Minneapolis is a friendly Midwest destination with plenty to do and see for families.
Stay in the newly renovated Hotel Emery, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection. This stylish property is right in the heart of downtown and offers all the high-end amenities needed for a comfortable stay for your family. All the rooms are pretty spacious, but families will particularly like the deluxe double queen guestrooms, with two large beds, a large bathroom with plenty of vanity space and a separate seating area for enjoying coffee in the morning or some bedtime snacks.
If you’re a Marriott Bonvoy member, you can enjoy complimentary continental breakfast in the morning at The Mill, as well as grab-and-go snacks and beverages the whole day. Other guests will enjoy Spyhouse Coffee Lounge, serving locally roasted coffee and baked goods.
The on-site signature restaurant, Giulia, offers Northern Italian cuisine.
To get in a workout during your trip, head to the hotel’s huge fitness center, outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment including Peloton bikes.
There are plenty of places for families to play in Minneapolis.
If it’s a sunny day, don’t miss a visit to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where you can not only see the iconic “Spoonbridge and Cherry” sculpture, but also plenty of other unique sculptures, all in a family-friendly outdoor setting with plenty of space to run and play.
For rainy days, the Science Museum of Minnesota is a good spot to explore. There’s something for all ages, but kids especially love discovering fun facts about topics from dinosaurs to mathematics. There’s also an Omnitheater for you and your crew to kick back and enjoy a quick, immersive show.
The Mall of America is great not just for shopping, but for fun as well. There are plenty of places to play, from Nickelodeon Universe to SEA Life Minnesota. There are roller coasters at the former and magnificent sea creatures at the latter. Beyond these two popular attractions, there are lots of kid-friendly storefronts, including the LEGO Store, American Girl and The Crayola Experience.
If you have older children (teens and up), then there’s one unique, Minneapolis experience you likely won’t find in any of the guidebooks. Tour Orfield Laboratories, a short drive from downtown. This nondescript lab was once home to a recording studio frequented by the likes of music legends such as Prince and Bob Dylan, but the lab is also known for its Guinness World Records-recognized “Quietest Place on Earth” — a room used for testing that absorbs all sound waves. It’s so quiet, in fact, that after 10 or 15 minutes in the lab, you’ll start hearing some eerie noises — your body’s own systems at work, including blood pumping, sinuses draining and joints rubbing. Lab tours can be booked via email for $125 per person.
The travel industry continues to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotels are experiencing a direct hit with a significant drop in occupancy rates. The American Hotel & Lodging Association estimates 4 million jobs have been eliminated or will be in the coming weeks. It’s projected 44 percent of hotel employees in every state have lost or will lose their jobs.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
If you’re headed to St. Barth in the near future, make sure you’re booking accommodations offering something for everyone in the family, whether bringing along just the kids or a whole gaggle of family members. Choosing a villa over a hotel suite or adjoining guestrooms can be a boon when it comes to experiencing your stay in high style. Villas offer room for everyone to stretch out and relax, no overcrowding, and often come with extra amenities you can really appreciate in the moment.
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This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
The hotel industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies.