This stay and some of the amenities were sponsored by Hilton. All opinions are my own.
My family recently went on the road trip of a lifetime to see seven different home Major League Baseball games throughout the Midwest. On our 11-day #roadtripofdreams we saw games in St. Louis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Cincinnati. Over the last few weeks I’ve shared about the first few games of our trip (click here to read my post on Visiting St. Louis for a Cardinals Game and click here to read the post on Everything you need to know about attending a Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium with kids). Today I’m sharing our experience attending a Twins game at Target Field along with our other recommendations for a trip to Minneapolis with kids – done in style! Since we had a night game in Minneapolis we had the chance to experience some cool things in the area as part of Hilton’s Sport and Summer Fun Package (which also includes lots of local discounts plus a $20 food and beverage voucher for Target Field; see more on that below). Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more recaps of the different games we saw and cities we experienced, as well as an overall itinerary for a Midwest baseball road trip to help you plan your family’s own bucket list-worthy Midwest baseball road trip. Whether you’re visiting the Twin Cities on a road trip or not, you’ll want to pin today’s post for Minneapolis travel tips!
Where to stay near Target Field
The Marquette Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. This chic boutique hotel in downtown Minneapolis is a very short walk away from Target Field, and is the perfect place to stay if you’re visiting Minneapolis for a Twins game. Newly renovated spacious guest rooms feel posh with modern décor and custom furnishings. The service was fantastic, and I feel like The Marquette is great for any type of traveler, whether you’re in Minneapolis for business, or on a getaway with a partner, friends, or family. The Marquette Hotel truly is the place to stay if you want to visit Minneapolis in style!
On-site Jacques Restaurant & Bar at The Marquette Hotel offers cocktails, small plates, and meals that can also be delivered to your room. Their Jolliet House is a contemporary spot for breakfast, and the lobby lounge is perfect for after-work drinks for Minneapolis locals or business travelers.
While all of the restaurants and lounges at The Marquette Hotel are fabulous, the trophy-piece is the Windows on Minnesota event space (great for corporate events, weddings, and sometimes open for happy hours) on the 50th floor. From that high up you can experience 360-degree views over Minneapolis, including looking right down onto Target Field.
As you can see from the view from the 50th floor Windows on Minnesota, The Marquette Hotel is steps away from Target Field. This makes it the perfect place to stay for the Hilton family hotels offer in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area called “Sport and Summer Fun,” which includes an overnight stay, a $20 Twins voucher gift card (that can be used toward food and beverage at Target field), and discounts at Minneapolis-area attractions like Canterbury Park, SEA LIFE Aquarium, Crayola Experience, Wheel Fun Rentals and more. This offer is available through September, so act fast!
What to do with kids in Minneapolis
Included in Twin Cities Hiltons’ Sport and Summer Fun package is a discount to Crayola Experience in Mall of America. This is SUCH a fun time for the whole family, plus you can check out the epic 96.4 acre mall (equipped with stores, restaurants, attractions, and even roller coasters!) while you’re there. Fun baseball-related fact: you can fit seven Yankee Stadiums inside Mall of America! The Crayola Experience is a STEAM dream, with 25 hands-on attractions where color, chemistry and technology combine to create a fun-filled and creative experience for kids.
Attending a Minnesota Twins game with your kids
We were very excited to experience Target Field for a Twins game, as we’d heard great things about this newer stadium. With the Twins having a great season, it was also a well-attended game with lots of energy. There was quite the line to get in through security, but the wait was worth it when we saw how great our seats were!
Target Field is a beautiful setting to watch a baseball game. My husband enjoyed seeing former Texas Ranger Nelson Cruz play again, and the stadium was packed, which was a testament to the loyalty of the fans during this great season for the Twins.
We got to treat ourselves with concessions at the Twins game thanks to the $20 Target Field food and beverage voucher included in Hilton’s Sport and Summer Fun package! The food at Target Field was great! G thought it was one of the best hot dogs he’s had at the stadiums until this point, saying that it was just a good, classic ballpark hot dog. I loved the chicken tikka masala from the Hot Indian Foods stand (pictured above; I could smell the spices from a ways away and had to have it), and S loved the soft pretzel. We were also amazed to see the giant Broomstick hot dog, which at 24″ in length put the foot-long we had at Kauffman Stadium to shame.
We were looking forward to seeing this newer stadium, and were very impressed. We also loved our brief time in Minneapolis, and would love to return to the fabulous Marquette Hotel again someday. Stay tuned next week for our experience in Chicago for a Cubs game (and lots of other family fun around the Windy City), and the whole Midwest baseball road trip itinerary in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, click here to learn more about the Sport and Summer Fun package offered by Hiltons of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
- Route and recommendations for planning the ultimate Midwest baseball road trip
- Visiting St. Louis for a Cardinals Game (and the best hotel near Busch Stadium)
- Everything you need to know about attending a Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium with kids
- Family vacation in Chicago for a Cubs game
- Taking your kids to a Detroit Tigers game at Comerica Park
- Visiting Cleveland with kids for an Indians game
- Traveling to Cincinnati for a Reds game