Oddly enough, not all of our family members love (or play) Ingress. Go figure, right? Well, we of the Minnesota Resistance are here to help you come up with some ideas on why your family needs to take a trip to the Twin Cities. This way you can come to the Anomaly and they can spend the weekend happy that you asked them to come along! Think of it as a win-win: Win for you for giving them a great weekend and win for you on coming to fight for the Resistance.
Need any other arguments to help sway someone? How about these?
- Detach from your daily stress and go have some fun.
- Get exposed to new experiences.
- Create memories for the future.
- Fall in Minnesota is a terrific time.
Everyone has different things that excite them about travel, so we’ve compiled some of the BEST places to visit while in the Twin Cities for helping plan the best weekend possible. We’ll touch on places that are indoors, outdoors, wild and mild to make sure there’s something for everybody.
To get up and running, let’s offer up something for the Outdoor Thrill Seeking crowd — grab a couple bottles of water and a hoodie to bring along and let’s go explore!
Legend: (T) Transit Accessible; (H) Handicap Accessible; (H!) Handicap Accessible and Friendly; (F) Free; (P) Dense Portal Area
Outdoor Amusement Parks and Mini Golf
Como Town (H)(P) — A 4 acre outdoor amusement park adjacent to Como Zoo, designed for ages 2-12 with more than 18 kiddie rides. Not the best amusement park, but easy to access and not as crowded as the other local offerings. Great for younger children. The unlimited ride wristband is the best deal if you’ve got a kiddo with a love of rides. 1225 Estabrook Drive, Saint Paul, MN 55103 http://www.comozooconservatory.org/
Valleyfair (H)(P) — The largest amusement park around; everything from huge roller coasters to spinning rides to kiddie rides and boardwalk games. Located in Shakopee, about half an hour to 45 minutes drive from downtown Minneapolis. Check the website; hours are limited in October, and the park becomes “Valleyscare” for part of the month. https://www.valleyfair.com/ | https://www.valleyfair.com/valleyscare/
Malt-T-Melt Mini Golf and Malt Shop (H) — Enjoy 18 holes of mini golf surrounded by gardens, waterfalls, ponds and streams. 10 holes are accessible to people with mobility impairments. Also offers surrey bike rentals for exploring the park. 6335 Portland Ave South, Richfield, Minnesota 55423 https://wheelfunrentals.com/mn/richfield/veterans-memorial-park/
If you or someone you know isn’t the outdoor type, that’s OK! Come back for our next installment that will be all about indoor thrill seeking locations!