You asked for it, you got it! Here are 20 MORE awesome places around the Twin Cities that you’ve never heard of
- Blue Sun Soda Shop (Spring Lake Park MN) – Minnesota’s first gourmet soda shop, offering 1,300 different flavors of soda. You can also tour the vintage bottling line.
- Teddy Bear Park (Stillwater MN) – Quite possibly the most adorable playground that has ever existed, this little gem is located in gorgeous Stillwater. Definitely worth the trip to visit this magical space.
- Quarry Park (Waite Park MN) – Quarry Park is one of the most unique county parks in Minnesota. It was an active granite quarry until the mid-1950s. Over time the land has gradually reverted to a more natural state, but the quarries have now filled with water. There are two quarries for swimming, with one of them 116 feet deep. Other activities at the park include scuba diving, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and more.
- Watt Munisotaram (Hampton MN) – Watt Munisotaram is a Cambodian Buddhist temple located south of the Cites, surrounded by farmland. It is elaborately decorated in gilded gold, rich colors, flowers, and many large statues of the Buddha. Those that have visited describe it beautiful, peaceful and serene.
- Can Can Wonderland (St Paul MN) – The spot brings an indoor artist-designed mini golf course, paired with a Coney-Island style boardwalk of amusements. For food, think classic amusement park food with an edgy twist, like popcorn with Sriracha, mini donuts with bacon, mac & cheese nachos. MMM, I can taste it already.
- Pieology Pizzeria (St. Paul & Maple Grove MN) – Chain restaurants wouldn’t always make a list about unique adventures, but Pieology does! This is a pizzeria where you create your own pizza and it is cooked in a wood-fired grill in about 5 minutes. Great for quick, fun, food for the whole family!
- Central Park and Skating Loop (Maple Grove MN) – This is a park for all seasons! In the summertime, there are seven unique play zones, a climbing tower, unique swings, and a water play area. In the winter there is the 810-foot skating loop that is free! Also on site are concessions, bathrooms and skate rental. Another feature that makes this place great is that the park connects to 55 miles of Maple Grove trails.
- U of M Dairy Salesroom (St. Paul MN) – The Dairy Store sells items that are produced by students, faculty, and staff in the dairy plant. Products are made during classes, research projects and during breaks as a way to fund research and maintenance of the facility. The salesroom is open to the public on Wednesday afternoons.
- Como Planetarium (St. Paul MN) – Located inside of Como Elementary school, this 55 seat planetarium offers public programs throughout the year. Take your family on a field trip to space!
- Lakewood Cemetery Tours (Minneapolis MN) – A cemetery may not be high on your list of family adventure spots, but Lakewood Cemetery is more than a cemetery. The cemetery is home to works of art as well as gardens to explore on a self-guided tour, or during one of the events throughout the year.
- SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary (New Richmond WI) – Though not in the Twin Cities, this one makes the list because it sounds amazing. SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary provides rescue, rehabilitation, and a permanent safe haven to farm animals in need. We haven’t been here yet but can’t wait to make the trip to a farm sanctuary!
- Stand Up Minnesota Paddleboard Tours (Minneapolis MN) – For this adventure, you must be at least 14 and weight at least 100 pounds. If you meet those requirements you are all set to stand up paddleboard on the Mississippi River!
- Hangloose MN (Carlos MN) – Wakesurfing lessons on Lake Carlos. What is Wakesurfing you ask? This is when you ride a special surfboard and trail behind a boat, riding the boat’s wake without being directly pulled by the boat. This adventure screams summertime FUN!
- Gammelgarden Museum (Scandia MN) – Step back in time and visit the only open-air museum devoted to Swedish immigrants. The grounds are beautiful and they offer some neat programs throughout the year.
- Excelsior Streetcar (Excelsior MN) – Located in Excelsior, the Excelsior Streetcar ride is short excursion but big on excitement. Ride the streetcar to Water Street and get out and explore beautiful downtown Excelsior. Hop back on the Streetcar when you are ready to go back. It only costs $2 per person to ride the historic streetcar and 3 and under are free!
- The Mystery Café (Bloomington and Ham Lake MN) – Recommended for 12 years old and up, the Mystery Café invited you to solve a crime while enjoying a delicious 3-course dinner!
- Jugheads Youth Juggling Company (Edina MN) – A juggling school for kids, right here in the Twin Cities? Yep, such a thing exists.
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