Minnesota offers More to Explore, with stunning scenery and world-class tours, dining,
entertainment and shopping. Hundreds of historic sites and museums relay the stories
of determined pioneers from Germany, Scandinavia and central Europe. The towns they
founded are now noted for their historic architecture, antique shops, inns and ethnic
festivals. In the countryside there are bike trails, canoe rivers, and fishing lakes
and streams. And in a state with tax-free shopping on clothing and shoes, Mall of
America is a shopper's dream come true!
The following attractions are a few of the highlights in a state filled with interesting
sites—from outdoor adventures, world-class theaters and museums, to fascinating historic
Mall of America Located in Bloomington, this is the largest shopping and entertainment
complex in the U.S. under one roof, with more than 500 stores, 60 restaurants, 14
movie theaters, Nickelodeon Universe indoor amusement park, Underwater Adventures
Aquarium, mini-golf and numerous other attractions. In addition to the mall, Minnesota
offers even more shopping, from outlet malls to antique shops and more. Minnesota
is a shopping paradise, with no sales tax on clothing, shoes, food or medicine.
Mississippi River Headwaters Old Man River, the Mighty Mississippi, begins as a tiny
stream flowing out of Lake Itasca in Itasca State Park, near Bemidji. A marker at
the source states, "Here 1,475 feet above the ocean, the mighty Mississippi begins
to flow on its winding way 2,552 miles to the Gulf of Mexico". Visitors usually cross
the source on stepping stones, which according to Indian legend, will lead to a long
and fruitful life.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness/Voyageurs National Park Along the northern border
with Canada, Minnesota has two national treasures. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area
Wilderness (BWCA) is the only federally-protected canoe area in the country, with
more than 1,300 lakes offering canoeing and camp sites. Voyageurs National Park is
the only water-based national park in the United States; boating is the recommended
method of transportation. Tour boats, motor boats and houseboats are all available
National Eagle Center On the banks of the Mississippi River in the southern river
town of Wabasha, the National Eagle Center showcases hundreds of migrating and wintering
eagles in a sparkling new facility, including three resident eagles which can no
longer survive in the wild. The eagle-watching deck has spotting scopes and binoculars
for visitors. Complementing this are two other wildlife refuge abodes, the International
Wolf Center and the North American Bear Center, both located up north in Ely.
Bayfront Blues Festival/Duluth Each year in August, Duluth hosts one of the largest
outdoor musical festivals, with over 30 performances on two concert stages. Located
on the shore of Lake Superior, Duluth welcomes ships from around the world which
glide under the Aerial Lift Bridge to enter the harbor. Duluth is also gateway to
the North Shore Drive along Lake Superior, recognized as one of the top scenic drives
in the United States.
Minnesota Golfing Four of Minnesota's 500 public courses are among the top ranked
in the nation. These courses are The Quarry at Giant's Ridge and The Legend at Giant's
Ridge, both located in Biwabik, and The Classic at Madden's Resort and Deacon's Lodge
at Grand View Lodge, located in Brainerd. Beautiful, affordable courses are found
statewide where every golfer, from the novice to the experienced will have a great
time. More than 90 percent of the state's courses are open to the general public.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum Readers of Laura Ingalls Wilder books and viewers of the
television series, "Little House on the Prairie", enjoy this museum in Walnut Grove.
The actual Wilder dugout home site on Plum Creek is about one mile north of the museum.
Each year the Wilder Pageant, an outdoor theatrical production, runs for three weekends
Pipestone National Monument For centuries, American Indians from throughout North
America have come to Pipestone to harvest this red soapstone-like material, which
is used for making peace pipes and other artifacts, such as turtles and eagles from
quarries in southwestern Minnesota. Attractions at the Monument include operating
quarries, craftspeople carving the pipestone, and an interpretive center and gift
shop. Believed to be sacred ground, the Monument is a surprising relief from the
surrounding prairie, with forest, rock formations, water falls and native plants.
Guthrie Theater The newly constructed Guthrie, in a spectacular award-winning facility
designed by Jean Nouvel, sits along the banks of the Mississippi River. Productions
are shown on three stages where visitors can enjoy breathtaking views from the cantilevered
bridge over the river. Minneapolis is home to over 75 theater companies. Many more
are found in the Twin Cities area, where one may find Broadway shows or original,
avant-garde productions, comedy and dinner theater.
Saint Paul Winter Carnival The Saint Paul Winter Carnival, dating back to 1886, operates
from late January to early February and is one of the oldest and largest festivals
in the nation. For ten days, you can find parades and competitions throughout the
city of Saint Paul. Events include ice and snow sculpturing, giant slides, golfing
on snow, and car races on ice-covered lakes.
The Shoppers favorite “thing to do” in Minnesota Seems to bring them all to the Mall of America!
The Mall of America, is a retail and entertainment extravaganza (also called MOA),
not just a shopping mall - it is so much more. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota,
a suburb of the Twin Cities, the Mall of America brings entertainment with indoor
theme parks and roller coasters, themed bars, mini golf and much more to the casual
shopper in a unique package.