Things to do in Minnesota 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!
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!
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!
Kids can enjoy fun rides in the Brainerd Lakes Area with this Minnesota theme park, open since 1954!
Take a walk on the wild side in Minnesota where kids can learn all about the wonderful creature - the wolf.
Visit fascinating animals from around the world at the Lake Superior Zoo, on over 16 acres at the base of Spirit Mountain in Duluth.
Previously Underwater Adventures Aquarium, this fun Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium has over 10,000 sea creatures that the whole family can experience!
Zoo fun in the center of one of Saint Paul's most popular parks, with animals from all around the world, as well as gardens, carousel, sports and park fun - with FREE admission!
Dodge Nature Center is 460+ acres of prairies, hardwood forest, lakes, wetland, hiking trails, working farm, orchard, bee apiary, and a variety of animals!
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!
Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota, is where kids can explore about aquatic creatures from all over the world, and the Great Lakes Basin!
Over 30 species of wild animals native to Minnesota at Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo. A lovely animal experience for all ages
Cool your family off with Bunker Beach's fun waterslides, lazy river, a host of pools, and a play structure!
38,000 square foot of Minnesota indoor waterpark featuring three exhilarating 4-story slides, "Lazy River" & more!
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!
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!
The Minnesota Fishing Museum explores the history of fishing in the state as far back as Native America lifestyles, plus aquarium with native fish, & a log fishing cabin display!
Explore the history of Laura Ingalls Wilder at this historic museum, with collections housed in a series of interesting buildings, plus memorabilia from the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series is also on display too!
One of the best fun places to go in Minneapolis with kids is the Bakken Museum, the state's only Smithsonian-Affiliate & filled with a number of galleries on invention, medicine, science, bio-tech & more!
One of the best places to visit in Saint Paul with kids is the Science Museum of Minnesota, with hands-on science fun, dinosaurs, experiments, & plenty of interactive learning for kids!
The Runestone Museum in Minnesota features the Kensington Runestone, plus exhibits on the regions history, heritage and natural sciences in relation to the Scandinavian history, plus pioneer history, wildlife, First Peoples, hands-on kids area & more....
The SPAM Museum. See it for yourself in all its 16500 square feet of majestic glory. The SPAM learning inside is immense. Prepare your mind and your station wagon! One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids i....
Minnesota’s official natural history museum & planetarium with a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, wildlife dioramas, outdoor learning & more!
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!
Two floors of exhibits offer entertaining learning experiences on the diverse history of central Minnesota at Stearns History Museum
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 education and the appreciation of living things.
Hockey Hall of Fame displays thrilling game action and inspiring achievements via physical displays, exhibits, video, theater and memorabilia.
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!
We are an Indian Museum which educates the public about the history and current times of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe through exhibits, a life sized diorama and a gift shop.
Explore a fascinating slice of historic Swedish America! This historic 33 room house is filled with exhibit galleries, an interesting day out in Minnesota!
Film shows, model ships and exhibits featuring the commercial shipping of Lake Superior and the Duluth-Superior Harbor at this museum, within yards of giant lake carriers and foreign ships as they pass under the world-famous Aerial Lift
One of the great things to do in St Paul with the family is the Minnesota Museum of American Art, showcasing the unique voice of American Artists from as early as the 19th century, right through to present day!
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 learn!
From climbing walls, to triple slides, ball pits and a foam forest, kids can play all day at this indoor playground in Minnesota!
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!
Inflatables, open jump, GLOW jump, and even sensory nights at this Minnesota indoor play experience for active kids!
Fun indoor play where the outside is enjoyed inside! With inflatables, basketball, jumpers, and adventure playgrounds, it's perfect for those active kids!
Kids can explore a maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with interactive features, great for kids under 12 years!
A state of the art indoor playground in Central Park in Minnesota for kids under 12 years!
Indoor fun for little ones up to 5 years at Pipsqueaks, with slides, rides, toddler zone and ways to let that imagination soar! Open seasonally over winter
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!
A family friendly adventure park in Minnesota with ropes courses, zip lines and giant swings that will give those active families a challenging day out to remember!
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!
Year round fun for the family, with a water park, go-karts, boat tours, kayaks, and skiing!
A beautiful part of Minnesota's nature at Mille Lacs Lake, with fishing, hiking, kiteboarding and more! The great outdoors is calling!
Soar over some of the most amazing landscapes in the USA with this fully immersive experience using special effects, and cutting edge technology!
Families looking for an afternoon of fun or serious climbers seeking a challenge can find them both at Vertical Endeavors Duluth. The North Shore’s largest climbing facility with 30 top ropes, lead climbing, 12 Auto Belays, and a large bouldering cav....
Explore the Silver Lake area in style with boat and bike rentals! Outdoor fun in Rochester for those active kids!
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!
Wall to wall trampolines in Plymouth, where the whole family can enjoy bouncing fun! Great for those active kids
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 classes.
Classes and workshops for ages 12 months and up in programs that support community development. A creative day out in Minneapolis!
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.
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!
Incredible adventures to be had in the beautiful nature of Minnesota's oldest state park - Itasca State Park!
Teddy Bear Park offers a large, imaginative adventure playground designed for under 7s, & additional play space for older kids!
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....
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....
Visit one of the first state parks created in the USA in Minneapolis, with historical sites, gardens, waterfalls, and fun activities!
A nature playground for the whole family with over 1,100 acres of gardens, woods and trails.
A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.
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....
Admission includes exhibits of the Lake Superior Railroad Museum, the St. Louis County Historical Society and Veterans Memorial plus the Children's Museum and the Duluth Art Institute.
The preservation of something which is changing and often, in these areas, disappearing is the purpose of the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum. Hear the old steam locomotive puff and chug throughout the countryside. Hear the puffing and chugging ....
A fascinating and interactive look into the history of transportation, where kids can enjoy a train or caboose ride!
Experience adventure underground at this amazing natural wonder, with tours, mini golf and panning for gemstones too!
Skiing and snowboarding fun for the whole family, with green runs, dog sledding, snowshoeing and sleigh rides!
Family fun on the slopes with skiing and snowboarding, including with lessons from 3 years. Snowshoeing, cross country skiing and tubing too!
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons for all ages, with 33% green runs, plus tubing 2 terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons for all ages, 33% green runs, snow tubing hill and terrain training park.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, with terrain split between green and blue runs, plus covered lift serviced tubing hill and several terrain training features.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 20% green runs and 60% blue, plus lift serviced tubing hill and terrain park.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, beginners' hill, plus snow tubing and 4 different terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 5 years, offering 2 green runs and another 3 blue, plus tow rope serviced tubing hill and 2 terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 2, offering 6 green runs, plus Nordic skiing and two terrain training parks, one being the biggest in the Midwest.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4 years, offering 15 green runs, plus 3 terrain training parks.
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 7 green runs, plus tow rope serviced snow tubing hill and 4 terrain training parks.
Coffee Mill, named after a historic navigational point along the mighty Mississippi, offers the best of coulee skiing with a unique "bowl" arrangement for convenient lift accessibility and protection from cold winter winds.
Skiing and snowboarding fun for the family, with lessons from 3 years, and runs for all experience levels. Also tubing with double seaters and children's sledding and a sliding hill!
Skiing and snowboarding with lessons from 4, offering 4 green runs plus lift serviced tubing hill.
A mission and fur post overlooked the Minnesota River 150 years ago and today the mission still stands. Joseph Renville, an explorer and fur trader whose mother was Dakota and father was French, established a fur post on the river in 1826 near a wide....
he Minnesota Agricultural Interpretive Center (Farmamerica) was commissioned in 1978 by the legislature to preserve and promote the strong heritage of Minnesota agriculture. This is done through experiential learning at a 120-acre site which encourag....
or over 400 years Ojibwe families of Grand Portage have tapped maples every spring on a ridge located just off Lake Superior. During the summer, Ojibwe fishermen harvest in the same areas their forefathers have. Before the United States and Canada ex....
After the exhibits, visit the recreated turn-of-the-century logging camp where you'll find the camp blacksmith, saw filer, clerk, cook and lumberjacks. Then, board the moored river "wanigan," a floating cook shack used when the logs and men headed do....
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.
One of the world's great historic sites, with ancient rock carvings that are sacred to the American Indians. Fascinating family day out in Minnesota, with several special events and guided tours to complete your historic day!
The Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center provides interpretation of the Hjemkomst Viking Ship, Hopperstad Stave Church Replica, Red River Valley Exhibition and hosts traveling exhibits in 7,000 sq. feet of temporary exhibition space. The interpreti....
You haven't seen Duluth until you've explored the St. Louis County Heritage and Arts Center's Historic Union Depot, better know as simply the Depot. This former Union Railroad Depot was built in 1892 by the Boston firm of Peabody, Stearns and Furb....
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 Slides and Go-Karts!
Seasonal family day out fun in Minnesota with pumpkin patch, a corn maze, backwoods golf, wagon rides and animals too!
A fun play structure in the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Minnesota, with an area for those under 5s and with disabilities.
Ten pin bowling fun at Skyline Lanes with open bowling, cosmic bowling and even bowling leagues. Great family fun in Minnesota for that day out with those active kids!
Discover the lakes area's newest 18 hole mini-golf. Located in a scenic wooded setting, with waterfalls, meandering stream, and pond. Play the World Famous "Northern Pike Hole." Hit your final shot into the outhouse and win a free game.
A fun and vintage 68-horse carousel built in 1914, and perfect for kids of all ages!
It's farm fun at Farmamerica with 360-acres including a visitor center, a pond & prairie, historical buildings, plus a collection of antique farm equipment!
Features include the Alpine Coaster, Mini Golf course, and Zip Line ride, plus snow tubing in the winter.
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!
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 with infra red equipment.
Wagon rides, a corn maze, play areas and a petting zoo - it can only be that fun family farm experience!
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.
15,000 sq feet of Minnesota bounce playland! Kids can bounce their heart away for the day in a fun and colorful environment!
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 the whole family for creating works of art and fami....
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.
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!
A family fun RV park in Aitkin, Minnesota, Pete's Retreat will make sure your family adventure is filled with fun activities creating wonderful memories - voted in the Top 100 Campgrounds in North America!
A fun Minnesota family campground with pools, slides, play zones, a petting zoo, playgrounds, mini golf, sports courts plus local boat hire and fishing. Day guests are welcome too! Phew!
A family campground with a water park in Minnesota, conveniently located on the Zumbro River on 77 acres of woods, rivers and creeks.
One of the top fishing and family vacation resorts in Minnesota, with RV sites, cabins, and water activities!
A family friendly campsite in Whitewater Valley on Minnesota’s premier trout stream with a petting zoo, sports, fishing and wagon rides!