Wednesday, July 17th
See the well-known Broadway musical Guys and Dolls at the famous Guthrie Theater. Take in dinner first at Spoonriver, with its innovative menu using fresh and local ingredients, located directly across the street from the Guthrie.
Details to come once the 2019 game schedule comes out.
Thursday, July 18th
Grab a bicycle from Nice Rides and head to one of several PaddleShare locations where you can kayak to different points down the Mississippi and back. If you don’t want to bike, a shuttle will be available as well. Must enjoy adventure and be flexible!
A full day trip to this unique destination along the St. Croix River on the border of Wisconsin. Stillwater has been named one of the top ten prettiest towns in the country, as well as one of the top ten best antiquing towns in the U.S. Travel by bus to Stillwater and spend the day shopping, dining, and taking in the beautiful river views. Some walking required.
Another city on the St. Croix River, Taylors Falls is known for its hiking trails and small-town charm. Spend the morning hiking or take in a riverboat cruise, visit a local coffee shop or restaurant, then head to nearby Franconia for the sculpture park and other unique art spots.
Valleyfair is the Upper Midwest's largest amusement park. Guests of all ages can enjoy more than 75 exciting rides and attractions, including eight roller coasters, numerous thrill and family rides, Planet Snoopy with the Peanuts gang, Soak City Waterpark, energizing live entertainment, Dinosaurs Alive!, and the all-new family area, Route 76.
There is something for everyone along Valleyfair's new main street, Route 76, which will include the new ride Northern Lights, return of the Antique Autos, and re-themed Tilt-a-Whirl and Scrambler. It's the perfect mix of new and classic rides for the entire family!
This beautiful zoo and conservatory have been around for more than 100 years, delighting people of all ages from all over the world! See the animals, including the famous polar bear exhibit and giraffe feeding station, then stroll through the grounds of the conservatory.
Bonus add-on – Como Golf: For golfers, add on 9 holes at Como Golf course, a shorter, sporty course that will challenge the average golfer. Bring your own clubs or rent them at the course.
Timeframe: 12-4 Thursday with the Como Zoo & Conservatory trip
9 holes walking: $20
9 holes riding: $32
Club rental: $7
Total: additional $27-39
Learn more about the Covenant Church and its roots in Minneapolis. We begin at Bethlehem Covenant (started in 1922), meet with staff and pastors, and dive deep into the relationship Bethlehem has with New Covenant, a Spanish language church plant that meets at Bethlehem. Then we move on to Minnehaha Academy, where Northwest Conference Superintendent Mark Stromberg will provide a history of the school, and see the progress being made as they rebuild after the devastating explosion in 2017. End up at the Northwest Conference office for lunch, meet the staff, and take a journey to learn about social justice on the light rail, which will be guided by a local leader. Option: meet up with the groups after lunch and join them for the light rail tour.
(Light Rail Tour Only: $15)
Visit the James J. Hill House, the “Gilded Age Mansion of the ‘Empire Builder.’” Stroll down Summit Ave. and take in the beauty of the historic homes along the Mississippi River. Then make your way to Grand Avenue for shopping at a variety of unique and well-known stores. Finish with lunch at Café Latte or one of the many other restaurants on Grand. Walking required—several blocks.
One of the top tourist destinations in the country, the Mall of America is a must-visit when you come to Minneapolis. More than 520 stores, many restaurant options, and even an amusement park (Nickelodeon Universe). Multiple trips available to MOA from the hotel, with shuttles leaving every two hours from the lobby and picking up every two hours from the mall.
Add Nickelodeon Universe wristbant $66
Enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Harriet Park and take a spin on the playground. Take in some shopping at Wild Rumpus, a unique bookstore experience (animals included!) and Creative Kid Stuff, a toy store with educational books, toys, and games (creativekidstuff.com; wildrumpusbooks.com). Walking required.
See Minneapolis in a whole new way! Tour Minneapolis on a Segway. Visit St. Anthony Falls, the Stone Arch Bridge, Mill City Ruins, and more. Includes a ticket to the Mill City Museum and light refreshments. Grab a quick lunch and take public transportation to catch the tour at 1:00 pm. Segway training is provided, some mobility requirements.
Friday & Saturday, July 19th & 20th
(same offerings both days)
Visit the James J. Hill House, the “Gilded Age Mansion of the ‘Empire Builder.’” Stroll down Summit Ave. and take in the beauty of the historic homes along the Mississippi River. Then make your way to Grand Avenue for shopping at a variety of well-known stores. Finish with lunch at Café Latte or one of the many other restaurants. Walking required—several blocks.
One of the top tourist destinations in the country, the Mall of America is a must-visit when you come to Minneapolis. More than 520 stores, many restaurant options, and even an amusement park (Nickelodeon Universe).
Add Nickelodeon Universe wristbant $66
Take a journey into social justice on the light rail created by Northwest Conference staff Ginny Olson and Kara Stromberg.
Get a guided tour of U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings. See the locker rooms, club levels, the Stadium Art Collection and more!