DESTINATION | HOTEL | AIRPORT TRANSPORT | WEATHER | ACTIVITIES
Minneapolis is one of the Top 10 Summer Destinations in the WORLD according to the National Geographic. OSAP Symposium attendees will have the opportunity to experience this lovely city nestled along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River in June when the weather is quite simply - perfect. Click HERE for a special destination brochure designed especially for OSAP participants.
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OSAP has negotiated a special room rate for a limited block of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403. Single/double rate: $199/night; Limited number of rooms at Federal per diem to those who qualify. Book now to reserve your room.
To reserve your room: CALL 1-888-421-14421-888-421-1442 or
Note: the block closes on Friday, May 23.
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Traveling to and from Minneapolis is just as easy as exploring it. For seasoned and non-seasoned travelers alike the city has several great options when traveling to the downtown area from the St. Paul/Minneapolis International Airport (Airport Code: MSP). When selecting your travel options, please note that the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis does not offer shuttle service to or from the airport.
- Taxi Cab: Cabs are available at each Terminal's shuttle/ground transportation section. Regular cab fare to/from MSP is $40-60.
- Super Shuttle: Super Shuttle is a shared ride service that is available at each Terminal's shuttle/ground transportation section. Typical Super Shuttle cost is about $18-25 per person. Reservations made in advance online are about $1-2 cheaper.
- Light Rail: Located beneath both Terminals of the airport if the Minneapolis Light Rail Hiawatha/55 Line. The cost of the Light Rail is roughly $1.25-2.25, depending on the time of day. The Light Rail station closest to the Hyatt is located at 5th & Nicollet. From there the hotel is a short 7-block walk or a 5-minute "Free Ride".
- Free Ride: Running every 10-20 minutes up and down Nicollet Mall, specially marked buses noted as "Free Ride" offer a free ride down the Mall. Conveniently beginning at 5th & Nicollet and running past the Hyatt Regency, the free ride is a great hop-on option for attendees taking the Light Rail into downtown to the hotel.
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AccuWeather.com reports the historical average for Minnapolis in June to be a high of 76 degrees F and a low of 55 degrees F. The Farmer's 2014 Almanac reports that for the Upper Midwest, the temperature for June will be 4 degrees below average with the precipitation 1" below average, sunny west of the area. It sounds wonderful for the OSAP Symposium!
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Click HERE to obtain a downloadable brochure of local activities especially designed for OSAP Symposium attendees. Click HERE for an "insider's view" of Minneapolis. OSAP members who live in the area have shared some of their favorite haunts - fun!
Please note that OSAP is offering two very special additional activities:
- Tour of 3M Innovation Center
Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the 3M Innovation Center. The Center features dynamic displays and interactive, hands-on demonstrations designed to stimulate creative solutions to challenging issues. The tour will be on Thursday, June 5 from 9 am – 12 pm and is limited to 50 people. There is a $25 transportation fee and attendees must be registered to attend the 2014 OSAP Symposium. Click HERE to reserve your spot.
- Guided Bus Tour of Lovely Minneapolis
Cap the Symposium weekend with a bus tour of the city of Minneapolis. Local Minnesotan Garrison Keillor writes, "The geography of Minneapolis-St. Paul is simple: Two interlocking cities—the Great River with its rhythmic spelling M-i-ss-i-ss-i-pp-i flowing in from the north, through Anoka and over St. Anthony Falls, past the glass towers of downtown Minneapolis crowded around the Foshay Tower, the brave little skyscraper of my childhood, and the university campus with its long leafy mall and stone columns with the inscription about men being ennobled by understanding, which we certainly hope will come true someday, and the very noble Franklin Avenue bridge, and Fort Snelling, where, starting in 1819, our predecessors brought whiskey and smallpox to the frontier and where, in 1861, the First Minnesota Volunteers mustered and later took horrible casualties at Gettysburg but held their ground. Where the Minnesota River joins it from the west, the Mississippi does a sideways S through St. Paul, its rail yards, University Avenue with its entrepreneurial churn of storefront start-ups, Asian restaurants, muffler shops, then it crosses town near the great dome of the capitol with the team of golden horses on the roof, and bends south toward Red Wing, Winona, Dubuque, down to Prof. Harold Hill and Huck Finn territory. The cities contain stately lakes—Como and Phalen in St. Paul; in Minneapolis, Nokomis, Hiawatha, Harriet, Calhoun, Cedar, and Lake of the Isles, pools of ease and elegance on the asphalt grid—and Lake Minnetonka, the prairie Riviera, off to the southwest." The tour is limited to 50 people. There is a $35 transportation fee to cover the tour and guide. Click HERE to reserve your spot.
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