Twin Cities Travel Recommendations for the Whole Family

Twin Cities Travel Recommendations for the Whole Family

If you’re wondering what there is to do in Minnesota, you’ve come to the right place. Minnesota holds joy for the outdoorsy, creative, laid back and those looking for adventure. Whether you need an outdoor sport, want to explore the sites, or need something to do with the kiddies, there is something to be found in the Twin cities.


Apart from the traditional and much loved outdoors activities like skiing and mountain biking, Minnesota has tons of outdoor options for sports enthusiasts, families, and the casual traveler.

  • Wild Mountain and Taylors Falls Rec- If you want something other than biking and hiking, try out Wild Mountain and Taylors Falls! With alpine slides, Go-Karts and a water park, you’re day will be full of fun and memories in no time.
  • Theodore Wirth Park- This is the largest regional park in the Minneapolis Park System. Activities range from fishing, boating and golf to volleyball, hiking and biking. In the winter, take advantage of tubing, snowshoeing and cross country skiing. There is something to do all year long!
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum- Need a breather? Take a day trip to this wonderful garden with over 1,000 acres of unique gardens. With many types of flowers, walking paths and unique plants to enjoy, you’ll be glad you took this rest day before hitting the sports again.
  • Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloons- Never been in a hot air balloon? Don’t let that stop you! Experience one of the greatest sensations of soaring in a hot air balloon over Minnesota. Perfect for kids and adults of all ages!


Not the outdoorsy type but still looking for a fun afternoon? There is plenty for you to see in do!

  • Mall of America- Okay this one was easy but it had to be mentioned. If you haven’t yet been, you must go. This huge landmark attracts millions of people each year and for good reason.
  • Chanhassen Dinner Theater- This is the nation’s largest professional dinner theater! Not only that but this is also the largest restaurant in all of Minnesota. If you love a good show and good food, this is simply a must try!
  • Ordway Center for the Performing Arts- This is no performing arts center. It is a world class performing arts center, hosting Broadway musicals, operas and educational programs galore, don’t forget to mark this number on your map.

For the Kids

  • Zoos- There is the Como Zoo and Conservatory which is free and then there is Minnesota Zoo as well. The Conservatory has been around for over 100 years and never fails to entertain with indoor exhibits and outdoor exhibits in the warmer months. The Minnesota Zoo on the other hand features a dazzling 2,300 animals!
  • Amusement Parks- Enjoy Nickelodeon Universe, Valleyfair Amusement Park and Cascade Bay to have your kids wiped out by the end of the day.


  • Museums- There are museum’s galore if you feel like learning! A few unique ones include the Minnesota Children’s Museum, the American Swedish Institute (with a castle!), the Museum of Questionable Medical Devices, and several art museums to tickle your fancy. Also stop by The Landing for a taste of Minnesota life 150 years ago!

As you can see, the Twin Cities is bursting with adventure and entertainment! I highly recommend trying something from each area!

By Shelby Morrison

Shelby Morrison enjoys traveling to Minnesota & writes for Disaster Kleenup International members such as Rapid Restoration DKI, a Twin Cities-based water damage restoration contractor who wishes you the best of travels this summer.