10 Kid Favorites in the Twin Cities

By Explore Minnesota

Peanuts gang at Valleyfair in Shakopee

From roller coasters to river otters, there are plenty of ways to keep the kids entertained in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

Cascade Bay Waterpark

Relax in the lazy river, speed down the slides, and play in the zero-entry pool and splash pad at this outdoor water park, which also features nine holes of mini-golf. Open daily June-September.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

baby giraffe como zooSparky the sea lion, a polar bear and a gorilla exhibit join an impressive conservatory and amusement park at this St. Paul family favorite. Open daily.

Great Wolf Lodge

Guests of Minnesota's newest family resort in Bloomington get unlimited access to the indoor water park, and both overnight guests and visitors can play on the ropes course, go mining for gemstones or compete in the live-action MagiQuest adventure game. Open daily.

Mill City Museum

Visitors of all ages will learn about Minneapolis’ flour-milling history in an iconic setting. Open Tuesday-Sunday plus summer Mondays.

Minnesota Children’s Museum

The newly expanded downtown St. Paul museum features entirely new exhibits, including a multi-story climbing area and giant slide, expanded toddler play area and an air-and-water rooftop gallery, plus a cafe and coffee bar. Open Tuesday-Sunday plus Mondays in the summer.

Minnesota History Center

An interactive museum with permanent and changing exhibits in St. Paul, including the popular “Then Now Wow.” Open Tuesday-Sunday plus Monday holidays.

Minnesota Zoo

Farm babies and snow monkeys are among the favorites at this year-round Apple Valley attraction featuring an array of indoor and outdoor habitats. Watch for special events like family-friendly yoga and close encounters with the critters. Open daily.

Science Museum of Minnesota

dinosaur at the science museum of minnesota 1420348 lisa wiley.jpgVisiting exhibits and an Omnitheater add to the appeal of this multilevel museum overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul, which also houses a visitor center for the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Open Tuesday-Sunday.


The Upper Midwest's largest amusement park in Shakopee is home to more than 75 rides and attractions, including eight big coasters, Planet Snoopy for the littler kids and Soak City Waterpark. Open mid-May to October.

The Works Museum

Engineering is the focus at this hands-on Bloomington museum that aims to make learning memorable and fun. Open daily in the summer; Thursday-Monday rest of year.

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