Come early or stay late to explore Minneapolis and the surrounding area. A selection of tours awaits you. These tours are offered on Thursday, July 13, and on Sunday, July 16, unless noted.
A three-hour bus tour showcases what makes the Twin Cities great and includes a short stop at Minnehaha Falls to see Minnesota’s oldest tourist attraction. After a glimpse of the Minneapolis skyline, the tour will go to the famous Nicollet Mall, Skyway network, theater district, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Guthrie Theatre, Milwaukee Train Depot, Orchestra Hall, and St. Anthony Falls.
A short stop will be made at Minnehaha Falls, the fifty-three foot falls that flow into the Mississippi River.
The next destination is Saint Paul, Minnesota’s historic capital city. We will explore Rice Park, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Landmark Center, Children’s Museum, Mickey’s Diner, The Fitzgerald Theater, Minnesota History Center, and the Minnesota State Capitol. We will see the Cathedral of Saint Paul, the fourth largest cathedral in the United States.
We will drive along Summit Avenue, one of the longest stretches of Victorian architecture in the United States. Some homes to
note along Summit Avenue are the James J. Hill House, the home of F. Scott Fitzgerald and the Governor’s Mansion.
Thursday, July 13 at 12 p.m. or Sunday, July 16 at 1:00 p.m.
$40 per person
Located on the St. Croix River, Stillwater lays claim to be Minnesota’s oldest town and the birthplace of the Minnesota Territory in 1849. We will tour this enchanting old river town and go behind the scenes of Stillwater’s history. Anecdotes and incidents from the past will illuminate the lives of immigrants and entrepreneurs as we view mansions built by wealthy lumber barons, old churches on the “Street of Spires”, landmarks on the National Register of Historic Places and the St. Croix River.
We will enjoy a group lunch at the famed Lowell Inn. After lunch there will be time to enjoy the variety of boutiques, specialty shops, antiques and art galleries on Stillwater’s historic streets.
Thursday, July 13 at 9:30 a.m.
$75 per person
Magnificent Art Deco and Victorian reminders of the past nestle next to sleek skyscrapers, giving this Capital City an Old World charm. This four-hour tour includes a drive down Summit Avenue, a visit to the Cathedral of Saint Paul, a stop for lunch at Café MN and a tour of the James J. Hill House.
We’ll visit the Cathedral of St. Paul. Modeled after St. Peter’s in Rome, it is one of the largest church buildings in North America, able to seat 4,000 people.
Thursday, July 13 at 11 a.m. or Sunday, July 16 at 12 p.m.
$70 per person
During this two-hour walking tour of Minneapolis's downtown area, we’ll see skyscrapers, attractions, and take in the history and local culture of this city. Leaving from the Convention Center, we will first walk by Orchestra Hall. Next, we will continue down Nicollet Mall, the cultural and commercial heart of the city. Working as a pedestrian and transit mall, this stretch is also known for its shopping and dining options. We’ll pass the IDS Center (at 57 stories, this is the tallest building in Minneapolis), Dayton’s (now Macy’s) flagship store, and the famous Mary Tyler Moore Statue.
We’ll venture toward the Mill City Museum. During its time, the Washburn A. Mill was the largest and most technologically advanced flour mill in the world. The mill closed in 1965. The story of flour milling and its impact on Minneapolis, the nation and the world, comes to life through the building and exhibits. As return to the hotel, we will see more historic buildings such as the Foshay Tower (which was modeled after the Washington Monument), Minneapolis City Hall and Courthouse.
Thursday, July 13 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
$25 per person
This garden spans across more than 1,000 acres with 5,000 varieties of plants. Included is a tram tour to view annual and perennial gardens, a Japanese garden and areas including woodlands, prairie and marshes. Time to walk the gardens on your own is included.
Thursday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m.
$65 per person
Experience a 3-hour cruise on the beautiful waters of Lake Minnetonka aboard a custom built, 64-foot luxury yacht. Enjoy a complete lunch as you view the magnificent estates along Lake Minnetonka’s 100 miles of lush green shoreline.
Thursday, July 13 at 11 a.m. or Sunday, July 16 at 11 a.m.
$105 per person
Tour five churches, including Central Lutheran, Hennepin Avenue Methodist, St. Mark's Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Mary and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Central Lutheran Church’s neo-gothic sanctuary is a Lutheran landmark and the focal point of its facilities. Central Lutheran Church places great emphasis on quality in worship and music, and seeks to model Lutheran liturgical worship at its best.
Next we'll stop at Hennepin Avenue Methodist. The mission of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Our next stop will be St. Mark’s Cathedral. The Cathedral was a focal point of the church’s historic 1976 General Convention in Minneapolis, during which women were first officially accepted for ordination to the priesthood and the current Book of Common Prayer was adopted. In less than a year a woman was ordained to the priesthood at Saint Mark’s and became the first woman to serve as a canon at the Cathedral. Since that time there has continually been a woman serving on the clergy staff.
Our fourth stop will be the Basilica of St. Mary. Recognized as one of the finest examples of Beaux Arts architecture in the country, the Basilica of Saint Mary was constructed between 1907 and 1915.
Our final stop will be the Westminster Presbyterian Church. You will tour the historic sanctuary and the 1937 gothic inspired chapel. If you wish to continue on beyond the official tour, stay for an extra tour of art including the Westminster Gallery and the Crèche Collection.
Thursday, July 13 at 12 p.m.
$40 per person
We’ve arranged a post-gathering tour that departs Minneapolis after closing worship on Sunday morning.
Mount Rushmore (5-day trip) Sunday, July 16- Thursday, July 20
From the Twin Cities to South Dakota, this four night, five-day tour includes visits to the Corn Palace, the Badlands, the Circle B Ranch, Borglum Museum, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Wall Drug, Laura Ingalls Wilder Homestead and 1880s train ride.
Day One: Sunday, July 16, 2017
Day Two: Monday, July 17, 2017
Day Three: Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Day 5: Thursday, July 20, 2017
$1,350 (single occupancy)