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Eagan: Minnesota’s Sweet Spot

Eagan, Minnesota at a Glance

Location: Southeast Minnesota

Access: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport; interstates 35 and 494

Major Meeting Spaces: Omni Viking Lakes Hotel, Royal Cliff Banquet and Concert Center, Eagan Community Center

Hotel Rooms: 2,024

Off-Site Venues: Cascade Waterpark, Mason Jar Kitchen and Bar, Jensen’s Food and Cocktails, Eagan Arms Public House

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Enjoy Eagan, Minnesota


Just 15 minutes south of the Twin Cities sits Eagan, Minnesota, a city packed with greenspace, top-notch meeting venues and plenty of Midwestern hospitality.

“We have a sweet spot for meetings of 500 and less, and that’s what we are known for,” said Denise Olsen, senior sales director at Enjoy Eagan.

With 18 hotels, Eagan is well equipped for hosting. It’s an ideal setting for smaller groups that crave the convenience of the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport but are looking for a more low-key destination outside the big cities to focus on the meeting and get to know their fellow attendees.

While Eagan is a peaceful escape from the nearby big-city bustle, it’s not just a sidekick to Minneapolis and St. Paul. It has a rhythm all its own and plenty of attractions that bring in visitors from across the country.

For starters, Eagan is home to the Minnesota Vikings’ world headquarters and training facility. Football fans flock to visit the Minnesota Vikings Museum, one of only five NFL team museums in the country. The city boasts the largest outlet mall in the state as well as Cascade Bay, the largest municipal water park in the Upper Midwest. Eagan is also home to a whopping 50-plus parks. Lebanon Hills Regional Park features nearly 2,000 acres and 13 lakes and ponds. Caponi Art Park offers a hilly walk through an inspiring sculpture garden. And that’s just the beginning — with sports courts, fishing, skateboarding, hiking trails and more, there’s plenty for attendees to explore outdoors on their off hours.

Eagan is also just a short trek away from many of the Twin Cities’ most popular tourist attractions. The Mall of America, Valleyfair Amusement Park and the Minnesota Zoo are all within a 20-minute drive, so attendees can easily tack a few days onto the end of their meetings to enjoy the sights.

Where to Meet

Eagan’s largest hotel and meeting space is Omni Viking Lakes Hotel, a Nordic-inspired property near the Minnesota Vikings headquarters with 36,000 square feet of event space. The hotel has 11 meeting rooms, including ballrooms and outdoor spaces, as well as 320 guest rooms and suites. Another popular venue is Royal Cliff Banquet and Concert Center. This beautiful location offers over 6,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The venue partners with a legendary local eatery, Brianno’s, for its catering, so planners can expect to hear rave reviews about the menu. A great option for a slightly smaller group is Eagan Community Center, which can accommodate up to 350 attendees. The center will undergo a remodel in 2025 that will include the addition of extra breakout rooms. For small groups of 99 or less, the Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Eagan offers 1,350 square feet of space and two meeting rooms.

Enthusiastic Off-Sites

Eagan’s vibrant restaurant and bar scene includes plenty of offerings for off-site meals and gatherings. Mason Jar Kitchen and Bar is an atmospheric gathering space, as is Jensen’s Food and Cocktails, a local staple with a 27-year history. Smaller groups will enjoy Eagan Arms Public House, a cozy pub with great eats. Eagan also has no shortage of parks with outdoor pavilions. Blackhawk Park, Thomas Lake Park, Trapp Farm Park, and Central Park offer scenic spaces to gather. For an especially memorable off-site event, Cascade Bay Waterpark is available for private rentals.

For Sport

Eagan’s lively sports scene creates fantastic options for teambuilding activities, off-site activities and downtime attractions. Eagan became the home to the Minnesota Vikings world headquarters and the Minnesota Vikings Museum in 2018. The TCO Performance Center, where the team trains, is a worthy visit for any sports fan. The Vikings’ practice field, TCO Stadium, doubles as the home field of the Minnesota Aurora FC women’s soccer team. When these two talented teams aren’t taking to the field, the 10,000-person stadium hosts engaging community events and sports gatherings.

Shop ’til You Drop

For attendees who like to shop during their downtime or want to stay and vacation after the meeting, Eagan is well-placed among some of the best retail destinations in the Midwest. The city is home to Twin Cities Premium Outlets, which offers over 80 stores and tax-free deals on clothes and shoes. Eagan is also less than 10 minutes away from the Mall of America, the largest mall in the country with 5.6 million square feet, an indoor theme park and as many as 500 stores to explore.