We have limited vacation time this summer and are coming up with ideas for quick trips. Minneapolis has come up. I've never been to Minneapolis, there seems to be stuff for kids, and MH is super into beer and there looks to be a lot of breweries. That's about all I know, and I was hoping I could get some info! Thoughts?
DS and I have been a few times including a couple weeks ago, but it's $$$ and it'll be hot and sunny and I'm just meh on spending all that money to be miserable unless kids are really asking+wanting to go.
Post by tuscanlatte on Jun 13, 2017 19:22:32 GMT -6
that's me! we went for a long weekend in September and had a great time! Here is what we did:
- Mall of America (super briefly)
- Surley Brewing Co: we still talk about the hot frites we had there. Amazing. and very kid friendly. Huge inside and a big outside part too with green space.
- Minnehaha Park and hike (there are waterfalls). We rented the 4 people bikes but unless you are and are with a super athlete, trust me haha skip that. THE HILLS.
-Albertville Outlets - tons of shopping.
we did lots of Canadian touristy things that probably don't interest you as much haha. Some highlights - trying Chipotle, Popeyes chicken, Outback, target, Williams-Sonoma. We basically drove there to eat and drink for 4 days.
If you are baseball people and brave with your little ones you could catch a Twins game. I could be totally wrong on this, but when we were there we couldn't find any kids play area at all though, and that was a bummer for when DS was restless.
I would avoid the Children's Museum because it's just reopened and it'll probably be bonkers.
+1 to Minnehaha Falls. There is a fabulous playground and free little pool there, a restaurant with beer in addition to the falls and walking trails.
Surly is the ideal brewery/restaurant for kids. There are also a good number of breweries down by the Twins stadium.
Finally, downtown Minneapolis by the river is great. Mill City Museum, a farmer's market, Stone Arch Bridge, go out on the balcony at the Guthrie Theater, run around Gold Medal Park and get ice cream at Izzy's.
Sweeeeeeet thread timing! We're going to Minneapolis at the end of July since H's good friend from college moved back there and hosts a yearly party on the last Saturday of the month.
Twins are not playing the weekend we are going, but we're planning to stay in that area to be walking distance to lots of stuff/breweries (friend lives north of the city). We are going to go to Surly (Abrasive is one of my favorite beers) and Minnehaha falls.
Post by luvmyirishtwins on Jun 13, 2017 21:48:25 GMT -6
My H's family is up there so we go at least twice a year.
To piggy back off tuscanlatte Surley is a great brewery. If you're into beer I suggest Lift Bridge as well.
We always spend time at the MOA. The theme park is fun for the little kids. Also, there is the crayola area, and there is Underwater world.
If you're willing to drive a bit I highly recommend going to Hudson, WI or Stillwater, MN. My husband's family lives is Stillwater. Lift bridge brewery is from there. You can do ferry rides with brunch or dinner on the St. Criox. It is beautiful. Stillwater has a million parks. Teddy Bear park is my favorite.
I have heard amazing things about the Science museum and this is on our list this summer.
I love going home with the kids- there is so much to do!
People have posted a ton but the Children's museum is normally good if you don't go at the peak times (not at opening or 1-4 in the afternoon). But if the weather is nice I would spend all my time outside. Como park is great and my kids love the activity area.
There are also so many cool areas downtown and on the river that are cool for exploring and for being out and about with the kids, and lots of good food. Plus most places are child friendly.
If you only have a few days you could do tons of different activities just staying in St. Paul and Minneapolis.
I'm going to come back to this thread later and post all of our favorites activities and locations.
I'm gonna plus whatever to como zoo. I can't compare it to mn zoo because I haven't been there in years but como is a nice zoo, it's free, and they have the little amusement park (I'm not sure how much the things in the amusement are price wise)
Also the teddy bear park is good if you want to drive a little ways. I've never been but it's my cousins kids (age 5) favorite.