AAA Travel Tips / What to do Before (or After) Sunday's Game

What to do Before (or After) Sunday's Game

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By AAA Travel Editors
August 23, 2018
Millions will be watching Sunday’s game and halftime performance by Justin Timberlake at U.S. Bank Stadium. If you’re a lucky ticketholder and will be staying in Minneapolis for several days, consider visiting these nearby AAA GEM® attractions.
GuthrieTheater in Minneapolis Minnesota
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Guthrie Theater
818 S. 2nd St.
(612) 377-2224
Guthrie Theater was founded in 1963, and the modern marvel you see today opened in 2006. Its unique exterior design elements include the 178-foot Endless Bridge and subtle images of past theater performances across the building’s facade. If you can’t get a spot on a guided backstage or architectural tour, you can still visit the public spaces on your own. The ninth-floor Amber Box extends 15 feet out from the building, and from this lobby area made of amber glass you’ll have a spectacular view of the Mississippi River.
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Mall of America in Bloomington Minnesota
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Mall of America
Bloomington, Minnesota
(952) 883-8800
Just 11 miles south of U.S. Bank Stadium stands the nearly 100-acre Mall of America, which has been drawing locals and tourists since 1992. This retail and entertainment complex boasts more than 500 stores and dozens of attractions and restaurants. Highlights among these impressive offerings are Nickelodeon Universe, an indoor theme park; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to thousands of underwater residents; and the Crayola Experience + Store. The kids won’t be bored at a trip to this mall.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota
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Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA)
2400 Third Ave. S.
(612) 870-3000
The MIA is a giant among art museums. With nearly 90,000 works spanning thousands of years and six continents, you’ll be exposed to historic artifacts, masterpieces and modern media alike. Edgar Degas, El Greco, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Henry Moore and Vincent van Gogh are just a few of the artists whose pieces fill the galleries. Join a guided tour (offered daily) to learn more in-depth stories about the art.
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Walker Art Center in Minneapolis Minnesota
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Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Pl.
(612) 375-7600
Lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker’s art collection was the foundation for what would become the renowned Walker Art Center. This complex features the trifecta of visual art, performing arts and cinema. The gallery space is dedicated to permanent and temporary contemporary art exhibits, and several theater spaces host an active schedule of dance, music and theater performances and film screenings. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a popular public gathering space, is just across the street; among its more than 40 installations is the eye-catching and often-photographed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” (a red cherry atop a white spoon) by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.
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