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Twin Cities Vacation Ideas

August 14, 2012

Twin Cities Vacation Staycation IdeasIdeas for a Twin Cities Vacation

Summer is winding down – but there’s still time to take a vacation – or explore the city where you live with a staycation! Stay at a great hotel, get pampered and enjoy some serious downtime before school starts again. You and your family deserve it – and the kids will love having a pool at their disposal!

Before you plan your vacation or staycation in the Twin Cities, think about what you want to see and do. Would you like to be outdoors hiking or playing golf? Take a super shopping trip? Explore historical sites and museums? Answering just a few questions will help you narrow down what you want to do on your vacation in the Twin Cities.

Explore the Twin Cities’ Northern Suburbs

Explore the Twin Cities north metro – right in our backyard. If you want to explore the outdoors, visit  Elm Creek Park Reserve and go hiking, fishing or biking. Take in a soccer game at the National Sports Center where the Minnesota Stars play or experience the speed of track cycling at the  Velodome! Love to golf? Spend the morning or afternoon at one of the best golf courses in the Twin Cities; Rush Creek and Edinburgh, USA are within minutes of the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. If the perfect vacation means shopping – head to the Shoppes at Arbor Lakes and the Premium Outlets in Albertville (and then venture east to the Mall of America).

Explore Some of Minnesota’s Lakes

Minnesota is home to more than 10,000 lakes – so why not explore some of them? Many lakes offer boat rentals so you can take a canoe, kayak or paddle boat onto the water and leave any stress behind you on the dock.

You can also take boat tours on many Twin Cities lakes. Lake Minnetonka features a steamboat tour of one of the area’s most popular lakes. The Minnehaha travels between Excelsior and Wayzata, offering amazing views and scenery of one of the Twin Cities’ busiest lakes.

If you want to explore the Mississippi River, there are several riverboats to take you up and down the river, sharing a little history as you go. You’ll also get an up close view of the Mississippi from Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park. If you want to do a little boating or fishing in the Twin Cities, Fish Lake Regional Park is just minutes from the Marriott.

Explore Twin Cities Theater

The Twin Cities is home to more theater seats per person than any other city in the United States – except New York City. This is a great area to explore if you love live music, plays and musicals. Minneapolis and St. Paul boast several world-class theaters featuring traveling Broadway shows throughout the year. Target Center and the Xcel Energy Center also host shows including Cirque du Soleil, live events and some of the top music acts in the country.

Looking for even more ideas for your Twin Cities vacation? Explore Minnesota has information on everything you could possibly want to know about things to do in Minnesota.

No matter what you explore – we hope you’ll relax and rest in a suite at the new Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. We look forward to seeing you!

The Minneapolis Marriott Northwest Hotel is an all-suite hotel in the Twin Cities. The 50,000 square feet conference facility is ideal for business, social events and weddings with 25 versatile rooms including three ballrooms and amphitheater. The hotel is close to a wide selection of shopping destinations including the Mall of America. It’s also a sports headquarters, near the National Sports Center, Target Field, Target Center and University of Minnesota.

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