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Area Attractions

Minneapolis summers provide diverse opportunities for enjoyment and relaxation.

Recreational opportunities abound, with jogging and hiking trails starting within several blocks of the hotel. They will take you to parks, a chain of lakes and along or above the waters of the Mississippi River. Golf and tennis courts are easily accessible, as are canoe trips down Minnehaha creek. Ice skating is available, rumor has it that we may be able to get Bud to show us some of his old style.

Minneapolis is unique in many ways, but the skyway system is one of our most striking, one-of-a-kind assets. When the weather turns sour, you can use the skyway system to get where you need to go. One floor above ground, this system links buildings together with enclosed walkways. It connects most of downtown Minneapolis in climate-controlled bliss. Most downtown hotels are connected to this unique system, and you will have access to fabulous downtown shopping including Gaviidae Common and City Center. So when rain falls, leave the rain coat and umbrella in the hotel room. Explore downtown Minneapolis through more than 7 miles of glass-enclosed skyways

Art lovers, history buffs and science hounds rejoice! Minneapolis boasts one of the most thriving museum communities in the country, with more than 57 museums in the Minneapolis area.

Art, history and science have their places in numerous art museums, scientific institutions, historical museums and countless historical sites.

The Walker Art Museum, hailed by Newsweek as "possibly the best contemporary art museum in the country," is one of the most visited contemporary art museums in the nation and will soon be doubling its size. The well-loved Minneapolis Institute of Art is also adding space. The Weisman Art Museum, with its gleaming Frank Gehry-designed metal-clad structure, has become an area icon.

Art

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Museum of American Art
Walker Art Center
Weisman Art Museum

History

American Swedish Institute
Mill City Museum
Minnesota History Center
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

Science

Bakken Museum
Bell Museum of Natural History
Children's Museum Science
Museum of MN

The Mall of America is a 30-minute trip on the light rail. Besides shopping at the Mall of America, there is the Camp Snoopy Indoor Amusement Park, Lego Land well as an Aquarium.

Stone Arch Bridge

Enjoy the St. Anthony Falls with a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge - the only one of its kind to span the Mississippi River. As a part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, this pedestrian crossing is the oldest mainline railroad bridge in the Northwest

Spoon Bridge & Cherry

This has been Minneapolis' signature sculpture since it's completion in 1988. The spoon tips the scales at 5,800 pounds and the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds! The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the largest of its kind and includes more than 40 works of art.

Lake Calhoun

One of the many lakes in the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes is a popular site for fishing, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and canoeing. Enjoy the more than 3 miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and roller/in-line skating - all with the Minneapolis skyline as an urban backdrop.

All this and more awaits you as you plan your time around your trip to Minneapolis for IDAA 2006.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

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