If you think of Minnesota, the couple of things that may come to mind are uber-friendly people with folksy accents, and bitterly cold, snow-drenched winters. But, there is so much more to this state; it is rich in natural beauty, has a wide array of outdoor activities, and plenty of culture in the form of museums, theater and so much more. Here are just some of the top things to do when visiting the North Star State.
Mall of America
No list of things to do in Minnesota would be complete without the Mall of America—the most visited site in the whole state. And, quite a mall it is, boasting 520 stores. And, it surely isn’t just for shopping either. It also has 50 restaurants, Legoland, Sealife Aquarium, and Nickolodeon Universe, the biggest indoor theme park. Here you can also fine Water Park of America, one of the best waterparks in the United States.
The Mall of America is located in Bloomington, a mere 15 minutes from the downtown area of Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Anything with animals is usually a good bet for kids and adults alike, and the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has plenty on offer. It is home to a large variety of animals, such as tigers, polar bears, giraffes, elephants, monkeys, exotic fish and all sorts of interesting insects. It also runs interesting programs and activities that teach you all about these wonderful creatures and conservation efforts.
Lake Superior Helicopter Tours
If you are up for a unique experience teeming with amazing photo opportunities, make sure a Lake Superior Helicopter Tour makes its way onto your itinerary. There are a few different ‘rides’ to choose from, such as the Aerial Tour, the North Shore Tour or the Ultimate Tour.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area
If you happen to be in the area during the warmer months, and want to experience the abundance of natural beauty on offer here, definitely make time for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Experience guides will take you on a canoe adventure. You can also enjoy the campgrounds, take on challenging nature hikes and pass through some very picture-worthy scenic spots found throughout the park.
The famous Minnehaha Falls is one of the top natural wonders of Minnesota, awing visitors with its stunning beauty and grandeur. But, there is so much more to do than just get some amazing photos of the falls—you can go on nature hikes, bring a nice lunch to enjoy on their picnic grounds, or enjoy the Wabun wading pool.
Itasca State Park
This amazing park spans over 32,000 acres and has 100 lakes—here you can experience nature in a way you probably never have before. A must for outdoor enthusiasts. You will find plenty of hiking trails, amazing photo opps and all sorts of natural wonder. The Itasca Indian Cemetery is an interesting sight to see while at the park. If you want to spend the night, Wegmann’s Cabin has some beautiful campgrounds.