Family Weekend

Day 1

Morning: Depot Hotel

Why The Depot Minneapolis hotel? It’s got two things every family needs when they visit Minneapolis. First, The Depot is located right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. That means less time piling the kids into the car and more time enjoying Minneapolis. Second, every parent knows that the key to a good night’s sleep is tiring the kids out, and The Depot has you covered with a 15,000 square foot indoor waterpark. There’s no better way to have fun with the kids after a long day than flying down a 185 foot-long water slide.


Mid Morning: Minneapolis Queen Paddlewheel Cruise

Minneapolis is nicknamed the “City by Nature” because we’ve got this perfect pairing of urban sophistication and natural elements. Case in point, the mighty Mississippi River flows right through downtown, and that’s a big part of our history. You and your family can take in the sights with a tour from the Minneapolis Queen Paddlewheel Cruise. Take a nice hour and a half tour of Minneapolis and learn about the history of Minneapolis.


Lunch: Brit’s

Brit’s is a cornerstone of the Minneapolis culinary scene, and they’re the only Brit’s in the entire US. They specialize in over-the-pond food, stuff like pot roasts, fish and chips, awesome sandwiches and a whole lot more. This is good food, and you can even go upstairs (weather-permitting) and lawn bowl on their large, grassy rooftop field.


Afternoon: Mill City Museum

Undoubtebly, on your Mississippi River tour, you’ll have heard why the river was such an important part of Minneapolis. The Mill City Museum is the other half of that story, and you’re guaranteed to have some fun here as the museum was named the “Most Explosive Museum in America.” There’s tons of hands-on activities, a cooking station, a guided tour and a movie called “Minneapolis in 19 Minutes Flat.” Hours will fly by and you’ll practically have to drag the kids out of there at the end of the day. We’ve even got $2 adult admission with this coupon.


Dinner: Buca di Beppo

No place in Minneapolis can really capture the family atmosphere like Buca di Beppo. The tables are big -- meant for families to gather around them – and their dishes are even bigger. You essentially order a family-sized item and you pass that around for everyone to share. You get great bang for your buck here, and everyone leaves absolutely full.


Day 2:

Mid-Morning: Science Museum of Minnesota

The Minnesota Science museum is quite possibly the Mecca of hands-on activities in all of Minnesota. There are always exhibits like Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed and Future Earth that come through the museum, as well as their regular mainstays like the Cell Lab and Experiment Gallery. Make tornadoes, grow cells, make music and a whole lot more when you visit the Science Museum of Minnesota. Plus, we’ve got $2 off each ticket with this coupon.


Lunch: St. Paul Grill

This isn’t your normal “grill” restaurant. The St. Paul Grill has been featured in The New York Times, Midwest Living, USA Today, Food Arts and a whole lot of other prestigious publications. As they put it, they’re “On everyone’s list!” because they offer culinary choices that fit whatever you could possibly want. Not only that, but the level of service and quality of food is unparalleled, making this a top spot to grab some lunch.


Afternoon: Minnesota Zoo

“Kids, we’re going to the zoo!” is a secret phrase that parents all know will instantly turn a child into an exploding ball of energy. Zoos are like a whole new world for kids, and the Minnesota Zoo is one of the best in the nation. Over 500 species of animal grace the zoo, and there are tons of interactive exhibits like the Wells Fargo Family Farm and Dinosaurs!


Dinner: Pinstripes

The day has been all about fun, so dinner should be just as fun. At Pinstripes, not only can you enjoy some great food, but you get the chance to bowl or play bocce ball during your meal. Grab some food, bowl a little and soak in the beautiful views that Pinstripes offers you on your last day in Minneapolis (until next time, of course).