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.
With indoor dining finally (mostly) reopened in Philadelphia, my mom, sister and I were able to enjoy a day roaming around the city, eager for a warm place to enjoy a late lunch after a cold day out and about. For anyone who recently enjoyed the creativity and ingenuity of the city’s outdoor winter dining, an indoor space with heat, cozy furniture and rich wood walls is a much-appreciated semblance of normalcy.
The Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card recently launched BoldFamilyTravel.Chase.com, an interactive, online resource allowing families to plan future travel together. The launch followed the Marriott Bonvoy Bold™ Card Survey of parents and grandparents that revealed most parents believe children are important resources for planning family vacations and that one-third of parents don’t currently involve their children in planning but would like to.
Theme parks are a great way to escape reality as most offer different worlds in each section. Guests can explore different worlds, from their favorite TV show and movie franchises to much-loved video games. Mario and friends have been beloved video-game favorites for decades, and they finally get their own section of Universal Studios Japan.
Although FaceTime, Zoom and other forms of virtual communication have helped during these difficult times, sometimes it just doesn’t feel like enough. Let your friends and family know you are thinking of them by sending something personal, so they will have a piece of you with them.