Minneapolis Journals

Minneapolis in Summertime

An August 2012 trip to Minneapolis by surfninja

Award-Winning City Tours Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota More Photos
Quote: Met up with Mom in Minnesota.

5-8 Club

Restaurant | "Great Local Joint"

5-8 Club Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Their big claim to fame is being featured on The Travel Channel's Food Wars and Man vs. Food. I figured when in Rome, so I had to try the Juicy Lucy - a burger with the cheese on the inside. Careful - it's hot! We enjoyed our lunch, which was reasonably priced and very midwestern. The place had kind of a funky smell, which I later wasable to attribute to bleu cheese being cooked inside hamburgers on a daily basis. : )

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

5-8 Club
5800 Cedar Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55417
(612) 823-5858

Mall of America

Attraction | "Good for All Ages"

Award-Winning City Tours Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The Mall of America seems to be surviving the recession pretty well - although, admittedly, we got out of there without spending too much money. We wanted to see the mall with the roller coasters, and we did!

The Mall is four or five stories tall, and as such, much less sprawling than I anticipated, and therefore, not much harder to get around than your average mall. In addition to the theme park (and of course, stores and restaurants), it has a miniature golf course and an aquarium that is an attraction in itself.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
(952) 883-8800

Nickelodeon Universe

Attraction | "Great Little Theme Park"

Nickelodeon Universe Photo, Bloomington, Minnesota
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For a park its size, this place has a LOT of roller coasters! Unfortunately, if you're there with a child who is 42 inches tall in heels, you are somewhat limited as to which of them you can ride. The park operates on credits, which are roughly a dollar each, but you get a bulk discount, 20 for $18 and such. You can also buy an unlimited wristband for $29.99 or therabouts, $19.99 after 5 PM. Most of the light in the atrium comes from the skylights at the top, so it gets dark at night, and lights come on, much like an outdoor theme park. While not as big as, say, the Magic Kingdom, it gives Fantasyland a run for its money!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Nickelodeon Universe
5000 Center Court
Bloomington, Minnesota 55425
(952) 883-8600

General Store of Minnetonka

Attraction | "Nice, but not worth a special trip"

General Store of Minnetonka Photo, Minnetonka, Minnesota
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On this trip to Minneapolis, we were trying to please three generations, with activities that didn't involve too much walking. We saw a brochure at the hotel for the General Store of Minnetonka, and since all of us like antiquing and such, we set out for Minnetonka. The store is a lot like the Signals catalog meets Williams-Sonoma, with a Panera attached. There are a lot of kitchen items, so if you are shopping for a Christmas present for someone who likes to cook, it is the place to be. They also have a good-sized women's clothing boutique upstairs, and clothes and toys for babies and kids. Don't miss the second floor if you are looking for toys. They also have an old-fashioned candy section, but you...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

General Store of Minnetonka
14401 Highway 7
Minnetonka, Minnesota 55345
(952) 935-2215

Award-Winning City Tours

Hotel | "Great Way to See the Twin Cities"

Award-Winning City Tours Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The tour we wanted to take was the Minneapolis Tour and Mississippi River Cruise, which was offered only on Thursdays in the summer, but the one we were booked for was the Twin Cities Highlights Tour. This snafu was discovered at the end of our (otherwise quite delightful) tour, where we were rather unceremoniously dropped off at our point of embarkation, rather than for lunch on our own at the Farmer's Market followed by a River Cruise. This, of course, was not the fault of the tour guide or bus driver, but was nontheless disappointing. That said, the Highlights tour was definitely worth taking - a great way to see the sights without having to worry about navigating. Both our tour guide (John, I thin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Award-Winning City Tours
1650 W. 82nd Street, Suite 125
Minneapolis, Minnesota

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

Hotel | "Great Location for Extended Stay"

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown Photo, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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The hotel we stayed at (Embassy Suites) was chosen by my husband's company, but this one we chose (from a limited scope of hotels for which we had enough points to get free for three nights), and we were very pleased with our choice.The neighborhood is, well, neighborhoody. It is called the Warehouse District, and it is a revitalized area of Downtown Minneapolis, not far from Target Field, where the Twins play. There are a number of restaurants within walking distance (also a couple of strip clubs if you're so inclined). The neighborhood was quite nice, and it was easy to find affordable on-the-street parking, even with a Twins game in progress, (as long as you remembered to pay the meter!...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown
525 2nd Street North
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(612) 340-1000

Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Brooklyn Center

Best Of IgoUgo

Hotel | "Good Value"

Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Brooklyn Center Photo, Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
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What's not to like about Embassy Suites? They have the Manager's Reception every evening. This one featured free drinks to order - beer, wine, or well cocktails. Also, light hors d'oevres, such as chips and salsa, with cookies or tarts, and fruit punch. As you can imagine, the drinks were the big hit, and the reception was well-attended each evening.The breakfast there was awesome! Pretty much anything you want to drink - coffee, tea, milk, juices, soda. Then, they had fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals from a dispenser, a hot buffet with scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, etc., and made-to-order omelets or eggs. A lot of people tipped the omelet chefs (as well as the reception bartenders)....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Embassy Suites Minneapolis-Brooklyn Center
6300 Earle Brown Drive
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota 55430
866-539-8117