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Mall of America: Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Pass

1. Mall of America: Nickelodeon Universe Unlimited Ride Pass

Enjoy a full day of fun at Nickelodeon Universe, the nation's first indoor Nickelodeon theme park, with an unlimited ride wristband. Experience 26 unique rides and attractions suitable for all heights and ages at this 7-acre indoor theme park located inside the Mall of America, MN. Besides all the unique rides, enjoy some retail therapy at the park's unique shops and grab a bite to eat at one of the many dining options. Plus, meet your favorite Nickelodeon characters including SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Get your adrenaline pumping on Thrill rides such as Avatar Airbender, Brain Surge, Fairly Odd Coaster, Pepsi Orange Streak, Splat-O-Sphere, SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock. For juniors, enjoy Family and Junior rides such as PAW Patrol Adventure Bay, Back at the Barnyard Hayride, Backyardigans Swing-Along, Big Rigs, Blue’s Skidoo, Carousel, Crazy Cars, Diego’s Rescue Rider, El Circulo del Cielo, Ghost Blasters, Bubble Guppies Guppy Bubbler, La Aventura de Azul, Log Chute, Pineapple Poppers, Rugrats Reptarmobiles, Shredder’s Mutant Masher, Swiper’s Sweeper and Wonder Pet’s Flyboat. You can also experience unique seasonal events and activities throughout the year including Toddler Tuesdays®, Slime Break, Summer, Nickelodeon Booniverse, and Winter Break. Purchase your tickets today.

Mall of America: Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Entry Ticket

2. Mall of America: Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium Entry Ticket

Explore the magical underwater world at SEA LIFE Minnesota. Travel through the world-famous 300-foot long ocean tunnel and come face to fin with thousands of creatures like never before.  Meet the largest sharks in Minnesota, the Sand Tiger shark. Growing up to 9 feet long, Sand Tiger sharks may look scary but actually are a docile species of shark. Also, meet their adorable endangered Guitarshark babies. SEA LIFE at Mall of America is the first SEA LIFE across the globe, and only the second aquarium in North America, to have had success in breeding these critically endangered creatures. Brave the Rainforest and get close to caiman crocodiles, poison dart frogs, piranha, and more. Have the chance to meet Seemore, a rescued Green Sea Turtle, and learn more about her life story. Seemore was found off of the coast of Florida after being hit by a boat propeller. As a result of her injury, a team of animal experts devised and created a 3D-printed shell to help her swim with greater ease. With help from engineers at the University of Minnesota, the plastic shell – or “backpack” - was built, fitted, and tested on her with great success. Go on an interactive and fun journey for all ages into the diversity of marine life while playing an active role in educational and conservation efforts and inspiring others to lend their support.

Minneapolis: Mall of America 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

3. Minneapolis: Mall of America 1-Hour Escape Room Adventure

The Escape Game Minneapolis features 5 immersive escape rooms, including our outer space adventure, Mission: Mars, and our most challenging game, Prison Break. Once you arrive, a dedicated game guide will take you on to your adventure and help you as needed. You will have exactly 60-minutes to complete the mission in your adventure and escape. Choose to play one of five uniquely immersive games: - Gold Rush: Find hidden gold in the California hills! - Prison Break: Complete a daring escape from the evil warden! - Special Ops: Mysterious Market: Uncover the truth as a secret agent! - The Heist: Recover a stolen masterpiece from an art thief! - Mission: Mars: Launch your spaceship!

Mall of America: Crayola Experience Flexible Date Ticket

4. Mall of America: Crayola Experience Flexible Date Ticket

Entertain the whole family with colorful creative play at the Crayola Experience at the Mall of America, The Crayola Experience offers a variety of interactive crayon-based arts activities for both child and parent to enjoy together. There are 26 hands-on attractions included in this self-guided experience, with families typically spending 3-4 hours exploring all the activities. Color crew staff are on hand to offer assistance, to ensure you enjoy this wonderful, whimsical adventure with lots of unique experiences for all different ages. Go on a wonderful, whimsical adventure with unique experiences featuring colorful Crayola creativity. Kids can turn themselves into the star of a coloring page in the photo-booth attraction. Check out the Activity Studio, where you can make a colorful craft. Enjoy a live manufacturing theatre show and let the resident Crayonologist show you how Crayola crayons are made and what makes them a cut above the rest. Take silly selfies which you can project onto a big screen and animate. Don’t forget to transform your old crayon into something new in the Melt & Mold attraction. Here at the Crayola Experience, you will be able to do everything from making personalized crayons to painting with melted crayons. New in 2021 is Scribble Scrubbies and the new Crayola Create & Play App. Color, wash, and play with your free Scribble Scrubbie – a washable, fuzzy pet, perfect for hours of creativity. The try the Create and Play App for free, with a variety of unique kid-friendly games – your little ones will have a blast caring for creatures, playing arcade-style games, and unleashing their creativity.

Minneapolis River Walk: Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Minneapolis River Walk: Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy the beautiful city of Minneapolis on a self-guided audio tour. You will receive the instructions on your voucher after booking. Explore the area with an audio guide at your own pace and hear about its culture and history. Download the app to start your tour along the Mississippi River and cross it on the Stone Arch Bridge. Along the way, you will hear about the history of the milling industry in Minneapolis, the massive mill explosion of 1878, the collapse of the 35W Bridge in 2007, and more. Soak in the vibrant atmosphere while listening to the history of the town. During the tour, choose to pause the app at any time to take a break or spend some more time seeing the sights. Learn about the history of Funkytown, an ugly mansion with 86 TVs, and the famous cougar attacks. Discover how long it takes a single drop of water to travel down the Mississippi and how long it takes a person to make the same journey. Know about the hiring of a hitman in St. Paul and the death of Tiny Tim. Finally, you will end your walk on an island overlooking St. Anthony Falls.

Minneapolis: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

6. Minneapolis: 3-Hour Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn Minneapolis into a giant game board? This interactive scavenger hunt combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Minneapolis. Guided from any smartphone, groups will make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning the local history. The adventure will begin from Vikings Arc at the US Bank Stadium and will take you on a fun journey to some of the most iconic Minneapolis sights. Make your way down to the riverfront to see the old mill works, visit culturally significant locations and take in the sights of the St. Anthony Falls, all while working challenges and unraveling clues to your next location. You will discover unique treasures, historic hotels and see the best Minneapolis has to offer. The tour requires approximately 2 miles of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” will allow you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop midway to listen to enjoy the scenery or grab something to eat. Offered at a fixed price for a group versus per person pricing, this city tour/ game offers great value to those on a budget. Points of Interest: - US Bank Stadium - Mill City Museum - Guthrie Theater - Gold Medal Park - Saint Anthony Falls - River Park - Stone Arch Bridge - City Hall

Minneapolis: Skyway Walking Tour with Drinks

7. Minneapolis: Skyway Walking Tour with Drinks

Embark on a tour of Minneapolis' famous Skyway system, connecting dozens of shopping centers, hotels, theaters, and other local staples. Whether the temperature is below freezing or blazing hot, take advantage of this original way to travel from building to building and get to know the city. Meet your guide outside the famed Guthrie Theater - they'll be holding a blue umbrella - and learn about the nearby Mississippi, which is part of where Minneapolis gets its name, stemming from the Dakota word “Mni” for water and the Greek “polis” for city. Start your walk at the Guthrie Theater, then stroll alongside the Mill City Ruins. Be introduced to the city's history as you find unexpected routes. Before moving on, sit down with your tour guide for a coffee. Enjoy an opportunity to share what brought you on the tour and receive advice about visiting the Mall of America, the capital city of St Paul, or the Minnesota Northwoods. Get recommendations for hidden bars, secret cafes, and bike paths. Continue exploring the city’s famed Skyways, stretching for 9.5 miles. Avoid the cold or hot weather by following the lead of a local, with knowledge of which tunnels are open every day. Come across a variety of businesses and popular buildings as you weave your way through the system. End up in the Warehouse District, now rebranded as Minneapolis’ North Loop. Immerse yourself in a newly-gentrified neighborhood where million-dollar condos sit next to hipster breweries, world-famous restaurants, and lots of dog walkers. After learning the full history of the city, toast to a great day with a beer in hand and ask any lingering questions before leaving with a newfound appreciation for this city.

Minneapolis: History and 4-Bar Crawl Guided Walking Tour

8. Minneapolis: History and 4-Bar Crawl Guided Walking Tour

Discover a curated list of 4 of Minneapolis’ best bars with a guide on this walking tour. The tour goes beyond just drinking and delves into the stories of the individual bars and will have you interacting with the bartenders and sampling new drinks. Upgrade to a premium tour for an experience that includes 4 drinks. Meet your guide and follow them to the Warehouse District. What was formerly a dive has become the bougie capital of Minneapolis, dotted with distilleries, breweries, and hidden pubs. Once you’re settled in with your drink, get ready for storytelling from your guide. Hear about what helped make the fascinating city of Minneapolis what it is today. As you make your way to the 4th bar, get comfortable and enjoy one last round. Give yourself extra time for mingling and revelry before heading back. One-third drinking, one-third history, and one-third banter make this a thirst-quenching, educational, and social experience that has a little something for everybody.

St Paul Minnesota: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. St Paul Minnesota: Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Looking for a way to turn St. Paul into a giant game board? Take part in an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a two and a half-hour sightseeing tour of St. Paul, Minnesota. Guided from your smart phone, you and your group can make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. Your St. Paul amazing scavenger hunt adventure will begin at the foot of the Minnesota capitol building and will take you on a journey through the city's history and war memorials to learn about its famous people and civic movements. Your Quest will explore the Capitol grounds as well as taking you to the city's famous Cathedral. You'll be solving challenges and having fun as you experience the capitol grounds and the Cathedral in a whole new way. The tour requires approximately 1-mile of walking. Using a smartphone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a bite to eat or wander through the War Memorials. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget.

In the Footsteps of Prince: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

10. In the Footsteps of Prince: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Welcome to Minneapolis, home of The Purple One, His Royal Badness, Prince Rogers Nelson. Minneapolis helped define the young musician who went on to change the world of music. On this downtown walking tour, we’ll explore the city where he was born, where he rose to fame and where, when he died, the purple lights shone across the sky. On this 75-minute tour, I’ll take you into the heart of Princedom to show you the Guitar Shop where the artist first jammed in the 70’s, the Orpheum Theatre where Prince was one of the first black musicians to play, and The Dakota club, which he visited just a few days before he died. As you stroll down Nicollet Avenue, I’ll point out the Crystal Court balcony featured in Purple Rain and the Schmitt Music Wall mural where Prince had his iconic first photo shoot. Along the way, I’ll tell you about: • The spiral blue notebook where Prince wrote Purple Rain • How he was the first artist in history to have a number one film, album and song at the same time • Glam Slam, the club he opened and named after the song on his Lovesexy album • His North Minneapolis roots • The city of Minneapolis’ “Prince Permit” • The club where Prince performed a surprise concert • The weird world of Paisley Park • How Prince saved the Minnesota Dance Theatre, a local dance company • The night 10,000 people came to the First Avenue club to mourn So put on your four-inch heels and join me on this stroll through Minneapolis where I’ll paint a picture of what the city was like when Prince reigned as the High Priest of Pop.



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