Twin City Attractions

 

Activity Name     General Info      
Ard Godfrey House     Built in 1849, the Ard Godfrey house is the oldest remaining frame residence in Minneapolis. Located in the St. Anthony Falls historic Milling District, the house has been impeccably restored and is filled with furnishings and household items authentic to the period 1849 to 1853.
Bakken Museum A center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of electricity and magnetism.
Stone Arch Bridge
Bell Museum of Natural History The state's Natural History museum located on the U of M campus shows the diversity of Minnesota's plants and animals in its historic dioramas.  For an addtional charge museum visitors can take a tour of the universe in the planetarium on Fridays and Sundays.
Children's Theatre Company The Children's Theatre Company specializes in plays for families and young audiences.  
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Located in historic Como Park, this popular zoo, especially known for its California sea lion exhibit, also features a great cat display, gorillas, giraffes and many more animals.

The conservatory includes plants from all over the world displayed in 9 different garden areas.

Dodge Nature Center Located on 320 acres in the heart of West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, Dodge provides a glimpse into the diverse and beautiful natural heritage of St. Paul. Through our prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, miles of hiking trails, a working farm, orchard and bee apiary, Dodge offers a variety of unique experiences for people of all ages.  
Eidem Homestead Eidem Homestead Historical Farm is a ten-acre living history farm, restored to the period 1890 – 1910. Homesteaded over a century ago, the farm was owned by the Eidem family for 82 years.  Today, the farm is like a time machine, transporting you back to the turn of the twentieth century.
Eloise Butler Wildlife Sanctuary When visitors step behind the rustic gates at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, they quickly forget they’re in the middle of the city. A meandering trail takes visitors deep into nature’s wonderland, the quiet accented with the sounds of birds, insects, frogs and wind in the trees.
Firefighter Hall & Museum Vintage fire fighting equipment, and many items that can be touched, tried on (like helmets and boots) and slid down (a firefighter's pole) and climbed in (some of the trucks) make this a fascinating day out.
Fort Snelling

Discover an 1820's military outpost once the focus of a small settlement but now at the center of Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area.

A full living history program with costumed guides is presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October.

Foshay Museum & Observation Deck

 

  The Foshay Tower is one of the most recognizable landmark in the Twin Cities. Utilities magnate Wilbur Foshay built this endearing homage to the Washington Monument in 1929. At 447 feet housing 32 stories, the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in the Midwest for 48 years. Visit the museum to uncover the remarkable story behind this unique skyscraper and it's eccentric creator. And view the city from the outdoor Observation Deck on the 31st floor.

 

 

 
Gibbs Museum

 

  Historical society presenting pioneer and city history, 1833-2000.

 

   
Guthrie Theater

 

  The Guthrie Theater, founded in 1963, is a center for theater performance, production, education, and professional training in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The building is free to explore - be sure to visit the Endless Bridge viewing deck and the Dowling Studio Lobby for excellent views of downtown and the river.  Guided tours are offered on a rotaing schedule.

 

 

 

Harriet Alexander Nature Center


 

  The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is an oasis nestled within the borders of Roseville’s Central Park. The nature center provides protection for hundreds of animal and plant species.  Our boardwalk and trails circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats.  

 

 
             
Hmongtown Marketplace

 

  Located at Como Avenue and Marion Street in Saint Paul, Hmongtown Marketplace is a unique year round indoor-outdoor market and gathering place for the authentic flavors of the Hmong American community.  

 

 
Jackson Street Roundhouse

 

  The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, a former steam engine maintenance facility, provides a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to experience railroading in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest.  

 

 
James J Hill House


 

  Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion.

 

 

 
The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park

 

  Step back in time see what life was like for people who lived in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago. Costumed interpreters and authentic buildings help recreate late 19th-century life in Minnesota, a time when settlers were establishing farmsteads and villages on the frontier.

 

 

 

 
Lock & Dam #1

 

  A Visitor's Center shows the history and mechanics behind the locks on the Mississippi.  Visitors can walk out onto the locks for a close look and to see them in action.

 

 

 
Mill City Museum

 

  Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis.  

 

 
Minneapolis Farmers Market - Lyndale

 

  Meet the people who grow your food!  The Farmer's Market offers many local growers of produce, flowers, herbs, and more.

 

 

 

 
Minneapolis Farmers Market - Henepin Ave

 

  Meet the people who grow your food!  The Farmer's Market offers many local growers of produce, flowers, herbs, and more.

 

 

 

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

 

  The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures.      
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Youth Programs     Minneapolis Parks & Rec offers many activities and programs throughout the city for children & youth.      
Minnehaha Depot

 

  The Minnehaha Depot, or Princess depot, is a jewel of days gone by on the Milwaukee Road railway.      
Minnesota Air National Guard Museum


 

  The Museum Airpark currently displays over 20 different aircraft. You will find fighters, transports, jets, trainers and helicopters. On open cockpit days, you can even sit in the pilot's seat!

 

 

 
Minnesota Children's Museum

 

  At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning.      
Minnesota History Center

 

  An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.
Minnesota State Capitol
Minnesota Streetcar Museum The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is a living history museum. A ride on one of our historic streetcars takes you back to the first half of the 1900s, the era of electric mass-transit.    

 

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

 

  The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a 14,000 acre refuge. There are eight refuge units strung along 34 miles of the Minnesota River.
Minnesota Zoo Experience grizzly bears, sea otters, tigers, monkeys and more at the Minnesota Zoo. Open 363 days a year, the Zoo features a tropical rain forest, marine center, northern tundra and a family farm.
Movies in the Park The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board invites you to join your friends and neighbors in our parks this summer for evenings with movies under the stars.  Follow us around the city and rediscover our beautiful park system along the way. 
Music in the Park Every year the Minneapolis Music in the Parks concert series offers over 200 free performances featuring hundreds of talented local and regional artists.
Northrup King Building The Northrup King Building is home to over 200 tenants including a creative center to over 190 artists as well as various small business and nonprofit organizations. Here you will find some of the most exciting open studio events in the Twin Cities area.
Northwest Airlines History Centre Come discover the history of our own former Northwest Airlines.  Staffed by former NWA employees, you can learn about it's humble beginnings in 1926 to it's merger with Delta Airlines in 2008
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Discover the history and science of broadcasting.  Create your own radio broadcast in a real 1960's radio booth, or find your musical flair by trying the Theramin.
Science Museum of Minnesota The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest. Featuring dinosaurs, Omnitheater & hands-on exhibits.
Sea Life Aquarium (Mall of America) Discover the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium - the Largest Underground Aquarium in the World -providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures.
Wabasha Street Caves Used as a mine, underground speakeasy, mafia hangout, and mushroom growing facility, these caves are now open for tours.  Come see how these caves added to the history of St. Paul
Walker Art Center Art Center which features contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits and programs.
Weisman Art Museum A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.  Free guided tours are offered every Sat. & Sun. at 1:00pm.
Westwood Hills Nature Center 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world.
Wild Rumpus Bookstore Children's bookstore that offers book clubs for various ages
Woodlake Nature Center Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, MN is a 150-acre natural area dedicated to environmental education, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation.
The Works: Hands-On, Minds-On Museum The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun.