Pre-Bex Tours 5-28

Discover the Magic of Color at Crayola Experience

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Time: 10 a.m., 2 p.m. &  4 p.m.
Group Size: 30 per tour
Length: 60-minute guided experience
Attire: Casual

Come be a part of Crayola history with this exclusive, hands-on tour celebrating the grand opening of Crayola Experience at Mall of America. A family attraction with locations in Easton, Penn., and Orlando, Crayola Experience is a larger-than-life destination where kids and adults alike explore art and technology, express their creativity and experience color in a whole new way through 26 hands-on activities, all inspired by Crayola products and technologies. During the tour, you will star in your own coloring page (Be a Star!), name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon (Wrap it Up!), paint with melted wax (Meltdown), bring your art to 4-D life with your touch (Color Magic), learn how crayons are made in our live Factory Show and so much more! Leave with a bag of handmade keepsakes, but most of all, leave inspired! Following that, you’re welcome to stay and play or come back any time during the weekend. This is a family friendly pre-bex activity, and children under 18 are welcome when accompanied by a registered adult. You must sign up each child in a separate transaction.

VOM FASS Presents: International Craft Whiskey Tour

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Time: 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.
Group size: 20 per tour
Length: 60 minutes
Attire: Casual

Taste your way through the family stories, history and processes behind VOM FASS’s very special craft distilled spirits, featuring: American Bourbon and Rye, Irish Single Malt and Single Grain Whiskey and Scotch Single Malt and Blended Malt Whiskey. The tour will include a “wee dram” of each whisk(e)y, light bites featuring VOM FASS Oils, Vinegars & Spices between tastes and an intro-level overview of the history and processes of whiskey distillation. This tour will take place in the VOM FASS store inside Mall of America.

VOM FASS Presents: The Art of Delicious Dining – Mediterranean Style

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Time:  noon
Group size: 50 per tour
Length: 90 minutes
Attire: Casual

A guided epicurean experience that introduces participants to the Mediterranean food and lifestyle. This fun, interactive program includes a tasting lunch, recipes and tips for cooking easy, delicious, healthy dishes using oils, vinegars and spices, and insights into the entrepreneurial journey of the local owner of VOM FASS at Mall of America.

 

 

From Fast Horse Races to (Adorable) Furry Faces

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Time: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Group size: 20-25
Length: 4 hours
Attire: Casual

Explore Canterbury Park, Minnesota’s home for live horse racing plus poker, table games and other entertainment. Share your @CanterburyPark experience in the Twin Cities RiverSouth region using #LandOfBigFun. Afterwards, enjoy an afternoon at the Minnesota Zoo starting with an exclusive up-close and personal animal encounter. Then explore miles of scenic indoor and outdoor trails and connect with amazing animals from all over the world. Share your sights social media using @mnzoo and #dayattheMNZoo.

Discover the Charming City of Stillwater

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Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Group Size: 20-25
Length: 4 hours
Attire: Casual

Explore the charming river town of Stillwater, named the most picturesque small town in Minnesota by USA Today, to find unique dining, shopping, architecture, history, craft beer, wine and more. The historic city is considered the birthplace of Minnesota, and is a popular destination for weekend wanderings, romantic rendezvous and girlfriend getaways. Activities include a historic trolley tour, lunch at a charming inn, photo opps of the historic lift bridge, and a beer or wine tasting. Exact itinerary is subject to change.

Meet Minnesota’s Great River Road

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Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Group Size: 20-25
Length: Full day
Attire: Casual

The southeast corner of Minnesota hugs the Mississippi River, which created beautiful bluffs and vistas along the Great River Road and is home to several charming towns. In Red Wing, see the world’s largest boot at Red Wing Shoe Co., tour the Red Wing Stoneware factory and pottery museum, and shop in the antique stores and boutiques in the historic downtown. Continue south to Wabasha, home of the National Eagle Center with live bald eagle programs and spotting scopes, and visit LARK Toys in nearby Kellogg to see the carousel and handmade toys. Exact itinerary is subject to change.

 

Wabasha Street Caves presents: Historic Caves and Gangster Tour

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Time: 10:30 a.m.

Group Size: 15

Length: 4 hours (includes 1 total hour for transportation from MOA to tour and back)

Attire: Casual

Start the journey with a 45-minute guided tour through the historic Wabasha Street Caves – a former speakeasy and gangster hangout – and learn about their rich history and bountiful stories. Then you’ll hop on a bus for a two-hour long tour led by costumed professionals that will guide your group through some of the most notorious gangster areas in Saint Paul. You’ll learn why Saint Paul was once a gangster’s paradise with information on hideouts, night clubs and bars that regularly held some of America’s most wanted.

Notes: Food will not be available during this tour. Participants could bring something to eat in between cave tour and gangster bus tour or on the bus.

 

 

Padelford Riverboats Presents: Rhythm of the River

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Time: 2:00 p.m.

Group size: 15

Length: 2.5 hours (includes 1 total hour for transportation from MOA to Harriet Island and back)

Attire: Casual

Experience the rhythm of the Mississippi River, spot bald eagles, herons, egrets and falcons as you travel back in time from Saint Paul’s bustling downtown harbor through the Mississippi National Great River Park

 

The Alexander Ramsey House presents: Political & Social Power in Victorian Saint Paul

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Time: 9:00 a.m.

Group size: 15

Length: 2.5 hours (includes 1 total hour for transportation from MOA to Ramsey House and back)

Attire: Casual with comfortable shoes

Discover the unique legacy of one of Minnesota’s founding families. Begin with a 60-minute tour of the Ramsey’s beautifully preserved Victorian-era mansion filled with the family’s original items and furnishings. Listen to excerpts from letters and journals detailing the political and social power wielded by the wealthy and influential residents of Saint Paul’s historic Irvine Park.

 

Summit Brewing Company Tour

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Time: 1:00 p.m.

Group size: 15

Length: 3 hours (includes 1 total hour for transportation from MOA to Summit and back)

Learn the history of Summit Brewing Company, the granddaddy of Minnesota craft brewers. Learn the process for making Summit beer and take a walking tour of the brewhouse, cellar and packaging area. At the conclusion of the tour, those 21 and older can enjoy samples of some of Summit’s different brands of beer.

Minneapolis Saint Paul Bus Tour by Award Winning City Tours
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Time: 1 p.m. -4 p.m. Pick up and drop off from Mall of America.

Group Size: 50

Attire: Casual

A tour guide provides the highlights of Minneapolis, Saint Paul and neighborhoods in between. There’s simply no better way to see all that the Twin Cities have to offer.  Highlights include: Guthrie Theater, Minnehaha Falls, State Capitol Building, Stone Arch Bridge, Summit Ave (Governor’s Mansion, James J. Hill House, etc.), Minneapolis Chain of Lakes and Target Field.

Midtown Global Market – A Global Taste of the Market

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Times: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. a mini-coach bus will pick up and drop off at Mall of America

Group Size: 25 maximum

Length: 90 minute tour, plus hour for lunch, shopping and live music at the market

Attire: Casual

Excite your senses, tantalize your taste buds and explore the Midtown Global Market. This fascinating venue is a veritable melting pot of global cultures. You will meet the merchants and learn their stories of working to achieve the American dream. The market serves as an incubator for immigrant businesses. During your visit you will sample a variety of tastes and hear tales from your global hosts.

The Fit Tourist – Heart of City Walking Tour

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Let us introduce you to the heart of downtown Minneapolis on this 2.5 hour, 2 mile guided walking tour. Along the way, you will learn about our history, stories and the people that shaped the city. We will discover how the beautiful and historic buildings represented the era in which they were built. You will experience the vibrancy of the theater district and see artwork that is unique to Minneapolis. From famous musicians to infamous characters, come experience why we say that Minneapolis has all the amenities of a big city but with a small town feel. This tour starts at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet, located on the corner of the Nicollet and 5th Street, directly across from the METRO Nicollet light rail station.

Times: 2 00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m.

Group Size: 20 maximum

Length: 2.5 hours

Allow an additional 40 minutes on METRO Blue Line light rail from Mall of America to the Nicollet Mall stop in Minneapolis. Tour starts at 2 p.m. at Minneapolis Visitor Information on Nicollet (505 Nicollet).

Attire: Casual with comfortable walking shoes

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia): A feast for the eyes – Highlights of Mia’s World-Class Collection
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Times: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. (mini-coach bus will pick up and drop off at Mall of America)

Group Size: 25 maximum

Length: Tour: 1 hour (Then time to explore Mia on your own and lunch on your own available at Mia’s restaurant, Agra Culture.)

Attire: Casual

Nourish your creativity, spirit and imagination at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Sample world cultures through an amazing menu of artworks. Let us tempt your artistic taste buds with visual delights from throughout time and around the globe. Learn the fascinating stories of these objects, the artists and the emotions they evoke. We’ll serve up experiences you’ve never had in an art museum and make you hungry for more!

 

Bloomington CVB  presents: A Progressive Culinary Tour in the South Loop

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Times: 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Group Size: 20 maximum

Length: 2.5 Hours

Meeting Location: Cedar + Stone, Urban Table restaurant in the ground floor of the JW Marriott hotel on the North Side of Mall of America.

Attire: Casual

A progressive culinary experience introducing participants to three of Bloomington’s top Chefs in the South Loop and their amazing restaurants. This fun, interactive program includes a small dish/appetizer course with Executive Chef Everton Clarke of Cedar + Stone, Urban Table, then progresses to the main course with Executive Chef Paul Lynch at Urbana Craeft Kitchen & Market, and finishes with a dessert course with Executive Chef & Nature Photographer Eric Baker of Blue Water Grill.  Get to know each Chef ‘s culinary perspective, use of local sourcing and Minnesota offerings, and experience the flavor of Bloomington.

 

Bayou and Beer

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Times:  2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Group size: 50

Length: 2 hours

Attire: Casual

Take a tour of Minnesota’s first ever Brewstillery, a brewery and distillery all under one roof. Open since 2014, Bent Brewstillery is known for its award winning spirits and beer and when you add a crawfish boil into the mix, you get an experience of the bayou right in Minnesota. Enjoy crawfish, corn, taters, swingin swine Jambalaya while you learn about the beer and distillery process.  Open to all ages, but must be 21+ to drink.

 

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