Family Activities » Minneapolis, MN

Family Activities in Minneapolis, MN

Any place with an indoor amusement park surrounded by one of the largest shopping malls should rank high on cities with the best family activities lists and the Twin Cities certainly does.
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Cascade Bay Water Park

South of the Twin Cities in the lovely suburb of Eagan is the largest outdoor municipal water park in the region, Cascade Bay. Parents know that if they drive by the park, the backseat will be filled with pointing and shrieks of excitement. Families can kick off the warm summer days in the refreshing pools ands stay busy zipping down the waterslides. Parents with toddlers will appreciate the zero-depth entry points. If mom is looking for some relaxation, let the day slip away on the Lazy River, but be prepared for the Rocky Rapids! When the clan gets waterlogged, dry off at Captain's Course, a nine-hole miniature golf course.

Children's Theatre Company

As one of the world's largest, the Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis has been entertaining families for over 45 years. Seasonal and classic shows are presented throughout the year in a comfortable, family-friendly environment. The entire family can also particiapte in theatre arts classes which are offered year-round for children as young as two up to adulthood.

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory has been a Twin Cities icon for over 100 years. The family-friendly property features indoor and outdoor animal exhibits, various gardens, mini-golf and a historic carousel. Admission is free, but a small donation is recommended. Bring extra spending money if you plan to meander into the adjacent Como Town Amusement Park. 

Historic Fort Snelling

Every kid loves a "real" fort but what makes Historic Fort Snelling a great day outing is the opportunity to unveil rich Minnesota history in a family-friendly environment. Families get to step back in time when visiting this 1820s military outpost. Costumed guides demonstrate life in the "olden days" with historic crafts, fire cannons and cooking period foods and telling stories of the fort's day to day activities.  

Jackson Street Roundhouse

Choo-choo! The Minneapolis-St. Paul area owes a lot to the rail system and what better way to celebrate its history than a visit to Jackson Street Roundhouse. Visitors are invited to learn about the railways and local history but most of all it offers families the opportunity to experience the upper Midwest's railroading as it was in the "olden days". Families particularly like operating the genuine roundhouse turntable, one of the few of its kind remaining in the country, and seeing the restoration of historic railway operating equipment. If you visit on a Saturday you can take a caboose ride which is included with admission. The best part is that you can ride as many times as you like!