A Horticulturist's Dream

Haven't you heard? Minneapolis is ripe for the picking. If you're looking for flowers and fauna, there's no better place to be. Take some tips, then take a stroll through our lush metro area.

Morning
As soon as the rooster crows, head to Lake Harriet, a pearl within the city’s Chain of Lakes, to catch a glimpse of the beaming sunrise. Follow the pedestrian paths around the lake to Lyndale Park Rose Garden, where you will find more than 100 varietals of roses. After sauntering through the garden, head west to the Harriet Band Shell to catch live music and soak in the natural landscape (along with the buzzing city life).

Hungry yet? Head to the quaint Linden Hills neighborhood, laced with earthy boutiques, shops and restaurants. Grab a cappuccino or latte at Zumbro or Sebastian Joe’s to wet your whistle.

Afternoon
Next, take a drive out to the ‘burbs. Don’t worry—you’re in for a treat. Make your way to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Run by the University of Minnesota, the Arboretum features thousands of acres of gardens with annual and perennial displays. And—to boot—get your heart pumpin’ with 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails while passing by the Arboretum’s 5,000 plant species.

For lunch, eat within the Arboretum’s main house, where you can find healthy soups, salads and sandwiches. If you have time, hit up the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden where you will see not only world-renowned sculptures like the Spoonbridge and Cherry, but also a beautiful greenhouse and lush greenscape.

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  • See all that the Twin Cities has to offer by taking the Twin Cities Highlights Tour by Award-Winning City Tours and Gray Line. Peer into the glass and steel of Minneapolis, the stately stonework of Saint Paul, and the diverse neighborhoods in between. Or try our exciting Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, our historic Stillwater Tour and St. Croix River Cruise, and our ever-popular Holiday Lights Tour. We can even design private, customized tours for groups. With educational and entertaining live narratives, our spacious motor coach tours are always engaging. No matter which city tour you choose, you'll have an unforgettable time in the Twin Cities. Our public tours pick-up at the Mall America (Transit Station - east side / lower level). Visit our website for tour dates and prices.
  • Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience is an interactive installation bringing the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse toy to real life. For the first time ever, fans of all ages will be able to literally step inside her world and discover the many rooms and living areas with Barbie The Dreamhouse (TM) Experience. In each room, guests will be delighted by surprises and interactive stations related to the room such as a cupcake island at Barbie's kitchen where guests can customize digital cupcakes or the chance to digitally try on fashions from Barbie's dream closet! The Dreamhouse (TM) also includes more than 350 Barbie dolls and other memorabilia. Having a birthday? Book a Barbie (TM) Dreamhouse (TM) Birthday Party in a private Barbie (TM) party room!
  • Host exciting and unique events at any of our entertainment centers. Our Brunswick Zone XL locations include Brooklyn Park, Blaine, Eden Prairie, and Lakeville.
  • Come check out Minnesota's largest outdoor waterpark! Bunker Beach now features six towering waterslides, a 900’ lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and as always, Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool! Large open areas for sunning and relaxing are scattered throughout the water park. Concession options, changing rooms, and a metro-area location, make Bunker Beach a perfect family destination!
  • Canterbury Park Racetrack Card Club features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing and a deluxe, 24-hour card club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games.
  • One of the last free zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Located next to Como Town Amusement Park, the historic Cafesjian's Carousel, and in Como Park, the zoo and conservatory are great fun for visitors of all ages.
  • Big fun for little kids! At Como Town kids can drive cars, fly planes, fight fires, run, climb and play. Safe and wholesome family fun right next to Como Zoo.
  • CSI: The Experience(TM) gives visitors the opportunity to play the role of a crime scene investigator, learning scientific principles and real investigative techniques as they try to solve one of three crime scene mysteries. Two state-of-the-art crime labs will help visitors piece together the evidence. With input from investigators from the television show, along with their real-life forensic science counterparts, guests will formulate a hypothesis, validate their findings based on scientific evidence and try to crack the case. A video introduction by cast members from the TV show welcomes visitors into the exhibit, leads them through the experience, and then evaluates their crime solving savvy as they exit.
  • Visit Dave Buster's! Our Full Service Dining and Gaming Facility is the best in the industry! We have a complete Full Service restaurant, Bar, and Game Floor all under one roof! So come on down and experience 40,000 square feet of the most fun you can have in one place!
  • The Mall of America turned the third floor of the former Bloomingdale's department store into a permanent EMS exhibition space called EMS Exhibit Center at Mall of America. EMS Entertainment has unrolled a lineup of exhibits on pop culture, science and history. Currently the EMS Exhibit Center at Mall of America hosts three different EMS Exhibits Experiences: Barbie (TM) The Dreamhouse Experience (TM), the Star Trek (TM): The Exhibition, and the CSI:The Experience (TM). The space is 65,000 square feet and has high cathedral ceilings. Each space is perfect to host a corporate event, awards, team building or annual Gala. The space can also be rented for a partial day (4 hour minimum) or entire day. Contact Avril Joes, Group Sales Manager, to discuss catering, logistics and additional entertainment options. She will help make your corporate event a sparkling success. Please call 612-499-0464 or email avril.jones@ems-exhibitsus.com.

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