|Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota|
Sunday, March 9, 2014
Did you know that Minneapolis, Minnesota is known as "the flour milling capital of the world" and at one time was the world's largest producer of flour? Until our recent family weekend in The Mill City I've always associated winter, cold, snow, ice skating, and hockey with Minneapolis...but now I know flour is a big part of the city's culture, history, and identity! The best place to learn all about the city's roots in the flour industry & it's impact on our daily lives, even still today, is at the surprisingly engaging & very one-of-a-kind museum located in downtown Minneapolis: Mill City Museum.
Mill City Museum is located within the ruins of what was once that largest flour mill in the world and in the heart of the Minneapolis Mill District. As a National Historic Landmark, it is both a visually stunning & historic structure; the museum is incredibly unique, kid-friendly, engaging, and best of all, memorable.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
They say that Minnesota babies are born with ice skates on; needless to say ice skating is a popular family activity in the Land of 10,000 Lakes! And the best place to skate: The Depot Rink in downtown Minneapolis. Housed within a historic train shed with sweeping views of the downtown Minneapolis skyline, it's no wonder why many travel publications (USA Today, Foders, Today...) have named The Depot Rink one of the top 10 places to skate in the nation!
|The Depot Rink|
One of the nation's "top 10" places to skate!
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Minneapolis, Minnesota is likely the most versatile tourist destination in the Midwest, offering everything from it's famed outdoors & nature activities, to the busiest shopping mall in the world at Mall of America, to world-class cultural institutions, museums, dining, and even as the home to teams representing all four professional sports. It has all the amenities of a big city, but with a Midwest charm; it is easy to get to and around; it has one-of-a-kind attractions for kids and adults; it is affordable; and best of all, it's an easy place for the whole family to discover ways to have fun!
Four years ago I was saw a television commercial for Southwest Airlines offering $29 one-way fares to Minneapolis to celebrate their new non-stop routes from St. Louis, and booked immediately. We'd never been to Minneapolis, didn't have any plans to go, but for that price it was a no-brainer. So my wife and I spent a weekend in Minneapolis & Bloomington, Minnesota and really were taken aback by how much there is to do, and how many very unique attributes the region has of which we were unaware.
|Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America was the highlight of the visit!|