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Your Summer Bucket List for the Family

It’s that time of year when you’re scrambling to tackle those last few things on your summer bucket list, yet also quietly longing for the beauty you know fall will bring. Summer may be slowly winding down, but it’s not over yet. Why not go out with a bang? Before the routines of the school year set in, get your family out of the house for some last-minute adventure at a few of our favorite Minneapolis attractions! Here are four places you must check out in August for family-friendly fun.

Science Museum of Minnesota

Check out the Science Museum’s newest exhibit, The Science Behind Pixar! Glimpse into the behind-the-scenes technology, get creative with their interactive digital screens, and explore the process of bringing your favorite characters to life. Your kids will have a blast, and secretly you will, too.

While you’re there, don’t miss out on all of the other amazing exhibits currently at the museum. One of our favorites is Sportsology, which takes a deeper dive into what it is that allows us to kick a soccer ball or swing a tennis racket. Race your favorite athletes, see how well you can really swing a baseball bat, and enjoy a little competition while you learn how physiology, physics and nutrition all work together to give us movement.

A trip to the Science Museum wouldn’t be the same without taking a journey to some of the most incredible places on earth via the Omnitheater. Witness whale sharks, sea turtles, manta rays and more in the Journey to the South Pacific, now showing at the Science Museum’s Omnitheater. 

Score a deal on tickets with some of their awesome discounts!

Minnesota State Fair

The most classic Minnesota festival there is, the State Fair is the ultimate end of summer celebration. We wait all year long to eat everything on a stick, take in the sounds of the Grandstand and feel that rush of adrenaline on our favorite ride in the adventure park. From the SkyGlider and butterfly house to the animal exhibits and list of new foods, we can’t get enough of “The Great Minnesota Get-Together.” Get your tickets online or at the door.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Looking for that perfect family-fun day before school starts again? Head to the Renaissance Festival to find entertainment for all ages. Adults will love the comedy shows, awesome fair food and wine/beer tastings. Your kids will have a blast with the costume contests, petting zoo, chemistry experience and more. Check out their themed weekends if you want to get extra creative. Your kids will especially love the Pets & Pirates theme Sept. 16 & 17 with a pet costume contest, dog parade and kid pirate costume contest. And who doesn’t love free parking?

Above the Falls Sports

Embark on an adventure with Above the Falls Sports. Take in stunning views of the urban landscape, learn about the history that makes Minneapolis what it is today and feel the water at your fingertips. Navigate the river downtown with their Working the Local Channel tour and spend 2.5 hours taking in the history and beauty of downtown Minneapolis. If you’re feeling more adventurous, try their trip to Minnehaha Falls to see one of the most storied waterfalls in the city. This four-hour tour will take you past cliffs, white sand beaches and incredible natural geological formations. Perfect for the whole family, Above the Falls lets you explore Minneapolis from a different angle. See the city like you never have before, and give your whole family a summer experience they won’t forget!