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One day in Minneapolis!

by Babzz

Hello all,
we have one day to spend in Minneapolis. What do you recommend we do? Looking through here, I've come up with two main attractions: Mill Ruins Park/Museum and Minnesota History Center. Any comments on these or other suggestions? No shopping please. This is for next weekend, Fri-Sat Nov 7/8.
Thanks!

Re: One day in Minneapolis!

by lkdahl

I'm familiar with both but have not gone to either one. Mill Ruins Park is located across from downtown Minneapolis and is a park so you will be outside. The park is dedicated to Minneapolis milling past. Right now the temps are between 5 f - 20 f.

The Minnesota History Center is located in downtown St. Paul, between the St. Paul Cathederal and the State Capitol building. It is located indoors. You can also explore the before mentioned Cathederal, Capitol building and the JJ Hill mansion on Summit Ave.

You might also want to consider going to the Walker Art Center, Sculpture Garden, Basilica of St. Mary's just west of downtown Minneapolis.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Re: One day in Minneapolis!

by laforstraveller

I agree with lkdahl's assessment that the temperature will not be favorable for you to be outside for too long. Have you given any thought to the Mall of America or roaming the skyways in downtown Minneapolis? There are several wonderful restaurants in downtown Minneapolis in all price ranges. If you are looking to splurge ($43 per person for dinner not including drinks), I'd recommend Fogo de Chao. However, if you're a vegetarian Fogo de Chao is not the place for you. While in the area you could certainly visit the sculpture gardens, the Walker Art Center, or the Minneapolis Institute of Art (free entrance).

Have fun!

Re: One day in Minneapolis!

by Babzz

Thanks for the feedback. Originally I was talking about the Mill museum, not the outdoor park, but we won't have enough time anyways. Now it looks like just the history center. We're really just stopping in on our way home, so unfortunately not enough time to properly explore the city. Can you recommend any cheap (entrees under $20) restaurants?

Thanks again :)

Re: One day in Minneapolis!

by lkdahl

Try these, they are all within 1 or 2 miles of the Historical Center.

Fabulous Ferns(typical American food)
400 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 225-9414
www.fabulousferns.com

Tanpopo Noodle Shop(Japanese noodle shop, not sushi)
308 Prince St # 140
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 209-6527
tanpoporestaurant.com

Mai Village(Vietnamese)
394 University Ave W
St Paul, MN 55103
(651) 290-2585
www.maivillage.com

Little Szechuan(Chinese)
422 University Ave W
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 222-1333
www.littleszechuan.com

Cossetta Italian Market & Pizzeria
211 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-3476

Happy Gnome(typical American food)
498 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 287-2018
www.thehappygnome.com

Re: One day in Minneapolis!

by Babzz

Thanks!

Travel Tips for Minneapolis

A winter wonderland!

by acemj

To see a hillside white with dogwood bloom is to know a particular ecstasy of beauty, but to walk the gray Winter woods and find the buds which will resurrect that beauty in another May is to partake of continuity.
- - - Hal Borland, New York Times, November 28, 1948

Churches - Basilica of St. Mary

by yooperprof

Minneapolis' leading Roman Catholic church is the Basilica of St. Mary. Designed in the Beaux Arts style by Emmanuel Masqueray, who also was responsible for neighboring St. Paul's Cathedral. It was constructed over a two-decade period in the early 20th century, and received formal recognition as a Basilica (the first Catholic Church in the USA to do so) by Pope Pius XI in 1926.

Since 1967, the Basilica of St. Mary and St. Paul's in St. Paul have been the official co-cathedrals of the diocese of Minneapolis - St. Paul.

88 N. 17th Street

Mary!!!

by shrimp56

The famous statue of Mary Tyler Moore in her signature toss of her hat at the beginning of her long-running TV show. You will find this statue downtown right on Nicolett Mall in front of Marshall Fields store.

Meet you at Fat Boy Billiards

by shrimp56

Billiards seems to be a very popular sport in Minneapolis -- after watching the Vikins of course! We ran into this emporium at 20th & Central when we were in search of cheap furniture!
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This seems to be the place for serious pool players -- no booze is served.

Free Zoo & Garden

by JenNJohn

Como Park is often missed in the travel books but there are several things here that are worth seeing and can give you a nice relaxing afternoon.

Como Park has a little bit of everything. I normally would head towards the zoo, a free attraction with a daily seal show. You can probably get thru it within an hour but its especially fun for kids and just the right price.

As you are exiting the zoo you will probably spy the small amusement park that is set up outside, classic fair rides mostly geared towards kids. The best attraction here though is an old fashioned carosaul. Definately give this a ride!

Next head over to the Arboretum, open both in summer and winter, half of the year it is a one of the only escapes in town from the snow-packed world outside. They ask for a small donation for entrance. In the summertime the land behind the Arboretum are transformed into a gorgeous Japanese Garden, complete with a pond and fish. One of the most relaxing areas in town.

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