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1 East Elmwood Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55419, United States
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Lodging & fun in Minneapolis NYE

by greendale

Hi- we are two couples with tickets to see the Vikings play 12/31. Can anyone recommend lodging that is on light rail and not too expensive? Any one know of the best events for NYE in the city? Any suggestions welcome!
thanks- Earlene

RE: Lodging & fun in Minneapolis NYE

by EPTraveler

Earlene,

MANY downtown hotels are within walking distance to light rail. If the weather is bad, you may be able to get close to the train through the skyway system without haveing to spend much time outside. A few of the local hotels sponsor NYE parties, but that seems to change from one year to the next. I will keep an eye out for you and hopefully others in the know will respond as well.

RE: RE: Lodging & fun in Minneapolis NYE

by emoja

You might not find anything too cheap in Downtown Minneapolis - especially on New Years Eve (book early too, they fill up quick for that night).

There are several upscale hotels not too far from the light rail (our downtown is somewhat small - but I guess that's a matter of perspective :)

However - if you stay out by the airport you might find a cheaper deal. It's about a 20-30 minute ride on the light rail into the city at that point.

Another option is to just cab it. From the airport into downtown is roughly $30 - and once you're downtown, you're close enough to the stadium and hotels and don't really need the light rail at all.

Re: Lodging & fun in Minneapolis NYE

by Bwent26

A website that might be good to check out for places on NYE is:

http://www.thriftyhipster.com/minneapolis/

It list most of the bars/clubs by area. It has a listing of the bars/clubs downtown. You might also look at Northeast and Uptown as they are both pretty close to dt and wouldn't be an expensive cab ride.

If you stay downtown and take the light rail to the game - get the downtown zone ticket ($.50). Technically you should buy a return ticket after the game because the card is only good for 1 1/2 hours but I ride the light rail all the time and have never seen anyone check tickets, especially after a game since the rail will be packed full with people.

http://www.metrotransit.org/rail/

Travel Tips for Minneapolis

Downtown

by mnhaus

One of the coolest things about Minneapolis is that there is quite a lot that goes on in the city, especially during the summer. One of my favorite things to do when I've got a free day is just wander around downtown. There are several common areas where concerts and other little celebrations are held. Nicollett Ave between about 12th St and Washington is basically a pedestrian mall lined with restaurants, shops, and even a mini-farmer's market. There's also the paths along the Mississippi River, good for a stroll on a sunny summer day.

Pedestrian/Bike Path Etiquette

by goodfish

Many of the great paths around our urban lakes, parks and riverfront areas are split into two - one for walkers/runners and one for bikers/bladers. Look for markings indicating which is which, or just watch what others are doing and follow along. These paths can converge at points so if there's just one walkway and it doesn't have indicated lanes for biking/walking, just stay right and let faster traffic go around you.

If biking or blading a combined path, PLEASE give walkers/runners advance warning that you're approaching from behind and about to pass ("On your left!") and always keep your speed down. This is more than a courtesy - it's usually a posted safety rule. It's very easy for leashed dogs, children and faster walkers/runners to unexpectedly stray into, or pass via, the left side and into your path. Walkers/runners, do the bikers a favor and keep ipod volumes low enough to hear their warnings.

Arts abound

by acemj

Minneapolis has a terrific arts scene. There are more theaters per capita here than in any other U.S. city outside of Manhattan. You'll also find a number of great music venues and art galleries. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum and the Walker Art Center are all excellent places to spend a cold, snowy day enjoying some art.

The Twins at Target Field

by lkdahl

After years of political wrangling, threats by the owner to move or contract the team, Minnesota and Minneapolis openned the state of the art $545 million Target Field. ESPN The Magazine ranked Target Field as the #1 sports stadium in North America, beating out such notable stadiums like the new Dallas Cowboy stadium and the new Yankee field. It is a gem of a ballpark, sqeezed into the heart of Downtown Minneapolis in the Warehouse District, which is one of the main entertainment areas. It accomadates around 42,000 fans and you'd be hard pressed to find a bad seat in house. For the first time in almost 30 years, Minnesota has an outdoor stadium for Major League Baseball. So in early spring and late fall, weather can be an issue. And although everygame has been a sellout, you can get tickets if you plan ahead of time. If you plan your trip in advance you can purchase tickets online at the Minnesota Twins website http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com. Also on gameday, sometimes you can purchase standing room tickets at the Twins box office at Target Field. Of course you can also buy tickets at a premium from ticket agents around the stadium.

Out of the Cities...

by mnhaus

Taylor's Falls offers a bit of scenery along the St. Croix river, as well as an area to camp if you want to get out of the city. There's a couple short trails for hiking, as well as a spot for cliff jumping (although I believe it's technically outlawed). Call ahead if you want to stay overnight though, as during the summer it fills up months ahead.

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