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Activity Name Address Phone General Info Admission Hours Served by public transit:
Ard Godfrey House
28 University Ave. SE Minneapolis 612-813-5319 Built in 1849, the Ard Godfrey house is the oldest remaining frame residence in Minneapolis. Located in the St. Anthony Falls historic Milling District, the house has been impeccably restored and is filled with furnishings and household items authentic to the period 1849 to 1853. FREE

Sat & Sun:

1-4

Served by multiple bus routes
Bakken Museum 3537 Zenith Avenue South
Minneapolis
612-926-3878 A center for education and learning that furthers the understanding of electricity and magnetism. Adults: $7
Students: $5

Tue-Wed: 10-5

Thurs: 10-8

Fri-Sat:10-5

Served by bus route #6
Barnes & Noble Storytime Various locations across the Twin Cities Click here for contact info Barnes & Noble Bookstores hold childrens' storytimes at various locations across the Twin Cities. FREE Contact individual stores for storytimes
Served by various bus & rail routes
Bell Museum of Natural History
10 Church Street SE Minneapolis 612-624-7083 The state's Natural History museum located on the U of M campus shows the diversity of Minnesota's plants and animals in its historic dioramas. The exhibit Dig IT! the Secrets of Soil will be on display through July 28. For an addtional charge museum visitors can take a tour of the universe in the planetarium on Fridays and Sundays.

Adults: $6 Children 3-16: $4

FREE on Sundays

Tues-Fri: 9-5

Sat: 10-5

Sun: Noon-5

Served by bus routes 2, 3, 6, 16, 50
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
651-487-8200 Zoo and Conservatory located in St. Paul

FREE

Suggested Donation of $3.00/Adult - $2.00 Child

Click for hours

Served by bus route #3

and Como Park Shuttle

Dodge Nature Center

365 Marie Ave

West St. Paul

651-455-4531 Located on 320 acres in the heart of West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, Dodge provides a glimpse into the diverse and beautiful natural heritage of St. Paul. Through our prairies, hardwood forests, lakes, wetlands, miles of hiking trails, a working farm, orchard and bee apiary, Dodge offers a variety of unique experiences for people of all ages. FREE

Sunrise-Sunset

7 days/week

Served by routes 67 & 75
Eidem Homestead

4345 101st Ave. N

Brooklyn Park

763-493-8367 Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park Historical Farm is a ten-acre living history farm, restored to the period 1890 – 1910. Homesteaded over a century ago, the farm was owned by the Eidem family for 82 years.  Today, the farm is like a time machine, transporting you back to the turn of the twentieth century. FREE Click for hours
Served by route 766
Eloise Butler Wildlife Sanctuary

Theodore Wirth Parkway and Glenwood Ave.

Minneapolis, MN

612-370-4903 When visitors step behind the rustic gates at Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary, they quickly forget they’re in the middle of the city. A meandering trail takes visitors deep into nature’s wonderland, the quiet accented with the sounds of birds, insects, frogs and wind in the trees. FREE 7:30 a.m.-1 hour before sunset Served by bus route #9
Firefighter Hall & Museum

664 22nd Ave NE

Minneapolis

612-623-3817 Vintage fire fighting equipment, and many items that can be touched, tried on (like helmets and boots) and slid down (a firefighter's pole) and climbed in (some of the trucks) make this a fascinating day out.

Adults: $6

Kids (3-12): $3

Saturday: 9-4

Served by bus routes 17 & 32
Fort Snelling

200 Tower Ave.

St. Paul

612-726-1171

Discover an 1820's military outpost once the focus of a small settlement but now at the center of Minnesota's Twin Cities metropolitan area.

A full living history program with costumed guides is presented daily during the summer, and on weekends in May, September and October.

$11 adults

$6 children ages 6-17

Free for children age 5 and under.

Tues - Sat: 10-5

Sun: noon-5

Served by light rail route 55 (requires 1/2 mile walk from Ft. Snelling Station)
Foshay Museum & Observation Deck

821 Marquette Ave

Minneapolis

612-215-3783 The Foshay Tower is one of the most recognizable landmark in the Twin Cities. Utilities magnate Wilbur Foshay built this endearing homage to the Washington Monument in 1929. At 447 feet housing 32 stories, the Foshay Tower was the tallest building in the Midwest for 48 years. Visit the museum to uncover the remarkable story behind this unique skyscraper and it's eccentric creator. And view the city from the outdoor Observation Deck on the 31st floor.

Adults: $8

Kids 12 & under: FREE

Mon-Sat: 10-6

Sun: 11-5

Served by multiple bus & rail routes
Gibbs Museum

2097 W Larpenteur Ave.

Falcon Heights


651-646-8629 Historical society presenting pioneer and city history, 1833-2000.

Adults: $8

Seniors 62+: $7

Kids (3-16): $5

Wed-Sun:12-4
Served by bus routes 61 & 87
Harriet Alexander Nature Center


2520 North Dale Street

Roseville

651-765-4262 The Harriet Alexander Nature Center is an oasis nestled within the borders of Roseville’s Central Park. The nature center provides protection for hundreds of animal and plant species.  Our boardwalk and trails circulate through 52 acres of marsh, prairie and forest habitats. FREE

Tues-Sat: 10-4

Sunday: 1-4

Served by route 223
Hennepin County Libraries - Childrens' Programming
Various locations throughout the Twin Cities Please contact individual libraries for more info Your local library offers many programs for children including storytimes, book clubs, and other events. FREE Search for hours & schedules Libraries served by various bus & rail routes
Hmongtown Marketplace

217 Como Ave.

St. Paul

651-487-3700 Located at Como Avenue and Marion Street in Saint Paul, Hmongtown Marketplace is a unique year round indoor-outdoor market and gathering place for the authentic flavors of the Hmong American community. FREE

8-8

7 days a week

Served by bus routes 3 & 67
Jackson Street Roundhouse

193 Pennsylvania Ave. E.

St. Paul

651-228-0263 The Great Northern Railway’s historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, a former steam engine maintenance facility, provides a unique opportunity for kids of all ages to experience railroading in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest. Click for admission info

Wednesday & Saturday: 10-4

Sunday: noon-4

Served by bus route 71
James J Hill House


240 Summit Ave.

St. Paul

651-297-2555 Rugged stone, massive scale, fine detail, and ingenious mechanical systems recall the powerful presence of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Guides lead tours that help you imagine family and servant life in the Gilded Age mansion.

Adults: $9

Kids: $6

Wed-Sat: 10-3:30

Sunday: 1-3:30

Reservations Recommended

Served by bus routes 21 & 65
The Landing - Minnesota River Heritage Park

2187 Highway 101 East

Shakopee

763-694-7784 Step back in time see what life was like for people who lived in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago. Costumed interpreters and authentic buildings help recreate late 19th-century life in Minnesota, a time when settlers were establishing farmsteads and villages on the frontier.

Adults: $5

Kids 5-17: $3

Mon-Sat: 10-5

Sun: Noon-5

None available
Lock & Dam #1

Near 4700 Godfrey Rd.

Minneapolis

612-724-2971 A Visitor's Center shows the history and mechanics behind the locks on the Mississippi.  Visitors can walk out onto the locks for a close look and to see them in action.

FREE

7am-7pm

Everyday

Served by bus routes 23, 46, 74, 84
Mill City Museum

704 South 2nd St.

Minneapolis

612-341-7555 Built into the ruins of what was once the world’s largest flour mill, Mill City Museum is located on the historic Mississippi Riverfront. Here, visitors of all ages learn about the intertwined histories of the flour industry, the river, and the city of Minneapolis. $11 adults
$6 children (ages 6-17)

Tues-Sat: 10-5

Sun: noon-5

Also open Mondays in July and August:
10-5

Served by multiple bus routes
Minneapolis Farmers Market - Lyndale

312 East Lyndale Ave North

Minneapolis

612-333-1718 Meet the people who grow your food!  The Farmer's Market offers many local growers of produce, flowers, herbs, and more.

FREE

Many vendors accept EBT

6am-1pm

7 days a week

Served by bus routes 5, 9, 19, 22
Minneapolis Farmers Market - Nicollet Mall

Nicollet Mall between 5th & 12th streets

Minneapolis

612-333-1718 Meet the people who grow your food!  The Farmer's Market offers many local growers of produce, flowers, herbs, and more.

FREE

Thursdays

6am-6pm

Served by multiple bus & rail routes

Free busses travel along Nicollet Mall

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

2400 3rd Ave S.

Minneapolis

888-642-2787 The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. FREE Click for hours
Served by bus routes  2, 11, 17, 18, 24
Minneapolis Parks & Recreation Youth Programs
Various parks throughout Minneapolis 612-230-6400 Minneapolis Parks & Rec offers many activities and programs throughout the city for children & youth. Price varies by program - some are FREE Click here for activity schedule Parks are served by various bus & rail lines
Minnehaha Depot

Hiawatha Ave. & E 50th St.

Minneapolis

651-228-0263 The Minnehaha Depot, or Princess depot, is a jewel of days gone by on the Milwaukee Road railway. FREE Sun: 1:30-5:30 Served by light rail route 55 (Minnehaha Park Station)
Minnesota Air National Guard Museum


631 Minuteman Dr.

St. Paul

612-713-2523 The Museum Airpark currently displays over 20 different aircraft. You will find fighters, transports, jets, trainers and helicopters. On open cockpit days, you can even sit in the pilot's seat!

FREE

Suggested Donation of $7/adult, $3/child.

Click for hours

Served by light rail route 55 (Ft. Snelling Station)
Minnesota Children's Museum

10 W 7th St.

St. Paul

651-225-6000 At Minnesota Children's Museum, kids will have a blast discovering an exciting, immersive world that arouses their curiosity, increases their understanding, and ignites an appreciation for learning. Click for admission info
Click for hours
Served by multiple bus routes
Minnesota History Center

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.

St. Paul

651-259-3000 An interactive museum with both permanent and changing exhibits, the Minnesota History Center hosts concerts, lectures, family days and other special events throughout the year.

$11 adults
$6 children ages 6-17

FREE Tues 5-8pm

Tues 10-8

Wed - Sat 10-5

Sun 12-5

Served by bus routes 21 & 65
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

3675 Arboretum Blvd.

Chanhassen

952-443-1400 The Arboretum features more than 1,000 acres of magnificent gardens, model landscapes, and natural areas-from woodlands and wetlands to prairie-with extensive collections of northern-hardy plants.

Click for admission info

Click for hours Not served by public transit
Minnesota State Capitol 75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. St. Paul 651-296-2881 Visitors hear stories about the capitol's history, art and architecture. They see the chambers where government decisions are made and, weather permitting, walk to the quadriga (golden horses) on the roof of the capitol. FREE

M-F: 8:30-5:00

Sat: 10-3

Sun: 1-4

Served by multiple bus routes
Minnesota Streetcar Museum
Queen Ave & 42nd St. S 952-922-1096 The Minnesota Streetcar Museum is a living history museum. A ride on one of our historic streetcars takes you back to the first half of the 1900s, the era of electric mass-transit. $2 per person, children 3 and under free Click for Hours
Served by bus route 6
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

3815 American Blvd E

Bloomington

952-854-5900 The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a 14,000 acre refuge. There are eight refuge units strung along 34 miles of the Minnesota River. FREE Visitor Center: Tue-Sun: 9-5 Served by bus route 54 & light rail route 55 (American Blvd Station)
Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd.

Apple Valley

952-431-9200 Experience grizzly bears, sea otters, tigers, monkeys and more at the Minnesota Zoo. Open 363 days a year, the Zoo features a tropical rain forest, marine center, northern tundra and a family farm. Click here for admission info
Click here for hours

Served by bus routes 440, 441

Present your bus transfer ticket at the Zoo's ticket desk and receive $2.00 off adult/ $1.00 off child on admission.

Movies in the Park
Various Parks in Minneapolis   The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board invites you to join your friends and neighbors in our parks this summer for evenings with movies under the stars.  Follow us around the city and rediscover our beautiful park system along the way.  FREE Click for Movie Schedule (Movies start 15 minutes after sunset) Parks are served by various bus Routes
Music in the Park
Various Parks in Minneapolis   Every year the Minneapolis Music in the Parks concert series offers over 200 free performances featuring hundreds of talented local and regional artists. FREE Click for concert schedule
Parks are served by various bus routes
Northwest Airlines History Centre

8101 34th Ave. S

Ste. B-747

Bloomington

952-698-4478 Come discover the history of our own former Northwest Airlines.  Staffed by former NWA employees, you can learn about it's humble beginnings in 1926 to it's merger with Delta Airlines in 2008

FREE

Mon-Fri: 11-5

Sat: 9-1

Served by light rail route 55 (American Blvd.) and bus route 54
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

3517 Raleigh Ave. S

St. Louis Park

952-926-8198 Discover the history and science of broadcasting.  Create your own radio broadcast in a real 1960's radio booth, or find your musical flair by trying the Theramin. Adults: $7
Students: $5

Wed-Sat: 10-5

Served by bus routes 7 & 615
Science Museum of Minnesota

120 W Kellogg Blvd.

St. Paul

651-221-9444 The Science Museum of Minnesota is the most popular museum in the Upper Midwest. Featuring dinosaurs, Omnitheater & hands-on exhibits.

Click for admission prices

 

Discounts avaliable for limited income families.

Click for hours & showtimes
Served by multiple bus routes
Sea Life Aquarium (Mall of America)

8100 24th Ave. S

Bloomington

952-883-0202 Discover the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium - the Largest Underground Aquarium in the World -providing close encounters with a vast array of creatures. Click for admission info
Mon - Thurs: 10-7:30
Fri: 10-8:30
Sat: 9:30-8:30
Sun: 10-6:30
Served by multiple bus and light rail routes
Wabasha Street Caves

215 Wabasha Street South

St. Paul

651-292-1220
Used as a mine, underground speakeasy, mafia hangout, and mushroom growing facility, these caves are now open for tours.  Come see how these caves added to the history of St. Paul $6/person Click for tour times Served by bus routes 67 & 75
Walker Art Center

1750 Hennepin Ave.

Minneapolis

612-375-7600 Art Center which features contemporary visual and performing arts exhibits and programs.

Sculpture Garden: FREE

Gallery:

$12 Adults

FREE every Thurs eve (5-9pm)

Children under 18: FREE

Sculpture Garden: 6am-midnight

Click for Gallery Hours

Served by bus routes 4, 6, 12, & 25
Weisman Art Museum

333 East River Rd.

Minneapolis

612-625-9494 A teaching museum for the University of Minnesota and the community, the Weisman provides a fresh, engaging arts experience through an array of programs and a changing schedule of exhibitions.  Free guided tours are offered every Sat. & Sun. at 1:00pm.

FREE

Click for Hours Served by bus routes #2, 3, 16, 50
Westwood Hills Nature Center

8300 W Franklin Ave.

St. Louis Park

952-924-2544 160-acre natural area featuring marsh, woods and restored prairie. The preserve is beautiful throughout the seasons and provides homes for many animals including deer, fox, mink and owls. Westwood Naturalists conduct year-round programs to increase visitors understanding and appreciation of our natural world.

FREE

Parks & Trails: Sunrise-Sunset

Interpretive Center:

M-F: 8-4:30

Sat-Sun: Noon-5

Not served by public transit
Wild Rumpus Bookstore

2720 West 43rd St

Minneapolis

612-920-5005 Children's bookstore that offers book clubs for various ages FREE

Mon: 10-5

Tues-Fri: 10-8

Sat: 10-5

Sun: Noon-5

Served by bus route #6
Woodlake Nature Center

6710 Lake Shore Dr.

Richfield

612-861-9365 Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield, MN is a 150-acre natural area dedicated to environmental education, wildlife observation, and outdoor recreation. FREE

Building Hours:

Mon-Sat: 8:30-5

Sun: Noon-5

Park Hours:

5am-11pm

Served by bus routes 4 & 515
The Works: Hands-On, Minds-On Museum

9740 Grand Ave. S

Bloomington

952-848-4848 The Works is a “hands-on, minds-on” museum that makes learning about science and engineering interesting, understandable and fun.

Adults & children 5+

$8

Mon: 10-5

Thurs-Sat: 10-5

Sun: Noon-5

Served by bus routes 18, 535, 539