Off Campus Activities

At BGU you get to enjoy the best of both worlds. Our campus is located in one of the suburbs of Minneapolis and downtown is about 20 minutes away. Popular features in the area include:

Mall of America

Oh you know, only the largest mall in America! Complete with a sea world, an amusement park, tons of great places to eat, and, of course, the stores themselves.

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Somali Mall

The Somali Mall is made up of a bunch of Somali shops where you can get a taste of the culture. You can buy Somali food, clothing, and even get henna.

Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the crown jewels of the city’s park system, uniting two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. The 11-acre site home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, showcases more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center’s renowned collection.

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Global Market 

Midtown Global Market is an internationally-themed public market with groceries, great food and unique gifts. There is no better place in the Twin Cities to satisfy your senses.

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Water Park of America

Water Park of America is a large indoor water park. An indoor water park means it can be enjoyed year round and has things for all ages to do.

Guthrie Theater

The Guthrie is a landmark venue for wide-ranging plays on 3 stages, full-service dining, and river views.

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Ice Skating

In the winter there are many places to go ice skating. Aside from the lakes all around there are some rinks around that you would be able to go and have a smooth patch of ice to skate.

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Ice Castle

Winter brings the cold and when it gets cold castles are built. The castles are a great place to explore the beauty of winter.

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Mill City Museum

The Mill City Museum is a Minnesota Historical Society museum in Minneapolis. It opened in 2003, built in the ruins of the Washburn “A” Mill next to Mill Ruins Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.

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Weisman Art Museum

Housed in a striking stainless steel and brick building designed by architect Frank Gehry, the Weisman Art Museum offers an educational and friendly museum experience. The museum’s collection features early twentieth-century American artists, such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Marsden Hartley, as well as a diverse selection of ceramics and contemporary art. A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions. There’s always something interesting to see and do at WAM.

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Como Zoo

Today Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has two acres under glass with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory also features many outdoor gardens. There is also no admission fee.

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