Whether you’re a theater buff, a shopaholic, a fitness fanatic or anything in between, the vast variety of Minneapolis events and venues ensures you’ll feel right at home. Here, you’ll find thousands of ways to fill your visiting days in Minneapolis, from fairs and festivals to five-star dining. Revel in annual events, theater, museums, shopping, dining, music and nightlife, recreation, pro sports, family fun, and historical attractions. The visit Minneapolis website has lots of great information, but here are a few highlights of areas of interest.
The Minneapolis skyway system connects corporate offices, bars, restaurants, bakeries, hotels, government services, retail, gyms, grocery stores, liquor stores, banks, doctors, dentists, masseurs, pharmacies, hair and nail salons, dry cleaners, live theaters, three pro sports facilities, a church, art exhibits, and more. The Marquette Hotel, our conference location is connected to the skyway.
The Crystal Court is a 23,000 ft urban park that is directly connected to the hotel conference site and providers multiple options for dining and shopping. It will be a great place to connect with fellow doulas and grab a quick lunch during sessions.
Nicollet (formerly known as Nicollet Mall) has long been downtown’s core shopping and entertainment artery. Its comprehensive remodel has enhanced the experience for visitors, folks who work downtown, and the area’s residential population. With motor vehicles restricted to buses and taxis, this mile-long, go-to pedestrian oasis is lined by bar and restaurant sidewalk seating, art, bountiful greenery, and many shopping options. Before marching down this strip of leisure and people-watching, stop by the Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center, located right on the corner of 5th Street and Nicollet. Here you can get all your Minneapolis questions answered by staff, including directions and suggestions about things to do in the area.
The Mall of America is absolutely a must-see if you’re visiting Minnesota. It’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, and it’s just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. They don’t call it the Mall of America for nothing. Nine Yankee Stadiums, 43 Boeing 747s or 347 Statues of Liberty could fit inside the mall. With over 520 stores, 50 restaurants, and a full theme park, the Mall isn’t just a shopping center, it’s a destination.
Images and information courtesy of Visit Minneapolis.