The Twin Cities are full of so many wonderful places to explore. We have amazing museums, parks, shops, restaurants and more. But sometimes you just want to find something a little more off the beaten path. Seeking out hidden gems is our specialty.

Below are 15 of our favorite lesser known spots:

  1. Bigstone Mini-Golf and Sculpture Garden (Minnetrista MN) – Mini Golf your way on, over, and through amazing pieces of art, stroll the sculpture garden and visit the goat.
  2. Caponi Art Park  (Eagan MN) – Sculpture garden, hiking trails, and loads of fun events all summer long
  3. Swan Park (Monticello MN) – Home to over 2,000 Trumpeter Swans in the winter months from Mid November- March
  4. Normandale Japanese Garden (Bloomington MN) Feel like you’re right in the middle of Japan – and don’t miss the koi pond.
  5. Tamarack Nature Center (White Bear Township MN) Check out the nature center and hiking trails and don’t miss the natural play area
  6. Bike with a Ranger Along the Mississippi River (Minneapolis MN) – Why bike alone when you can be joined by an informative and friendly park ranger?
  7. Sandcreek Adventures (Jordan MN) – You don’t need to travel far to soar high over the bluffs. Offering zip lines and high rope courses
  8. The Salt Cave (Minneapolis MN) – it and play in a room full of a beautifully pink Himalayan salt cave room, and let the salt loosen congestion and open airways.
  9. Twin Cities Trapeze Center (St Paul MN) – Why stop at gymnastics when you and your children can take off on a flying trapeze?
  10. Whirlyball (Maple Grove MN) – Think bumper cars meets basketball
  11. ESCAPEmsp (Golden Valley MN) – Get locked in a themed room and work as a team to solve the puzzle and escape
  12. Firehall Museum (Minneapolis MN) – Do your kids want to be a fireman/woman when they grow up? Inspire them.
  13. The Dancing Goat Coffee Shop (St Paul MN) – Coffee + Free Wi-Fi + and a Kids Play Area. Sounds like a nice little Saturday morning
  14. Peppermint Twist Drive-In and Teddy Bear Park (Delano) – A family-owned restaurant featuring burgers and shakes and a playground to play on while waiting for your food!
  15. Erik’s Ranch and Retreat  (Edina MN) – Be a “voluntourist” and go listen to an adult with autism speak on a topic they’re passionate about

Discover someplace new!

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