Hello anomaly goers, potential anomaly goers and non-Ingress players — welcome to a brand new day for adventure! The Minnesota Resistance loves our memes, so let’s start today with one…
So, a-pack-a your bags (and your friend’s bags and your other friend’s bags and your family’s bags) and come to Minnesota for the anomaly weekend!
So far, we have the following reasons for you to help convince others that they need to take a fall trip to Minnesota with you, so you can play in the anomaly and they can enjoy themselves:
- 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.
- Exciting outdoor thrill seeking opportunities
Last blog, I could hear a few of you groaning across the internet that some of you may feel that you “don’t enjoy outdoor adventures” so for you and yours I present something new — Indoor Thrill seeking adventures! Temperature controlled, no bugs and a ton of fun to be had. Time to explore some of the mysteries held indoors….
Legend: (T) Transit Accessible; (H) Handicap Accessible; (H!) Handicap Accessible and Friendly; (F) Free; (P) Dense Portal Area
Amusement Parks, Miniature Golf and Arcades
Nickelodeon Universe at the Mall of America (T)(H)(P) This indoor amusement park offers more than 25 rides and activities, featuring popular Nickelodeon characters, plus shops, entertainment stages, and dining. Includes a roller coaster and a bunch of spinny things to make parents barf. Mall of America is a portal-dense indoor area, and you can easily escape to quieter areas and cheaper food offerings if needed. All areas are handicap accessible, but if there are large crowds, navigating with wheelchairs and strollers gets a bit more…interesting. https://nickelodeonuniverse.com/
CanCan Wonderland (T)(H) A zany, creative concept space located near light rail between Minneapolis and St. Paul. Includes an 18 hole mini golf course for those 5 and older; vintage arcade games (most are $1 or $2 and accept only quarters, with quarter dispensing machines on site); an entertainment stage that features offerings from punk polka bands to karaoke to family “Tappy Hour” (a free tap dancing class with shoes available on site, usually offered on Friday afternoons from 4-6); and family art projects. Also includes a restaurant that offers pizza and sandwiches, as well as a full bar that offers boozy milkshakes for the adults. Check the website for handicap-accessible entrance information; the main door is not handicap accessible, but two side doors are. 755 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104 https://www.cancanwonderland.com/
Big Thrill Factory. Activities at this indoor-outdoor amusement arcade include mini golf, climbing, a giant slide and trampolines. You’ll also find bowling, laser tag, an arcade, bump-n-spin cars, and a giant indoor play structure with foam ball shooters. For the older kids and adults they offer a ropes course(must be 48” or taller to climb) and axe throwing as options. 2 Locations: 7053 10th Street North, Oakdale MN, 55128 and 17585 Highway 7, Minnetonka, MN 55345 https://www.bigthrillfactory.com/
Ice Skating and Indoor Water Parks
Parade Ice Garden. Indoor ice skating year-round on three ice rinks for hockey, figure skating, lessons and public skating. 600 Kenwood Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55403 https://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/parade_ice_garden/
Great River Water Park (T) Municipal indoor water park with a children’s activity pool, free life jacket rentals, and lap swimming. 270 N. Lexington Parkway, Saint Paul, MN 55104 https://www.stpaul.gov/departments/parks-recreation/aquatics/great-river-water-park
Tropics Indoor Water Park. Features a three-story water slide, complete with lights and a jukebox, a zero-depth-entry beach area, an interactive splashing palm tree, a boat slide, a water walk, water volleyball and basketball and giant floating sea creatures. 4580 Victoria Street N., Shoreview MN 55126 https://www.shoreviewcommunitycenter.com/general-information/waterpark
If you are looking for a slower pace (or at least less of things that spin, splash or flash) — have no fear! Come back soon to learn more about other awesome options Minnesota has to offer you!