Top 10 Things to do in Minnesota, United States

June 20, 2021 Renato Branum

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul have the famous Mall of America and Walker Art Institute. Bluff Country to the south has water sports and cross country skiing. The Prairielands abound with lake recreations.

1. Minneapolis Institute of Art

2400 3rd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404-3506 +1 612-870-3131 http://www.artsmia.org/
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5.0 based on 2,356 reviews

Minneapolis Institute of Art

Travel through 4,000 years of world history as you view more than 80,000 works of sculpture, photography, paintings, drawings and prints.

Reviewed By RedYoga - Benicia, United States

I was visiting Minneapolis for a conference, and saw an ad for the special exhibit of Native American women's art at MIA. Kudos to MIA for putting together such an amazing exhibit--it is fantastic! I walked through the special exhibit twice to better take it all in. I would encourage everyone to go see it! Not to be missed.

2. Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive

Duluth, MN +1 800-429-9297 http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/byways/byways/11185
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5.0 based on 1,952 reviews

Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive

Reviewed By Rwhite1129 - Kenosha, United States

First of all let me say that driving this road is a must when visiting Duluth. I spent the entire day driving this path and pulling off to see waterfalls and hike various trails. The lakefront views and small towns along the way have so much charm to offer. Plan your trip beforehand- GPS is great to navigate along the way. Some waterfalls along the way are off the beaten path and require more time and strenous hiking to get to. Today my husband and I hiked the following- Gooseberry Falls (Gooseberry Falls State Park), Illgen Falls, Caribou Falls, Cross River Falls (right off 61), Hidden Falls, and Cascade Falls (Cascade River State Park). The views are amazing and some of the trails were a little icy but it was so beautiful.

3. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

726 Vineland Pl, Minneapolis, MN 55403 +1 612-375-7600 [email protected] http://www.walkerart.org/garden/
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4.5 based on 1,754 reviews

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is closed for renovation, and will reopen in June 2017. One of the crown jewels of the city’s park system, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden unites two of Minnesota’s most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. A partnership with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, the Garden is a top destination for tourists to enjoy art like the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry in an outdoor park setting.

Reviewed By victoriavZ5721AB - Rochester, United States

Had to check out the Minneapolis sculpture garden to see the famous spoon and cherry. We parked in the $4 parking lot and enjoyed strolling through the walkways to see some interesting sculptures. The native landscape and wildflowers only added to the beauty of the art and the location in the city. Got some cool pics as well which I'm sure we'll cherish for a long time!

4. Mall of America

60 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425-5510 +1 952-883-8800 http://mallofamerica.com
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4.5 based on 5,855 reviews

Mall of America

Mall of America(R) is one of the top tourist destinations in the country! The Mall welcomes more than 40 million visitors a year from across the country and around the world to enjoy over 520 retail and specialty stores including Nordstrom and Macy's. Experience unique dining and entertainment at over 50 restaurants plus enjoy leading attractions like the nation's largest indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe(R) indoor theme park, SEA LIFE(R) Aquarium, LEGO(R), A.C.E.S. Flight Simulator, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and more! By hosting more than 400 events each year, the Mall has become the place where fans can meet and greet their favorite celebrities or take part in interactive, one-of-a-kind events.

Reviewed By kevinhC5722CY - Mold, United Kingdom

Visited Mall of America for a second time and left just as impressed as my first visit several years ago. Great range of unique stores over a number of levels, clean and well maintained and enjoys a great food offer too. The centre piece though has to be the fun fair in the middle of what is a vast shopping centre. And car parking is easy with lots of space available. Also loved the many electronic find-what-you-are-looking for electronic stands that are easy to operate and guide you to any store, restaurant, fast food outlet or just the nearest rest room you may need to find. All in all a great shopping experience.

5. Tettegouche State Park

5702 Highway 61 Silver Bay, MN 55614 +1 218-353-8800 http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tettegouche/index.html
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4.5 based on 208 reviews

Tettegouche State Park

Located near Silver Bay, this area has waterfalls and rivers as well as forests.

Reviewed By BVELock - Mankato, United States

This was my first visit to Tettegouche and I was not disappointed! We did a day trip for hiking. We started with a hike from the parking lot to the mouth of the Baptism River. This is a nice short easy hike that would be good for families. You will have excellent views of Lake Superior and there is a pebble beach at the mouth of the river and the water is calm and good for wading in. We also hiked the trail to Cascade Falls. This trail is .8 miles one way but is worth the hike. The hike is not very difficult and is worth it for the views of the waterfalls. This was my favorite waterfall in the park. We also drove to the trailhead by the Baptism River Campground and parked there to walk to Two Step Falls and High Falls. There is about 200 stairs to get to Two Step Falls and I would rate the hike to High Falls as moderate difficulty as there are some hills and it can be rocky. You will hike about 2 miles round trip from the trailhead to both falls but it is worth it for the views. I also liked that this park was not so crowded like Gooseberry Falls. If you are on the North Shore you don’t want to miss this park!

6. Science Museum of Minnesota

120 Kellogg Blvd W, Saint Paul, MN 55102-1202 +1 651-221-9444 [email protected] http://new.smm.org
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4.5 based on 1,112 reviews

Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the state’s most popular museums, with a reach that extends well beyond its riverfront location in downtown Saint Paul. In addition to its beloved visitor place, which serves hundreds of thousands of people each year with its engaging exhibits, breathtaking giant screen films, and engaging special events, Science Museum education programs touch students in all of Minnesota’s 87 counties each year, and its research programs span the globe. Discovery awaits at the Science Museum of Minnesota! You’ll find something fascinating around every corner. We love to see the fun that our visitors have! Tag us in your photos @sciencemuseummn, or use #ShareYourDiscovery!

Reviewed By AdrienneM61 - Wichita, United States

We were actually there to visit the Mississippi National Riverway - which is located inside the Museum foyer. The foyer had a few exhibits that you could do without purchasing tickets to the very extensive museum - we LOVED the musical stairs, seriously...so incredibly cool and unique. We were a little short on time, so we had no intention on entering the museum, except a lady with her child had won tickets from an auction and had 4 more than they could use and asked if we would enjoy them, we graciously agreed. Huge thanks to that sweet lady. The museum is HUGE, we didn't get to do everything because again, it's huge! And the tickets included the IMAX film on Apollo 11 which was great! What we did get to do was very enjoyable, with several volunteer run stations where kids could make their own crafts or be part of an exhibit - very well done museum, enjoyable for kids and adults of ALL ages. If ever in the Twin Cities again, we will DEFINITELY return, to finish the rest of the museum!

7. Minnehaha Park

4801 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417-2373 +1 612-230-6400 http://www.minneapolisparks.org/parks__destinations/parks__lakes/minnehaha_regional_park/
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4.5 based on 2,453 reviews

Minnehaha Park

One of the city's oldest and most popular parks.

Reviewed By Sandita_travels - Minneapolis, United States

This is a fabulous gem in south Minneapolis - it's got the attraction of the Minnehaha Falls (fabulous all year round), some nice walking trails and the wonderful Sea Salt restaurant (summer only)…. be sure to get in line early! Summer time often has free concerts in the park - this is a great place to go explore on your own or with people. A family and dog friendly park!

8. Target Field

1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1418 1-800-33 http://mlb.mlb.com/min/ballpark/index.jsp
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4.5 based on 3,014 reviews

Target Field

Reviewed By jmetallo - Albany, United States

Great night at the ball park We are visiting all 30 This one was fabulous ... Easy to get to... light rail right outside the door... plenty of parking ... ride sharing friendly

9. Minnesota State Fair

1265 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55108-3099 +1 651-288-4400 [email protected] http://www.mnstatefair.org
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4.5 based on 1,220 reviews

Minnesota State Fair

Always 12 days of fun ending Labor Day, the Great Minnesota Get-Together welcomes 2 million guests annually to a world-class showcase of livestock, agriculture, horse, art, talent and creative activities competitions; 500 food items; 900 free entertainment shows; the Mighty Midway and Kidway; Grandstand concert series; 1,000 vendors; exhibits for kids and adults; and more! The 2021 State Fair runs Aug. 26-Sept. 6. The 2022 fair is Aug. 25-Sept. 5, and the 2023 fair is Aug. 24-Sept. 4.

Reviewed By joannatjohnson - Saint Paul, United States

Located mid-way between the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the 322-acre Minnesota State Fairgrounds is renowned for its beautiful gardens and architecture that features Art Deco and WPA buildings and frescos. The fair runs for the 10 days preceding Labor Day every year and is known as The Great Minnesota Get-Together. The fair has lots to see and do--something for everyone. While it can be an expensive excursion, there are always food bargains and free things to see and do. Check out the free park and ride options instead of trying to park close to the grounds themselves.

10. Quarry Hill Nature Center

701 Silver Creek Rd NE, Rochester, MN 55906-4504 +1 507-328-3950 [email protected] http://www.qhnc.org
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4.5 based on 258 reviews

Quarry Hill Nature Center

Enjoy the beauty and habitat of southeastern Minnesota by hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, or snowshoeing the meadows, flood plain and upland forests on the 5 miles of trails covering 320 acres. Park land features a former working quarry, the Rochester State Hospital Cemetary, and a 3 acre pond. The Nature Center offers interactive displays and exhibits of the area's wildlife and natural beauty including a 1,700 gallon native-fish aquarium. Public programs on Sunday's at 1:30 pm include cave tours, live animal programs and bird banding. Cross-country ski, snow shoe, and geocache rentals available.

Reviewed By gsgguru73

Wonderful and informative nature center, great for kids with smaller animals and reptiles and great hiking trails. I would recommend getting a map before you hike as the trails intersect and can be confusing.

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