Local Attractions


The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, combined with the surrounding communities, boast a large number of attractions. Listed below is only a partial list of some of the popular things to see and do around the Twin Cities Area.

Minnesota State Capitol - See the legislature in action in the historic House and Senate chambers. Original furnishings and vivid colors of the restored Senate, House, Supreme Court and Rathskeller cafe add to your experience of this working masterpiece by acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert.

Minnesota Zoo - The Minnesota Zoo is situated on 500 acres in Dakota County. The zoo features about 2,300 animals, with 105 animals representing 15 species on the United States Endangered Species list.

Science Museum of Minnesota - The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the Midwest's most popular museum attractions, offering visitors the chance to enjoy breathtaking large-format films, wonder at one of the world's only complete mounted Triceratops, create and destroy a tornado, and examine an authentic Egyptian mummy.

Maya Hidden Worlds Revealed -World-Premiere Exhibition at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed will explore the fascinating social, natural and spiritual realms of the ancient Maya through the eyes of powerful kings and queens and the lesser-known people who were the backbone of Maya society. It will feature immersive environments, authentic artifacts, and hands-on activities that tell the story of the ancient Maya and their modern descendants.

Walker Arts Center - The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum - The Frederick R. Weisman Ar Museum is located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Founded in 1934, the museum currently holds a permanent collection of over 13,000 objects; its programs serve the University community and the general public.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world.s diverse cultures.

Guthrie Theater - The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is an American center for theater performance, production, education and professional training. By presenting both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, the Guthrie illuminates the common humanity connecting Minnesota to the peoples of the world.

Mall of America - Mall of America is the nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, located in Bloomington, Minnesota. Mall of America is the country's most visited destination, attracting more than 42.5 million people each year.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory (St. Paul) - The (free) zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory is a half acre indoor and outdoor facility with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. The Park offers a large area surrounding Como Lake dedicated to family and individual activities. Visitors can make use of 1.67 miles of paved paths, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, pavilions, paddleboat rentals, an amusement park, a golf course, a historic carousel, the Black Bear Crossing restaurant and mini-golf.

Child Care

The following facilities provide drop-in child care (minimum one full day), based on availability. They recommend as much advance notice as possible.

KinderCare - Minneapolis (close to campus)

525 Huron Boulevard
Minneapolis, MN 55414
612.623.4642 or 000855@klcorp.com
NOTE: This Center accepts children from age 6 weeks to 5 years ONLY.

KinderCare - Roseville 1 (approximately 6 miles from campus)

181 West County Road B2
Roseville, MN 55113
651.490.1403 or 000649@klcorp.com
NOTE: This Center accepts children from age 6 weeks to 12 years.

KinderCare - Roseville 2 (approximately 6 miles from campus)

2186 North Fairview Avenue
Roseville, MN 55113
651.490.0735 or 000640@klcorp.com
NOTE: This Center accepts children from age 6 weeks to 6 years ONLY.

For other options, here is a link to a page on the University of Minnesota's Human Resources web site. UMN child care information. As it was last compiled in 2011 and not under the jurisdiction of the School of Physics and Astronomy, we cannot vouch for the information being fully current, but we expect it's a helpful start. Please note, the Children's World Centers described on the site are now the KinderCare Centers, listed above.
The University of Minnesota Child Care Center, located on campus and the last item on the page, will NOT be able to provide services to conference attendees.

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