Families will find plenty of fun to fill their days in Minnesota. Amusement parks like Valleyfair, Paul Bunyan Land and Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America will please the thrill-seekers; the Minnesota Zoo, Great Lakes Aquarium and wildlife centers in Ely and Wabasha are ideal for animal lovers; and nature enthusiasts can camp, fish, hike and canoe in Minnesota’s many parks and lakes. Find more ideas below, add them to your favorites, and plan your Minnesota family vacation today.
Spring break is just around the corner. The kids will be home from school. Do you have plans to keep them busy? There are plenty of things to do and see in Minnesota, both indoors and out, for all ages.
Toasting marshmallows around the campfire, staying up late to catch fireflies, playing tag with the kids from the next cabin. If you grew up in Minnesota, these images may remind you of summers spent at a lakeside resort. Even if you haven’t been to one, it’s never too late to start a new tradition and make some memories of your own.
Kids have plenty of places to play this fall, from zoos to indoor waterparks to parks and playgrounds. Also high on this list are Minnesota’s children’s museums, which can be found in Duluth, Grand Rapids, St. Paul, Bloomington and Rochester. New exhibits, special events and hands-on activities will delight kids of all ages—and even teach them something in the process.
There's always something new to see and do at Mall of America in Bloomington.
Opportunities for educational travel abound in Minnesota, with museums of all types, historic sites and monuments among the many options.
From zoos to aquariums to the great outdoors, wildlife can be found virtually everywhere in Minnesota. Native species including loons, bald eagles, moose and bears are prevalent in the state's parks, forests, and designated wildlife management areas and refuges. For more exotic species, zoos and aquariums throughout Minnesota are home to everything from lions to monkeys to sharks.
Kids (and kids at heart) can splish and splash no matter the weather at Minnesota's indoor water parks.