Things to do in MONTICELLO with kids

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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  • Monticello Community Center

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    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!

  • Oliver H Kelley Farm

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    (13 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.

  • Apple Jack Orchards

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    (14 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 ...

  • WhirlyBall Twin Cities

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    (22 miles) North Maple Grove

    WhirlyBall: a team game with a unique blend of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars! They also have a 4000 square foot arena to play lazer tag, the bruise-less, mess-less combat game played ...

  • Maple Maze

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    (22 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 ...

  • Pump It Up Plymouth

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    (24 miles) Plymouth

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

  • Powder Ridge

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    (25 miles) Kimball

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

  • Bunker Beach

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    (26 miles) Coon Rapids

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

  • Stearns History Museum

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    (26 miles) St Cloud

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

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Plymouth

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    (27 miles) Plymouth

    Their patented style of fun with trampoline covered floors and walls provided high level angular bounces kids can't get enough of. Session types include open jump, 3D Dodgeball and SkyRobics fitness ...

  • Big Thrill Factory

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    (31 miles) Minnetonka

    We are a family entertainment center featuring family-friendly games and attractions including bowling, laser tag, 3-story kids fun factory, black light ropes course, bump n' spin cars and much more! ...

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    (32 miles) Chaska

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

  • Eagles Nest

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    (34 miles) 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!

  • Bakken Library and Museum

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    (34 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bakken is a center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of the history, cultural context, and applications of electricity and magnetism. One of the many fun family places to ...

  • The Depot Ice Rink

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    (34 miles) Minneapolis

    Indoor ice skating fun in Minneapolis, great for birthday parties, and seasonal family fun for those active kids!

  • Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis

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    (35 miles) Minneapolis

    Spend the day at one of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in the world...with over 28,000 square feet of climbing surface, up to 60 foot tall climbing walls!

  • American Swedish Institute

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    (35 miles) Minneapolis

    A slice of historic Swedish America. This historic 33 room house is filled with exhibit galleries.

  • Bell Museum of Natural History

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    (36 miles) Minneapolis

    The Bell Museum of Natural History is a portal to experiences that bring people closer to the natural world. It is a small, personable place with big ideas, an historic state treasure, and a landmark ...

  • Weisman Art Museum

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    (36 miles) Minneapolis

    An art filled day for those creative and museum loving families.

  • A Maze N Farmyard

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    (37 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!

  • Simply Jane Open Artists Studio

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    (37 miles) Minneapolis

    One of a kind budding artists attraction! Easily accessible professional artists studio with affordable fun designs on canvas and accessories. Professional paint, brushes and instruction. Ideal for ...

  • Jumps and Downs

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    (38 miles) Shakopee

    A day of bouncing fun for kids of all ages!

  • Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area

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    (38 miles) Minneapolis

    Family fun on the slopes with skiing and snowboarding, including with lessons from 3 years. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and tubing too!

  • Edinborough Indoor Park

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    (38 miles) Edina

    An indoor park! 1 acre of parkland indoors with features including swimming, sports and a nearly 40 ft high climbing tree themed adventure play frame with unusual features and a large toddler area.

  • Cafesjian Carousel

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    (38 miles) St Paul

    Operated by volunteers in St. Paul's Como Park, this 68-horse carousel was built in 1914 and rescued from auction in 1988.

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (38 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. ...

  • Valleyfair

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    (39 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!

  • Hyland Play Area

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    (39 miles) Bloomington

    A fun play structure in the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Minnesota, with an area for those under 5s and with disabilities.

  • Discovery Hallow and Garden

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    (39 miles) White Bear Township

    A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (39 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • Water Park of America

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    (41 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 ...

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (41 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!

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (41 miles) Bloomington

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

  • The Works

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    (41 miles) Bloomington

    Ideal for kids aged 5 - 12, this very fun and hands-on museum features 40 interactive, kid-powered exhibits that highlight mechanisms and simple machines, where they can try, build and play as they ...

  • Minnesota Transportation Museum

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    (42 miles) St. Paul

    A fascinating and interactive look into the history of transportation, where kids can enjoy a train or caboose ride!