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.
The Urban Assault Ride challenges cyclists to speed from obstacle course to obstacle course across their city during eco-friendly scavenger hunts that benefit local charities. Teams draft a road map to try to thwart the competition and be the first to complete the race, pausing at a series of checkpoints, where they must surmount such active roadblocks as slip 'n' slides, bike jousting, and reciting the Iliad in Pig Latin. The first team to conquer each challenge and cross the finish line is declared the victor, but all participants celebrate their efforts at a lively after-party stocked with snacks, beer, nonalcoholic drinks, and prizes.
CitySolve Urban Race lets citizens explore their metropolis through a one-day odyssey that tests speed, stamina, and smarts. Teams scamper through their burb as they solve clues ranging from anagrams and pop-culture trivia to deciphering graffiti written in pig Latin. Interspersed throughout the race are mettle-testing physical challenges, molding iron wills to such tasks as dodgeball, improv comedy games, or identifying ice-cream flavors. Each day's race also awards winners for best costumes and best tweet. Each urban iditarod takes between two to three hours, and jet packs are strictly prohibited.
Real Ghost Tours escorts paranormal-purveying participants through a thoroughly researched expedition of the historic and haunted St. Anthony Falls district. Drawing from real historical figures and legends, this tour explores the spiritual unrest of lost children, men, and women who met early, violent ends at the hands of criminals, madmen, and rogue circus elephants. The tour traverses outdoor and indoor locations where shimmering apparitions have been known to drift by with a chill, including a spelunk into underground limestone caverns, where unsettling echoes either emanate from the shuffles of fellow tour members or a spirit unloading its dishwasher.
Rent My Party Bus entertains riders with a fleet of 14 custom buses, each coated in a unique color of paint and stocked with upgrades including club lights, powerful speaker systems, and keg holders. Their fleet features both smoke-friendly and smoke-free vehicles, some with LED poles presumably for firefighters that detect unusual billows. The bubblegum-colored Pink Diamond bus features these illuminated support beams in its aisles. In addition to the mobile nightclubs, Rent My Party Bus also situates passengers in its neon green Night Rider, which features a checkered floor plucked from a retro diner and wood paneling along the ceiling and the base of its seats. Among a host of services, the company offers transportation for weddings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wine tours, school events, sports and concert shuttles, and tubing parties.
Twin Cities Jogging Tours invites explorers to tighten their laces and hit the pavement on a variety of different adventures around Minneapolis and St. Paul. Devised for those who have grown tired of seeing landmarks through the windows of a bus or spaceship, guides map out treks around the Twin Cities that range from three to six miles. On each, groups lope past world-renowned attractions, historic monuments, and picturesque views of the region's waterways and skylines. Participants can choose from TCJT's pre-designed tours, or they can carve out their own route. Either way, they're sure to see the cities from a different angle while also exemplifying the area's active culture.