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Last Chance for a Fall Riverboat Cruise

See the changing leaves from a different vantage point—on a public riverboat cruise.

5 Fall Festivals To Attend This Season

Whether art, music, food or drinks are your calling, or you are looking for something family-friendly, there is an autumn-themed festival in here for you.

Best Apple Orchards in the Eastern Metro

Pine Tree Apple Orchard and Aamodt’s Apple Farm offer lots of fun for the whole family

Fun Things to Do in Taylors Falls During the Autumn Months

Changing leaves, river views, cooler temps, all within a short drive of the metro: Taylors Falls is the perfect scenic getaway.

9 Minnesota Wineries and Tasting Tours Perfect for a Fall Getaway

It's not Napa Valley, but you can still find delicious wine—and fun autumn events—at wineries throughout Minnesota.

4 Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend

Looking for ways to celebrate the long weekend? We have a few ideas.

Splash! Best Metro Area Public Swimming Pools to Beat the Heat

When you don’t own a swimming pool, and you’re not really in a beach kind of mood, the next best way to cool off is at a public pool or waterpark

Discovery Hollow and Garden is Free Family Fun for Kids of All Ages

Outdoor play area offers opportunities for digging, climbing, dam-building and mud-pie making in a beautiful natural space

Sun, Sand, Surf: Lineup of Metro-Area Beaches

Pack up the beach towels, the sunblock, and the kids (if you've got 'em) and soak up summer at a local swimming hole.

5 Perfect Spots for Fall Kayaking and Canoeing in Minnesota

Top flatwater trails for outdoor enthusiasts

New Hot Spots in Downtown Excelsior

This charming lakeside area has undergone a radical makeover the past few years

Spend a Day in Kid-Friendly Stillwater

Sweets and treats, open space to run, Teddy Bear Park, geocaching, bike trails, trolleys and more — Stillwater is the perfect family-friendly day trip.

Saints New Season Includes New Ballpark, New Menu, New Fun

May 21 will mark the first official Saints game at CHS Field, the new $63 million ballpark located in Lowertown St. Paul

See Great Works at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona

The museum recently acquired one of the world’s most famous patriotic paintings, “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” which joins a host of other famous works that reside there.

Grand Marais Named America’s Coolest Small Town

The coolest town in the country is only a few hours drive from the Twin Cities.

Stillwater Among Top 10 Antiquing Towns in the U.S.

Head 30 minutes east of Minneapolis for old-world charm and some of the nation's best antiques.

Rochester Home to State's Largest Ice Bar Feb. 19-21

SocialICE is coming back to Rochester for the seventh year, complete with ice bars, ice sculptures, and live ice carving demonstrations.

Holiday Train Rolls Through Minnesota December 6-14

Get into the holiday spirit by seeing a festively decorated train, listening to live music, drinking cocoa, and supporting your local food shelf.

Revisit Detroit Mountain

Put on your snow gear and enjoy Detroit Lakes’ revamped winter wonderland.

Bentleyville Tour of Lights Worth the Drive to Duluth

The festive holiday light displays of Bentleyville, on the shore of Lake Superior, is an unforgettable experience for kids of all ages.

Toys of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on Display Now at Minnesota History Center

Take a trip down memory lane at this History Center display, all about toys from the past.

Deardorff Orchards and Parley Lake Winery

With offerings for both kids and adults, a trip here makes for a pretty perfect fall day.

Spend Fall in Stillwater

The quaint town was just named one of America’s Best Towns for Fall Colors by Travel + Leisure, and offers plenty of seasonal events for visitors to enjoy.

Chasing Waterfalls at Willow River State Park

Willow Falls, a multi-level waterfall at Willow River State Park in Hudson, leaves a lasting impression.

Geocaching in Minnesota: A Treasure Hunt for Kids and Grown-ups

Try geocaching at a state park this summer, fun for all ages.

Visit Duluth, the Best Outdoors Town in America

By vote, Duluth was named the best outdoors town by Outside magazine, making now a prime time to plan a visit.

Day Trip: Hiking at Interstate State Park

Interstate State Park is the perfect close-to-home yet worlds away escape from city life.

America's Quirkiest Landmarks

USA Today is conducting a contest to find America's quirkiest landmarks. Bemidji's Paul Bunyan and Babe made the list of finalists. Vote now.

Thank Dad with the Gift of an Experience

Give him the gift of a memory, a story, an experience, and valuable time spent together this Father's Day.

Family Fun at Franconia Sculpture Park

Kids can touch and even climb on some of the sculptures at Franconia Sculpture Park, a free open air gallery in St. Croix Falls.

Save the Date for The Wizard of Oz Festival in Grand Rapids

Celebrate the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz" during a weeklong festival in Judy Garland's hometown of Grand Rapids.

Fort Snelling Set To Open Memorial Day Weekend

Catch a glimpse as to what military life was like in the 1800s through a full living history program at the outpost on the Mississippi, complete with costumed guides, historic crafts, foods from the era, and dramatic cannon firings.

Rock On! First-Time Climber Comes out on Top

Indoor rock climbing can be a great way to "learn the ropes" before taking it outside this spring or summer.

Minnehaha Falls At Its Scenic Best in Spring

The snowmelt makes Minnehaha Falls an especially dramatic backdrop.

Tour Barbie’s Dreamhouse at the Mall of America

Step inside the life-sized Barbie Dreamhouse Experience, a 30,000-square-foot exhibit complete with runway shows, interactive displays, and pink, pink, and more pink.

24 Hours in the Cities: Downtown St. Paul

If you only have one day in St. Paul and find yourself downtown, here's an itinerary just for you.

International Festival of Owls Set for March 7-9

Celebrate all things owl in Houston, Minnesota.

Jump Up, Jump Up and Get Down at Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park

Burn energy, get fit, and have fun at the original indoor trampoline park

Red Wing Brewery: As Good as it Gets

Good pizza, good beer, good service in a charming southern Minnesota river town.

Review: Welch Village Ski and Snowboard Area

Welch Village, located near Red Wing in the small town of Welch, offers a great variety of skiing and boarding terrain within a short drive of the metro.
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Whether you are a seasoned Twin Cities traveler or planning your first trip to Minnesota, this blog will introduce you to many new adventures to add to your itinerary. From day trips and scenic discoveries to luxurious girls weekends, travel tips, and insider scoops, our editors will give you all the information you need to enjoy your stay Up North.