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Minneapolis will be hosting Super Bowl LII! Unfortunately, our family cannot make it to the Twin Cities, but I am feeling quite inspired to go there someday after reading about the top things to do in Minneapolis with the family courtesy of Kayla Keigley of Wanderlocity. Hopefully, you will find this guide to Minneapolis for families useful too!
Immediately upon hearing the name Minnesota, most people think of piles of snow, below zero temperatures, thick accents and hotdish. While all of this does exist in the land of 10,000 lakes, you’ll also find a state rich in culture, arts, outdoor adventures and great food (that isn’t always hotdish). Minnesotans are preparing to share the place they call home with more than 125,000 people visiting to cheer on the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles for Super Bowl LII held at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis next weekend. Are you and your family traveling yourself or thinking about planning a trip to Minneapolis and the surrounding areas? We’ve got you covered with activities your entire family will enjoy.
Things to Eat in Minneapolis and St. Paul
Tony the Tiger must have been starting his day at one of our favorite eateries in Minneapolis when he first mentioned that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. There’s no better way to start a day in Minneapolis than with a plate of corn pancakes at Maria’s Cafe. If you prefer a pastry for breakfast, look no further than Isle Bun & Coffee where you must order a cinnamon roll and puppy dog tails or Glam Doll Donuts for all things donut.
Looking for a delicious bloody mary and brunch to kick things off? Head over to Hell’s Kitchen for what many say is one of the best bloody mary’s they have ever had.
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One cannot visit Minneapolis and not make an effort to grab a world famous blucy and cajun tots at Blue Door Pub. It is a must, there is not more to say than that. Of course, it pairs perfectly with a pint of local beer.
If you’re more in the mood for a pizza, you should make your way to Pizza Biga and dine on the Thor, named after one of our friends’ children after he ordered it once, it quickly became a hit and is now a permanent menu item. You also can grab a slice of pizza, a salad and a delicious focaccia over at Broder’s.
Things to Do in Minneapolis and St. Paul
When traveling to Minnesota with kids, you never know what the weather can bring. But, have no fear! There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options that young and old alike will enjoy.
Every Minnesotan knows that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. Don’t let the winter temperatures scare you away from some of amazing outdoor fun! The Super Bowl couldn’t be more perfectly timed this year as visitors will be able visit the Saint Paul Winter Carnival, an annual festival that takes place at Rice Lake Park in St. Paul. Save the hassle and don’t attempt to park, instead take Metro Transit to make your way to this unique experience complete with ice sculptures!
Take the outdoors indoors with a trip to the Como Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul. During the Super Bowl, you can enjoy a fabulous Winter Flower Show at the Conservatory and surround yourself with warm temperatures and beautiful greenery. Sometimes it feels like a tropical vacation in your Minnesota backyard. Additionally, you can wander through the Como Zoo, which is free and filled with fun for kids and grownups!
Indoor activities can be the perfect way to get out of the winter chill if it is a bit too cold for you. Not to worry if the cold is keeping you indoors, we’ve got plenty of great fun to be had!
When our kids need to run off some energy, one of our first stops is always Good Times Park in Eagan, located a brief 20 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul. This huge indoor play area includes playground equipment, a basketball court, a turf soccer/football field and a giant trampoline our children lovingly call “bouncy pillow.” Socks and shoes are required, so don’t come in your bare feet!
Of course, you’ll also find plenty to do at the Mall of America near the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport in Bloomington. From the fun of the Crayola Experience to the thrill of the rides at Nickelodeon Universe to a round of golf at Moose Mountain. You’ll find something for everyone…not to mention, countless places to eat and shop! Getting to the MOA is easy from downtown Minneapolis, just hop on the light rail and you’ll arrive easily without much wait time outdoors!
Minneapolis: Fun in Every Season
Not visiting Minneapolis for the Super Bowl? There is even more to enjoy during the rest of the year with outdoor activities abound from Minneapolis to Duluth. Minnesota is ready to open its arms to all of the visitors coming for the Super Bowl, but you know us…our Minnesota nice means we’d love to have you anytime…and we’ll even offer you some wild rice hotdish or tater tots.