Area Attractions

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul plus our physical location of Bloomington, offer a wide variety of things to see and do. Some of these are accessible by light-rail to downtown Minneapolis. Others will require a car. Here are just a few of the possibilities:

  • Minnesota Valley Natural Wild Life Refuge: Across the road from the hotel the Wild Life Refuge offers approximately eight miles of walking trails plus a visitors’ center with a variety of programs to entertain and educate.
  • The Mall of America: The largest enclosed shopping mall in the United States. Hundreds of stores from major retailers to one-of-a-kind boutiques. Dozens of restaurants from fine dining to food courts. A walk-through underwater adventure. A full-on amusement park with roller coasters. Free shuttle service between the hotel and the Mall.
  • If you prefer your amusement park open to the elements, just a short trip southwest of the hotel will take you to Valleyfair Amusement Park. Acres of rides, half a dozen roller coasters, food, souvenirs, and Soak City Water Park are included in admission.
  • Minnesota Zoo: South of the venue in the Eagan suburb is the Zoo. Several “trails” take you through themed exhibits.
  • Fort Snelling is a multi-part location on the other side of the airport:
  • At the Historic Fort Snelling, you can explore the history of one of the first forts in this area and experience life in the 1800s.
  • Fort Snelling National Cemetery: National Military Cemetery
  • Fort Snelling State Park: Located in the heart of Twin Cities the park offers hiking and biking trails as well as canoe and kayak rental
  • Minnehaha Falls and Park: Not far from our hotel this is a large park with a lovely waterfall. In addition to a 53-foot waterfall, there are many other things to see and do including hiking.
  • Guthrie Theatre: Featuring three performance spaces, the Guthrie is a world-renowned theatre located in the Minneapolis Warehouse District. Playing on the iconic thrust state will be West Side Story. On the proscenium stage will be “The Legend of Georgia McBride”. Individual tickets for both shows will be sale February 15th.
  • Can can Wonderland Play a round of mini golf(USA’s longest golf hole), check out the 75+ retro arcade games, check our events calendar to catch an awesome show, or drop in.
  • Sporting venues:

Paisley Park: Home/studio of the musician, Prince. Tours are available. Prices vary based on the tour and day selected.

For more adult-themed entertainment, these venues are a short trip to the southwest:

  • Canterbury Park: Live Thoroughbred Horse Racing and a card room.
  • Mystic Lake Casino Hotel: Slots, blackjack, bingo, and pull tabs. Seven restaurants and four bars. An 18-hole championship golf course. Full-service Spa. Mystic Showroom for concerts. Free shuttle service between the Mall of America and the Casino.
  • Little Six Casino: Next door to Mystic Lake. A smaller, more intimate casino experience with slots, blackjack, and a restaurant and bar.

 

There are many other tourist opportunities available in the metropolitan area. Just let us know what might interest you, and we will try to steer you in the right direction!

Here is a couple of links to additional resources you can use to plan your vacation:

City of Bloomington, MN
Explore Minnesota – Twin Cities area
Exploring Minnesota
https://www.minneapolis.org/

Please contact us if there is information on something that I didn’t include.

TRANSPORTATION – TRAVELING IN MSP

BY BUS

Metro Transit in Minneapolis / Saint Paul – Bus and train lines that cover the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

BY TRAIN

Metro Transit Green Line Train – Runs between downtown Saint Paul and downtown Minneapolis with stops on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. The stop for McNamara Alumni Center is the East Bank Station about one block from the venue.

Metro Transit Blue Line Train – Runs between downtown Minneapolis and the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. Includes a stop at each of the two terminals that are a part of the MSP Airport.

BY BICYCLE

Nice Ride Minnesota – MSP metro area bike share rental service

University of Minnesota – Biking and Gopher Way System Map

Bike Route Maps for MSP (from Move Minneapolis)

BY UBER OR LYFT

Uber – Minneapolis / Saint Paul

Lyft – Minneapolis / Saint Paul

TRANSPORTATION – GETTING TO MSP

BY BUS

Minnesota Transit Services by County – View bus and transit services for counties in Minnesota.

BY TRAIN

Amtrack Service – Union Depot in Saint Paul is part of the Amtrack national train system. Visit Amtrack.com for more information about getting to the Twin Cities by train.

BY AIR

MSP Airport is the main airport for the Twin Cities metropolitan area. There are two separate terminals that comprise the airport but both are connected by the Metro Transit Blue Line train.

MSP Airport
612-726-5555

Terminal 1 – Lindbergh
4300 Glumack Drive
St. Paul, MN 55111

Terminal 2 – Humphrey
7150 Humphrey Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55450

PLAN AN EXTENDED VISIT TO MSP & MINNESOTA

Minnesota State Fair

Meet Minneapolis

Visit Saint Paul

Explore Minnesota – Minneapolis-Saint Paul Area

Explore Minnesota