Family Travel in Minneapolis, MN
The Grand Hotel in downtown Minneapolis is one of those hotels that you leave filling totally spoiled. While everyone is sure to have a pleasant stay, fitness buffs will be especially receptive to the hotel’s health and wellness amenities. Guests receive complimentary access to the 58,000 square feet on-site Minneapolis LifeTime Athletic Club complete with a swimming pool, fitness classes, steam room and sauna. Plus, guest rooms are equipped with the Yoga channel and yoga accessories. Guest rooms are top-notch luxury decorated with classic elegance and contemporary style.
For anyone looking to understand Minnesota's fascinating background, the History Center is the place to go. The center has a wide range of family activities and exhibits for all ages. Children can burn off energy in a replica grain elevator in Grainland and play in the 1950s ice cream shop in Minnesota’s Greatest Generation. Older children have fun experiencing a tornado in Weather Permitting.
Minnesota's Mall of America is the king of shopping malls with over 520 stores, four department stores, 50 restaurants, a miniature golf course, the Underground Aquarium and a movie theatre. The ultimate family activity, though, is the indoor, year-round Nickelodeon Universe theme park sitting in the middle of the mall with full-sized roller coasters, kiddie rides and meet-and-greet opportunities with Nickelodeon characters.
Anyone with a passion for contemporary art and cuisine will want to experience the country's first luxury art hotel Méridien Chambers Minneapolis. 60 guest rooms fill five floors of two landmark revival buildings. What’s particularly intriguing about this hotel is owner Ralph Burnet shares his private art collection with guests by displaying over 200 pieces from the Young British Artist movement in the Burnet Art Gallery. In addition, Méridien Chambers Minneapolis teamed with Walker Art Center to welcome hotel guests to flash their room key card for complimentary entrance into the contemporary museum.
Formerly the world's largest flour mill, Mill City Museum brings Minneapolis history to life through hands-on exhibits like the Baking Lab and samples of freshly made bread. The Water Lab is a favorite with young children, while the eight story Flour Tower elevator ride is best for older kids. Toddlers have fun pushing cars and trains between the farm, mill and ship.