Theme Parks in Minnesota with kids

Get ready to spin, scream, laugh, drop and soar because it’s Theme Park time in Minnesota. Theme Parks are a great way to spend the day with the family - no matter what age.

From the fastest and loudest theme parks, to those family friendly amusement parks, The North Star State offers you the perfect places to go for that family fun. 

The smallest dare devils in the family will always find age appropriate rides perfect for them, and often in the same park that those older thrill seekers can close their eyes and brave the tallest and fastest thrill rides! 

There is ALWAYS plenty of kids fun at the many theme parks you can find across this great state.

Hold on tight…because Minnesota is ready to give your family a host of fun things to do with kids all year round - Theme Park style!

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  • Valleyfair

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    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!

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    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!

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  • International Wolf Center

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    Ely

    Take a walk on the wild side when you tour our interpretive facility and learn how wolves use those big ears, big eyes and those infamous big teeth. You'll meet our resident ambassador wolves and ...

  • Lake Superior Zoo

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    Duluth

    Visit fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo, on over 16 acres at the base of Spirit Mountain in Duluth.

  • Great Lakes Aquarium

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    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 ...

  • Minnesota Zoo

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    Apple Valley

    Over 480 acres of outdoor trails, and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the USA at this incredible zoo, with over 5,300 animals to experience!

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    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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    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. ...

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    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.

  • Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo

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    Byron

    Over 30 species of animal for observation, plus environmental education classes and workshops held largely aimed at children and a live snake exhibit in the Nature Centre. Green ski run and ...

  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground

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    Rochester

    Indoor fun for little ones up to 5 years, with slides, rides, toddler zone and ways to let that imagination soar! Open seasonally over winter

  • Jumps and Downs

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    Shakopee

    A day of bouncing fun for kids of all ages!

  • Eagles Nest

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    New Brighton

    From climbing walls, to triple slides, ball pits and a foam forest, kids can play all day at this indoor playground in Minnesota!

  • Pump It Up Plymouth

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    Plymouth

    Inflatables, open jump, GLOW jump, and even sensory nights at this Minnesota indoor play experience for active kids!

  • Monkey House

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    White Bear Lake

    Indoor fun in Minnesota with 5000 sq ft of indoor play filled with bounce houses, an obstacle course, slide, rings, swings, foam pit and more!

  • Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

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    Woodbury

    A state of the art indoor playground in Central Park in Minnesota for kids under 12 years!

  • Maple Maze Indoor Playground

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    Maple Grove

    Kids can explore a maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with interactive features, great for kids under 12 years!

  • Good Times Park

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    Eagan

    Fun indoor play where the outside is enjoyed inside! With inflatables, basketball, jumpers, and adventure playgrounds, it's perfect for those active kids!

  • Paul Bunyan State Trail

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    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.

  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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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 ...

  • The Mississippi

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    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 ...

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    Chaska

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

  • Teddy Bear Park

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    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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    White Bear Township

    A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.

  • Itasca State Park

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    Park Rapids

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

  • Voyageurs National Park

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    International Falls

    A stunning National Park in the heart of the American continent, with guided ranger programs, boat charters, hiking, camping and winter activities. Back to nature for your family day out in Minnesota!

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    Minneapolis

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

  • Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark

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    Alexandria

    38,000 square foot of Minnesota indoor waterpark featuring three exhilarating 4-story slides that twists and turns, "Lazy River" floating inner tube ride and more!

  • Cascade Bay

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    Eagan

    Check out one of the most popular water parks in Minnesota! From slides, lazy rivers, to shipwrecks, this is one water park ready to make a SPLASH!

  • Water Park of America

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    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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    Coon Rapids

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

  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

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    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 ...

  • Headwaters Science Center

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    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 ...

  • Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center

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    Duluth

    Film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor. At Canal Park you are within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign ships as ...

  • Minnesota Discovery Center

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    Chisholm

    Permanent and traveling exhibits all about Iron Range mining history, including interactive displays that help kids explore topics from immigration, to daily life for miners!