Though they've only been leading paddling tours for a few years, the certified guides of Stand Up MN have already helped thousands of people explore the Twin Cities' local waterways up close. After equipping their guests with standup paddleboards, personal flotation devices, and ample training, they embark on trips along the quiet stretch of the Mississippi River that cuts through their urban landscape.
From St. Paul, groups glide under bridges and pass idyllic natural areas—and from Minneapolis, they can take a break from paddling to high-five low-flying birds from a rope swing over the water. Stand Up MN also leads extended paddling tours to Taylors Falls, where state parks and tumbling waterfalls abound. These excursions are complemented by the company's special events, which include speed-dating events at which participants spend most of the time hanging out while paddleboarding.
A pool table has six pockets, but the pool sharks at Two Stooges Sports Bar & Grill can sink 8-balls into 258 of them. That's because 43 tables inhabit the bar’s top 10(In North America) rated billiard room, open until 2 a.m. nightly. But the fun at Two Stooges spills out of the pool hall and on to the karaoke stage on Tuesdays and Sundays, and on weekends extends to the dance floor when live bands and Djs spin groove –worthy tunes.
After taking in all the live entertainment at Two Stooges—not to mention games and fights shown on flat-screens throughout the bar—guests can dig into snacks of boneless wings and juicy burgers. More substantial entrees include pasta dishes and a 10-ounce ribeye topped with butter compound, not to be confused with a secret building in which to hoard butter.
Unless you’re a spy, it’s not usual to look for danger behind every corner. But it is normal when you’re invested in a friendly bout of paintball. Inside Splatball's 10,000-square-foot facility, players avoid incoming splotches by ducking behind metal barrel- and castle-like structures—with the best of the best emerging to take control of the field. Referees are always on hand to make sure games don’t get out of line, and spectators watch battles unfold from a safe observation area.
Splatball rents and sells equipment from 30 different manufactures, including Tippmann, Planet Eclipse, and Ninja, and keeps gear up to snuff with a full-service repair shop. A concession stand replenishes players in between games, saving them from testing whether the red paint is cherry flavored.
Seasoned artist Malcom Potek calls upon more than two decades of glass-manipulating experience while crafting intricate, multicolored tiles and custom sconces that suit the unique architecture of their intended edifices. Within his shop and gallery, a glossy collection of already made glass portraits, beads, and tiles entices eyes to ogle one-of-a-kind designs instead of Betty Boop–shaped clouds. Visitors inspired by Potek's work can learn the tricks of the trade during a variety of glass-blowing classes that set participants on the path to glass-blowing certification.