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Things To Do

Kids downhill skiing at Spirit Mountain in Duluth

Fun for All Four Seasons

Minnesota offers an endless array of things to do on vacation. Outdoor pursuits include fishing and boating, great golf, and some of the country’s best bike trails. There are excellent museums of all types, and options for live theater abound. Numerous wineries, breweries and distilleries are open for tours and tastings. And shopping is always nearby, including Mall of America, the state’s most-visited attraction.

Adventures by Day, Wonders by Night

Watch breathtaking northern lights displays on the shore of Lake Superior. Catch your dinner in the walleye capital of the world. Ski snow-covered trails dotted with glistening lakes and lush forests, or cross the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi. In Minnesota, many paths lead to wonder-filled days and nights.

Explore the Great Outdoors
Man holding two big fish after ice fishing on Lake of the Woods

Bring home a trophy (or two) from Lake of the Woods / Arnesen's Rocky Point

Two cross-country skiers at Whitetail Woods

Cross-country skiing at Whitetail Woods in Farmington / Paul Vincent

A couple watches the northern lights at Gooseberry Falls State Park

A couple watches the northern lights at Gooseberry Falls State Park / Travis Novitsky

History & Folklore Meet Modern Art

Experience a red-hot theater scene in Minneapolis-St. Paul, and enjoy the performing arts statewide at more than 400 theaters. Explore global perspectives in museums that capture masterful contemporary art, Minnesota's Scandinavian roots and beyond. Plus, learn about the legend and lore of America's favorite lumberjack, Paul Bunyan.

Explore Arts & Culture
Actors on stage at the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona

"Comedy of Errors" at the Great River Shakespeare Festival, directed by Melissa Rain Anderson / Dan Norman

Snow-covered Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues

Visit the Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues just outside of downtown Bemidji / Weston Holland

Viking ship at Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead

A Viking ship that sailed to Norway is on display at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead

Unforgettable Events for Every Season

From fun winter festivals to summertime celebrations, Minnesota events offer year-round fun. Thrill your senses at the Minnesota State Fair, celebrate indigenous cultures at a Native American powwow, dance your heart out at an outdoor music fest and belly up to an ice bar – it’s all happening here.

Discover Festivals & Events
Native American powwow dancer

A Native American dancer in full powwow regalia at the annual Mahkato Wacipi / SPX Sports

People on a frozen Lake Minnetonka for the Wayzata Chilly Open

Wayzata Chilly Open on Lake Minnetonka / Dynamic Photowerks

A ferris wheel at the Minnesota State Fair lights up the night

A ferris wheel at the Minnesota State Fair lights up the night / H Brown Ton Photography

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