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This quick but fun weekend getaway in Saint Paul allows your group to see the most popular sites, from the Mall of America to the local popular dinner theater venue!
American Swedish Institute
Featuring Swedish historical exhibits, a stately onsite castle, and various cultural classes and workshops, ASI is one of the most culturally enlightening places your group can visit while in the area. Here guests can 'share their experience around themes of culture, migration, the environment, and the arts, informed by the enduring links to Sweden'. This is the place to go to understand Swedish heritage in relation to others!
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
This zoo and conservatory site sees over 1.9 million guests each year, showing off a wide variety of animals, gardens, and kids attractions within its confines. The zoo is AZA-accredited and the conservatory (Marjorie McNeely Conservatory) is a part of the American Public Gardens Association. Inside you will see all kinds of animals, from anacondas and arctic foxes to wolves and zebras. Take a Zoo Tour to get in-depth details and behind the scenes looks at the animals, this 2-hour public tour taking place before the zoo opens. You will learn the 100-year history of the zoo, get to feed polar bears and giraffes, and meet the zookeepers during this unique tour experience.
Chanhassen Dinner Theater
The theatre complex is 90,000 square feet, hosting over 12.5 million guests a year. While here visitors can see Broadway shows such as Mamma Mia! and The Music Man, comedy shows like Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret, and other various concerts, special presentations, and events. The massive staff here includes actors, musicians, design teams, and crews, the conglomeration of workers all wanting to make Chanhassen the best dinner theatre there is! Speaking of dinner, while here you will enjoy a great sit down dinner featuring entrees such as Famous Chicken Chanhassen, Cornmeal Crusted Walleye, Grilled Top Sirloin, and so much more!
Mill City Museum
This museum explores the intriguing and probably mostly unknown history of the flour industry, the museum actually housed within the ruins of what was once the biggest flour mill in the world! Hear stories of the flour industry and its impacts the city of Minneapolis as you explore old mill work areas and offices during your visit. During a tour of Washburn A, you will learn all about this tragedy, as well as about the worldwide market influence of the mill during its peak production. You will be able to see an 8-story Flour Tower, participate in activities in the Water and Baking Labs, watch a film on the history of Minnesota, visit the rooftop observation deck, and Ruin Courtyard.
Mississippi River Visitor Center
The Mississippi River Visitor Center serves as 'the gateway to adventure along the Mighty Mississippi', an introduction center to the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. This entire protected area is 72 miles, a massive 54,000-acre riverside corridor. While here you will be able to enjoy a wide variety of programs, including videos, interactive exhibits, and junior ranger programs. Explore onsite exhibits that explain the Mississippi River culture, biology, and history.
Mall of America
Featuring over 520 stores, 60 restaurants, and a handful of top-notch entertainment attractions, you can undoubtedly spend a whole day blissfully lost in the Mall of America. Aside from the obvious, almost-overwhelming amount of things you can choose to do here, one of our favorite things about the mall is that there is no sales tax on clothing and shoes, as the state of Minnesota is one of few in the U.S. to not tax those items. Next, grab a bite to eat at any of the 60 onsite restaurants. You can get almost anything your heart desires here, you can even take a cooking class if you'd like! Once you've fueled up it's time for some serious entertainment, with several activity options onsite ranging from movie theaters to theme parks.