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Fun things to do in HASTINGS

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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  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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    (2 miles) 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 ...

  • The Mississippi

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    (18 miles) 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 ...

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (21 miles) Minneapolis

    Visit one of the first state parks created in the USA in Minneapolis, with historical sites, gardens, waterfalls, and fun activities!

  • Teddy Bear Park

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    (22 miles) Stillwater

    Offers a large, imaginative adventure playground with equipment designed for under 7s, and further open playspace around for older kids to play.

  • Discovery Hallow and Garden

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    (26 miles) White Bear Township

    A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    (38 miles) Chaska

    A nature playground for the whole family with over 1,100 acres of gardens, woods and trails.

  • Northwoods Orchard

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    (45 miles) Oronoco

    offers a seasonal family day out with pumpkin patch, corn maze, backwoods golf, wagon rides and domesticated animals to visit.

  • Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills

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    (46 miles) 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.

  • Saint Croix

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    (48 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 ...

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (21 miles) Bloomington

    One of the country's leading family theme parks, offering 27 rides and attractions for ALL ages, as well as adventure golf and the highest Sky Trails rope course in the world!

  • Valleyfair

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    (30 miles) Shakopee

    A family fun theme park with more than 75 rides and attractions on 90 acres, and is the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest! Impressive!

  • Cascade Bay

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    (16 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 ...

  • Water Park of America

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    (21 miles) 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 ...

  • Bunker Beach

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    (39 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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    (52 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 ...

  • Chaos Indoor Water Park

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    (68 miles) 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; ...

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (16 miles) 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.

  • Minnesota Zoo

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    (17 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 ...

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (21 miles) Bloomington

    Previously Underwater Adventures Aquarium, this fun Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium has over 10,000 sea creatures that the whole family can experience!

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (22 miles) 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. ...

  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

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    (46 miles) 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 ...

  • Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

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    (13 miles) 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 ...

  • Good Times Park

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    (16 miles) 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.

  • Monkey House

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    (22 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

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    (28 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!

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