12 Apr Ready for Summer? Top Activities for Family Fun!
Como Zoo, the Conservatory, and Como Town
Nestled on the winding Lexington Parkway in St. Paul, Como Zoo has been around for ages. You can see many animals here, in addition to walking through the Conservatory, which offers visitors the opportunity to see exotic plants and flowers that are not native to Minnesota. Just next door is Como Town – a smaller amusement park for kids ages 2-12 and their families.
Afton Apple Orchard
Who doesn’t like to go pick their own fresh produce? At Afton Apple Orchard, guests can (depending on the season) pick their own strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins, and 13 different apple varieties on over 190 acres. They also have a huge, 15-acre corn maze which opens typically in mid-September and goes through the end of October.
A summer past-time favorited by many, Duluth offers more than just spectacular views of lighthouses along the shores of Lake Superior. Take a walk at Canal Park, skip rocks into the Great Lake, or take a tour of the William A. Irvin.
Privately owned and family-operated since 1963, FAWN-DOE-ROSA helps educate about nature, wildlife, and animals, with many of the animals having been raised by the family. Walk the trails in their wooded park and enjoy getting to know the animals – it’s fun for all ages!
The Bakken Museum
Located in Minneapolis near Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun), the Bakken Museum is the only museum and library in the world that is devoted to medical electricity. Visitors are educated on the history of electricity and electromagnetism from 1200 A.D. to present.
If you ask a Minnesotan what a newcomer should experience in their first year living here, they will enthusiastically tell you, “The State Fair!!” The Great Minnesota Get Together is the last two weeks of August each year, ending on Labor Day. We go for the food and we stay for the entertainment! You’ll find fried-just-about-everything-on-a-stick, from Pronto Pups to deep-fried Snickers on a stick to those oh-so-glorious State Fair cheese curds.
Bde Maka Ska Park (formerly Lake Calhoun Park)
Head to the beach where you can rent canoes, kayak, boat, paddle boards, and bikes for an afternoon on the lake. Dine al fresco at Lola’s on the Lake, go fishing at one of the piers, or walk around the lake. There’s no shortage of activities and it’s fun for the whole family.
Children’s Theatre Company
Inspiring young people and their communities, the Children’s Theatre strives to create extraordinary theatre experiences that educate and challenge.
Apple Valley Aquatic Center
A lazy river, water slides, diving boards, and a huge pool for the family? Yes, yes, yes, and yes! And, the 2019 season is upon us! From June 8 – August 25, beat the heat and cool off at the Apple Valley Aquatic Center.
Dodge Nature Center
Calling all nature enthusiasts! Plan your next adventure at Dodge where you and your children can get connected to nature through environmental education. There are a few different locations, so make sure you take a look at their website to find which location you want to discover.
Gale Woods Farm
Have an adventure on a real, working farm! Located in Minnetrista on Whaletail Lake, Gale Woods Farm offers a spectacular educational opportunity where guests can learn about food production and agriculture.