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The starting point of the mighty Mississippi, Minnesota has stunning prairie lands, beautiful national forests, and cities that are filled with art, culture and entertainment - it really is one big giant playground for kids!

Fancy a walk across the Mississippi? We’re serious! Itasca State Park marks the beginning of that infamous river and the place to do it! (Look out for the bald eagles!) Your water journey can continue with Voyageurs National Park - the only water-based park in the entire country!

The cities and towns are just as entertaining for kids. Hands-on experiences such as The Works and Minnesota Children’s Museum are great for kids creativity and imagination, whilst adventure is waiting at family friendly activities such as Character Challenge Course and Vertical Endeavours Minneapolis!

Don’t forget the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest with Valleyfair, or the thrilling Nickelodeon Universe - (parents you know you want to as well!)

And of course, Minnesota is great for those winter snow activities.  There are plenty of places to hit the slopes, from Giants Ridge Ski Resort, Lutsen Mountains and Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area.

Unspoilt wilderness, vibrant cities, pristine lakes and white-capped mountains…Minnesota is almost right out of a fairytale!

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  • Paul Bunyan State Trail

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    (0 miles)Minnesota

    The Paul Bunyan Trail, over 100 miles in length, covers a large area. The trail now includes 80 paved miles. With 7 segment maps and over 14 individual city maps and descriptions.

  • Mount Ski Gull

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    (11 miles)Nisswa

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 5 years, offering 2 green runs and another 3 blue, plus tow rope serviced tubing hill and 2 terrain training parks.

  • Whistling Wold Mini Golf

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    (23 miles)Crosslake

    Discover the lakes area's newest 18 hole mini-golf. Located in a scenic wooded setting, with waterfalls, meandering stream, and pond. Play the World Famous "Northern Pike Hole." Hit your final shot ...

  • Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post

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    (25 miles)Onamia

    We are an Indian Museum which educates the public about the history and current times of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, a life sized diorama and a gift shop.

  • Minnesota Fishing Museum and Education Center

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    (27 miles)Little Falls

    The MINNESOTA FISHING MUSEUM is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to preserving the heritage and history of freshwater fishing in Minnesota.

  • Petes Retreat RV and Campground

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    (33 miles)Aitkin

    A family fun RV park in Aitkin, Minnesota, Pete's Retreat will make sure your family adventure is filled with fun activities creating wonderful memories - voted in the Top 100 Campgrounds in North ...

  • Mille Lacs Lake

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    (38 miles)Isle

    The Mille Lacs Lake area is Cool in Summer! Hot in Winter! But to really appreciate our area, stay awhile, because most of our secrets are shared only with those who take the time to get to know us.

  • Stearns History Museum

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    (56 miles)St Cloud

    Two floors of exhibits, a family research center, children's playroom, and museum store provide visitors with an entertaining learning experience.

  • Trails RV Park

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    (58 miles)Walker

    Privacy, undisturbed woods and sunny grassy sites are waiting to complete that family time away at Trails RV Park in north central Minnesota!

  • Character Challenge Course

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    (62 miles)Park Rapids

    The Character Challenge Course is an adventure park with a family-friendly environment where people can overcome fears and make a memory sure to last a lifetime. We feature a 370' zipline and ...

  • Runestone Museum

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    (65 miles)Alexandria

    Welcome to the Runestone Museum, located in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota. We invite you to stop by and tour historic Fort Alexandria, take your picture with the country\'s biggest viking, and see ...

  • Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark

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    (65 miles)Alexandria

    Tons of water fun await you in our huge 38,000 square foot Minnesota indoor waterpark featuring three exhilarating 4-story slides that twist and turn and take you on a journey inside and outside the ...

  • Forest History Center

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    (67 miles)Grand Rapids

    After the exhibits, visit the recreated turn-of-the-century logging camp where you'll find the camp blacksmith, saw filer, clerk, cook and lumberjacks. Then, board the moored river "wanigan," a ...

  • Powder Ridge

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    (70 miles)Kimball

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, beginners' hill, plus snow tubing and 4 different terrain training parks.

  • The Pines Resort

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    (71 miles)Deer River

    Give your family a new vacation experience this year at one of the top fishing and family vacation resorts in Minnesota.

  • Apple Island Campground

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    (72 miles)South Hero

    The parents and kids alike will enjoy their days out in Vermont’s beautiful nature, with the Apple Island RV Park adding to your experience.

  • A Maze N Farmyard

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    (73 miles)Eden Valley

    A fun and family friendly farm where kids can pet, feed and hold the sweet farm animals. This Minnesota farm also has a maze, slide and bounce barn!

  • Monticello Community Center

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    (75 miles)Monticello

    Great for active kids and their families, Monticello Community Center has an indoor water park, an indoor play area, climbing wall, and much more all for one entry fee!

  • Itasca State Park

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    (77 miles)Park Rapids

    Incredible adventures to be had in the beautiful nature of Minnesota's oldest state park - Itasca State Park!

  • Andes Tower Hills

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    (77 miles)Kensington

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 4 green runs plus lift serviced tubing hill.

  • Oliver H Kelley Farm

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    (82 miles)Elk River

    Step onto a working 1860s farm. Pick heirloom vegetables from the garden, visit the farmhands and animals at the barn, or churn butter and see what's cooking in the farmhouse.

  • Headwaters Science Center

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    (84 miles)Bemidji

    Over 50 hands-on exhibits and a collection of over 40 live animal species are available for touching and holding make this a perfect destination for kids of all ages and adults. Dedicated to science ...

  • Apple Jack Orchards

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    (89 miles)Delano

    Catch a wagon ride tour of the farm, explore the corn maze, and enjy the rural style play area with slides plus hay bales, tyres and wooden tractor for climbing. They also offer a small animal park ...

  • Bunker Beach

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    (90 miles)Coon Rapids

    Cool your family off with Bunker Beach's fun waterslides, lazy river, a host of pools, and a play structure!

  • Wild Mountain Waterpark

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    (93 miles)Taylors Falls

    Voted Best Family fun in the Metro Area! Several Water Rides, Alpine Slides, including a chairlift ride to the top of the mountain & Go-Karts. Green grass, picnic areas & Free Parking make this a ...