Expect a great selection of roadside attractions to keep the family busy for days on end. They’re all over the state from the north, to the south, and in the central part, as well.
When you’re driving in the central part of Minnesota, visit Darwin, MN, home of the world’s largest twine ball. It was rolled by one man who spent 29 years of his life on the project. The central area has several other large attractions like the Vining Sculpture Garden which has several of the world’s largest collection. Coffee cup, square knot, electric cord plug, you name it. If you happen to find your way to Wheaton, MN, you’ll come face-to-face with the world’s largest mallard duck, which is sure to quack you up.
Venture up to the north, and you’ll find the world’s largest eagle in Remer. It stands at 10 feet tall. Amaze your family by taking them to the world’s largest floating loon in Silver Lake or take a trip to Frazee to check out the world’s largest turkey. You may find some of those birds in the world’s largest birdhouse in Audubon.
The southern part of Minnesota also has its share of largest attractions. For starters, enjoy the sculpture of a giant spoon and cherry. It’s part of the Walker Art Center. It’s also home to the world’s largest snowman, who is sure to make Frosty sweat a bit more. Get a kick out of the world’s largest boot, located in the Red Wing Shoe Museum. If that isn’t enough bigness for you, set your sights on the world’s biggest revolver in Mankato. This eight-foot revolver is sure to keep the bad guys at bay.
Shopaholics are in bliss with several malls for their shopping pleasure. You’ve likely heard about the Mall of America, but you’ll also find the Paul Bunyan Mall and the Kandi Mall to name a few. For a unique shopping experience, lose yourself at the Lake Superior Trading Post.
When it’s time for a road trip, drive along Highway 61. When traveling north, this will take you to the Canadian Border. If you cross the border, you’ll need your passport. Along the way, you’ll find state parks, forests, and plenty of spots to enjoy a bite to eat.
Soak up the culture Minnesota has to offer with a show at the Ames Center. From the ballet to symphonies and performances from many different artists, you’ll be thrilled by the shows. Check the calendar for up and coming shows. If it’s a play you want to see, you’ll find plenty at the Guthrie Theater. For the art lovers in your group, be sure to visit the Arrowhead Center for the Arts and the Rochester Arts Center.
Bask in the beauty of the outdoors while taking in plenty of activities. It’ll be hard to miss all the parks available in the state. You’ll find Buena Vista State Forest, Gooseberry Falls State Park, and the Mississippi River Recreation Area. Discover some of the area’s national parks like Grand Portage National Monument, or the Pipestone National Monument. Minnesota won’t let you forget about the lakes and rivers it has to offer like Lake Superior, Crystal Lake, and Minnetonka.
For a completely different experience, you can give agritourism a try. The state has much to offer and is great for the entire family. You’ll find several wineries and farmers markets with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables. Let your kids run wild and explore the animals many of the farms have on their lands. You won’t go hungry at the various markets held throughout the year.
Excite your kids by taking them to the zoo. You’ll have several to choose from like the Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Superior Zoo, and the Great Lakes Aquarium.
Reconnect with your inner-child with a visit to Valley Fair Amusement Park, the Twin Cities’ largest amusement park. The whole family will feel the excitement of thrill rides and activities.
Attention sports fans – Minnesota has a complete lineup of sports, for active participants or spectators. Spectators can take in games in the sports of their choice, baseball (Twinkies), basketball (Timberwolves or Lynx), football (Vikings), and hockey (Minnesota Wild). Visit several stadiums in the area as well as golf courses for the golfer in your group.
Enjoy events and festivals in Minnesota including Manitou Days and the Pine Tree Apple Orchards.