Hotspots in Minneapolis, MN
As the saying goes, two is better than one and that's even the case for a massage. If you're looking for a unique romantic date, choose from a wide selection of couple massages at Sabai Body Temple in Uptown Minneapolis. The professional massage therapists specialize in Eastern-inspired massage and Alternative Medicine. For the ultimate in relaxation, request the Asian Fusion for Two, a blend of Eastern deep tissue and Western relaxation techniques performed in a beautiful candle-lit setting for two.
20.21 Restaurant is situated above the Walker Art Center. Wolfgang Puck and Executive Chef Asher Miller present their own art via first-rate Asian-inspired dishes. The restaurant views of downtown Minneapolis are some of the best in the city. Before settling in for an evening of culinary delights, visit the Walker Art Center with your date for some art appreciation. Works consists of over 11,000 modern and contemporary pieces and includes video, photography, painting, sculpture, and more.
The Radisson Hotel Bloomington isn't your average hotel; it's home to the Water Park of America. Minutes after rolling out of bed, families can be found surfing on Minnesota's only Flow Rider Surf Simulator, relaxing on the Lake Superior wave pool or lazy river or screaming as they ride a ten story tall, mile-long family raft ride. Guests will also find two restaurants and a 5,800 sq ft arcade on the premises.
Nothing says romantic like exploring the outdoors by candlelight. The 2,000-acre Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan, south of St. Paul, has regularly scheduled evening cross-country skiing, ice skating and snowshoeing enhanced with glowing luminaries. As the sun drops from the sky, enjoy glowing trails alongside your date. When you’re finished return to the visitor center and cozy up by a blazing bonfire with a hot chocolate. Rental equipment is reasonably priced and can be checked out at the Lebanon Hills Visitor Center.
Located south of the Twin Cities in the suburb of Burnsville is a sports enthusiast’s paradise. Buck Hill has several ski trails, ranging from beginner to expert. Freestyle snowboarders can hit the Half Pipe, The Knob and Rail Yard runs. Kids ages five and up can get their thrills on the steep tubing hills, complete with pulls-ropes to help riders get up the hill. All activities are reasonably priced and they have gear rentals and ski and snowboarding lessons available. What makes this ski hill special is the fact that it’s Lindsey Vonn's childhood terrain.
Riverview Theater is the epitome of a classic date. The 1950's style theater is equipped with high-tech modern features including state-of-the-art projection and sound systems and the classic auditorium features new high-backed rocker seats and digital sound. Shows range from Hollywood's most recent blockbusters to niche art films. Before or after your film, dine at any of the surrounding restaurants in the area.
South of the Twin Cities in the lovely suburb of Eagan is the largest outdoor municipal water park in the region, Cascade Bay. Parents know that if they drive by the park, the backseat will be filled with pointing and shrieks of excitement. Families can kick off the warm summer days in the refreshing pools ands stay busy zipping down the waterslides. Parents with toddlers will appreciate the zero-depth entry points. If mom is looking for some relaxation, let the day slip away on the Lazy River, but be prepared for the Rocky Rapids! When the clan gets waterlogged, dry off at Captain's Course, a nine-hole miniature golf course.
Sometimes residential shows are the best of all and that’s certainly the case for Christmas at the Fischer's Place in suburban Minneapolis. This annual Christmas display is quite extensive. Lights "dance to music" via computer-controlled programming. The best part is the songs are broadcasted over an FM frequency- station 103.3 - which means families don’t need to roll down their windows to hear the music. Just tune-in and cozily enjoy the show as you admire the show. Be prepared to spy some iconic characters from the Peanuts clan and other traditional seasonal symbols.
Choo-choo! The Minneapolis-St. Paul area owes a lot to the rail system and what better way to celebrate its history than a visit to Jackson Street Roundhouse. Visitors are invited to learn about the railways and local history but most of all it offers families the opportunity to experience the upper Midwest's railroading as it was in the "olden days". Families particularly like operating the genuine roundhouse turntable, one of the few of its kind remaining in the country, and seeing the restoration of historic railway operating equipment. If you visit on a Saturday you can take a caboose ride which is included with admission. The best part is that you can ride as many times as you like!