Minneapolis has a well-deserved reputation as the City of Lakes (there are over 20 within the city limits!). Water is not the only thing the city has to offer. With many kid-friendly attractions and memorable family activities, there are tons of great places to go in Minneapolis with kids.
There are plenty of places to stay in Minneapolis with kids since it's the state capital of Minnesota. There are a broad selection of kid-friendly hotels offering amenities such as cribs, rollaway beds, and connecting rooms. Thanks to pet friendly options, many of Minneapolis' top hotels will welcome Fido or Fluffy for a small fee (or no fee!). A great option for lodging is the Grand Hotel. It is downtown and within walking distance of many of the best places to eat in Minneapolis. Kids also stay free! While there, why not rent a bike using the city's bike-share program and ride through the picturesque University of Minnesota campus that straddles the Mississippi River?
If you're visiting in the summer months, there is perhaps no better picnic place in the city than along the shores of Lake Harriet. Whether you're there to see a show at the Band Shell or letting the kids explore the Elf House carved into a large tree, the lake is one of the most unique and memorable places to go in Minneapolis. The natural beauty of the city and extremely pleasant temperatures during the summer months showcase the numerous outdoor family attractions, many of which are free of charge. However, rain or snow doesn't have to derail your trip to Minneapolis.
A must for any trip to Minneapolis is the Minnesota Children's Museum. While it is technically located across the river in neighboring St. Paul, it is very close to the Minneapolis' downtown area and offers a wide variety of hands-on exhibits for kids 3-13 (and those young at heart). Whether it's learning about natural history at Earth World or getting a taste of 'adult life' at Our World, there's enough to see to keep kids entertained for hours. Admission is free to the museum every third Sunday of the month. Mall of America is another popular destination; take some time to explore Legoland and the arcade before a round of miniature golf and then lunch at one of the many restaurants on the mall's SkyDeck, which features some of the most famous and unique places to eat in Minneapolis. Only here are cheese curds considered a local delicacy!
No matter the season or reason for your trip to Minneapolis, MiniTime can assist you in your quest for the perfect Minneapolis vacation package. With suggestions ranging from entire family trip plans to individual family-friendly destinations and attractions, you can use the Trip Planner to find exactly where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in Minneapolis. Once you see this shining city along the river, you'll start making plans for your next visit!