My family and I just returned home from visiting the Twin Cities less than 24 hours ago.
During our visit we did not travel beyond Minneapolis or St. Paul considering our main purpose of visiting Minnesota was to visit the Mall of America, however, we did get out and explore the cities which were not appealing to us due to the lack of cityscape.
We traveled by train to get a view of the cities and were very surprised to see the amount of gentrification taking place. The change is so obvious in the cities that the displacement of the residents upsets me. I won't digress any longer but if you have an opposing opinion here's an article that may be of interest to you.
Anyhow, here was our itinerary:
Day 1: We checked into our hotel, which was nothing fancy at all. Most houses close to the mall looked older and that freaks me out so we decided on a suite style hotel so we could share a room with the kids. After unpacking we made a beeline to the mall.
Day 2: We hopped on the train right after breakfast and headed to Minnehaha Park and Waterfall. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and stayed here as long as our bellies would allow! I had read many great reviews about the Sea Salt restaurant but the lines were wrapping around the building and the kids were demanding to eat. We hopped back on the train and got off on the Midtown train stop which was very unimpressive. After a quick Target (which was first opened in MN) run for snacks we returned to our hotel and ordered some of the best pizza ever from Fat Lorenzo's and spent the rest of the evening at the indoor pool.
Day 3: We shopped the entire first level of the mall before the kids got tired and requested to go to the room for a short break before heading back after lunch to and getting lost in Mirror Maze.
Day 4: Nickelodeon Universe all day long!!!
Day 5: Another day spent on the transit line. After a 45 minute train ride with views of the Twin Cities we exited to visit the newly renovated Minnesota Children's Museum. We could've stayed here all day and night! And we would have if they didn't have to close. We visited all four levels of this amazing hands on museum and did not become bored at all, even the older kids participated and had a blast. Once we left we took the transit line directly under Mall of America and completed our last day of back to school shopping.
* all clothing and shoes are tax free at the mall.
*Nickelodeon Universe image found on Bing images