Welcome to Minneapolis!
Credit/Provider: Photo by Sonheim Photography, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
The IPAC Conference Planning Committee is delighted to welcome you to Minneapolis, Minnesota! We are known as the land of 10,000 lakes (we actually have 11,842!), home of the original Juicy Lucy burger, and birthplace of the indoor shopping mall! We have something for everyone, with a vibrant theater district, world-class museums, and the best park system in the nation!
A popular downtown destination is the Mill City Museum, built on the riverfront and in the limestone ruins of the Washburn A Mill. The museum details the history of how Minneapolis became the flour milling capital of the world in the late 19th century and spurred innovations in technology, business, and culture. Here you can also view the mighty St. Anthony Falls, the beautiful Stone Arch Bridge, and the “Endless Bridge” that’s part of the Guthrie theater’s modern architecture. On Saturdays, the historic train shed hosts a popular farmers market with more than 60 local farmers, food makers, and artists. (http://www.mnhs.org/millcity)
It’s worth a visit to the internationally renowned Walker Art Center, presenting contemporary visual arts, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. The garden is one of the largest urban sculpture gardens in the country with 40 permanent art installations. Stop by to see the iconic SpoonBridge and Cherry! (https://walkerart.org/visit)
A fun and simple way to get around downtown is with Nice Ride, the non-profit bicycle sharing system in the twin cities. You can purchase a day-pass for $6, which is perfect for visitors exploring downtown tourist attractions. Click here for a map of station kiosks and additional information: https://www.niceridemn.com.
Visitors who want to learn more about the city and various events to plan ahead should head to “Meet Minneapolis” [link: https://www.minneapolis.org] which has links for things to do, places for food and drink, getting around with maps, and a description of the different neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
Credit/Provider: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen Spoonbridge and Cherry 1985-1988 aluminum, stainless steel, paint 354 x 618 x 162" overall Collection Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Gift of Frederick R. Weisman in honor of his parents, William and Mary Weisman, 1988 Art © Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Brugge. Photo by Mike Krivit, courtesy of Meet Minneapolis.
Getting to the hotel
Driving from Airport: MN-5 East to St Paul, Merge onto MN-55 toward Minneapolis/Hiawatha Ave, Merge on to MN-62 West, Take exit to 35W North, Exit 16A on the left toward I-94 West. Turn left onto South 7th Street. Turn right onto Hennepin Avenue. Turn right onto 6th Street.
Credit/Provider: Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis
For those who will be driving to the conference, there are 16 parking ramps and metered curbside parking spaces in the downtown area. Visit https://www.mplsparking.com to find locations and even reserve your spot in advance!
The hotel has a valet parking service only (no self-park available) for $55 per day.
Credit/Provider: Photo by Lane Pelovsky, Courtesy of Meet Minneapolis