Looking for a great place to eat? Or an activity for family while you enjoy the conference sessions? We've put together a list of recommended attractions and must-see places in Minneapolis & surrounding to make your conference experience the best!
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Did you know that our conference hotel is attached to the Mall of America®? Our conference location is in a great location! You can walk across the skyway to the mall, use their free shuttle to commute to Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP), or hop on the Metro light rail transit to explore the Twin Cities area.
Don't forget: We are offering two organized off-site tours that you can sign up for during registration!
Below are a few fun ways to explore the surrounding area in your free time:
Play, Stay, And Save!
Sign up for the Bloomington Play, Stay, and Save Pass for special offers on Bloomington attractions, hotels, and restaurants! You can also download the 2021 Bloomington Visitors Guide here.
Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum welcomes, informs and inspires all through outstanding plant displays, protected natural areas, horticultural research and innovative education. This is a 30-minute drive from our conference hotel. The tours are 55-60 minutes and admission costs $15/per person, but this gives you all day access to the grounds. Their apple orchard and store are open in October!
Go on the Summit Avenue Walking Tour + See the James J. Hill House
St. Paul's Summit Avenue is the longest stretch of Victorian mansions remaining in the country. Guides talk about the architecture, social history, and preservation issues of the historic neighborhood. This is a 17-minute drive from our conference hotel. The tours are 90 minutes and cost $14/per person.
Before or after your walking tour, consider also visiting the James J. Hill House. The tour is 60 minutes and costs $12/per person. You can explore "Minnesota's Downtown Abbey", a 36,000-square-foot mansion built for railroad titan, James J. Hill.
Check out www.minneapolis.org for more area attractions and fun to dos!