The Land of 10,000 Experiences

  • The Land of 10,000 Experiences

    POSTED April 14, 2016

I recently had the pleasure of attending an event first of its kind. Visit Saint Paul, Meet Minneapolis, Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau (BCVB) and Mall of America all came together to launch 30 Signature Experiences, the largest experiential tourism collection in the country.

The event was held at Mall of America in their newly added Parkview Meeting & Event Center. Guests were treated to refreshments and light snacks.

After checking in, you walked into a room full of experiences. Everything was represented from arts and culture to outdoor and active adventures.  

As a lifelong resident of Minnesota, I would have never dreamed of half the activities and tours that were there. Who knew there were so many fun things to do? After going through the tables of representatives and pamphlets, I found three experiences that I will be trying out very soon.

This one immediately caught my eye. It is a guided walking tour right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis where you get to try some of the city’s best treats and learn about the history of downtown.

This seems like the perfect activity for sunny summer Saturday or Sunday. It is a 90-minute trip down the Mississippi River. You get to learn about Saint Paul’s historic downtown harbor while on a relaxing cruise. You can even spot the occasional heron or eagle.

Since its multi-million dollar renovation, Sea Life has become a must-see attraction. You get to go on a guided tour through the laboratory, food prep kitchen and even up on deck above the tunnel systems where you learn exclusive behind-the-scenes information.

But those were not the only noteworthy experiences in the state. Below is a complete listing all of the organizations participating:

Take my recommendation and get out of your comfort zone. Our state has so much to offer. It’s about time you go out and find your signature experience! 

Weekends from August 19 through October 1 welcome back the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Voted 2017’s best festival, The Renaissance Festival draws hundreds of thousands of mead drinking, fairy loving, medieval enthusiasts every year. With free parking, 250 artisan booths, and 16 stages of live entertainment, the annual celebration offers planners a unique venue for their next event.


Brews & Buses: St. Paul Brewery Bus Crawl offers beer lovers the unique opportunity to experience each of Saint Paul’s 11 breweries, without having to worry about driving throughout the day. The GetKnit event is in its third year and will be taking place on Saturday, April 29 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Participants board a fleet of specially-commissioned “brewery buses” at Union Depot in Lowertown Saint Paul and will be delivered door-to-door of each brewery in the capital city.


It’s time for the local meetings and events industry to show the NFL what the Bold North is all about