16 Fun Things to Do in Minneapolis-Saint Paul

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Looking for fun this fall in the Twin Cities? You’ll find it in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area, which includes a wide variety of high-flying attractions, Instagram-worthy parks, charming communities and events, and wildly popular zoos and aquariums that all add up to fun for the whole family. With so much to do, your only problem will be deciding what to do first.

  1. Stillwater Connect with friends and nature as you experience the fall color show in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area. Enjoy the stunning fall colors while sipping a glass of wine at one of Waconia’s two wineries.
  1. Visit historic Saint Paul for a cruise down the Mississippi River aboard the Padelford Riverboat.  
  1. Get cozy at one of Stillwater’s many B&Bs while taking in the majestic beauty of the St. Croix River.
  1. Anoka is known as the Halloween Capital of the World, and for good reason, as it commemorates the event with a month-long celebration. This year’s event includes the first Halloween-themed stamps ever issued by the U.S. Postal Service, with four Jack O’ Lantern Halloween Forever stamps.
  1. The Shakopee area is home to some of Minnesota’s best fall attractions. Step back in time to a 16th-century village at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Enjoy apple picking on a crisp fall day at Minnesota Harvest. Or get your scream on at ValleySCARE or the Trail of Terror.
  1. Head over to Roseville and discover the Wild Rice Festival, hosted at Harriet Alexander Nature Center. The Wild Rice Festival offers an array of activities including wild rice making, Native America dancing and much more.
  1. Hop on a hay ride at historic Holz Farm Park’s Lone Oak Days in Eagan.
  1. Como Conservatory SQ Your dream of skiing all year-round is no longer a dream. This fall, Buck Hill officially opens its artificial ski slope giving people the opportunity for skiing, snowboarding and tubing 365 days a year!  
  1. Find one-of-a-kind treasures at Edina’s Fall into the Arts Festival, held Sept. 10-11.
  1. The Lakeville Art Festival is held the third weekend in September in historic downtown Lakeville on the beautiful park-like grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center. Featuring more than 70 artists, entertainment, a youth art tent and live demonstrations, the festival provides an intimate and accessible setting.
  1. If the weather is questionable, or you just need a day inside, then head over to the Science Museum of Minnesota for hands-on exhibits and Omnitheater films or the Minnesota Children’s Museum, both in Saint Paul, for hours of learning fun for all ages.
  1. From zoos to aquariums, wildlife can be found almost everywhere in Minnesota, and the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area has several ways to see native and exotic creatures up close. The Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley boasts cutting-edge exhibits that provide unique experiences with animals and their habitats. With more than 4,200 animals, you're bound to find a new adventure on every visit.
  1. Minnehaha Falls The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory in Saint Paul has indoor and outdoor exhibits, including large cats, primates, polar bears and aquatic animals, as well as the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory that features permanent tropical and changing seasonal plants and flowers that can be viewed all year long.
  2. If underwater adventure is more your thing, then head to Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America. This Minnesota favorite features 10,000 sea creatures, breathtaking displays and a 300-foot tunnel surrounded by stingrays, sharks, giant sea turtles and more.
  1. No trip to Minnesota would be complete without spending some time outdoors enjoying the area’s natural beauty. At the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, you’ll find more than 1,100 acres of gardens, plant collections and natural areas to explore.
  2. You can also take in a majestic, 53-foot wilderness waterfall in an urban setting at one of Minneapolis’ oldest and most popular parks, Minnehaha Falls at Minnehaha Regional Park.

No matter what you’re seeking, the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area has plenty of fun for an action-packed visit!

There's so much to do in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you'll have to stay an extra day.