SOURCE: Minneapolis Airport Marriott

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February 11, 2011 13:00 ET

Richfield Minnesota Hotels: Don't Forget Your Flip-Flops and Bathing Suits

Tropical Beach Party Draws Crowds to Minnesota Zoo

BLOOMINGTON, MN--(Marketwire - February 11, 2011) - Exchanging snow balls for sand castles is sure to be a welcome change of pace for families taking advantage of a tropical February weekend at the Minnesota Zoo. Families looking for an exciting break from their normal winter routine will find plenty of sand, palm trees and exotic animals at the Minnesota Zoo's Tropical Beach Party set for Feb. 19-21.

 A trip to the zoo for this festive event can quickly become a fun winter getaway with accommodations at sophisticated Richfield, Minnesota hotels located near the zoo and offering complimentary airport shuttle to and from Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport and free on-site parking. The zoo's three-day event will include a large indoor sand box, where sand art activities and free-for-all fun will be a warm alternative to the snowman days of winter and the zoo's Tropics Trail, one of seven exhibits at the zoo, will put visitors in a rain forest environment where animals such as De Brazza's Monkey, the Red Panda, West African Dwarf Crocodiles, Toucans and Tree Kangaroos, live amidst lush green foliage, magnificent flowers and tropical surroundings. Whether flying or driving in for some family fun, MSP hotels such as the Minneapolis Airport Marriott are a welcoming destination and offer some great amenities for family relaxation. Snoopy will also be attending the event, so kids of all ages can meet up with him in addition to hearing Keeper Talks about animals living in the Tropics Trail exhibit.

From playful lemurs to fun in the sand, kids of all ages will take notice of this weekend getaway and will also enjoy the gracious accommodations at one of the premier hotels in Richfield, MN, where a warm and inviting indoor pool, spacious rooms and on-site dining options will add to the fun.

Guest rooms and hotel suites include luxurious bedding ensembles with down comforters and cotton-rich linens, high-speed Internet access, cable television and room service. The hotel's Bistro 79 features a wide choice of entrees and appetizers and is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With several restaurants located nearby, guests have a wide selection of dining options including American and International cuisine, local favorites and national chains.

Families wishing to book accommodations at the Minneapolis Airport Marriott for a fun winter getaway may do so online at or by calling 1-952-854-7441.

About the Minneapolis Airport Marriott
The Minneapolis Airport Marriott Hotel is conveniently located near popular Minneapolis attractions and offers a variety of business amenities to help busy travelers stay connected during their stay. Just minutes from Downtown Minneapolis, this Richfield, MN hotel's impeccable accommodations, unsurpassed service and smoke-free environment make it an easy choice whether traveling for business or pleasure.