Top 10 Family Must Sees
Looking for family adventures farther than the living room couch and different from the weekly family dinner at the same old restaurant? No matter the season, we’ve got the perfect experience for you! For families of any size, with kids of all ages, try something new on your next outing.
1. Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Free First Saturdays at the Walker Art Museum
Family day, dia familiar, maalmeedka qoyska, tsev neeg hnub, يوم العائل ! Enjoy free admission to the Walker Art Center’s galleries every first Saturday of the month from 10am – 3pm. Along with free admission, Free First Saturdays also feature engaging performances, games, arts and crafts and kid’s films. Before or after your fun indoors, take a stroll through the fall foliage and charming works of art at the newly renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden right next door! Family friendly food options are available inside the museum, but all are welcome to bring a snack from home to munch on.
The Science Museum of Minnesota makes learning fun for all ages! From Dinosaurs and Fossils, The Human Body, Math Moves, the Experiment Gallery and much more, parents and kids alike can enjoy a full day of activities together. Take a break for a show in the museum’s Omnitheater, now featuring the underwater tale, Journey to the South Pacific, and come back for more after October 13 when Rocky Mountain Express takes over the screen. Peruse the gift shop for keepsakes and enjoy a day worth remembering! Snag some museum tickets now!
Travel back in time on one of Human on a Stick’s 100+ segways! Take the Magical History Tour and effortlessly glide through the rich history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present. Sign up for the Insider Tour to discover 15 little-known facts about Minneapolis while rolling gracefully along through downtown. These city tours are fun for the whole family and informational even for lifelong residents of our bustling city!
*For ages 12-80, with a weight restriction of 280 lbs.
4. LAKE CALHOUN
As the leaves change and snow begins to blanket Minneapolis, take a walk around Lake Calhoun. As the spring melts winter into a budding and beautiful paradise and summer heats up the ground, take a walk around Lake Calhoun! No matter the weather, there is something magical about a walk around this popular lake; plant a blanket on the beaches and enjoy a day in the sun or bundle up and admire the fall colors or the winter snowflakes! Indulge in our City of Lakes to your hearts content.
Bring some food to grill at one of Minnehaha’s various picnic locations, walk along the regional park’s beautiful trails, splash your feet in the water along the shoreline and don’t forget to check out the sparkling Minnehaha waterfall – frozen or full of life, the falls are exquisite in all seasons. If you didn’t bring a snack, grab a bite at the Sea Salt Eatery, open through October, and then stop at Wheel Fun Rentals to hop on a multi-person bike and peddle your way along the park’s upper pathways. You can even bring your dog to Minnehaha’s off-leash dog park and no longer worry about leaving the four-legged family member behind on your day out!
To see Minnehaha Falls from a different angle, try a kayak tour with Above the Falls Sports! Their Exploring the Gorge tour starts in downtown Minneapolis so you can get an awesome view of the Mill City District, the only gorge on the Mississippi River, limestone cliffs and end with a grand finale at the falls.
Take in all the colors and sites that fall has to offer, the budding greenery that spring provides, and the beauty of a Minneapolis summer day at the Foshay Observation Deck! The Foshay Tower was the first skyscraper built in the state of Minnesota, and remained the tallest for 42 years, making it a unique and historically prominent building in our city. Watch the blue skies or captivating sunset with the kids while they ogle at the stunning views of the cityscape 30 floors up. No need to go far before or after for a dinner out on the town. Hell’s Kitchen lives right across the street, with an all-day menu and family friendly atmosphere calling your name!
Pamper your family to a day filled with history and fun activities! The Mill City Museum is built into the ruins of what was once Gold Medal Flour, the world’s largest flour mill, located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Visitors of all ages can learn about the interwoven histories of Minneapolis, the river and the flour industry that shaped our city into the beautiful metropolis it is today! Before the end of your visit, make sure to check out the view from the 9th floor Observation Deck, with unforgettable views of St. Anthony Falls and the Mississippi River. Plan your visit today!
Spend a day outside enjoying the perfect weather for you and the family. Whether through fall leaves, melting snow or green fields, bike your way through Minneapolis’s Chain of Lakes! Cruise through 5 different lakes and connecting trails, getting your exercise in for the day while reveling in the beauty that nature has to offer our sprawling, urban city. If one or more in the pack is in need of an adult-sized bike, rent some wheels at one of Minneapolis’ many Nice Ride bike stations and dock it at the end of your trip! Pack some snacks to munch on during your outing and don’t forget your helmet!
Rain or shine, Nickelodeon Universe is here for your family. Located inside the Mall of America, everyone in the family will find something to smile about! From roller coasters and thrill rides to family and kids rides, there will never be a shortage of fun. Stop at the Hard Rock Café for a bite to eat, or grab a snack at one of the various food carts around the park. Before you leave don’t forget to stop at the SEA LIFE, Nickelodeon, The Escape Game, LEGO or American Girl stores to buy a memento for the kids!
Offering special events all year ‘round, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a great way spend time in the beauty of nature during all four seasons. Spring sees the return of blooming flowers and plant sales while summer brings outdoor adventures that awaken the senses. Autumn is filled with a bounty of apples, pumpkins and friendly scarecrows nestled in the fallen leaves while winter becomes a snow-capped landscape viewable from the warmth of the indoors that display magical holiday decorations. Take a trip each season to get your fix of the outdoors. Check out their special events and other programs before you go!