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A Family-Friendly 24-Hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota

By Mer Norwood

Minneapolis, Minnesota is ranked the 17th happiest city in America, and with plenty of things to do, it’s no surprise to see why. From the famous Mall of America, complete with an indoor theme park, to biting into a “Juicy Lucy” to catching a game at Target Field, there’s plenty of family-friendly activities to do with 24 hours in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In partnership with Meet Minneapolis, let’s explore all there is to do in this vibrant city.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy a trip to Mall of America. With over 500 stores and nearly half of its visitors being tourists, Mall of America is a huge, local attraction that is a must-do for any family. After perusing the hundreds of stores, it’s time to take a break for more family fun. From the West Parking Lot, walk towards the center of the Mall of America to find the nation’s largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe®.

Spanning 7 acres, with 27 thrilling rides, there’s a ride for everyone, from little ones to teens. Teens will love the Spongebob Squarepants Rock Bottom Plunge, which includes 90 degree drops and turns, or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, which allows you to flip and twist in the air. For more mellow rides, check out the El Circulo Del Cielo, a ferris wheel that takes you up over 7 stories high so you can see the whole park, or Ghost Blasters, where you and your loved ones can shoot ghouls on this glow-in-the-dark haunted ride. Families can choose to purchase the Unlimited Ride Wristbands or if you only want to try a ride or two, Point Passes allows you to pay per ride.

Whether you are on a road trip or arriving by plane, the first thing many visitors do when they land in Minneapolis, Minnesota is make a trip to Matt’s Bar. “Fear the Cheese!” is Matt’s Bar motto, and the small dive has been a Minneapolis landmark for over 60 years. They’re known as the creators of the original “Juicy Lucy”. What is a “Juicy Lucy”? It’s a hamburger patty stuffed with cheese, so that when you slice it open: gooey, melted cheese explodes from the burger.

Popular with locals and tourists alike, Amy Feriancek, General Manager, admits that the recipe hasn’t changed, despite decades passing. “Same blend and ratio of fat, and same seasoning,” she says, attesting to the timelessness of the recipe. Indeed, the recipe has brought in the Travel Channel, Thrillist, Food & Wine, and more, speaking volumes to the deliciousness of their Juicy Lucys. The family-owned venue has a close-knit staff and regulars that make up the Matt’s Bar family, so stop in for lunch or for dinner to grab a bite.

Located a short walk from your stay at your Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites, is  Target Field, home of Major League Baseball’s Minnesota Twins. Catch a baseball game during your trip to Minneapolis to make memories with your family. Upon entering, snap photos with metal sculptures of historic baseball players or pose with the full-sized red “TWINS” sign on the lawn.

Food and drinks can be found at every turn in the stadium. Want a twist on the traditional hot dog? Try Kramarczuk’s. Kramarczuk’s is a family-owned, award-winning vendor doling out Polish sausages with bacony sauerkraut. The beloved local favorite has been sharing their sausages for over sixty years, and you can find them in sections 101, 112, and 312.

And adults deserve a little fun, too. The signature “Beer Bat” will cool you off on a hot day, and the long, large ‘bat’ cup is a fun souvenir to take home after the game. Pick up a “Beer Bat” at sections 101, 112, 118, or 130.

Target Field hosts themed events quite often, so be sure to check their calendar when booking seats for a game. From concerts to Country Night to Harry Potter Night to Marvel Super Heroes Night, there’s lots of ways to celebrate and support the Minnesota Twins.

Enjoy your stay in downtown Minneapolis at Best Western Plus The Normandy Inn & Suites. The hotel is in the heart of the Entertainment District, with nearby restaurants, live music, and Target Field, right around the corner. With on-site dining at The Normandy Kitchen & Bar, enjoy a pasta dish with a cocktail at this historic venue, which has been open for 75 years, before turning in for the night. If you’re tired of walking, ask the front desk to help coordinate Best Western shuttle service to or from nearby destinations.

Calling all outdoor enthusiasts, foodies, and families – Minnesota is calling, and you must go. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is the perfect playground for your next adventure. Experience “Minnesota Nice” for yourself when you book your stay with Best Western® Hotels & Resorts Minnesota now.

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