Gear Up Minneapolis, It’s Almost Game Day!
The Super Bowl LII matchup is just 4 short days away and the Philadelphia Eagles will roll into Minneapolis as underdogs once again vs. the reigning Super Bowl champs. Minneapolis is an extremely active, and vibrant city where visitors can easily choose their own adventure. As football fans across the nation prepare to travel for the big game, Rubinsohn Travel is here with the top five things to do while visiting the Twin Cities – besides watching the Eagles fly!
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Known as Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art was founded in 1883 and features more than 89,000 extraordinary pieces. Mia is also one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, and 40,000-year-old artifacts, Mia links the past to present and enables visitors to immerse themselves into cultures from centuries ago. Looking to relax before you gear up for game day? Take a casual, hour-long public tour and guide yourself through Mia’s seven different areas of pristine visual displays including, Arts of Africa and the Americas; Textiles & Sculpture; Paintings; Photography and New Media; Decorative Arts; Asian Art; and Prints and Drawings. As the largest arts educator in Minnesota, Mia allows access to all at no cost every day!
Stone Arch Bridge
Immerse yourself in Minneapolis history by visiting the Stone Arch Bridge! Measuring 2100-feet long by 28-feet wide, the historic bridge spans the Mississippi River. The bridge was built in 1883 by James J. Hill – 1883 is quite the popular year in Minneapolis – and is made of native granite and limestone. Fun fact! The Stone Arch Bridge is also the only arched bridge made of stone on the Mississippi River. Until 1965, the bridge was the main source for railroad transportation but is widely used today for leisure. Take a bicycle ride or a stroll on your two-feet and enjoy the great views of the Minneapolis skyline and St. Anthony Falls.
St. Paul Winter Carnival
Looking for a fun, winter wonderland during your visit? The St. Paul Winter Carnival is coming to town just in time for Super Bowl LII! Since 1886, the St. Paul Winter Carnival brings together family and friends for a 17-day winter extravaganza! The carnival attracts over 250,000 people each year and features city-wide special events. This year’s festivities include a live ice carving competition, a dogsled race, and even a Cinco De Mayo Night! Saving your extra funds for Super Bowl LII gear? No worries! Many of the activities at the festival are free or low-cost, so you won’t break the bank!
Mall of America
Treat yourself at one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Each year, over 40 million people visit the Mall of America to experience not only shopping, but concerts, celebrity appearances, and even fashion shows! Traveling with the kids? Check out the Crayola Experience to learn how crayons are made and then create your own coloring page. Did the mention the word mall? With over 520 stores and 50 restaurants, the Mall of America has revolutionized the shopping experience. Ranging from luxury retails to budget-friendly options, it’s safe to say you can purchase just about anything at the Mall of America. Another plus! There is no sales tax on clothes or shoes, so you may even find yourself with some extra cash!
Can’t get enough football? Each year leading up to the Super Bowl, the host city embraces the NFL Experience for an interactive fan experience. Beginning Friday, January 26 and running until Friday, February 2, football fans can meet current NFL players, Hall of Famers, and watch live NFL Network broadcasts. You can also check out the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a premier Super Bowl ring display, and exclusive sports memorabilia. Live out your dream of being in the NFL through a 40-yard dash, participatory games, and a virtual vertical jump against different NFL players. Be sure to represent your favorite team with new gear from the NFL Shop! Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to grab yours before you head to Minneapolis!
St. Paul Super Slide!
Step right up to the hottest (coldest) attraction in Minneapolis! With thousands of football fans coming to Minneapolis for Super Bowl LII, St. Paul released the ultimate one-of-a-kind experience. The St. Paul Saints professional baseball team wanted to create a winter wonderland for visitors, so they came up with the clever idea of creating a slide! The St. Paul super slide took a solid three weeks to build and is great for any adventurer. It’s entirely made out of wood and filled with seven truck-loads of snow. The slide is 130 feet long and has a 40-foot drop. Visitors are in for the ride of their lives!
The Super Bowl Zipline
Zipline over the Mississippi River at Super Bowl LII! The Bold North Zip Line is situated in downtown Minneapolis and is the most popular attraction to fans that are visiting the Twin-Cities for the Super Bowl. You may be thinking: who would want to ride a zip line in 5-degree weather? Well, zip lines at Super Bowls are not entirely unusual for wintery host cities. The zip line undoubtedly will be cold, but it’s all about the experience, right? As is the case with high-speed winter activities, and as Minnesotans know well, be sure to bundle up! In fact, the Bold North Zip Line has been sold out weeks before the kick-off to Super Bowl LII.
Stuck on how to plan on short notice? Rubinsohn Travel knows the ins-and-outs of planning in short notice and on a budget. Be sure to give us a call at (215) 886-5200 to start your Super Bowl LII today!