2015 CrossFit® Games Regional Competition Week #3 - Things to do in Minneapolis and Tacoma

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Weekend #3 of the Regional Competition will be wrapping up this weekend and only the fittest in the world will be making the trip to Carson. Just like the past two weekends, we’ve put together few things you can do during your visit to Minneapolis or Tacoma.

Minneapolis, MN - Home of the 2015 CrossFit® Games Central Regional Competition
There are plenty of things to do in Minneapolis that will keep you entertained and busy for your entire stay. In fact, you might decide to stay an extra night so you can really enjoy this half of the twin cities.

Here are some things to do while in Minneapolis:

  • Catch a baseball game! The Blue Jays will be in town and you can catch a ball game at Target Field.
  • If you are looking for a unique way to spend an evening, have a bite and brew at Brit’s Pub and Eating Establishment. After dinner or a few drinks, you can head up to the roof for a game of lawn bowling—something that you might not get to do any day of the week back at home.
  • Take a canoe trip down the lake of the isles, where there are absolutely beautiful houses that you can have an up-close look at.
  • The Mississippi river heads straight into Minneapolis, and you can hop on a kayak or even a steamboat and go for a ride down the river. There are also plenty of dining establishments and parks along the river to help you enjoy the splendor of the Mississippi.
  • If crime investigation shows are your cup of tea, then you might want to take a night away from the television and live the experience at the CSI: The Experience studio in Minneapolis.
  • Go for a walk through the Minneapolis sculpture garden for a taste of the fresh air and an interesting take on modern art.

 

Tacoma, WA - Home of the 2015 CrossFit® Games West Regional Competition
Tacoma is about 30 miles south of Seattle. People from all over the west and mid-west will be watching the competition. It's a great city with a lot to offer.

Here are a few things we recommend checking out in Tacoma:

  • Go to Point Defiance Park, a zoo and aquarium that is home to everything from clown fish to polar bears.
  • The Museum of Glass is a renowned art museum that features blown and decorated glass.
  • America’s Car Museum features cars and trucks from the beginning of the automobile error. At this museum you can walk down a corridor larger than an aircraft hangar and have a look at one of the greatest collection of antique and unique cars that there is.
  • Take a walk or jog and check out the bridge of glass, which is a publically funded art display in the heart of downtown Tacoma.
  • Fort Nisqually is a historic landmark straight out of the Oregon Trail. It is an old farming and fur trading post that really showcases the old west.
  • If you are looking for a place to cut loose after a long day of competition, you might want to check out Keys on Main, voted the premier bar in Tacoma, Washington. Just make sure you have something to eat before arriving, they don’t even have a menu.
  • If you are interested in seeing something rather unique, head to the Tacoma Chinese Park, a reconciliation memorial dedicated to raising awareness about the past treatment of the Chinese in Washington. The park consists of a winding trail and is entirely out of doors.

The competition will keep you pretty occupied, but in-between events and at the end of the day you’ll want to check out the cities. Turn your trip to Minneapolis or Tacoma into a short vacation. Plan ahead to make the most of the time and enjoy these beautiful cities!

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  • Mark Chandley
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