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 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!

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, 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. 

4. Mill City Museum

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!

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. 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 Minnesota, Crayola ExperienceThe Escape GameLEGO Store or the American Girl 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. Check out their special events and other programs before you go!

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. Sporting Events 

Minnesota is the proud home of 6 professional sports teams. From the MN Timberwolves (NBA) and the MN Lynx (4-time WNBA champions) to the MN Vikings (NFL), MN Wild (NHL), the MN Twins (MLB) and MN United FC (MLS), we’ve got an exciting sports game waiting for you year-round. All but two sports stadiums are located within a mile of each other in Downtown Minneapolis; Target Center, Target Field and US Bank Stadium. Xcel Energy Center and Allianz Field, currently under construction for MN United, are both situated in St. Paul. All facilities are easily accessible via public transportation, specifically the Metro Transit Light Rail system. With plenty to do before and after each game, you and the family will easily make a day out of your favorite sporting event! 

Check out: Before or After Twins Games
Check out: Top Things to Do Near US Bank Stadium

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. Children’s Theatre Company

The perfect performance for your kids in hiding behind the doors of the Children’s Theatre Company. With 5-10 shows per year, the CTC adapts classic children’s literature and storybooks into stage performances. Relatable, interesting and magical plotlines make it easy for even the most fidgety little one to relax and enjoy! Check out the most recent calendar to plan your trip!