Top 20 Places to Take Kids in and around the Twin Cities
Best Places to Take Kids in the Twin Cities - 2017
The best places to take kids in and around the Twin Cities, based on KidsOutAndAbout's annual reader survey. But there is LOTS more to do in our aread! Get great ideas here on KidsOutAndAbout.com... check out the calendar on our home page and sign up for our FREE weekly e-newsletter! What is listed below are far from the only opportunities for family fun and learning; they're just what was voted this year.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
One of the last FREE zoos in the United States, Como is home to a wide array of animals and plants and welcomes visitors 365 days a year. Located right next to Como Town Amusement Park, Cafesjian's historic carousel, and Como Park, the Zoo and Conservatory are great fun for visitors of all ages.
Minnesota Children's Museum
At Minnesota Children's Museum, children will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning.
Science Museum of Minnesota
Located in downtown St. Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota is the Upper Midwest's must-see, must-do museum.
Minnehaha Regional Park
One of Minneapolis' oldest and most popular parks features a majestic 53-foot waterfall, limestone bluffs, and river overlooks, attracting more than 850,000 visitors annually.
Minnesota Transportation Museum
The Minnesota Transportation Museum operates the Jackson Street Roundhouse, one of the last functioning roundhouses in the nation, the Minnehaha Depot, and the historic Osceola & St. Croix Valley Railway. Experience the history of Minnesota and upper-Midwest railroads through interactive displays and ride the rails in historic railcars. We are headquartered at the Jackson Street Roundhouse in St. Paul, MN.
The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis.
Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark
Aquatic adventures await you in the huge indoor waterpark at Arrowwood Resort! At the Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark, you'll find 38,000 square feet of fun featuring three 4-story-tall waterslides. Grown-ups and kids alike can float down our Lazy River on an inner tube or relax in our tropical whirlpool spa. And the whole family will love the children's play fort with water blasters and geysers, a basketball shootout, lily pad waterwalk, and more. Just watch out for "Calypso Cabana", the 500-gallon splash bucket!
Edinborough Indoor Park
The completely enclosed, one-acre park features a junior-Olympic size swimming pool, a running track and fitness area, a huge indoor playground and a multi-purpose play area.
Created by the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Zoo opened in 1978 with a mission to connect people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife.
Minnesota History Center
An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.
Children's Theatre Company
Our mission is to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire young people and their communities.
St. Paul Saints
The St. Paul Saints are a professional American baseball team based in St. Paul.
Wild Rumpus Books
We are an independent children's bookstore in Minneapolis with a penchant for Manx cats and chickens (as well as many other interesting creatures living at our store).
Good Times Park
The indoor Good Times Park brings the outside feel inside and features a well-equipped basketball court, turf field and 38ft inflatable jumper, while the Imagine & Build area features large soft units for construction play.
Tamarack Nature Center
Tamarack Nature Center is a 320-acre preserve in White Bear Township. Play, learn and explore year-round!
Mall of America
Only the BEST shopping mall in America!
Sky Zone is a family-friendly indoor trampoline park!
Hyland Lake Park Reserve
It’s a scenic retreat in the heart of Bloomington. Hyland Lake Park offers breathtaking prairie landscapes and a major body of water as well as a large play area, the Richardson Nature Center, Hyland Hills Ski Area, an 18-hole disc golf course and a 3-hole disc golf practice area. With so much to do, this park has endless opportunities for outdoor fun.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, a top visitor attraction in the metro area, is more than 1,200 acres of gardens and tree collections, prairie and woods and miles of trails.
Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair is one of the largest and best-attended expositions in North America, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in six categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEBig Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEMinnesota Zoo
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumMinnesota Children's Museum
Favorite Performing ArtsChildren's Theatre Company
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Eveland Family Farm
Favorite Nature CenterTamarack Nature Center
Favorite Professional Sports TeamMinnesota Twins
Favorite Family-Friendly FestivalMinnesota State Fair