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8 Must Visit Sites In Minnesota

 

Mall of America – Bloomington, MN

#1 Mall of America

Location:

60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
www.mallofamerica.com

Overview:

Mall of America® is located in Bloomington, Minnesota—only 15 minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. As one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world, Mall of America features—520 stores, 50 restaurants and attractions galore, including Nickelodeon Universe®, the nation’s largest indoor theme park, and the American Girl store. Plus, there’s no sales tax on clothing or shoes!

 

The Como Park Zoo & Observatory – St. Paul, MN

#2 The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Location:

1225 Estabrook Dr.
St Paul, MN 55103
www.comozooconservatory.org

Overview:

The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory is operated by the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department. The zoo features a seal island, a large cat exhibit, a variety of aquatic life, primates, birds, African hoofed animals and a world class polar bear exhibit. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has two acres under glass with a number of different wings dedicated to a variety of plant life including bonsai trees, ferns, orchids and seasonal flowers. The Marjorie McNeely Conservatory also features many outdoor gardens.

 

#3 Cathedral of Saint Paul

Cathedral of St. Paul – St. Paul, MN

Location:

239 Selby Ave.
St Paul, MN 55102
www.cathedralsaintpaul.org

Overview:

The City of Saint Paul was known as the Pig’s Eye Settlement until in 1841, when the first Catholic priest in the area, Fr. Lucien Galtier, dedicated his log chapel on the bluff to Saint Paul, requesting that the settlement adopt the name as well. The Cathedral of Saint Paul is now a civic landmark and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Paul and Minneapolis. 

 

#4 Glensheen Historic Estate

Glensheen Historic Estate – Duluth MN

Location:

3300 London Rd.
Duluth, MN 55804
www.glensheen.org

Overview:

In a world full of manufactured experiences, we have very few opportunities to fully immerse ourselves in authenticity. Glensheen offers one of those rare chances.

Perched on the shore of Lake Superior, it is the most visited historic home in Minnesota. The 12-acre estate features gardens, bridges, and the famous 39-room mansion built with remarkable 20th century craftsmanship, telling the story of the Duluth region.

 

#5 Mystery Cave State Park

Mystery Cave State Park – Preston MN

Location:

21071 County Rd 118
Preston, MN 55965
www.dnr.state.mn.us/mystery_cave/index.html

Overview:

Above ground, stop by Historic Forestville, a restored 1800s village operated by the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS). Fish three blue-ribbon trout streams for brown trout. Take in the soft pastels of wildflowers in spring or listen to ruffed grouse drumming and wild turkeys gobbling. Hike or bring your horse to ride the ridge tops and stream valleys. Observe interesting geologic features along the way including sinkholes and dramatic Big Spring. In the fall, don’t miss the bold colors of the forest. Winter invites visitors to ski or snowmobile the Bluff Country.

 

#6 Pipestone National Monument

Pipestone National Monument – Pipestone, MN

Location:

36 Reservation Ave
Pipestone, MN 56164
https://www.nps.gov/pipe

Overview:

For countless generations, American Indians have quarried the red pipe stone found at this site. These grounds are sacred to many people because the pipe stone quarried here is carved into pipes used for prayer. Many believe that the pipe’s smoke carries one’s prayer to the Great Spirit. The traditions of quarrying and pipe-making continue here today.

 

Weisman Art Museum – Minneapolis, MN

#7 Weisman Art Museum

Location:

333 E River Pkwy
Minneapolis, MN 55455
www.weisman.umn.edu

 

 

Overview:

The museum presents and interprets works of art, offering exhibitions that place art within relevant cultural, social and historical contexts. Several major exhibitions are offered each year, as well as organized letters, symposia, tours and special events focused upon educational themes. In its 70-year history, the museum has worked with more than fifty departments, presenting the ideas of a great university in multi-disciplinary and widely collaborative projects. The museum’s active touring program serves the cultural/educational needs of rural communities primarily in the Upper Midwest, as well as national and international audiences.

 

#8 North Shore Scenic Railroad

Northshore Scenic Railroad – Duluth, MN

Location:

506 W Michigan St
Duluth, MN 55802
www.northshorescenicrailroad.org

Overview:

The North Shore Scenic Railroad operates excursions along the historic Lakefront Line, a 26-mile section of rail between Duluth and Two Harbors. This rail corridor served a vital link in the transportation system for over 100 years. Known originally as the Lake Division, it connected the isolated Duluth and Iron Range Railway with America’s expanding rail network. In 1886, when the Lakefront Line was first built, it was joined by a one-mile extension of the St. Paul and Duluth Railway at Fifth Avenue East in Duluth, providing the D&IR with access to downtown Duluth as well as to other railroad carriers at the Head of the Lakes.

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