Things to Do
Endless Activities for Every Mood
Wonderfully unique experiences await your visit all over the Twin Cities!
- Phone: 763-497-1911
- Website: www.premiumoutlets.com/albertville
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Address: 6415 Labeaux Avenue NE
Albertville, MN 55301
Find impressive savings at Minnesota's largest outlet shopping center boasting 100 designer apparel and brand name outlets offering savings of 25%-65% every day. Featuring Adidas, Ann Taylor Factory Store, Banana Republic, BCBG Max Azria, Calvin Klein, Coach, Converse, Gap, Guess, Gymboree Outlet, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Nine West, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour and many more!
Location: Conveniently located just 30 miles northwest of Minneapolis on Interstate 94 and exit 201.
Tour Groups: Groups receive complimentary VIP Coupon Books filled with hundreds of dollars of additional savings at participating stores. FREE meal vouches for driver/escort.
Mondays - Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sundays - 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Please call ahead for holiday hours.
- Phone: 612-812-2670
- Website: www.bowlbrunswick.com/about-us/282/1
- Email: Jacqueline.Darsow@brunswick.com
Address: 12200 Singletree Lane
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Brunswick Zone XL is extra large fun. Endless lanes for bowling, a giant game room, lazer tag, billiards, and a super-size lounge to relax with friends or catch the big game. If you want BIG fun, get into the good times at Brunswick Zone XL.
- Phone: 952-445-7223
- Website: www.canterburypark.com
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Address: 1100 Canterbury Rd
Shakopee, MN 55379
Experience the heart-pounding excitement at Minnesota's premier year-round entertainment destination - Canterbury Park. Live Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing extends from mid-May through Labor Day featuring a family friendly atmosphere at a great value. Canterbury Park's newly remodeled Card Casino deals up action 24/7 with the Midwest's largest variety of table games. From poker games like Texas Hold'em, Omaha and 7-Card Stud to Casino favorites Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, EZ Baccarat, Let it Ride, 3-Card Poker and more, the Canterbury Card Casino has you covered. Plus, Canterbury Park's Race Book and Special Events Center is open year 'round with daily action.
Canterbury Card Casino - Open 24/7
Table Games: Blackjack, Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker and More
Poker: Texas Hold'em, 7-Card Stud and Ohama Hi-Lo
May 18 - Labor Day; Thursdays & Fridays - evening racing; Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays - Afternoon Racing. Check canterburypark.com or call for post-times.
Open Daily 10 a.m. - Midnight. Watch and wager on tracks from around the country.
The Craft Show, Junk Bonanza and much more. Visit our website or call for details.
Holiday parties • Summer picnics • Business meetings
- Phone: 952-934-1500
- Website: www.ChanhassenDT.com
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Address: 501 W. 78th Street
PO Box 100
Chanhassen, MN 55317
For a taste of Broadway, visit Chanhassen Dinner Theatres -- the largest fully professional dinner theatre in the nation. Over the past 44 years, Chanhassen has entertained more than ten million guests and is considered a premiere entertainment establishment offering warmth, charm and elegance to all who visit!
In the Playhouse Theatre, laugh along with STEVIE RAY'S COMEDY CABARET. Guests toss out suggestions to the comics, who create songs and sketches right on the spot. The comedy cabaret is featured year-round Friday & Saturday evenings.
Guests relax and enjoy tableside service with entrees selected from a delicious menu. Specialty appetizers, cocktails and desserts are also available. The Los Angeles Times calls Chanhassen "one of the very best dinner theatres in the country AAA Magazine states, "any Twin Cities trip should include an evening at Chanhassen!"
One third of Chanhassen's annual business is comprised of travel/tour and business groups. Offering a variety of packages and discounts, guests are entertained at Chanhassen Dinner Theatre year 'round.
For reservations, go to ChanhassenDT.com or call (952) 934-1525 or (800) 362-3515. For groups of 12 or more, call (952) 934-1547 or toll-free (800) 355-6273.
- Phone: 612-373-5677
- Website: www.hennepintheatretrust.org
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/hennepintheatretrust
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- Email: Debra.Detloff-Johnson@BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com
Address: 800 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55402
The Orpheum, State and Pantages theatres.
Please visit www.eventusher.com for more information and use password "Tour Minnesota".
- Phone: 952-883-8800
- Website: www.mallofamerica.com
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Address: 60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
The nation's largest fully-enclosed retail and entertainment center with 40 million annual visitors.
World-class shopping at 520 stores with top designer brands and no sales tax on clothing or shoes.
50 restaurants ranging from fine dining to fun, interactive family eateries.
More than 400 free events annually including many Hollywood celebrity performances and autograph signings.
Located in the center of Mall of America®, Nickelodeon Universe® features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment, including 27 great rides for guests of all courage levels! Meet the Nick characters, experience new rides, shop exclusive retail and much more!
Many other attractions for hours of fun including Underwater Adventures® Aquarium, Silicon Motor Speedway, LEGO®, MagiQuest®,Theatres at Mall of America™, Rick Bronson's House of Comedy, American Girl and Butterfly Bay.
20,000 free parking spots and dedicated bus pick-up/drop-off facility at north entrance.
- Phone: 952-443-1400
- Website: www.arboretum.umn.edu
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Address: 3675 Arboretum Blvd
Chanhassen, MN 55318
Named one of the Top 10 gardens in America by USA Today, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a quick getaway right in the metro area. Explore 1,137 acres at your own pace including 32 specialty and demonstration gardens, expansive tree and plant collections, woodlands, wetlands and prairie. Celebrate the changing seasons, with nature-inspired exhibits and events, indoors and out.
Popular destinations for families include the new Green Play Yard (especially for infants, toddlers and preschoolers), the Maze Garden and Bog boardwalk; and Thursday storytime in the Library, weekend family fun (every Saturday and Sunday). The Arboretum's Learning Center boasts a "please-touch" greenhouse.
Tickets for tram and bus tours in the Visitor Center. Opening summer 2013 are visitor circulators that shuttle you to popular gardens for step-on, step-off experience.
Open year-round with these seasonal highlights:
SPRING.... Catch the spring wildflowers, crabapple blossoms, lilacs and thousands of tulips (peak bloom predicted for Mother's Day weekend).
SUMMER....glorious annuals and perennials, stately tree and pine collections as well as specialty gardens featuring roses, hostas, lilies, peonies...even a Japanese garden and more.
AUTUMN....the best fall color in town, scarecrows in the garden, awesome pumpkin displays and weekend events.
HOLIDAY....festive, nature-inspired decor in the Great Hall, visits with Santa, storytime by the holiday trees, cookie decorating for families (complete with cookies, frosting and sprinkles), holiday teas, family breakfasts and so much more.
WINTER...the season to imagine--from scouring seed catalogs in the Andersen Horticultural Library to x-country skiing (named best classic trails by Minnesota Monthly in 2012) and snowshoe.
IDEA LAB FOR GARDENS....Whether novice, experienced or expert gardeners, must-sees are the Home Demo gardens with ideas for small space vegetable gardens, ornamental and vegetable gardens (who like each other!), salad gardens, and international vegetable themes that change up each year.
OSWALD VISITOR CENTER .....light-filled, natural beams create a beautiful setting. Includes gift store, casual restaurant (serving wine and beer), Reedy Gallery (a collection of oils and watercolors from national and Minnesota painters) and Restaurant Gallery (photographs and more from Minnesota-based photographers and artists). The historic Snyder Building features the Andersen Horticultural Library and serves as the place for monthly traditional teas and seasonal gourmet dinners.
EVENTS AND PROGRAMS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY... including children's daycamps and adventures; adult gardening school, dinner with a chef cooking classes...even Yoga in the Garden with Lifetime Fitness in summer 2013.
Adults - $12 for ages 13 and up
12 & under - free
Members - free
From April through October, the third Thursday is free admission after 4:30 p.m. From November-March, admission is free all day Thursdays.
November-April: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
May-October: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 10 am.to 6 p.m. Sunday. Check for holiday hours at www.arboretum.umn.edu
Arboretum grounds are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. or sunset (whichever is first). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Special hours for SummerHouse and AppleHouse summer and fall„ featuring fresh local produce, garden gifts, University meats and cheeses, Arboretum apples, pumpkin and squash and more. Located west of Arboretum on Hwy. 5.
Touring the Arboretum
Guided tours: Motorized Trumpet Creeper Tram available May - October (tickets available in Oswald Viitor Center) or free walking garden tours; monthly regular guided walks schedule varies by month.
12.5 miles of paved garden paths and wood-chipped hiking trails
11 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails
4 miles of snowshoe trails
Walk or drive Three-Mile Drive
Now connected to Minnewashta Parkway regional bicycle and hiking trail. No fees if biking through on trail; $5 day pass if bicyclists wish to use Arboretum buildings and walkways and trails. Locked bicycle racks available.
$7 per person for groups of 10 or more in one vehicle. Call (952) 443-1422 to schedule group tours and reserve group tour packages.
- Phone: 952-445-7361
- Website: renaissancefest.com
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Address: 12364 Chestnut Blvd
Shakopee, MN 55379
The 44th Annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival, one of the largest themed events in the country is just around the corner. Journey back in time as more than 450 entertainers contribute to the atmosphere of this charming 16th century village featuring 16 stage of live entertainment, over 250 artisan booths for endless shopping, live armored jousting, and food fit for a king!
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival 44th season begins on Saturday, August 16 and ends on September 28, 2014. The Festival is open weekends; Labor Day and Festival Friday, September 26, open from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., rain or shine.
The Festival is located three miles south of Shakopee on Hwy 169. Admission at the gate: Adults $22.95; Children 5 – 12 $13.95; seniors $20.95; four and under are free!
Highland Fling - August 16 & 17
Buccaneer Beer Fest - August 23 & 24
Silk Road: Discover the Riches - August 30, 31, Sept. 1
Passport to Adventure - September 6 & 7
Wine, Chocolate and Romance - September 13 & 14
Oktoberfest - September 20 & 21
Festival Friday - September 26
Shamrocks and Shenanigans - Sept. 27 & 28
Visit www.renaissancefest.com or call 952.445.7361 for more information. Also make sure to follow us @MNrenaissance!
Address: 13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
The Minnesota Zoo features more than 4,300 exotic animals from around the world. Award-winning exhibits such as Russia’s Grizzly Coast, 3M Penguins of the African Coast and the Medtronic Minnesota Trail provide family-fun for all ages. The Zoo is open year-round and includes a working family farm, marine education center and tropical rain forest. New in 2014 – Big Bugs!, featuring larger-than-life animatronic bugs and real ones, too.
The Minnesota Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and provides award-winning recreational, educational and conservation programs, locally, nationally and internationally.
The Minnesota Zoo is open year-round, with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and December 25th. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org.
October - April: 9am - 4pm everyday
Memorial Day -Labor Day: 9am - 6pm everyday
September and May: 9am - 4pm weekdays, 9am - 6pm weekends
952-431-9500 (24/7 information line)
Discount admission and discount monorail is available for groups of 20 or more. Please call 952.431.9200 for more information or make your reservation on line at www.mnzoo.org
- Phone: 952-445-9000
- Website: www.mysticlake.com
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Address: 2400 Mystic Lake Blvd.
Prior Lake, MN 55372
The Midwest's Largest Casino and Official Casino Hotel of the Mall of America
Just 25 minutes from downtown Minneapolis or the airport
600 Luxurious Guest Rooms
24-hour Gaming Action
2,100 seat Mystic Showroom featuring top entertainment acts
Spa and Golf course on site
Ample Free Parking including free valet parking
Seven restaurants/bars including an award-winning Buffet
- Phone: 952-883-8600
- Website: www.nickelodeonuniverse.com
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Address: 500 Center Court
Bloomington, MN 55425
Located in the center of Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment, including 27 great rides for guests of all ages and courage levels! Meet the Nick characters, experience new rides and attractions, shop exclusive retail and much more!
Visit www.nickelodeonuniverse.com for more info.
- Phone: 651-925-4600
- Website: www.runningacesharness.com
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Address: 15201 Zurich Street NE
Columbus, MN 55025
Running Aces® Harness Park is a cutting-edge Las Vegas style card room, with live summer harness racing, a full service restaurant and year round Simulcast wagering.
The card room has a warm elegant feel with all of the hottest games being offered. We have Blackjack, Pia Gow, 3 & 4 Card Poker, all limits in Texas Hold’em, and more. Running Aces also features daily poker tournaments with various buy-ins to accommodate all players.
The Winner’s Circle restaurant and lounge offers an exquisite cuisine with our homemade taste and a variety of options. Fill your appetite 24 hours a day every day, or enjoy one of our featured specials: Thursday night Crabfest, All-You-Can-Eat Fridays with Ribs and Prime Rib, and our Sunday Brunch.
Running Aces offers entertainment for everyone with monthly comedy shows, hypnotist shows, and various events throughout the year.
Banquet facilities and catering are available year round for private events.
Running Aces features the Aces Rewards Club® that earns members rewards for complimentary food and beverages, merchandise, exclusive events, promotions and tournaments.
The facility is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. Running Aces is located adjacent to I-35 exit #129 in Columbus, Minnesota, 20 minutes north of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul
- Phone: 651-221-9444
- Website: www.smm.org
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Address: 120 West Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102
Ultimate Dinosaurs - Special Exhibition
Now through August 24, 2014
Forget T. rex. Meet a whole new breed of beast when you experience Ultimate Dinosaurs! Come face-to-face with 20 new dinosaurs like Carnotaurus, Giganotosaurus, and others that roamed the earth millions of years ago and evolved in isolation from their Northern Hemisphere counterparts.
Visit the Science Museum with your preschool-age children between 10 a.m. - Noon on Tuesdays, and take part in a special promotion that will keep little hands busy and little minds buzzing!
Groups of 10 or More
Choose from multiple admission types and flexible payment terms. Please call (651) 221-9444 or (800) 221-9444 to book a group.
- Phone: 952-853-0612
- Website: www.visitsealife.com/minnesota
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Address: 120 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
Want to dive beneath the sea without getting wet? You'll come face to face with everything from shrimp to sharks, and learn tons of great stuff from SEA LIFE experts. SEA LIFE Minnesota features more than 10,000 sea creatures that you can see and even touch! Come face to face with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, pufferfish, jellyfish and more in our world famous 300 foot long Tunnel where you are underwater without getting wet!
New for 2011:
At SEA LIFE Minnesota there will be fascinating new displays, cool hands-on activities for kids, tons more sea creatures than ever before, and an ocean full of fun! So go on, take the plunge and visit SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium!
Great group programs and discounted rates! From interactive classroom programs to snorkeling adventures, we have something for all ages! Call 952-853-0612 or email email@example.com for group discounts and availability. Parking: East Side Level One between Sears and Bloomingdale's (Mall of America)
Hours (subject to change):
Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 7:30pm
Friday 10:00am - 8:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 8:30pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:30pm
- Phone: 612-673-1311
- Website: www.targetcenter.com
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Address: 600 First Ave. North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Target Center, home of the NBA Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA Minnesota Lynx, offers a 12-month entertainment schedule that includes sporting events, family shows, concerts and more!
- WWE Monday Night Raw (June 9, 2014)
- Cher “D2K” Tour (June 11, 2014)
- OneRepublic “Native Summer Tour” (June 17, 2014)
- Foreigner and Styx with very special Guest Don Felder (July 17, 2014)
- Austin Mahone “The Secret Tour” (August 10, 2014)
- Kiss and Def Leppard (August 17, 2014)
- Katy Perry “The Prismatic World Tour” (August 22, 2014)
- Eric Church “The Outsiders World Tour” (September 16, 2014)
- Fleetwood Mac “On with the Show” (September 30, 2014)
- Professional Bull Riding Velocity Tour (October 4, 2014)
For complete schedule, visit www.targetcenter.com
Located in Downtown Minneapolis, Target Center can be reached by most major highways, and offers more than 11,000 parking spaces within a three-block radius of the arena.
- Phone: 763-424-0504
- Website: www.shoppesatarborlakes.com
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Address: 12459 Elm Creek Blvd. N.
Maple Grove, MN 55369
Upscale shopping and dining in an outdoor setting.
Featuring some of the nation's most prominent retail brands like Anthropologie, Biaggi's, Coldwater Creek, J. Crew, J. Jill, Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, White House/Black Market, Williams-Sonoma, Whole Foods, P.F. Chang's China Bistro, Trader Joe's and Brooks Brothers.
Individual store and restaurant hours may vary.
One block north of I-94/I-694 at the intersection of Hemlock Lane and Elm Creek Boulevard in Maple Grove.
- Phone: 952-445-6500
- Website: www.valleyfair.com
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Address: One Valleyfair Drive
Shakopee, MN 55379
Valleyfair is the Upper Midwest’s largest amusement park and the perfect destination for the entire family! With over 75 amazing rides and attractions, including: eight roller coasters, Soak City Waterpark, spectacular live entertainment and Planet Snoopy! Opening 2013, Dinosaurs Alive!, an interactive dinosaur park featuring over 30 life-sized dinosaurs.
ValleySCARE featuring the Halloween Haunt and Planet Spooky is open weekends now through October 28. At night, the most extreme Halloween attraction opens a world of terror with 350 monsters, 9 scare zones, gruesome live entertainment and favorite thrill rides that bring terror to a whole new level. During the day, enjoy non-scary Halloween fun for the entire family at Planet Spooky. For more information, visit www.valleyfair.com.
Admission Rates: $42.99 Regular Admission (ages 3-61 & 48" or taller); $24.99 Junior/Senior Admission (Juniors age 3 and older but less than 48" tall or Seniors age 62 & older); 2 years and younger are FREE.
StarlightAdmission: $34.99 to gain entry into the Halloween Haunt, beginning 6pm on Saturday and bonus Sunday, 10/28. 7pm on Friday and bonus Thursday, 10/18. All prices are subject to change.
2013 Gold Season Passes are on sale now on-sale for the lowest price of the year! Enjoy unlimited visits, free parking, Soak City Waterpark, VIP Benefits and more! Monthly payments starting as low as $9.99 for six months (when purchasing four or more). Buy now and new Gold Pass purchasers will enjoy one free 2012 visit during ValleySCARE featuring the Halloween Haunt and Planet Spooky! For more information, visit www.valleyfair.com/season-passes
Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more online or contact Group Sales at 651.496.5331 or email@example.com
Location: Valleyfair is located 25 minutes southwest of the Twin Cities on County Road 101, just east of Shakopee, MN.
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