Things to do in STILLWATER 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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  • 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.

  • Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park St Paul

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    (10 miles) Oakdale

    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 ...

  • Monkey House

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    (11 miles) 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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    (11 miles) Woodbury

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

  • Discovery Hallow and Garden

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    (12 miles) White Bear Township

    A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.

  • Afton Alps

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    (14 miles) Hastings

    Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 20% green runs and 60% blue, plus lift serviced tubing hill and terrain park.

  • Vertical Endeavors St Paul

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    (14 miles) St Paul

    Over 18,200 square feet of climbing surfaces, making Vertical Endeavors one of the largest indoor rock climbing facilities in the world! And its fun!

  • Cedar Lake Speedway

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    (14 miles) New Richmond

    Racing for watching rather than doing, but thrilling for kids if they can take the volume!

  • Minnesota Transportation Museum

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    (15 miles) St. Paul

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

  • The Mississippi

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    (16 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 ...

  • Minnesota Childrens Museum

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    (16 miles) Saint Paul

    A fun and interactive children's museum which offers a vast range of open ended, hands on experiments and experiences for kids of all ages - learn through playing in Minnesota!

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art

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    (16 miles) St Paul

    The MMAA was founded as an art school in 1927, when it formally incorporated as The Saint Paul School of Art. Collecting works of art, for instructional purposes, began in the late 1930's. Over time, ...

  • Science Museum of Minnesota

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    (16 miles) Saint Paul

    The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Museum of Questionable Medical Devices

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    (16 miles) St Paul

    Devious Displays of Quackery, Fraud, Deceit and Deception -- the largest collection of medical chicanery and mayhem ever assembled under one roof. Step right up !!

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (17 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. ...

  • Cafesjian Carousel

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    (18 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.

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (18 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.

  • Eagles Nest

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    (19 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!

  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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    (20 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 ...

  • Bell Museum of Natural History

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    (21 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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    (22 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (22 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • Good Times Park

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    (22 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.

  • The Depot Ice Rink

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    (23 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • Wildwood RV Park and Campground

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    (23 miles) Shafer

    Offers a variety of campsites, with enough activities within minutes to provide days of fun! Fun on site includes swimming pool, enjoy mini golf, basketball, volleyball or horseshoes.

  • American Swedish Institute

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    (23 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • Cascade Bay

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    (24 miles) 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!

  • Vertical Endeavors Minneapolis

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    (24 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!

  • Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours

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    (25 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 ...

  • Taylors Falls Canoe and Kayak Rental

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    (25 miles) Taylors Falls

    Encounter all sorts of wet wildlife as you meander along the St. Croix River with trips totally tailorable for between 2 and 7 hours. Also on site during summer: Wild Mountain Waterpark, Alpine ...

  • Simply Jane Open Artists Studio

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    (25 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 ...

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (25 miles) Bloomington

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

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (25 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!

  • Crayola Experience Minneapolis

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    (25 miles) Bloomington

    The magic of Crayola comes to life in Minnesota for kids, where they can create, play, and enjoy hands-on fun in over 60,000 sq ft of adventures!

  • Water Park of America

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    (25 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 ...