FRIDAY, alas! Although, I don’t really have the rights to complain because it was a short week for me, but still it’s Friday!
Today I’m taking you on my Minneapolis Adventures post wedding. If you haven’t read my last post, Andrew and I flew out to Minnesota last Friday for a wedding but we prolonged our trip a tad because we figured we’d want to explore a little, not work, and the flight home on Tuesday was cheaper 😉
This was definitely a highlight in the trip. It’s actually the Minnehaha Park filled with walking, biking, and hiking paths, food, swimming holes, historical sites, a recreation center, gardens, everything you can think of! But we were there for the famous waterfall!
From the top of the fallsIt was the most peaceful and serene thing watching the waterfall. For me it’s definitely the sound of the water crashing down similarly to the rain while you’re sleeping- I love that. A definite sight for sore eyes. It was like a beautiful oasis that I wanted to jump into, it didn’t help that the heat was really persuading me.
We actually had such a sweet lady offer to take our photo and she just kept snapping away and caught some goodies for us. Bless that women, we need more people like her in the world ❤And when you don’t have someone around to take your picture you resort to the good ol’ selfies!
We decided we wanted to dedicate a day to lay out and catch some rays so we chose to go to one of Minnesota’s popular “beaches” aka lake. I’m really not sure why places are named beaches when they’re really just a lake. Definitely two different things, if you’re a lake just be a lake. Ya know?!?
The lake was very nice. It had a little sandy area that overlooked into the water; perfect for laying out. We even swam a little which was refreshing when the sun beamed down on us.
But I must confess, in general, I am not a lake person for one reason and one reason only….FLIES. Andrew and I were laying out for a while and as peaceful as it was (I literally have goosebumps just thinking about it) there were tons of clusters of little itty bitty teeny tiny flies everywhere. What are they, mayflies? Lake flies? If you’ve ever been to a lake then you know what I’m talking about. The ones that are barely visible to the eye but when you really look you see them flying around in huge clusters. Even though they’re so harmless, it just grosses me out. I could barely watch the huge cluster swarming above Andrew’s head, I didn’t even want to think about the cluster that I’m sure was over my head too. *cringe* Needless the say, we aborted the area.
US Bank Stadium
Home of The Vikings, Minnesota’s football team. Our hotel was fairly close to the stadium so upon Andrew’s request we went to go see it in person! I thought it was neat that they built it to look like a Viking Ship, although, the pictures again do it no justice.
The glass windows mirrored the skyline of the city perfectly!
Perks of having it made of all glass, you can press your face up against the windows and see inside.
The Stone Arch Bridge
As city lovers, catching the city skyline was a must! And the notorious Stone Arch Bridge is the place to go to capture “the” photo! So we were on a mission.
We eventually made our way onto some bridge but it wasn’t The Stone Arch Bridge (yet) but we saw the Saint Anthony waterfalls, which I loved. Little did we know the Stone Arch Bridge was the bridge parallel to the one we were on so it’s the one in the picture above and below! Go figure ha
Once we finished crossing the bridge we were on, it lead us to this cute little cobblestone downtown area.
To which we walked a little bit more to get on the actual Stone Arch Bridge! Anddd WE MADE IT!
Do it for the picture, right?!
Last but not least-
MALL OF AMERICA
I was most excited about this adventure. I mean what girl wouldn’t be excited about visiting the largest mall in the USA?!?
First of all it’s HUGE (obviously), secondly there’s a wicked fun amusement park right in the middle of it; roller coasters and all, and lastly it was friggin awesome!
I was feeling pretty overwhelmed on the drive up to the mall. I knew I wanted to cover as much ground as possible, go on some rides, and in general not miss anything. To the point where I was trying to game plan the whole thing in my head except that’s kind of hard to do when you don’t know what to expect. Our uber driver even asked, “Do you know what part of the mall you want to go to?” Uh NO!
So we did what we do best, wing it!
Alright so luckily, the architects of The MOA were very smart when they constructed it because it wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought. Relief. The amusement park was dead smack in the middle- it was kind of like the “North Star” sort of speak. For an amusement park in a mall, it was pretty big. We went on a total of 4 rides but we doubled up on the Spongebob one, because it was really fun and it was the only one that goes upside down. All of them were really fast and really fun though. I confess, I’m a roller coaster junkie.
Our photo after one of the roller coasters LOL but where’s Andrew?!?! Oh there he is, behind the word “THE”
Tons of fun stuff for kids and adults, rides on rides, simulators, mini golf, escape room, legos, and much more!
As for the stores, literally any store you can think of I’m certain they had. Except Vineyard Vines, but that’s definitely an East Coast thing. Some stores were even duplicated which was nuts to me but I guess totally necessary.
The directories throughout the mall were the real MVP’s and life saviors. You type in where you want to go and it listed out all the options with what floor and how long of a walk it would be etc… and once you pick which location you wanted they show you the map of the floor, where you are and which direction you walk to go there. Obviously I was off to find some Thai food 😉
The food options alone were outstanding. There was a huge food court, then a whole wing “South Street Dining” dedicated to more food places and restuarants, and then the 4th floor full of more restaurants. You won’t leave the mall hungry. The Mall of America did not disappoint. Not a mall I’d want to be my every day mall because its still a hike to go from store to store depending on where you want to shop but the middle school mall rat in me would love this place.
And on Tuesday early AM we were jet setting and heading back to Boston 🙂
That just about does it for Minneapolis! Oh also, a final look at our mug collection so far- because I’m in love with them all. With the exception of Paris and Kazakhstan because those were gifts-
Have a great weekend everyone!