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Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

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Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

We are going to a couple of Minnesota Wild games and got tickets on center ice on the glass - so my sons are thrilled - 5 total.

But my wife and daughter are interested in things they can do in addition to the MOA.

Any suggestions are appreciated.

We arrive 12/31 at midday and leave 1/3 in the evening.

We are staying at the Cambria Suites and presently do not plan on renting a car - but will if needed.

Any must see type attractions in the area (within a couple hours drive) or things to do - I'm interested in hearing about.

Thanks in advance,

Charles

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1. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

I'd be pretty thrilled to have center ice tix too! Now let's just hope the Wild are having a great day...it's been a bit rough for them this year.

Cambria Suites is convenient to MOA and therefore the Light Rail Train to downtown Minneapolis if you do not wish to drive to downtown Minneapolis. That said, XCel Center for the game is in downtown St. Paul. There is not a light rail train to St. Paul, though there is a limited stop bus from MOA to downtown St. Paul. It is the number 54 bus and you can check out schedules at www.metrotransit.org. From there, you can decide if that will work for you or if you'd rather rent a car; ride appeared to be about 1/2 hour, but doesn't seem to run very often in the evenings - maybe once every 1/2 hour? Otherwise, I'd estimate a taxi ride at about $25-30 one way.

Okay, that said...ideas for things to do/see in addition to MOA. There are a number of museums or theaters if so inclined, including Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Walker, Guthrie Theater (on the Mississippi River, near and where there are walkways along the river or the Stone Arch Bridge over the river and is strictly pedestrian bridge), Minneapolis Scuplture Garden (this is an outdoor exhibit), Minnesota History Center in St. Paul and more.

Obviously depending on the age of your daughter, there are casinos relatively nearby, though would pretty much require a car to get to. Also to consider is the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley (another car trip, but relatively near MOA).

If wife and daughter are shoppers, there are more "boutiquey" shopping neighborhoods/areas such as Grand Avenue in St. Paul. These do take you outside, however, in some of the coldest days of the year in Minnesota (or close to coldest days).

You might want to check out www.minneapolis.org, which is the Greater Minneapolis Convention and Visitors Association official website. You can look up events going on over the dates you're staying to get additional ideas.

Finally, I would imagine there might be arts and crafts events and sites to see if wife and daughter are willing to do a little driving (perhaps even in the city, but not my area of expertise...I just have female friends who are into quilting and such. They seem to find events relatively near the city).

There's a few ideas, I hope they're helpful.

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2. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

There's an aquarium inside the Mall of America, the kids might like -

http://www.underwaterworld.com/

There's a TimberWolves game Fri Jan 01 in downtown Minneapolis

Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Orlando Magic

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3. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

Head into downtown St. Paul early and go ice skating in Rice Park - It's a wonderful, Rockwell-like, setting! Rentals are available.

capitalcitypartnership.com/promote/winterSka…

BTW - I just discovered a picture of my daughter and a bunch of her friends are on the website, it was in the Pioneer Press a few years ago. There is a group of girls chasing someone wearing a red coat around the rink, my daughter has a plaid skirt on (school uniform) with her back to the camera. Cool!!

Edited: 14 December 2009, 19:48
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4. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

One other hockey related suggestion, the University of Minnesota hockey team will be hosting its holiday tournament Jan 2 & 3. College hockey in Minnesota and the Twin Cities is a very popular event, in fact MN's home arena seats 10K and widely considered one of the top hockey venues in the country (including NHL arenas). Because the tourney is played over the holiday weekend (and given MN is down this year with a ~ .500 record) tickets should be readily available from resellers in front of Mariucci Arena.

If you go I would allow ample time to explore the arena and MN hockey history, make sure to locate the Olympic display (along the south wall) which includes Robb McClanahan's (if I remember correctly) 1980 US Olympic team ring and other cool items.

let me know if you have any questions regarding this!

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5. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

Thanks to everyone who posted suggestions. We are on our way soon and now have great ideas.

Edited: 27 December 2009, 23:46
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6. Re: Suggestions for short hockey trip to Minneapolis,12/31-1/3

Dress warm and have a good time! It looks like our highs will be in the teens, and lows with be in the -1 to -5 area. At this time they're not forecasting any snow those days but of course it's always subject to change.

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