Welcome to "The Cities"
LAC Chair Richard Geise, along with other local yokels, compiled this list of things to do around the Twin Cities (besides attend the AAPM meeting).
Within walking distance:
Walk a couple blocks East from the Convention Center and try lawn bowling or darts with your pint of the plain at Brits Pub or check out the Minnesota Orchestra to see what is going on at Summerfest. Going farther East down Nicollet Mall will take you to many shops and restaurants. If it’s raining, stay dry by taking the Minneapolis Skyway.
A walk Westward down the greenway takes you to Loring Park. From there you can cross the foot bridge to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Across the street is the Walker Art Center. (Note: This is NOT your grandma’s art museum). A few blocks North from Loring Park is the Minneapolis Farmer's Market. Go early for fresh fruit and veggies or just people watching.
Greater Minneapolis and St. Paul and suburbs:
There is a lot to do within a short ride, but keep in mind you won’t be able to hail a cab to get back to your hotel as easily as in Chicago or New York. Public transportation is mostly by bus.
There are many good venues for theater in the Twin Cities. The most famous of which, the Guthrie Theater, will be presenting Sherman Edwards’ musical “1776” in July. Unfortunately the Children’s Theater takes a break that month.
Day trips South of the River:
Shop till you drop at the Mall of America, ride the Renegade at Valleyfair, play the ponies at Canterburry Park, or just stroll through the beautiful gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
If you have more time you can tour the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (about two hours drive from Minneapolis). For an extended weekend we recommend the “Norwegian Riviera” along the North Shore of Lake Superior. If you have a week and love roughing it, head for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Outfitters in the area will set you up with everything you need for a price, but plan ahead.
… or you can just drive around the state looking for Lake Wobegon - not a bad deal, eh?