Naming a mall the “Mall of America” comes with some pretty lofty expectations. But even skeptics can admit that the Mall of America lives up to the hype. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis, the Mall of America has been a leading retail and entertainment venue since 1992. It’s home to 400 stores and hundreds of events each year. It’s also earned a reputation as being one of the go to kids destinations in Minnesota. Kids can spend their days at the full-scale theme park Nickelodeon Universe or head to the ocean with a trip to Sea Life Aquarium. One thing is for sure: there are no dull days at the Mall of America.
From tigers, elephants, monkeys, polar bears and giraffes to birds, fish and insects, you can get up close and personal with all these exotic animals at Minnesota's Como Park Zoo. You can also sign up for some interesting classes and group activities that will help you learn more about conserving animals and plants at the Conservatory.
Imagine the perfect campsite. It probably has expansive lakes, thick forest, and rolling hills. That’s what you’ll find at the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. This preserved area of northeastern Minnesota includes over 1,000,000-acres of wilderness. It’s part of the Superior National Forest and gets over 100,000 visitors each year. The campers dream park includes over 1200 miles of canoeing opportunities, isolated hiking trails, and countless campsites. It’s even home to numerous vacant islands that are accessible via boat. You can experience the best of Minnesota’s outdoors regardless of the time of year. During the winter, it’s a treasure trove for long-distance skiing and ice fishing.
Perched on Cathedral Hill overlooking the city of St. Paul, Minnesota, this is a cathedral that is unique and very distinctive in terms of its design and appearance. Dating back to the early 1900s, this is a great place to visit if you are into history and architecture as you will be able to explore both when you come here. You can learn more about parish life at the cathedral as well as taking in the National Shrine of Paul the Apostle. You will be fascinated to learn about the history of the cathedral and you can take some time to take in the arts as part of a group tour of the building.
Anyone that loves being on the road and taking in unadulterated natural beauty will find that Minnesota’s North Shore Scenic Drive is the perfect choice. When you take this drive you will head from Canal Park in Duluth through incredibly beautiful surroundings with breathtaking scenery comprising everything from towering cliffs to crystal clear waters, mountains, and rolling greenery. There are also many different trails so you can make a stop and really get to one with nature as you immerse yourself in these awe-inspiring surroundings.
Located on the shores of Lake Superior in Minnesota, Split Rock Lighthouse State Park has become hugely popular because it is home to the famous lighthouse, which is one of the most photographed in the country. The lighthouse and other buildings in the state park are now operational as museums, so you can enjoy visiting and learning more about the history of the area. In addition, the park itself offers access to stunning natural beauty as well as recreational activities such as hiking, walking trails, bicycling and more.
You don’t have to travel to a tropical paradise to find a majestic waterfall. Instead, you can just make a trip to Minneapolis’s own Minnehaha Falls. The 53-foot waterfall attracts over 850,000 visitors each year. You can hike along the Minnehaha Creek en route to the Mississippi River and the legendary falls. Once there, you’ll be greeted by picturesque views from the top of the falls to the lower vistas. Wading pools are also available for adventurous tourists looking to take a dip. The park also has bike rentals available for people looking to tour the park in style.
Situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, Munsinger and Clemens Gardens sit adjacent to one another. These gardens span fourteen acres and seven acres respectively, providing visitors with a great opportunity to surround themselves with natural beauty as they enjoy the great outdoors. You can take in stunning flora and fauna when you visit these gardens as well as enjoying the different and distinct floral displays. Fountains, ponds and other structures help to enhance the beauty of these gardens even further.
With over 32,000 acres that covers 100 lakes, Itasca State Park is the best place for you to go hiking and experience nature like you never have before. Make sure to drop by the Itasca Indian Cemetery or the Wegmann's Cabin and spend a night with your family in their camping grounds right under the starry skies. For outdoor lovers, this is an experience that you should not miss.
Known as the upper Midwest's largest amusement park, this is the perfect place to take your entire family. From grandma and grandpa down to little toddlers, there is something fun and exciting that is in store for you here. They have family rides and thrill rides that will give you the adrenaline surge that you've been craving for. You can even check out the Dinosaurs Alive and Planet Snoopy attractions as well as spend a few hours splashing around at their Soak City Waterpark.