combing both you have have up to 28 people. This is great for private cruises who want to depart out of the award winning downtown Excelsior which is only 20 minutes from Minneapolis! Our PaddlePub 1 and 2 boats both have gas motors, which makes peddling 100% optional! Only difference between the boats is PaddlePub 2 has a bathroom (recently added). If a bathroom is a must make sure to reserve that boat online!

Plenty of local bars and restaurant’s such as:
-Excelsior Brewing
-Haskells (also a liquor store for any last minute items)
-Lago Tacos or The Suburban that are walking distance from our pickup location!

This is definitely the spot on the lake with the most action. You can even see the famous “Big Island” on your cruise if you ask your captain!
What to know:

100 minutes long
Bluetooth music
Bathroom on PaddlePub 2 only (no bathroom on PaddlePub 1)
Departs out of Downtown Excelsior
250 square feet of usable room
Holds up to 14 guests
Pricing: $35-$49/person Private Cruise (10 or more required tickets to make it private)
25 HSP Gas Motor
Peddling (optional)
**20% OFF Promo on Private Paddle Pub Tours** (Code: Pub20)
**Discounted price gets private tours down to $30/person Sunday-Thursday and $39/person Friday/Saturday)

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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

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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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

Private Tours (All Boats) *20% off Sale for PaddlePub Boats Only*

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 to 3 hours
Group Size
2 to 12

Electric Duffy Boat Rental (Downtown Excelsior)

Enjoy the newest boat rental on Lake Minnetonka. Departing daily out of downtown Excelsior. Walking distance from many local bars and restaurants. Enjoy the only eco friendly, battery operated Duffy boat rentals on Lake Minnetonka. Slowly cruise around Excelsior bay in style and enjoy the calm waters of the no wake areas of St. Albans and Excelsior Bay. This boat does not have a boat captain provided, and the renter is required to drive the boat. Don't worry about an agenda and drive at your own pace. Boat rentals are allowed for small groups and large groups. Large groups can hold up to 12 guests. As pricing is based off of the boat and if you want a small or large group rental. Rentals can last anywhere from 2-3 hour long, you decide when you book! For more information checkout our sister company www.Electricshores.co to learn more!