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Visiting Twin Cities

Discover Minnesota’s Twin Cities this summer. Minneapolis and St. Paul come alive with events, festivals and family fun. Visitors be sure to see the city from the water on a Padelford Riverboat sightseeing excursion. Board at Harriet Island in St. Paul for a relaxing ride on the mighty Mississippi past the St. Paul High Bridge, Pig’s Eye Cave and Fort Snelling. The iconic Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul offers summer visitors free tours, not only of the historic building, but also downtown's historic landmarks. Landmark Center tours run through September. This is the season to enjoy the Minnesota Twin Cities.

There is plenty of family fun in Minneapolis this summer. Brooklyn Park, northwest of downtown Minneapolis hosts 2012 Tater Daze June 14th through 17th. This unique Brooklyn Park festival honors the potato and is held at Noble Sports Park. Enjoy the kick off parade, Main Stage entertainment, and Tater Daze Idol among the fun family events.

Brooklyn Center, also northwest of downtown, hosts the Earle Brown Days Festival, June 21st through the 23rd. An evening parade down 63rd kicks off events Thursday evening. Centerbrook Golf Course hosts Fridays Golf Tournament, and Saturday events feature the kid’s fishing contest, petting zoo, and family fun. Stick around until dark for the Saturday night Fireworks show at Centennial Park capping off Earle Brown Days.

Blaine, north of Minneapolis, is home to the National Sports Center and its 50 full-size soccer fields. The NSC hosts the 2012 Schwan’s USA Cup this summer, beginning July 13th. Billed as the greatest international youth soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere, the USA cup features over 900 teams and over 14,000 soccer players from across the world. Puma presents the 2012 USA Cup, and also provides grand prizes for winning boys and girl’s teams.

Looking for a challenge this summer? Check out RAGNAR Great River for both a challenge and lots of fun. Scheduled August 17th and 18th, Ragnar Relay Great River is an overnight team running relay starting in southeast Minnesota and finishing in downtown Minneapolis. Teams of up to 12 runners cover the 200-mile course as teammates follow in vans. The fun unfolds as costumes emerge and the finish line party begins. Billed as a slumber party with no sleep, pillows or deodorant, Ragnar is an experience not soon forgotten.

There's nothing like the Minnesota State Fair to make your summer complete – visit the 2012 fair August 23rd through September 3rd. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds are located between Minneapolis and St. Paul, north of Interstate 94. The Bandshell features free entertainment including The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bettye LaVette, while Grandstand headliners feature Bonnie Raitt, Kiss and Anita Baker, among the stars.

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  • Best Western Regency Plaza Hotel - St. Paul East

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    Saint Cloud

  • Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge

    Saint Paul

  • Best Western Plus Como Park Hotel

    Saint Paul

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