10 Minneapolis Adventures Every Family Should Experience

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 & 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.

2. Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota makes learning fun for all ages! From Dinosaurs and FossilsMath 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 Ancient Caves. Explore caves from all over the world (including Minnesota!) and hear from researchers and climate scientists as they discover unique rock formations, crystal-filled caverns, and pools of untouched water that can help us learn about the earth's climate history. Peruse the gift shop for keepsakes and enjoy a day worth remembering! Snag some museum tickets now!

3. Minnehaha Falls

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. 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!

4. The Bakken Museum

Learn about innovations in science, technology, and the humanities at the Bakken Museum. Explore electricity, learn about the creation of Frankenstein, get creative in the Architecture Studio, or learn about the history of plant-based medicine. 

5. Nickelodeon Universe and SEA Life Minnesota at the Mall of America

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. Before you leave don’t forget to stop at the SEA Life Minnesota, Crayola ExperienceThe Escape Game, or the LEGO store to buy a memento for the kids!

6. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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. 

7. Como Zoo & Conservatory

Animals, gardens, gifts, art and amusement galore! Families will never be at a loss for what to do next at the Como Zoo. Wind around the zoo and spot your favorite animals, then take a walk through the conservatory to admire the beautiful gardens, exotic plants and breathtaking displays thriving inside and out – a nice refresher in the winter seasons. Garden Safari Gifts is bound to have the perfect souvenir for the kids (or you!) while Como Town, the zoo’s small amusement park, is calling the little one’s names! Grab some grub inside the zoo or at the Zobata Café next to the gift shop. For more attractions, check out their official listing

8. REM5 VR Lab

REM5 VR Lab is the ultimate interactive, hands-on activity that's actually fun for the whole family. And it's not just for gamers! You can explore the world through Google Earth, have a table tennis competition, start a snowball fight, become a virtual quarterback, and more.

9. Minneapolis Institute of Art

This fine art museum accepts donations but is free to the public and hosts various events that museum goers can attend. For non-members, special exhibitions, classes, talks and events may require a ticket and reservations can be made ahead of time. Stroll from culture to culture as you and the family dive into the beautiful artwork of years gone by. With a wide variety of art hosted at the museum, the kids will find something to love no matter their taste. 

10. Minnesota Children's Museum

With three floors of fun, there's no better way to spend a day than at the Minnesota Children's Museum. Kids are encouraged to learn by exploring, creating, and playing in their own way. Solve problems, help animals, get immersed into a pretend town, find your way through a maze, or express yourself through art.