Archive for the ‘Attractions’ Category

Below are just a few clubs in the Twin Cities to spend an evening.
The Artist’s Quarter Jazz Club. See website for schedule and cover charges. Location: downtown St. Paul. (http://www.artistsquarter.com)


Minnesota Music Café – live music and open night sessions 7 days a week. See website for calendar of events, menu, and cover charges. Location: edge of downtown St. Paul (http://www.minnesotamusiccafe.com)


First Avenue –Twin Cities’ premier live music and dance club. See website for calendar of events and costs. Location: downtown Minneapolis (http://www.first-avenue.com)


Brave New Workshop Comedy Theater – founded in 1958; is the 3rd oldest theater in the Twin Cities. Open Thursday through Sunday. See website for calendar or events and fees. Location: Uptown neighborhood, Minneapolis. (http://www.bravenewworkshop.org/index.php)


Acme Comedy Club. See website for calendar of events and costs. Reservations recommended. Location: downtown Minneapolis. (http://www.acmecomedycompany.com/index2.php)



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St. Paul Farmers Market has been in operation for over 150 years, offering fresh, locally grown products for sale. Open 9am-1pm Saturdays, rain, snow, or shine. Location: downtown St. Paul (http://www.stpaulfarmersmarket.com)


Rice Park features a beautiful fountain and is surrounded by the Saint Paul Hotel, Landmark Center, Ordway, and the Downtown Central Library.


Summit Avenue begins just west of downtown St. Paul and continues almost five miles west to the Mississippi River. It boasts one of the largest concentrations of Victorian residential architecture in the country. The Cathedral of St. Paul, the Governor’s Mansion, the James J. Hill house, and the F. Scott Fitzgerald house all lie along Summit Avenue.


Grand Avenue – Running parallel to Summit Avenue, St. Paul’s main shopping district lies along Grand Avenue. An eclectic mix of shops and restaurants has something for everyone. (http://www.grandave.com)


Chain of Lakes – southwest of downtown lie five of Minnesota’s 10,000+ lakes, connected to one another by a twelve-mile system of pedestrian and bicycling paths.  The Chain of Lakes is part of the Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway, a 50-mile network of paths circling the city. (http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=235; http://www.minneapolisparks.org/grandrounds/home.htm)


Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – Opened in 1988 and operated jointly by the Walker Art Center and by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, the sculpture garden includes over 40 permanent works of art, including the famous “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture, on 11 acres. (http://www.walkerart.org)


Uptown – lying southwest of downtown Minneapolis (go figure), the Uptown neighborhood boasts a mix of unique restaurants, bars, and shopping unrivaled in the Twin Cities. (http://www.uptownminneapolis.com)


Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is part of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Horticultural Science. With 32 display and specialty gardens, 48 plant collections and more than 5,000 plant species and varieties on over 1,000 acres, the Arboretum is one of the largest field laboratory and horticultural display areas in the country. The Arboretum is also home to the University of Minnesota’s fruit breeding program. Located in Chaska. (http://www.arboretum.umn.edu)


State Parks – Minnesota has over 60 state parks, six state recreation areas, and almost 20 state trails. The first state park was established at Itasca, headwaters of the Mississippi River, in 1891, making Minnesota’s state park system the second oldest in the country. Park activies include camping, biking, hiking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, as well as touring Minnesota’s oldest iron mine (Soudan Underground Mine State Park), a lighthouse along Lake Superior (Split Rock Lighthouse State Park), and the state’s longest explored cave (Forestville Mystery State Cave Park).  (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/index.html)


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Minnesota Children’s Museum – A museum just for the kids! Seven galleries of hands-on learning and discovery designed for children aged six months to ten years old. Admission is $8.95. Location: downtown St. Paul (http://www.mcm.org)


Science Museum of Minnesota – located along the banks of the Mississippi River, the Science Museum of Minnesota includes over 70,000 square feet of exhibition space. On display are five permanent exhibits on paleontology, physical science and technology, the human body, peoples and cultures of the Mississippi River, and the museum’s collections. The current traveling exhibit is “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs.” Location: downtown St. Paul (http://www.smm.org)


Como Park (Como Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory) – Como Park is a 384-acre park located within the city. Visitors can experience a wide range of attractions geared towards all age groups. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half-acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. Open 10am-6pm, no fee.  Location: St. Paul, Como neighborhood (http://www.comozooconservatory.org)


Twin City Model Railroad Museum – located in historic Bandana Square (a former railroad building), the museum depicts the Twin Cities railroads of the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s. Cost $6.00 ages 5 and up, free for children under 5. See website for hours. (http://www.tcmrm.org)


Children’s Theatre Company – the largest children’s theater in North America, located in the Minneapolis Institute of Arts facility.  The current production is Annie.  See website for show times and cost. Location: Minneapolis (http://www.childrenstheatre.org)


Bell Museum of Natural History – the state’s natural history museum is charged with collecting and interpreting animal and plant life in Minnesota. Of note is the ‘Touch and See Room’ which allows visitors of all ages to feel items usually placed out of reach or behind glass. Check website for hours and costs. Location: Minneapolis, East Bank of the University of Minnesota Campus. (http://www.bellmuseum.org)


The Minnesota Zoo features over 500 animal species on 500 acres. Animal exhibits are grouped by region and include the Minnesota Trail, the Northern Trail, the Tropics Trail, the Family Farm, Discovery Bay, and Russia’s Grizzly Coast. The zoo participates in more than 20 Species Survival Plans (SSP) of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association, an ongoing effort to manage and breed zoo animals that may face extinction in the wild. It is also a world leader in tiger conservation. Location: Apple Valley (http://www.mnzoo.org)


Mall of America – The largest indoor mall in America not only has over 400 stores, it also has an indoor amusement park, 18-hole mini-golf course, mirror maze, flight simulator, and the world’s largest underground aquarium. Hours and prices vary. Location: Bloomington (near the airport) (http://www.mallofamerica.com)


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While in Saint Paul for the MAC Annual Meeting next month, why not take advantage of the extraordinary opportunity to see the King Tut exhibit showing now through September 5, 2011 at the Science Museum of Minnesota? This exhibit offers a unique chance for MAC attendees to see the vast funerary riches of the ancient Egyptians. The Science Museum is only blocks away from the Crowne Plaza Hotel.


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Did you know that the site of your MAC 2011 Annual Meeting is a Distinctive Destination? The National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Saint Paul, Minnesota as one of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations”. Saint Paul cares deeply about preserving its historical architecture, Victorian mansions, cultural diversity, unique historic neighborhoods, and ethnic celebrations. Come see for yourself why Saint Paul stands out as a truly Distinctive Destination.

If you’ve already registered for the MAC Annual Meeting, why not vote for Saint Paul as your Favorite Destination? Thanks, and we’ll see you in the Capital City!

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Please note that for most tours attendees are responsible for transportation and fares to the sites.  Times reflect the time the tour begins and ends, and do not include travel time to and from the sites.
Saint Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Court House

Friday, April 29,  12:15-1:15pm

Capacity: 25

This tour includes historical and present day information on the Art Deco building including visits to the Vision of Peace, Memorial Hall, mayor’s office, council chambers, courtrooms, law library, and much more! The building features 23 kinds of woods from 18 countries and marbles from all over the world.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk west on Kellogg Blvd about 2 blocks. City Hall will be on the right.

The group will meet in the lobby of the Crowne Plaza at Noon for the walk to City Hall.

Ramsey County Historical Society (in the Landmark Center)

Friday, April 29,  12:30-1:15pm

Capacity: 20

In June 2010 Ramsey County Historical Society renovated space in the Landmark Center to house its archival collections and make them available to researchers in an adjacent Research Center. Collections include a large collection of bound plat maps, Saint Paul building permits, personal and business collections, books, and photographs.

The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look at how the care and storage of archival collections has progressed from two-storey vaults, accessed by a cast-iron spiral staircase, to the current modern space.

See rare letters written by Governor Henry Sibley’s wife, the first building permit for the City of Saint Paul, and a life-size portrait of Joe Rolette, who saved Saint Paul from losing its designation as the capital of Minnesota in 1857.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk north on Wabasha Street. Turn left on W. 5th Street. Stay on W. 5th for approximately 2 blocks. Landmark Center will be on the right. (5 minute walk)

The group will meet at the Ramsey County Historical Society.

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Please note that for most tours attendees are responsible for transportation and fares to the sites.  Times reflect the time the tour begins and ends, and do not include travel time to and from the sites.


Minnesota Public Radio

Thursday, April 28,  9:30-11:00am

Capacity: 50

Special requirements – all attendees must sign-in when they arrive in the lobby.

Participants will tour the facilities of Minnesota’s premier public radio network, including the UBS Forum (home of many of MPR’s live events), the Maud Moon Weyerhauser Studio (where Yo-Yo Ma has recorded), the news room studios and the Gary Comer Audio Archive.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk east on Kellogg Blvd East. Turn left on Cedar Street. Stay on Cedar for approximately 6 blocks. MPR will be on the right (10 minute walk)

The group will meet in the MPR lobby.


Science Museum of Minnesota

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30am

Capacity: 15

The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. The Science Museum’s programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to an audience of more than a million people per year. On this tour, you will enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s collections contain approximately 2 million objects/specimens spanning the disciplines of paleontology, archaeology, geology, biology, and ethnology.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza, walk west on Kellogg Blvd East for approximately 4 blocks. The Science Museum is on the west side of the street (5 minute walk).

The tour will meet in the main lobby of the Science Museum.

Minnesota Historical Society

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30 am

Capacity: 20

The Minnesota Historical Society preserves and makes available a wide range of artifacts and materials chronicling Minnesota’s history. During the tour, participants will get a look behind the scenes, visiting the workspaces, the storage areas and reference rooms supporting collections of some 500,000 volumes, 100,000 cubic feet of archival materials and over 200,000 objects, as well as maps, fine art, A-V materials and digital content.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk west on Kellogg Blvd East. Follow Kellogg Boulevard for approximately 10 blocks. The Minnesota History Center is on the right. (15 – 20 minute walk)

Getting there by car:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, drive west on Kellogg Blvd East. Follow Kellogg Boulevard for approximately 10 blocks.

The parking lot at the Minnesota History Center is available to building visitors, members, and the general public when spaces are available. Enter from Kellogg Boulevard. Daily parking is $5.

Getting their using public transportation:

From the Crowne Plaza hotel, walk to 6th and Cedar Streets. Take Bus #21 (Uptown, Lake Street). Depart bus at Kellogg and Melburry Streets.

The tour will meet near the information desk at the Minnesota Historical Society.

Rice Park Walking Tour

Thursday, April 28,  10:00-11:30 am

Capacity: 20

Enjoy a walking tour of downtown Saint Paul, featuring an exclusive look inside each building surrounding Minnesota’s oldest city park: Rice Park. Savor an architectural tour that takes you back in time to learn the hidden secrets of the unique buildings that surround one of the city’s most beloved parks. Rice Park stands as a pillar of downtown Saint Paul, flanked by beautiful architecture of the buildings around it.

Getting there on foot:

From the Crowne Plaza Hotel, walk north on Wabasha Street. Turn left on W. 5th Street. Stay on W. 5th for approximately 2 blocks. Landmark Center will be on the right. (5 minute walk)

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