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Slide on in to Minneapolis!

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Frigid Minneapolis isn't generally at the top of must-visit lists in the dead of winter, But the Big Football Game changes all that. So if you're going, be sure to check out these 6 other top attractions. 

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art

The Minneapolis Institute of Art features one of America's greatest art collections and has a dazzling array of sculpture, paintings, photography, prints and artefacts. With more than 80,000 works spanning  20,000 years, even museum phobes are guest is sure to find something that will stirs the spirit.

 

The Asian section is particularly appealing. You can delve into the ancient rituals and daily lives of Japanese, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures. Kids are sure to love the ancient warrior uniforms that are reminiscent of images of samurais seen in movies (just don't let them try them on!). Oh, and did I mention the best part of all—admission is free.

 

Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

For those who find museums a little too quiet and confining (or who are traveling with kids who possess an aversion to indoor learning), the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is not to be missed. Having recently completed a nearly two-year long renovation, the city's most beloved public garden is ready to showcase its sculptures like never before.

 

The captivating greenspace (which is free to the public) is open 365 days a year and features 40 works from the Walker Art Center's collection. A favorite is definitely the cheeky Spoonbridge and Cherry, though the bright blue rooster and bunny on a bell are sure to elicit a smile as well. The Walker Art Center is also worth checking out if you're interested in modern art.

 

Theodore Wirth Regional Park

The Big Game isn't the only option to get your temperature rising. In Minneapolis, the best place to embrace winter atTheodore Wirth Regional Park.

 

This nearly 800-acre site is spread out over the city and surrounding area and offers an impressive list of things to do, like cross-country skiing, snowboarding and sledding. Phone the Winter Recreation Hotline to get  details on the location and times of all the activities 612-355-7757.

 

Craft Brewery Tour

What goes better with football than beer? The craft brew industry in Minneapolis is taking off, and for those over 21, a wonderful way to experience some serious suds is with a beer tour.

 

Twin Cities Brewery Tours offers several different itineraries, each of which takes guests to three of the city's best microbreweries to enjoy snacks and a pint of lip-smacking lager. Visitors are shuttled via comfy coach in the company of an all-knowing ale expert to sample and learn about the beer scene and meet some of the most acclaimed brew masters in Minneapolis.

 

Midtown Global Market

Sure, with more than500 stores, Nickelodeon Universe amusement park, SEA LIFE Aquarium and more, the Mall of America gets most of the attention when it comes to shopping and leisure options in Minneapolis. But for a more, authentic, unique experience,  Midtown Global Market is not to be missed.

 

Open daily, this market is home to over 45 local, entrepreneurial businesses that represent a wide spectrum of the flair, flavors and fashions the city has to offer. Here, you'll have the chance to sample one-of-a-kind craft and clothing boutiques, beers, jewelry stores, and restaurants. Think of it as a way to explore more cultural and quirky side of Minneapolis.

 

Paisley Park Museum Tours 

Did you know that a small town 40-minutes outside of Minneapolis was once home to royalty? Opened in 2016, it gives you an  insider's look at the former home and production studios of legendary music icon, Prince.

 

Located in Chanhassen, 20 miles outside of Minneapolis, the facility gives guests unprecedented access to a selection of items from Prince's personal collection, including concert outfits, GRAMMY Awards, the Academy Award he received for the film "Purple Rain," instruments and special video and music recordings. Be sure to visit the website, check times and book a tour in advance.

 

*All content provided in this blog is supplied by Sandra McGregor and is for informational purposes only. Barclaycard makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the blog or found by following any link within this blog.

 

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