Eagan attracts group tours with abundant shopping opportunities and the excitement associated with an NFL team.
“Enjoy Eagan Minnesota is the perfect destination when tour operators are bringing a group to the Twin Cities area,” said Denise Olsen, senior sales director for the Eagan Convention & Visitors Bureau, now known as Enjoy Eagan.
“Eagan offers many opportunities for groups to experience everything from a history lesson at the Historic Eagan Town Hall to experiencing the state-of-the-art Vikings Museum, which is one of only four NFL team museums in the country,” Olsen said.
For those who enjoy shopping — look no farther. Eagan is home to Twin Cities Premium Outlets and Central Park Commons as well as being located less than 10 minutes from the world-famous Mall of America.
“I love to personally welcome groups staying here in Eagan,” Olsen said. “We provide Eagan gift bags for each person on the tour and it brings me great pleasure to get to talk with visitors that are here for the first time or that have visited previously. It is one of the parts of my job that I love the most.”
Enjoy Eagan welcomes groups with the Meet & Greet service, based upon availability. The bureau provides welcome bags for each person on the tour. Inside the bag are coupons for area stores in addition to other fun Eagan goodies.
Olsen said the bureau also can assist with itinerary planning for areas in and around Eagan.
Eagan is home to 18 hotel properties, including the newly opened Home2 Suites by Hilton and the Residence Inn by Marriott. Currently under construction, the Minnesota Vikings’ 300-plus room conference center hotel will be the centerpiece of Viking Lakes and offer more than 18,000 square feet of meeting space.
Eagan is now home to Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center — the official headquarters of the Minnesota Vikings. This facility is open during Vikings Training Camp in late July/early August. Groups can experience the excitement of watching an NFL team prepare for the season.
The Vikings Museum is open year-round and offers groups an up-close look at the history of the Minnesota Vikings. A 360-degree video theater, multiple interactive exhibits and hundreds of historical artifacts tell the story of the Vikings and football in Minnesota.
Eagan is known as the shopping hub of the Twin Cities.
Twin Cities Premium Outlets offers shoppers more than 100 stores where they can find savings of up to 65 percent or more at a variety of stores including Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Under Armour and Chicos.
Central Park Commons is home to Hobby Lobby, Home Goods, Marshalls and Sierra Trading Post.
And, with Mall of America just a short drive away, everyone can find something to bring home.
“Plus, there is no sales tax on clothing or shoes in Minnesota,” Olsen noted.
For those who enjoy getting out in nature, Eagan offers more than 130 miles of walking trails and 54 municipal parks.
Eagan also is home to Lebanon Hills Regional Park, a 2,000-acre park offering year-round outdoor sports, recreation and environmental education.
On the horizon
Viking Lakes, the development area surrounding the Minnesota Vikings headquarters, continues to expand. The 300-plus-room conference center hotel currently under construction is slated to open in summer 2020.
“We expect to see new retail and attractions built at Viking Lakes over the next several years,” Olsen said.