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COMPASS GREAT LAKES “I like Hollywood. I just like Minneapolis a little bit better.” –Prince Since the beloved artist’s passing in 2016, Paisley Park, Prince’s home and production studio, has been open to the public as a museum. Just 22 miles south of Minneapolis in Chanhassen, the $10 million, 65,000-square-foot attraction offers several levels of tours, some including meals made by Prince’s personal chefs. “I think any visitor to MSP (Minneapolis-Saint Paul) should consider visiting Paisley Park. Obviously Prince fans, but any music groups would also love this tour,” says Casey Kluver, global tourism sales manager with Meet Minneapolis. “Visitors will experience Prince’s home and recording studio and hear the stories of other famous musicians that would jam and create music with Prince. They’ll even get to hear some unreleased music by Prince. Major bragging rights!” The city probably loves its sporting events as much as it does the late singer. Groups can tour the U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings and site of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Final Four, scheduled for April 6–8. The VIP 90-minute tours give groups a behind-the-scenes look at the stadium that hosts major national and international events, like the XGames Minneapolis, Aug. 1-4, 2019, and mid-July 2020. They can You don’t have to be cool to visit Minneapolis Paisley Park also tour Target Field, where they learn about the energy efficiency of the field and the science of baseball with hands- on activities, like taking a swing inside a major league batting cage. Allianz Field, a soccer stadium set to open in March 2019, will offer tours next spring. For more information, contact Kluver at caseyk@ minneapolis.org or go to minneapolis.org. Here’s a clue: This destination is red hot Some like it hot Visitors to Schimpff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville can see the sweet spot where the company has made sugary treats since 1891. Groups can also watch while Schimpff’s candymakers create their famous Red Hots, and end the demonstration with a sampling of the spicy cinnamon candy. MESA is no mess New Albany’s MESA, A Collaborative Kitchen, allows guests to watch Southern Indiana’s and Louisville’s established and aspiring culinary stars prepare three- to five-course meals in a state-of- the-art space. Guests can chat with the chefs and purchase beverages that complement the meal. Get fully involved in firefighting history Located in Jeffersonville, the Vintage Fire Museum houses a Safety Education Center, a store, an area honoring fallen firefighters and a collection that tells the history of firefighting through vintage trucks and equipment. The museum offers special group rates. Get a Clue at Culbertson Mansion The beautiful 19th-century mansion and state historical site in New Albany is transformed into an actual Clue game, where guests explore the house on the hunt for hints to solve the murder mystery. Prizes are awarded for guests’ costumes. For more information on group activities in Southern Indiana, contact Todd Read, visitor information coordinator with SoIN Tourism, at todd@gosoin.com or visit gosoin.com. 38 August/September 2018 REGION: Eating, entertainment, education NTA-member Derby Dinner Playhouse in Clarksville has put on Broadway-style shows paired with buffet-style dinners for more than 42 years. Student groups can also get hands-on experiences in stage presence, character building or theater 101. There are centuries of history, new local eateries and plenty of cool events in Southern Indiana, but there are also lots of unique experiences for groups that render the “SoIN” region so in.