Looking for cool stuff to do this spring in Minneapolis? Maybe you want to be a two-wheeler and have the bike/segway experience. Maybe you want to enjoy a baseball game in a stadium that's home to the 2014 All-Star Game. Or maybe you want to to take an a world class museum. We've got all that. Just check out our itineraries below and find an adventure that fits your lifestyle.
Morning: If you're going to spend an exciting day at Target Field, you might as well stay at one of the most luxurious historic hotels in the city. Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, The Depot is located at the historic Milwaukee Road Depot. Wake up and grab some eggs at Charley's Grill. You'll need your energy for the day ahead!
Mid-Morning: We could tell you what to do before the game, but every sports fan is different. So take a look at this list and pass some time before the game. Metro Transit has transportation covered all throughout your journey through Minneapolis today. Pick up a Visitor Pass and you'll be covered for the whole day!
Lunch: For lunch before the game, there’s no better place than Rock Bottom Brewery. Not only do they have awesome pre-game food stuffs (burgers, wings, jalapeno pretzel sticks), but they’re their own brewery, too. They make six special beers that you can only get if you go to their restaurant, and the types of beer vary greatly.
Afternoon: Yes. The time has come, and you should be ecstatic. There’s nothing better than outdoor baseball, and the Minnesota Twins have one of the top ballparks in North America. Head on down to Target Field, home of the 2014 All-Star Game, and enjoy some baseball under the sun in that cool, 70 degree Minnesota weather. Check out the schedule.
Evening: Continue the winning streak after the game at Murray’s Steakhouse with their gameday specials! Insider fact: "The recipes of Pat Murray’s mother, Marie, are still kept under lock and key, and only the family is privy to the secret behind the supper club’s legendary garlic toast.” –Carla Waldemar.
ARTS & CULTURE
Morning: You'll want to be well-rested when you start a day full of culture, wake up in the heart of downtown at the Hilton Minneapolis. The Hilton boasts a fantastic city-center location and stunning downtown views, plus receive 10% off their best available rate.
Mid-Morning: Now that you are well-rested it's time to head out and take in the arts! But why grab a cab? Grab a Nice Ride bike and head over to the Walker Art Center, which features new and contemporary visual and performing art exhibits and programs. While you’re there, you may notice a rather large spoon and cherry sculpture. That’s the so-aptly-titled “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture, the centerpiece of the Walker Sculpture Garden. Walk around, snap some pictures and indulge in some very cool art.
Early – afternoon: Don't worry about transportation. Take the Metro Transit Green Line to downtown Saint Paul. Don't forget, pick up a Visitor Pass and you'll be covered for the whole day! Get off at the Downtown East Station or Snelling Station to arrive just a few blocks away from the Science Museum of Minnesota.
Afternoon: Get ready to enjoy learning in a way you've never experienced before! At the Science Museum of Minnesota, science that shapes our daily lives comes to life through hands-on exhiits, larger-than-life Omnitheater films, an a world-class collection of fossils and artifacts. Be sure to check out their newest exhibit, Mummies: New Secrets from the Tombs and while you are there, take in the latest film in the Omnitheater National Parks Adventure.
Evening: After a full day of arts and culture you've earned a night of excitement! Head out to Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino for an unforgettable experience. With a variety of restaurants and bars they’ve got every taste covered from a quick snack to fine dining, and from beer flights to a perfectly aged port. Add a few friends, some exciting entertainment and you’ve got the makings for a great night.
SPRING SHOPPING & ADVENTURE
Morning: You're about to undergo an all-day shopfest. You'll want to be rested up and properly fueled up to make it through the day. The Commons Hotel is ready to help you out with that. The Beacon, the hotel's signature restaurant, serves regional-influenced gastropub cuisine. Plus, they are just steps from the Metro Green Line connecting you to many downtown attractions in Minneapolis AND Saint Paul.
Mid-Morning: Step outside your hotel door and take the Metro Green Line right into the shopping haven of downtown Minneapolis: Nicollet Mall. You’ll find everything from jewelry to high-end fashion to rare books on this street. Stop by Macy’s on Nicollet Mall and check Macy’s Flower Show, which invites flower lovers from around the world up to Macy’s eighth floor auditorium to walk through a free temporary floral utopia exhibit. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” featuring seven distinct areas of the country in all its floral glory.
Oh, and we should mention…NO SALES TAX ON APPAREL. That’s a pretty big deal.
Mid-Morning: Put on your new outfit and head over to Running Aces Casino and Racetrack for some fun! You can see live harness racing most weekends and some weekdays from May to early September every year. You can even contact the racetrack in advance to schedule a visit the stalls to meet and greet some of the prizewinning horses. Running Aces also has a new restaurant, Trout Air Tavern, that serves dishes like fish tacos, Asian pork chopped salad and bison burgers. Trout Air Tavern is also a lively entertainment spot for outdoor concerts featuring bands like Blues Traveler and more.
Evening: After a full day of shopping and adventure at the race track, top the night off with a cold brew from Surly Brewing, just a mile and a half from The Commons Hotel. Surly's Beer Hall and Restaurant serves a full menu and offers a variety of seasonal brews Try a Surly Furious - one of their most popular brews!