Other uniquely St. Paul teambuilding
activities include the St. Paul Saints’ Saint
for a Day, where guests take to the field
and see their name in lights at CHS Field,
the baseball park in downtown Saint Paul
that is home to the St. Paul Saints. The visit
includes lunch, a tour of CHS Field, official
jersey and a Saints-issued baseball cap.
Another great teambuilding event is
Como Zoo: Behind the Scenes, where visitors can go behind the scenes before the
zoo opens to the public to hear stories from
Como’s past. Guests make a treat for the
polar bears, feed a giraffe and meet one of
the many zookeepers who make Como Zoo
a world-class facility.
The Bloomington CVB has a unique opportunity for visiting groups to give back
to the local nonprofit community, said
Dan O’Neill, vice president of strategy
and sales for the Bloomington CVB.
“We encourage all of our visiting groups
to work on projects to assist in charitable work while in town for a meeting or
event,” he said.
Susan Breen, convention services
coordinator at the CVB, said there is one
charitable organization in particular meeting professionals like to work with when
they come to Minnesota. The organization,
Bridging: We Furnish Homes with Hope,
provides furniture and household goods
to those transitioning out of homelessness
“We have groups buy and build dressers
for the needy,” Breen said. “It’s a great team-
building activity. Everything a group needs
to build a dresser is supplied by Bridging.”
Bridging also has towel drives for the
homeless who have transitioned to new
This year, the International Association
of Insurance Professionals decided to work
with Bridging on a towel drive as a team-building event and it was a big success.
“While we’re in the industry to be the
safety net for an individual during hard-
ship, I never stopped to think what fresh
new towels could mean to someone who
found themselves homeless or in a shel-
ter,” said roz Horton, 2015 International
Association of Insurance Professionals
president. “We had a great experience
working with Bridging. I’m proud of the
huge response from our members to pro-
vide so many towels to a worthy organiza-
tion. What a reminder to not take the little
things for granted.”
At the Mall of America, the largest
retail and entertainment complex in the
Western Hemisphere, there are plenty
of teambuilding activities, according
to Jill Renslow, senior vice president of
marketing and business development,
Mall of America.
“Mall of America offers private groups
a multitude of memorable teambuilding
experiences from thrill rides and entertainment to private event space and fine
dining,” she said.
One adventure includes riding the
longest indoor zipline in North America, located at Nickelodeon Universe, the
nation’s largest indoor family theme park.
There is also a mall-wide scavenger hunt,
offered at Dick’s Last Resort, where team
members use an iPad to answer questions
about the mall while taking team pictures
along the way.
“It’s probably our most popular team-building activity,” said Brett Burger, public
relations coordinator, Mall of America.
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➜ Construction began in October on the
165-room, eight-story Elliott hotel
com), named after the Elliot Park
neighborhood where it is located. It
will feature Finnegan’s microbrewery,
event space and meeting rooms.
➜ The West Elm Hotel (http://westelm
hotels.com) is slated to open by early
2019 in downtown Minneapolis. It is
among the first crop of hotels the retailer is opening as it looks to expand
its brand and find alternative sources
➜ The 124-room Marriott Moxy Minneapolis Uptown ( www.moxy-hotels.
marriott.com) will open early 2018.
It will have a Vinyl Listening Lounge
with craft beers, a pet crocodile and
a garage door that opens up to 3,000
miles of bike paths.
➜ The 141-room Double Tree by Hilton
Hotel Minneapolis–University (http://
doubletree3.hilton.com) opened just
across the Mississippi River in close
proximity of the Minneapolis Convention Center. The hotel has 6,500
square feet of flexible meeting space
with impressive views of TCF Bank
Stadium and seating for up to 250.
➜ The 149-room Hyatt Place St. Paul/
Downtown ( https://stpaul.place.hyatt.
com), in the former Custom House
and Post Office building downtown,
opened recently. Each room showcases a pair of 13-foot windows with
views of downtown St. Paul. Hyatt
Place offers an indoor pool, 2,900
square feet of high-tech meeting/
function space and the Coffee to
➜ The recently opened 160-room
Hampton Inn & Suites St. Paul
Downtown ( www.hotelstpaulmn.com)
is ideal for small to midsize corporate
events. The 3,000 square feet of
flexible meeting space can hold up to
➜ The $25 million AC Hotel Bloomington Mall of America ( www.marriott.
com) is the first Marriott to open in
Bloomington. The 148-room, five-sto-ry AC Marriott hotel has a contemporary, eclectic interior and includes
two restaurants, a coffee shop and a
fitness center, among other features.
It has almost 750 square feet of