Excursions

Excursions

Wednesday, July 17th

5-10 pm: Luck be the lady

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.

Cost: $125 (Dinner included)

 

Noon: Twins Baseball Game

The Twins are playing in town at noon on Wednesday. Join us for a day at the ballpark! Walk or take light rail.

Cost: $45 (includes game ticket)

Thursday, July 18th

9 am – Noon: Urban Adventures

We will shuttle you to one of several PaddleShare locations where you can kayak to different points down the Mississippi and back. Must enjoy adventure and be flexible!

Cost: $65 (includes kayak rental and shuttle)

9 am – 4 pm: Visit Stillwater

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.

Cost: $30 (includes shuttle)

 

 

9 am – 4 pm: Visit Taylors Falls

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.

Cost: $40 (includes shuttle)

 

 

9 am – 4 pm: Valleyfair Amusement & Soak City Water Park – CLOSED

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!

Cost: $85 (includes shuttle, park ticket)

 

 

9 am – 4 pm: Como Zoo & Conservatory – CLOSED

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.

Cost: $25 (includes shuttle, Zoo entry ticket)

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

 

 

10 am – 3 pm: Covenant History Journey

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.

Cost: $45 (includes, transportation, box lunch, tour guide, light rail ticket)

Light Rail Tour Only: $15 (includes light rail ticket, guided tour)

10 am – 2 pm: Experience St. Paul – CLOSED

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.

Cost: $35 (includes shuttle, museum ticket)

10 am – 4 pm: Shop ‘Til You Drop

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.

Cost: $35 (includes shuttle)

12 pm – 4 pm: Be a Kid Again at the Wild Rumpus Bookstore – CLOSED

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.

Cost: $45 (includes shuttle, lunch at Lake Harriet)

12 pm – 4 pm: Human on a Stick, Segway Tour

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.

Cost: $99 (includes Segway rental, tour, ticket to Mill City Museum)

1 pm – 4 pm: BONUS WORKSHOP with Suzanne Stabile, Enneagram Overview

Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. And that can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives.

Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others—and in ourselves. Enneagram Master Teacher

Suzanne Stabile will briefly explain this spiritual tool and how it can help guide us into deeper insights with ourselves and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships.

This will be more of an overview instead of focusing on the numbers, however you will get a working knowledge of how it all works.

Friday & Saturday, July 19th & 20th

(same offerings both days)

3:15 PM: Experience St. Paul

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 dinner at any one of the many restaurants. Walking required—several blocks. Pick up to return to hotel will be 5:30.

Cost: $35 (includes shuttle, museum ticket)

3:15 PM: Shop ‘Til You Drop

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).

Cost: $35 (includes shuttle)

 

3:15 PM: Social Justice Light Rail Tour

Take a journey into social justice on the light rail created by Northwest Conference staff Ginny Olson and Kara Stromberg.

Cost: $15 (includes light rail ticket, guided tour)

3:15 PM: Skol Vikings!

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!

Cost: $39 (includes shuttle, guided tour)