Before hitting the stores start your day at The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and spend the morning in the 15,000 square foot indoor waterpark. There’s no better way to have fun with the kids a 185 foot-long water slide.
No shopping excursion to Minneapolis would be complete without a trip to the Mecca of malls. Hop on the Metro Transit Blue Line for a quick ride to the Mall of America. This place is so big that seven Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the mall. Peruse the 520+ stores in the mall and count how many Lids there are (lots). Make sure the kids check out Lego Land, American Girl, Barbie Dreamhouse Nickelodeon Universe and Sealife Adventures.
Shopping around one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world you will be sure to work up an appetite! Head over to South Street Dining and have lunch at any of the over 50 restaurant options ranging from quick-serve to fine dining.
Jump back on the Light Rail and get off at the Nicollet Mall Station. Once named one of “America’s Best Shopping Streets” with the likes of Rodeo Drive, 5th Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, Nicollet Mall stands head and shoulders above the others. We’ve have tax-free shopping on all apparel, AND the stuff here already costs less than it does on the coasts. It would be CRAZY not to load up on apparel while you’re here, so take a trip down to Nicollet Mall for a slice of shopping heaven.
After lunch, hop on a Nice Ride bike (yes, you can even rent bikes in this city) and hit the gorgeous miles upon miles of bike trails. Ride across the mighty Mississippi on the iconic Stone Arch Bridge into Northeast Minneapolis. Cruise along the tree lined streets of Northeast, dock your bike and head over to Vic’s patio for a quick snack or enjoy happy hour on their deck.
After a full day of shopping you will have worked up a healthy appetite. Rewards yourself at the trendy Seven Sushi Ultralounge and Skybar. With more than 30 different sushi rolls to choose from, Seven provides endless, delicious and unique options for every sushi lover. Not into sushi? No worries! Seven also has an array of scrumptious steaks, fish, soups, salads and appetizers. On a warm, clear night head up to the roof and enjoy food an drinks in Seven’s Skybar. Winter months also provide a cozy atmosphere for romantic nights out with the skybar’s heated tent before heading back to the Courtyard to crash for the night.