Holiday Shopping Itinerary Day 1
Planning a trip can be daunting especially around the holiday season when you have 100 other things to think about. Here in Eagan, we’re all about making your visit easy, enjoyable and affordable, while of course ensuring you check off every gift and to-do item on your list. We gave our trusty itinerary builder, Utrip, a go and designed one ultimate itinerary option for the best holiday shopping weekend you’ve ever experienced!
Connected to the cute Cupcake bakery (we suggest grabbing a confection after your meal), the Mason Jar serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch on weekends. This spot has made quite a name for itself in Eagan, what with its fresh twist on culinary classics and of course the mason jar decor. The restaurant has even been featured on the Food Network show, The Grill Dads! Whether you try their quiche of the day, breakfast quesadilla or the custardy and delicious cinnamon swirl French Toast, you’re bound to start your trip off with a full and happy stomach.
Rain, shine or snow – Lebanon Hills is the place to go! Encompassing nearly 2,000 acres, this incredible park offers miles of trails and lakes for year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education. The Lebanon Hills Visitor Center, located in the eastern section of the park, offers park information, interactive nature displays, courses and programs, and access to all the beauty the park has to offer. If you’re into classic winter sports, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are one of a kind at Lebanon Hills, but if you really want to try something truly Minnesotan, kicksledding is the way to go. What is kicksledding? Come to Eagan and find out for yourself 🙂
You’ve gotta be starving after all that excitement at Lebanon Hills, now it’s time to feast at a family favorite lunch spot in town called Burgers and Bottles. They’re serving up some of the tastiest burgers, sandwiches and sides including the Bacon Brisket Burger and Fried Mac and Cheese burger. Try the popular Wisconsin Cheese Curd Burger with an old fashioned Frostie Root Beer or maybe some Minnesota State Fair Pickles and a Pig Iron Cola will do the trick.
It’s time to head to Mall of America® for an afternoon/evening full of high-flying adventures! Starting with an amazing attraction that will sweep you off your feet, literally. Buckle up for FlyOver America, a flight simulator ride surrounded by a spherical screen and combined with special effects to really make you feel like you’re flying over the USA.
Once you’re done soaring over the country, it’s time to get your golf on at Moose Mountain Adventure Golf at Mall of America. Complete with 18 holes of miniature golf and larger than life animal replicas, this exciting course is a classic that will have the whole family entertained. Winner buys dinner!
Your last stop at Mall of America, in between shopping of course, is the ever popular Nickelodeon Universe. Covering seven acres, the arching glass ceiling provides a year-round, all-weather entertainment center with everything from four small roller coasters (including the popular SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge), log chute ride, carousel, arcade and even a zipline that will have you flying across the whole park.
*Sign up for Eagan’s Pick Your Package and get your choice of FlyOver America, Moose Mountain or Nickelodeon Universe passes with your hotel stay for FREE!
Before you head back to your Eagan hotel after a long, fun day, you’ve gotta get your grub on. All those rides and shopping will make anyone hungry! Head over to Casper’s Cherokee of Eagan and join the neighborhood regulars who know Casper’s is famous for great steaks, seafood, spirits and awesome daily specials. Snack on Casper’s signature onion rings or share a few pot roast sliders, then treat yourself to bone-in ribeye or walleye dinner. It’s the perfect way to end your first day in Eagan.
Stay tuned for Day 2 of this ultimate holiday shopping weekend itinerary coming out next week! While you’re waiting, start planning your own customized trip to Eagan right HERE!