Families with children of all ages will find something the entire family can enjoy while visiting the Minneapolis and Saint Paul metro area. Hop on the Antique Autos ride at Valleyfair, venture around the largest underground aquarium in the world at Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, or get up-close and personal views of the world’s largest land predator, the polar bear, at Como Park Zoo & Conservatory.
One of the last free zoos in the United States, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Some of Como’s main attractions include a world-class polar bear exhibit, Polar Bear Odyssey. The exhibit is home to the zoo’s twin polar bears Buzz and Neil and features over 13,000 square feet of outdoor habitat. The zoo is also home to a collection of large cats, hoofstock, wolves, birds, primates, gorillas, orangutans, seals and sea lions, and several other aquatic animals.
Como Town features over 18 traditional and interactive rides including the ultimate jungle-gym, Hodge Podge Park, Traffic Jam! bumper cars, Tornado! and two new attractions: Tilt-A-Whirl and Splash Zone.
At the Crayola Experience Minneapolis, they are ambassadors for the power of color and creativity. Each day, they help children discover the magic of color through hands-on experiences that allow them to express their unique ideas so they blossom into inspired, original adults. The Crayola Experience features 25 one-of-a-kind attractions, their very own Café Crayola, and the Crayola Store with a large selection of colorful souvenirs.
The Fantasy Flight Games Center is a concrete and steel ode to gaming that can comfortably sit over 150 gamers. It features a full-line retail store and a café that serves fresh meals and drinks including coffee, wine, and beer. Open gaming is available to all visitors, whether you’re playing the newest FFG releases or introducing your family to an old classic. It also hosts dozens of events every month, from weekly meet-ups for your favorite card games to store championships and the FFG World Championship Weekend.
FlyOver America is a flight simulation ride like no other, you will soar across some of America’s most spectacular sights with the latest in flight ride technology. Wind, scents and other amazing effects will make you feel like you are truly flying!
Gibbs Farm is a historic museum interpreting pioneer and Dakota life in the mid 1800s. Site contains Dakota-style tipi, a bark lodge, a wild rice camp, and the Gibbs family’s historic farmhouse, barns and a replica of their first sod house. The farm also offers special summer events/festivals and is open Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through the end of October.
The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is an oasis nestled within the borders of Roseville’s Central Park. On the grounds there is a boardwalk and trails that circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats. Come explore the marsh on the new boardwalk sections which are linked to the older sections, making for a nice long double loop.
Mill City Museum was built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill. Located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront, Mill City Museum teaches visitors of all ages about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the Mississippi River and the city of Minneapolis. From exhibits and programs to dining and shopping, there’s so much to do at the museum.
Temporarily closed for expansion. Opens April 2017.
Minnesota Children’s Museum brings an exciting, immersive world to children by arousing their curiosity. Through their exhibits and programs, the museum emphasizes play as a critical ingredient in every child’s development. Consistently rated as one of the top children’s museum in the country, the Minnesota Children’s Museum is a must visit when in the Twin Cities.
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants. Tour the Arboretum on 12.5 miles of garden paths and hiking trails. Walk the close gardens and bike, walk or drive Three-Mile Drive to see more gardens and collections.