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National Parks / Natural World in Hastings

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Hastings
At Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, we believe in fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world through quality environmental education, conservation practices, and outdoor experiences for all visitors. The beautiful...
Saint Paul
Established in 1988, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River stretching from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just south of Hastings. One of the many fun places to go if you're looking for thing...
Stillwater
Offers a large, imaginative adventure playground with equipment designed for under 7s, and further open playspace around for older kids to play.
Chaska
Featuring natural style adventure playground, spacious gardens and exhibits, plus several tour options, sensory garden and more.
Oronoco
offers a seasonal family day out with pumpkin patch, corn maze, backwoods golf, wagon rides and domesticated animals to visit.
Saint Croix
(51 Miles)
Saint Croix Falls
St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of a human presence. Choose to canoe and camp amid the northwoods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns. This ...
Menomonie
Two of Dunn County’s premier natural and recreational destinations. Whether bicycling, skiing, hiking, walking or exploring, you will discover miles of spectacular natural beauty.
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.
Spirit Lake
Marble Beach\\\'s campground is the largest in the Iowa Great Lakes region.Spirit Lake is the largest natural lake in Iowa and provides some of the best fishing in the state. Crandall\\\'s Beach provides a fine place for young and old to sunbathe and...
Harpers Ferry
There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Most trails are moderately strenuous, however, there are some trails accessible to mobility impaired visitors.
Spook Cave
(146 Miles)
McGregor
An ancient flooded cave you can take a safe but slightly spooky boat trip through! Not a whole day out but a terrific stop the kids will really remember.
Apostle Islands
(179 Miles)
Bayfield
Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine o...
Marshalltown
Partly a nature preserve, partly a farm, partly an education center, and partly a recreation area, Grimes Farm is an unusual public space that combines a working agricultural operation with the natural environment to show how, through effective conse...
Iowa Arboretum
(198 Miles)
Madrid
A visit to the Iowa Arboretum's 378-acre facility located in scenic Boone County is an experience you won't want to miss. This site offers 40 acres developed as a 'Library of Living Plants' showcasing hundreds of species of trees, shrubs and flowers....
Cedar Rapids
Vast 210 acre site with hiking and biking trails, educational centre with numerous natural history exhibits, fishing, and more.
Bloomington
One of the country's leading family theme parks, offering 27 rides and attractions covering all ages over 36", with Family, Junior and Thrill rides categories plus adventure golf and the highest Sky Trails rope course in the world!
Valleyfair
(21 Miles)
Shakopee
The park boasts more than 75 rides and attractions on 90 acres and is the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest.
Arnolds Park
(140 Miles)
Arnolds Park
Built in 1889 - during the golden age of amusement parks - Historic Arnolds Park is one of the longest operating amusement parks in the world. It features classic rides and attractions like a wooden roller coaster named The Legend, the Queen II exc...
Altoona
Located on the northeast corner of the Des Moines metro area you'll find one of the nicest family resorts in the Midwest. Adventureland provides fun and entertainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Adventureland Park, Adventureland I...
Cascade Bay
(8 Miles)
Eagan
Cascade Bay,the largest outdoor Municipal waterpark in the Midwest offers 5 waterslides, zero-depth entry pool, lazy river, full concession stand and a 9-hole miniature golf course! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things...
Bloomington
Located inside the Radisson Hotel Bloomington, near Mall of America and soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities' skyline, Water Park of America entertains both the young and young at heart. Surf on Minnesota's only Flow Rider Surf Simulator.
Bunker Beach
(33 Miles)
Coon Rapids
Six towering waterslides, a 900’ lazy river, leisure pool with climbing wall, zero-entry pool with a water play structure, creative sand play area, and Minnesota’s largest outdoor wave pool!
Monticello
Indoor pool with waterslide and water amusements, an indoor play area, climbing wall, and much more all for one entry fee!
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 great facitlity for everyone! No need to purchase a ti...
Alma
Features large swim area with slides and diving board, plus covered wading pool and interactive water play area for the infant and toddler set.
Eau Claire
Chaos Water Park, inside the resort, is packed with ways to thrill, explore and find your ultra human strengths. This award-winning comic book park is filled with more than typical slides and rivers; it’s an entire universe of heroes, villains and ...
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 waterpark, "Lazy River" floating inner tube ride, t...
Prairie du Chien
Come check out our body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children's pool with water geysers, kids' slide, prehistoric fish and much more!
The Lost Island
(162 Miles)
Waterloo
The Lost Island Waterpark is just minutes away from everything you need if your just visiting for the day, or planning to stay a week! This waterpark features a huge pool, five water slides, Lazy River, go-cart track, 18-hole mini course and a lot...
Storm Lake
Situated on the shores of Storm Lake, King\'s Pointe Waterpark offers indoor and outdoor entertainment for all ages. Multiple waterslides, water playgrounds, water channels and lap lanes and much, much more allow everyone to have a great time.
Minnesota Zoo
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(8 Miles)
Apple Valley
Our mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world., which means we're dedicated to inspiring people to act on behalf of the environment. To accomplish this, we provide award-winning recreational, educational and conservation programs, l...
West Saint Paul
With farm animals, birds of prey and a mass of natural local wildlife, they have been teaching and enthralling kids for over forty years. Plus orchard, bee apiary and special events.
Bloomington
Over 10,000 sea creatures to observe in the recently revamped centre, previously the Underwater Adventures Aquarium.
Saint Paul
The attractions located here include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 2.5 million visitors annually. Como Park is a free park and while no admission fee i...
Hayward
This 35 acre animal farm and recreation center has farm animals, a picnic area, wild animals, a maze, playground and walks. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Wisconsin
Duluth
Visit fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo. Situated in Fairmont Park in West Duluth, the zoo sits on over 16 acres at the base of Spirit Mountain. The rocky hillside, majestic pines and the picturesque Kingsbury Creek,...
Duluth
Great Lakes Aquarium is a non-profit freshwater aquarium located in Duluth, MN. GLA is home to a variety of species found primarily in the Great Lakes Basin. Additional exhibits showcase animals from both freshwater and marine habitats around the ...
The Insect Zoo
(190 Miles)
Ames
The Insect Zoo in Iowa State University\'s Department of Entomology is an outreach program developed to foster an appreciation of insects found in Iowa and throughout the world. Participants can view and interact with live insects and other arthropod...
Taylors Falls
Daily Scenic Boat Tours available 7 days a week from May - to Mid October. Dinner Cruises available on Fri & Sat evenings. Picnic Cruises available on Wed evenings. A great family owned and run business on the beautiful and scenic St Croix River i...
Warrens
Visit the Cranberry Discovery Center where you can learn all about this “berry” unique crop. Through storyboards, video, sound recordings, static and interactive displays. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to...
Dyersville
Is this Heaven? No, it's Iowa. A place of fertile soil, traditional values and simple pleasure. And in Dyersville, Iowa, at the century-old Lansing family farm with its quaint, and oh so recognizable house, baseball still ranks as a favorite pastime ...
Eagan
Vast range of indoor fun from classic playground and bouncy house to sports, construction play, moving playground, reading and art zone and a terrific hologram game.
Woodbury
In a secure, stimulating environment, custom built to a child's scale, "Lookout Ridge" is a state-of-the-art indoor playground located on the lower level of Central Park. The playground complements the high quality and unique design of the Central Pa...
Monkey House
(21 Miles)
White Bear Lake
5000 square ft indoor play and party center. Bounce houses, obstacle course, slide, rings, swings, foam pit and more! Open play times and private parties.
Eagles Nest
(24 Miles)
New Brighton
Imaginations will run wild as children leap into the ball pit, scale the 8 ft. climbing wall, zoom down the triple slide, and find their way through the wiggle waggles and the foam forest!
Shakopee
Jumps & Downs is an indoor inflatable play and party center for kids. We have walk-in hours and are available for semi-private and private parties. We have 5 huge bouncers and a ball pit with 5,000 balls that every kid will enjoy! Book your next part...
Pump It Up
(30 Miles)
Plymouth
A series of varying high standard inflatables including slides, obstacle courses, climbing maze and bounce houses. Plus regular special sessions including glow in the dark!
Maple Maze
(32 Miles)
Maple Grove
The main climbing structure is a literal maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with 4 new slides and numerous interactive features, plus a separate toddler zone with animal friends and their own features.
Rochester
Pipsqueaks, Rochester's INDOOR play zone, is designed for children kindergarten-age and younger to play under parental/guardian supervision. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in Minnesota
Arnolds Park
Putt your way through the world of 18th century pirates-- under cascading waterfalls, across a natural stream and past pirate ship ruins! Nestled in a naturally beautiful landscape, this 18-hole course will delight your family. With our elaborate ...

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Fun places to visit in Hastings with kids

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