Minnesota is a State with two distinct personalities. One part is a populous cityscape, and the other is beautiful serene prairie land. If it’s geology you’re interested in, then you won’t be disappointed. Minnesota is home to the Earth’s oldest rocks, gneisses that are 3.6 billion years old. Of course, most families visit friends, family, and tourist hotspots in the State. What will you come to Minnesota for?
The Land of 10,000 Lakes
Minnesota is perhaps most famous for its beautiful lakes, rivers, and waterways. There are dozens of ways to enjoy this landscape. If you love boating, why not hire a boat, take a tour, or simply kayak your way around? There are plenty of family friendly water-based experiences to enjoy, wherever you might be in the State. Some of the lakes are enormous. Two of the biggest are in St. Louis County, so maybe start your water tour there?
On Your Bike
If you love being active, you can’t beat a spot of mountain biking. One of the best places in Minnesota for mountain bike trails is in Rochester. There is a great rental place at Silver Lake, so you can still keep up with your nautical theme if you like. Accommodation is easy in Rochester too. You can stay as long as you like at places like the TownePlace Suites Rochester hotel. This is ideal if you’re planning to stay in the area for the summer too.
Minnesota is also one of the best States to visit if you love native wildlife. Only Alaska can boast a bigger population of Timber Wolves in the region. Bobcats and Whitetail Deer are also very common in this part of the country. Bird spotters can’t go wrong either. Snowy Owls, Bald Eagles, and even Red Tail Hawks have made their home here and are thriving in the landscape. And with so many lakes in the State, a fishing trip for rainbow trout or bass is a must.
For families that love entertainment, bustling nightlife, and plenty of great eateries, the twin cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are ideal. It’s quite easy to spend time in either city area and even easier to move between the two. You’ll find everything you might expect from city life here. You can also make the most of the museums, galleries, and historic buildings that both cities boast. The Science Museum in Saint Paul is particularly good for all the family to enjoy.
Music And Art
Sometimes it’s worth taking a vacation to further your kids’ experience and education. Minnesota is a wonderful State for offering insights into the arts worlds of music, art, dance, and puppetry. These arts are so often inaccessible to city kids. But Minneapolis and Saint Paul offer marvelous resources and regular performances. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is usually held in the first two weeks of August and attracts great artists from all over the world.
Minnesota may be one of the northernmost States, but it is always worth a visit. Activities galore will keep all the family happy. What will you see here?
Some of my very best friends live in Minnesota and I am hoping that we'll be able to plan a family trip to see them next summer. Have you ever been to the beautiful state of Minnesota? Tell us about it in the comments!