101 Family Day Trips from the Twin Cities | Kids Out and About Minneapolis/St. Paul

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101 Family Day Trips from the Twin Cities

 

 

Free activities and splurges that are worth it. The coolest stuff for a staycation in town and road trips for less than a tank of gas from Minneapolis-St. Paul. Kids Out And About has tons of ideas for family travel, with places to explore, learn, and have fun around the Twin Cities!

 

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Get Wild on a Hike

  Minnehaha Regional Park
Wood Lake Nature Center
Mississippi Gorge Regional Park
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
Springbrook Nature Center

 

Time Travel Today

  Dakota City Heritage Village
Village of Yesteryear
Freeborn County Historical Museum, Library and Village
The Landing -Minnesota River Heritage Park 
Historic Forestville
St. Croix Vintage Base Ball Club
Steamboat Minnehaha
Fort Ridgely State Park

 

Make Life a Beach

  Lake Nokomis Main Beach
Lake Harriet Park Beach
Cedar Lake Point Beach
Nelson Lakeside Park
Green Lake Saulsbury Beach
Lakeside Park - Bayport

 

Splash into Some Water Fun

  Venetian Indoor Waterpark at the Holiday Inn & Suites -Maple Grove
The Great Serengeti Indoor Water Park at the Holiday Inn & Suites - Owatonna
Big Splash Waterpark at Arrowwood Resort
Great Wolf Lodge Indoor Waterpark -Bloomington
Red Wing Waterpark
River Springs Waterpark
Battle Creek Waterworks Waterpark
Edina Aquatic Center
Waseca Waterpark
Redwood Falls Aquatic Center
Wild Woods Waterpark

 

Spend the Day at a Museum

  The Works Museum
Twin City Model Railroad Museum
Science Museum of Minnesota
Bell Museum of Natural History 
Firefighters Hall and Museum
Minnesota Children's Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Crayola Experience at Mall of America

 

Explore These Cities

  Duluth
Stillwater
Taylers Falls
St Cloud
Mankato
Shakopee
Bemidji

 

All Aboard Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (and Boats!)

  Minnesota Transportation Museum
Commemorative Air Force MN Wing
MN Air National Guard Museum
Minneapolis Queen Cruise 
Paddleford Rivercruises
Veit Automotive Foundation
Stillwater Balloons

 

Grow Some Fun at the Farm

  A Maze'n Farmyard
Tweite's Family Farm
Anoka County Farms
Applewood Orchard 
Eveland Family Farm
Waldoch Farm
Tom's Pumpkin Farm
Pleasant Valley Orchard

 

Play Ball!

  Minnesota Wild Game
Minnesota Vikings Game
Minnesota Lynx Game
Minnesota Timberwolves Game
Minnesota Twins Game

 

Treat Yo' Self

  Conny's Creamery Cone
Grand Ole Creamery
Cold Front
Izzy's Ice Cream Cafe 
Pumphouse Creamery
  Milkjam Creamery
Sebastian Joe's Ice Cream Cafe
  La La Homemade Ice Cream
  Adele's Frozen Custard
  Edina Creamery
  Sonny's Ice Cream Cafe
Grandpa's Ice Cream

 

Connect with Nature

  Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Tanglewood Gardens
JD Rivers Children's Garden
Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary
MN Landscape Arboretum
Superior National Forest
Chippewa National Forest
Gooseberry Falls State Park
Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park

  

Amuse Yourself at These Amusement Parks

  Valleyfair
Como Town
Nickelodeon Universe

 

Talk to the Animals

  Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Minnesota Zoo
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium
Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo
Paul Bunyan's Animal Land
Lake Superior Zoo 
Hemker Park and Zoo
International Owl  Center
Pine Grove Park and Zoo
Great Lakes Aquarium

 

Explore the Globe Close to Home

  Minneapolis International Festival
Festival of Nations
Santa Lucia Festival
American Swedish Institute Museum
Somali Museum of Minnesota
Dragon Festival
Museum of Russian Art
Carnaval Brasileiro
Irish Fair of MN
MN Scottish Fair and Highland Games
Twin Cities Polish Festival

 

Let's Go Chasing Waterfalls

  St. Anthony Falls
Minnihaha Falls
Vermillion Falls
Hidden Falls
Willow Falls 
Wolf Creek Falls
Minnemishinona Falls
Minneopa Falls

 

Get Active Indoors

  Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground
Edinborough Park
Good Times Park
Vertical Endeavors 
Grand Slam
Can Can Wonderland
Blainbrook Entertainment Center
West St. Paul Ice Arena

 

Challenge Yourself

  Minnesota Museum of American Art
Minnesota Orchestra
Karen Hopp Riding
Granite Peak
Kerfoot Canopy Tours
Sandy Creek Adventures
Stand Up MN
Silver Creek Paddle

 

Shop Your Heart Out

  Mischief
Lark Toys
Hub Hobby
Kiddywampus 
Creative Kids Stuff
Wild Rumpus
Choo Choo Bobs
Red Balloon Bookshop

 

 

 

Limiting our list to 101 ideas meant some great destinations may have been left off the list - if there is something you’d like to see added, share it with us on Facebook!


Most of these destinations are within an hour from _________. For those that are a bit farther away:

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          = 1 to 2 hours away

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