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Minneapolis Brewery Tour
"Join up with other craft beer lovers for an all-inclusive craft beer tasting tour. This is the most popular tour option and is a great way to learn more about Minneapolis taste great local craft beers and experience Minnesota’s unique craft beer culture. At each brewery stop there will be an opportunity to taste flagship beers as well as some new craft beer creations and seasonal specials. The tasting tour includes: Tasting a variety of best local craft beers (as much or as little as your palate craves) Safe and hassle-free pick-up and drop-off Friendly tasting tour guide Super spicy pretzels to munch on (trust us you’ll need them) A cooler for those who purchase growlers at the breweries and want to keep them cold Depending on what day you want to explore
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The Big Ticket Adventure Pass: Minneapolis - Bloomington - St Paul - Mall of America Attractions
"Once you purchase the pass a representative from the Bloomington CVB will follow up with an email with directions on how to obtain your mobile pass using a promo code on their website. Once you exchange the promo code for your passes an email and text will be sent to you immediately. The pass holder simply needs to present their e-ticket (displayed on their phone) to the attractions attendant or if the ticket was printed out show your print at home ticket to the attraction attendant. Once your attraction pass has been acknowledged at the first attraction you will have three days (NOTE: three days does not necessarily mean 72 hours) including that day to visit the six attractions. Each attraction can only be visited once within the three days."""
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The Big Ticket Adventure Pass: Minneapolis - Bloomington - St Paul - Mall of America Attractions
"Once you purchase the pass a representative from the Bloomington CVB will follow up with an email with directions on how to obtain your mobile pass using a promo code on their website. Once you exchange the promo code for your passes an email and text will be sent to you immediately. The pass holder simply needs to present their e-ticket (displayed on their phone) to the attractions attendant or if the ticket was printed out show your print at home ticket to the attraction attendant. Once your attraction pass has been acknowledged at the first attraction you will have three days (NOTE: three days does not necessarily mean 72 hours) including that day to visit the six attractions. Each attraction can only be visited once within the three days."""
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Wildlife Science Center

You can visit wolves,porcupines, bobcats, raccoons, gray foxes, black bears, and raptors, such as a red-tailed hawk,New Guinea Highlands wild dogs and an assortment of owls. They are located about 20 miles north of the Twin Cities near Forest Lake. Check their website for ongoing events.

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zwei618
Apr 04, 2011

Bunker Lake

Bunker Lake Park is an amazing area to explore. My family and I have lived just 10-15 minutes away for the past 5 years, yet we just discovered the fun to be had there. There is Bunker Beach which is a water park that has a wonderful kiddie play pool, the largest wave pool in MN, and a handful of slides for the older crowd. They also have a sand play area for the little ones--keeps my 3 year old busy for at least an hour.

There are a couple of playground areas, a Veteran's Memorial, several picnic pavillions, hiking/biking trails, horse trail rides, camping, golfing, etc. There is so much to see and do there.

There is a $5.00 entrance fee (or you can pay $25 for a year's pass to all of the Anoka County Parks) for the park itself. Bunker Beach charges additional fees--they offer a hefty discount after 4 pm closing at 7 pm. I don't know what the fee is to camp there.

To get there, take 35 W North to Hwy 10. Go West on Hwy 10, exit on Main St (Cty Hwy 242). Go right on Main St.. It's just a mile or so past Hanson Blvd on your left. If you reach Hwy 65 (Central Ave), then you've gone too far.

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laforstraveller
Aug 27, 2007

Lake George

Lake George is a wonderful recreational area North of the Twin Cities in Anoka County. They have a beautiful sandy beach with plenty of little fish for the kids to chase around. They have two separate swimming areas roped off, a general swimming area and one specifically for babies and toddlers. Rembmer to bring sand toys for the kids! They have several picnic paviliions w/grills and a nice playground for the kids. There are quite a few biking/hiking trails in the area. This is a perfect place for a day out--and it's away from the crowds that tend to congregate around the Harriet and Minnetonka lakes.

To get there, take 35W North to Hwy 10--go West. Take Round Lake Blvd North. It's about a 15 minute drive from here. There is a $5 parking fee--or you can opt for a $25 Anoka County Parks sticker which will give you free entry to all parks in Anoka county--good for 1 year.

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laforstraveller
Aug 27, 2007

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Near the Walker Art Center, the sculpture garden is known best for "Spoonbridge and Cherry", but there are plenty of other sculptures to ebjoy. On the left is one by Louise Nevelson. On the right one by Mark di Suervo -- obviously being put to good use as a place to read on a sunny day.

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shrimp56
May 02, 2005
 
 
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The Cowles Conservatory

This conservatory is part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that was built on land acquired by the city between 1903 and 1935. The area took its current form in 1988. The conservatory contains displays of seasonal flowers, greenery arches and Frank Gehry's Standing Glass Fish, which is installed in the Palm Room. The conservatory is a populat place for weddings and other events.

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shrimp56
May 02, 2005

The Minnesota River Valley

From the St. Croix River on the East to Lake Minnetonka on the West the metropolitan twin cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, and their close suburbs, encompass the largest national wildlife reservation near a major city in America.

Foriano
Apr 15, 2005

The Sculpture Garden

Near the Walker Art Center is the Sculpture Garden. It features large and unique sculptures in a garden setting. It is the best sculpture garden of the maybe ten I've seen. It wonderfully relaxing and often quite calm. It is beautiful in the winter if you can bear the cold.

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bhemak
Aug 30, 2004

Free Zoo & Garden

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.

JenNJohn
Jul 08, 2003

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Como Park and Zoo. This free...

Como Park and Zoo. This free zoo has Giraffes, Monkeys, Apes and Big Cats. The park has walking and biking trails and a beautiful lake. There is a waterfall in the summer. The park is on Como Avenue, just east of Snelling Avenue

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Aug 25, 2002

Visit Minnehaha Park in...

Visit Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis. This park is a popular place for people to picnic, go for walks and to see Minnehaha Falls. It is a popular place for weddings in the warmer months, so if you are down there on a Saturday afternoon, you may see a new bride and groom. One of the other popular sites in the park besides the falls is this statue inspired by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's 'Song of Hiawatha'.

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pipsqueak
Aug 24, 2002

Como Park

Como Park is my favorite park in St. Paul.
It's a great park with an incredible conservatory, a golf course, a zoo, and of course in this Land of 10,000 lakes, a lake!

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Nov 19, 2003

Things to Do Near Minneapolis

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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse

Good but not great so disappointed :( Brazilian steakhouses are always pricey don't mind the cost if it is a great meal and experience. The cost is around 70 a person. If you've never been to...
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Nicollet Mall

On summer Thursdays, the Minneapolis Farmer's Market expands to both sides of Nicollet Mall between Fifth and 12th Streets. Masses of flowers, fresh vegetables and fruits, honey and other produce are...
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Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

This is a nice-sized little art museum with just enough to see without being overwhelmed. The parking is free but if you park in the little pay lot at the bottom of the hill you can have a picnic on...
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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Have you ever wanted to get lost in some artwork? Sometimes it is the paintings will just draw you in. Other times, it is just that you wondered away from your group and now you are literally lost....
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American Swedish Institute

A mansion donated to the preservation of American Swedish culture. Go see the beautifl fireplaces in each room, I've never seen anything like them. They also have a great bookstore with many Swedish...
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Lake Calhoun

Before heading to St. Paul in my second day. I decided to check the second most visited place in Minnesota after Mall of America, the Lake Calhoun which is part of the so called Chain of lakes. The...
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