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From craft cocktails to sea life, our WE18 sightseeing tours sell out quickly, so be sure to secure your spot before time runs out.

Welcome to the WE18 tour lineup!  WE18 is the world’s largest conference for women in engineering and technology, October 18-20, 2018 in Minneapolis, MN. You’ll find several sightseeing tour options for a unique experience at WE18. Register now for WE18, and sign up for tours during the registration process. Download our WE18 Tours PDF.

Note: Multiple tickets (based on availability) are allowed on sightseeing tours. Some tours are appropriate for all ages, but others are for those 21 years old and up (i.e. pub tours or brewery tours.) Tour times listed refer to the time when buses will leave, so plan to arrive 10 minutes before each tour start time. Career Fair Only registrants are not eligible to purchase paid events.

Heart of Minneapolis Food Tour

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Bus Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $75.00 Limit: 45
Heart of Minneapolis food tour: Stroll through the “Broadway” Theatre district. Enjoy VIP service at some of the newest and hottest, award winning restaurants downtown. Sample and learn the art of local beer making with a local brewery. Visit quaint eateries that have pride in local ownership. You’ll leave the tour with a tasty experience of some of the best food finds Minneapolis has to offer while learning the history of downtown and soaking in the local culture.

Sea Life – VIP Experience and Mall of America

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 – 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Bus: 10 miles, 15 minutes
Price: $75.00 Limit: 40
Mall of America! Included is a ticket to Sea Life which includes a wide variety of fish in our 1.3-million-gallon aquarium. Also included is 45-minute guided tour that will take you up on deck above our tunnel system where you can see animals that are currently off-exhibit. You will explore the laboratory to find out how we treat and maintain the 1.3 million gallons of water that make up the aquarium. Finally, you will go in to our food prep kitchen to see what we feed our thousands of creatures in order to keep them healthy and strong. Afterwards, you are able to enjoy some time exploring the Mall of America before the bus departure back to the convention center.

Paisley Park Tour

Thursday, October 18, 2018 – 9:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Bus: 21.5 miles
Price: $65.00 Limit: 40
Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Fans will have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary.

Bitter Minnesota Brewery Tour

Friday, October 19, 2018 – 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Walk across the street from Convention Center
Price: $110.00 Limit: 35
All-inclusive craft Beer Tasting Tour takes you to 3 amazing Minneapolis craft beer destinations. Lakes & Legends Brewing, Fair State Brewing Cooperative and Bauhaus Brew Labs. You will get lots of delicious local craft beer, safe transportation on a little blue bus, a fun tour guide / driver, pretzels to snack on, bottled water and coolers to store your growlers.

Mississippi River Sightseeing and Lock Lunch Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Bus: 2.3 miles, 10 min
Price: $65.00 Limit: 40
A cruise along the Mississippi River aboard an authentic paddle-wheeler with Lunch included. This narrated cruise will take you along the southern route of the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway and Heritage Trail system, along the University of Minnesota Campus riverfront, under the stunning 35W Bridge, through the lower St. Anthony Falls Lock system showcasing views of the St. Anthony Falls, the historic Stone Arch Bridge, amazing river bluffs with views of the amazing downtown Minneapolis skyline as we show you the best Mississippi River has to offer. Lunch Menu includes an assortment of chicken salad, turkey breast, and baked ham sandwiches, served with homemade coleslaw, fresh fruit, potato chips, pickle chips and our Paradise cookie and bar tray.

Minneapolis Riverwalk Food Tour

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $75.00 Limit: 40
Explore one of the city’s trendy and historical neighborhoods, Mill district and St. Anthony on Main in Northeast Minneapolis. Enjoy sampling food at the first Thai restaurant in Minnesota, home-made gelato, local brewed craft beer along the oldest street in Minneapolis. Mouthwatering pasta, cheese curds and amazing deserts as you stroll through the local farmers market.

Craft Cocktail Crawl

Saturday 20th, 2018, 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Departs from Minneapolis Convention Center Shuttle Bay (near Ballroom, main level)
Price: $130.00 Limit: 24
Come jump on the bus to experience a guided tour to three of Minneapolis’ distilleries and enjoy a fine hand-crafted cocktail at each distillery.

These tours sell out fast, so register now!

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