Family Vacations Directory - Minnesota

This page features Minnesota family vacations ideas including things to do with kids, and family friendly hotels, resorts, campgrounds, and lake side cottages with vacation offers.Minnesota Family Vacation Ideas Best places for family vacation fun: Pipestone National Monument, Laura Ingall's Wilder Trail, Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Zoo, International Wolf Center, and Voyageurs National Park. Visit Concordia Language Villages and the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Go family camping, hiking, and boating. Try a snowshoe hike or a wolf howl by starlight.

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12 Spunky Winter Festivals Offer Mini Breaks with Extra Fun to Share.

The best snow festivals across the US offer interactive and engaging ways to enjoy cold weather and many of them include wacky ways to have fun from frozen turkey bowling to icy golf games and my favorite a frying pan toss. [Read More]

Best Family Road Trips to the 16th Century.

Renaissance Festivals and Ren Faires are scattered across the country making it easy to find 16th century time capsule to share with your kids. [Read More]

NanoDays Celebrating Small, Smaller, Nano!

Amazing discoveries come in all sizes and the annual series of NanoDays events proves the point. NanoDays events scattered nationwide celebrate the science of very, very tiny bits enabling participants of all ages to imagine, discover, and explore a world that's too small to see. [Read More]

7 Ways to Ensure a Better Day at the Zoo.

Each zoo visit presents countless ways educate, entertain and engage. The best zoos facilitate family fun and enable directed learning but the key to success requires a bit of advanced preparation and planning. Like so much in life, less is more. [Read More]

Five of the Best Great Lakes Indoor Waterparks.

Let the snow fly while you take your kids sliding & surfing in a domed tropical island where snow gear and sunscreen will not be needed but flip-flops are essential; a place where being all wet is part of the experience plan and wave pools, tunnel slides, and lazy river floating is part of the fun. [Read More]

Put Family Travel in a Gift Box.

Giving travel experiences rather than material things makes the value of the gifting priceless because a gift of travel results in not just fun during the experience but memories and stories to be shared and cherished. [Read More]

Add a Doughnut Shop to Your Vacation Plans.

In the last few years doughnut shops, bars, emporiums and boutiques have given new life to the common donut. The selection and consumption of freshly baked doughnuts can be a family adventure all by itself. [Read More]

Jellystone Park Camping Resorts Not for the Ordinary Bear.

Looking to lighten up and laugh a little more? Want to camp out and share s’mores or play laser tag with your kids or better yet introduce your family to Yogi Bear? [Read More]

Smithsonian Free Museum Day - Share a Learning Adventure.

Mark your calendar, Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day is Saturday September 26, 2015, a day when participating museums across America will offer free admission for 24 hours. [Read More]

Two of the Best Mazes and Agri-Adventures in Minnesota.

Create your own screen free agri-adventure complete with corn stalks, pumpkins, fresh apple cider, and wagon rides. Run through a corn maze with your kids or find the perfect pumpkin for the porch. [Read More]

Seven Labor Day Time-Travel Locations with Kid Quests and Royal Decrees.

Renaissance festivals span the country during September and October offering the perfect solution for those who are short on time but looking for effortless, screen-free family fun. [Read More]

Free Summer Star Parties – Family Fun for Night Owls in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Have fun sharing the north woods by day and the universe by night. The annual summer program dubbed Universe in the Parks makes it easy to participate in a free star party in Minnesota. [Read More]

Best Ever Summer Camping Experiences in National Forests or Grasslands.

Camping is a terrific way for families to reconnect, strengthen family bonds, and counter the stressful effects of busy lifestyles. [Read More]

East Silent Resort Minnesota Family Vacations.

Imagine a carefree family vacation in a cozy cabin in the woods on the shores of a sparkling lake in Minnesota, then add skiing, tubing, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, swimming, and boating. [Read More]

Otter Tail Country Family Vacations with No Lines - Except for Fishing.

Imagine a secret family vacation spot with cabins, B & Bs, lodges and resorts tucked away in the woods by lakes and streams. A place where lakes yield fish and nights make star gazing exceptional - no schedules required, having fun is easy. [Read More]

Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience.

The Minnesota Science Museum is showcasing an awesome and most intriguing exhibition about space travel, space living and space in relationship to the future. [Read More]

Science Museum of Minnesota Has the Best Science Bites Ever.

Anchored on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul is a captivating facility with a marvelous buffet of science bites guaranteed to inspire all ages. [Read More]

Seven Reasons to Vacation in Minneapolis with Your Kids.

Spend any time at all in Minneapolis and smiling will be unavoidable. Voted the best in the USA for dozens of things including arts, shopping, exceptional children’s theater, interactive science experiences, and the city has a trendy urban atmosphere that is energizing. [Read More]

Minneapolis Winter Family Vacation Ideas Include Water Parks, Puppets and Zoo Safaris.

From marvelous theatrical productions and water park thrills to dreamy snow covered parks and tempting hot chocolate stops, the city sparkles during the snowy months. [Read More]

US National Wildlife Refuges Wild Places in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado, and California.

From Philadelphia, Baltimore and Minneapolis to Denver and San Diego there are fresh air options within National Wildlife Refuges making it easy for families to escape from urban chaos. [Read More]


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Minnesota Renaissance Festival - Shakopee, MN

Open Weekends August 19 - October 1 Plus Labor Day & Festival Friday, September 29 9am to 7pm, rain or shine. [Read More]

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Austin Yogi Bear's Jellystone Parks and Camping Resorts - Austin, MN

Our Minnesota campground is located just north of the Iowa border. Stay in one of our camping cabins, perfect for families. [Read More]

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Water Park Fun in Bloomington, MN

Water Park of America Rides, Fun For Every Age. [Read More]

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American Dream® Package - Bloomington, MN

This exclusive Mall of America package has something for everyone in the family. [Read More]

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DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis - Park Place, MN

Enjoy convenience while staying downtown. [Read More]

Minnesota Farm Stays – Free Range Family Fun.

Bring the kids and enjoy life on a real farm. [Read More]


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