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.
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.
The Minnesota Renaissance Festival has grown to be the largest Renaissance Festival in the United States with an annual attendance of 300,000! Just some of the many highlights include 16 stages of live entertainment, 7 themed weekends, Feasts of Fantasy, 250 artisan booths, live armored jousting, food fit for a king, mermaids, and fairies!
Experience the history of Minnesota and upper-Midwest railroads through interactive displays at the Minnesota Transportation Museum. Travel through history with in-depth exhibits featuring local and regional railway and bus history. Operate a genuine roundhouse turntable, one of the last of its kind in the country.
The Minnesota Zoo brings education and entertainment to life! The zoo is home to penguins, a lush tropical forest and aviary, marine center, boreal forest, tundra and a family farm. With more than 4,300 animals, you’re bound for a new adventure on every visit!
Moose Mountain Adventure Golf, located inside the Mall of America, is an 18-hole miniature golf course certain to provide a fun adventure for the entire family. The course features an original, whimsical design with an old-time north woods feel — complete with life size moose, horses and more!
Located in the center of Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe features seven acres of unique attractions and entertainment, including 27 great rides and attractions for guests of all ages and courage levels. Meet the Nickelodeon characters, experience new rides like the twirling SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock, visit unique retails shops and much more!
The 90-foot Omnitheater within the Science Museum of Minnesota is a giant dome screen, surrounding visitors with the most stunning scenery on the planet. It takes you soaring through space and puts you face to face with Earth’s most fascinating animals. All without leaving your seat.
At Painting with a Twist you can sip your favorite beverage and paint a picture along with a local artist. We’ll show you step-by-step how to paint a beautiful work of art that you will take home at the end of the evening. Their mission is to offer you an absolutely fantastic time with your friends and will debunk the idea that you can’t paint once and for all!
At Pine Tree Orchard they are committed to growing and providing the highest quality fruit in a sustainable environment. If you are looking for fresh, locally grown apples and strawberries then look no further than Pine Tree Apple Orchard. During the fall they offer weekend entertainment, pony rides, wagon rides, and a corn maze; pick your own pumpkins, a large variety of apples, homemade bakery products, caramel apples, fresh cider, gifts and more!