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Old 10-04-2011, 01:55 PM
 
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guys my family normally are homebodies. they normally just like to shop and thats it. maybe hit up the casino. so the mall of america and mystic lake are definitely must sees. what other ideas are there? mom is in her 60's and sisters in the 30's. so just prefer to keep it simple. Oh and please recommend some reasonable priced restaurants(preferably buffets). no chains. we can eat red lobster and old country buffet anywhere.
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Old 10-04-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Columbus OH
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I have no idea where you live or what they're interested in, but my typical tour highlights would include :

1. The Minneapolis Riverfront: The Stone Arch Bridge, St Anthony Falls, going onto the bridge at The Guthrie Theater, possibly eating at one of the restaurants on SE Main Street or East Hennepin (Nye's, Pracna, Pizza Nea etc...). Possibly going to The Mill City Museum (The Flour Tower is pretty cool)

2. The Lakes District: either walk, drive or bike around the lakes, maybe venture into Uptown for a meal or a drink

3. St Paul: Summit Avenue mansions and shops/restaurants along Grand Ave. Check out the historic homes on Cathedral Hill, maybe go in the Cathedral, check out Rice Park

4. Lake Minnetonka or Stillwater: check out eith Wayzata/Excelsior (see if the historic trolley boat is still running from Excelsior on Lake Minnetonka). Or drive up the St Croix and eat somewhere in Stillwater.

If they're in town on a Thursday, you could also take them to downtown Mpls for the farmers Market on the mall. There's lots of architecture to check out from City Hall to the Foshay to the IDS Ctr Crystal Court.

The only buffet I can recommend is the Salad Bar buffet at the 12th floor of Macy's in Mpls. Outstanding all-u-can eat salad bar, plus soups, bread, pasta salads and fruit for about $10. Plus you get a decent city view. Only open for lunch though (an d I'm not sure if its open on saturdays)
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:10 PM
 
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Q.Cumbers in Edina has a buffet. So does Mystic Lake Casino.

Minnehaha Falls is pretty.

If they're going to be here soon it would be a nice time for a drive around the Grand Rounds, the fall colors are stunning.
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Old 10-04-2011, 08:39 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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One Chinese/Asian buffet I've been meaning to check out is Teppanyaki Buffet. The place claims to be the largest buffet in the state. I don't know if that has been confirmed, but the place looks huge.

It is located at 2216 E Lake St Minneapolis, MN 55407

Another possible option if you're in the South Minneapolis area would be to check out the Midtown Global Market. There is alot of good food to be found there and lots of interesting artisan shops to check out.
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Old 10-05-2011, 05:40 AM
 
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There are two Japanese buffet places that are very cheep and pretty good food. 98 Pound Buffet in Burnsville-but just for lunch, gets a lot more expensive for dinner and World Buffet in Apple Valley. They have a sushi bar and a Mongolian Grill at World Buffet. Both would be easy to get to from MOA.
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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how about a Mississippi river boat cruise?
Padelford Riverboats - Fall Sightseeing Cruise

Running aces casino has some all you can eat buffets and fun card games/poker and it is SMOKE FREE, I just LOVE that.

Afton apple orchards would be fun. Woodbury has all you can eat sushi at Akita if you are out that way or all you can brunch on Sundays at Sunsets.

Seeing a show at The Guthrie is always a great idea.
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