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EWRI Congress 2018 is going to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Did you know that Minnesota has more that 90,000 miles of shoreline? That is more than Hawaii, California and Florida combined!

Minneapolis is the perfect blend of natural beauty and urban sophistication. No other city has a chain of lakes, the mighty Mississippi and 200 miles of walking, biking and cross country ski trails within the city limits literally steps from the most vibrant arts and music scene outside NYC, the best shopping in the region and museums among the finest in the nation. From ski hills to shopping malls, Muskie to Monet, biking to Beef Bourguignon, Minneapolis is the American city where natural and urban drama share a single stage.

Top Attractions

Here is a quick guide to some top icons that represent the city’s diverse offerings:

Spoonbridge and Cherry

This has been Minneapolis’ signature sculpture since its completion by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen in 1988. The spoon tips the scale at 5,800 pounds and the cherry weighs 1,200 pounds! The 11-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, where the Spoonbridge and Cherry reside, is one of the largest of its kind and includes more than 40 works of art. It’s also just across the street from the renowned Walker Art Center.

Fisrt Avenue & 7th Street Entry

Featured in “Purple Rain,” this Minneapolis classic is still one of the hottest clubs in town. Stop in and rock out to musical stylings from major national acts and local emerging artists. It was named number five in the ClubTop100 Worldwide Rankings by Pollstar, January 2013, and third best large music club by Rolling Stone, April 2013.

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum

Housed in a striking stainless steel building, the Frank Gehrydesigned Weisman is a unique museum experience. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, its collection features early 20th-century American artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Alfred Maurer and Marsden Hartley.

Bde Maka Ska (Lake Calhoun)

Part of the Chain of Lakes, Lake Calhoun is a popular site for windsurfing, swimming, sailing and canoeing. More than three miles of trails for walking, jogging, biking and in-line skating encircle the lake with the unique Minneapolis skyline as its urban backdrop. The popular lake is also part of the 52-mile Grand Rounds National Scenic Byway. Lake Calhoun has recently been officially renamed to its Dakotan name, Bde Maka Ska.

Stone Arch Bridge

Enjoy the roaring St. Anthony Falls with a stroll across the Stone Arch Bridge – the only one of its kind to span the Mississippi River. As part of the St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail, this pedestrian crossing is the oldest mainline railroad bridge in the Northwest. Chronicling Minneapolis’ milling history are the nearby Mill Ruins Park and Mill City Museum.

The Mall of America

Since opening its doors in 1992, Mall of America® has revolutionized the shopping experience of tens of millions of visitors a year. A leader in retail, entertainment and attractions, Mall of America is one of the top tourist destinations in the country and is known around the world. 

Minnesota Twins

The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League Central division. 

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