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Fun Places for Kids in Twin Cities, Minnesota

by Amy Sutton

Twin Cities is the name that many people use when referring to the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twin Cities covers 182 towns and is the most densely populated area of the state. If you live in the bustling Minneapolis-Saint Paul region, or are planning to visit, you'll find a wide variety of fun places to take your kids for some entertaining activities.

Zoos

You can go for a visit to the Minnesota Zoo to do some exploring and meet more than 4,100 animals from over 500 various species. Go through the "Tropics Trail" to see crocodiles, snow monkeys, fruit bats and lemurs. In "Discovery Bay," you'll see a sand tiger shark, seahorses and the southern stingray. In the Wells Fargo Family Farm, kids can get up-close with sheep, pigs, horses, chickens and cows. You could also go to the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory for some family fun. At this zoo, your kids will see animals like giraffes, gorillas, cougars, bison and the Galapagos tortoise. Activities at the zoo include the Ribbit Zibit, Cafesjian's Carousel and Como Town, with 18 rides and attractions.

Museums

Go check out some of the museums in the area, like the Minnesota State Capitol. You can take a guided tour or explore on your own. See the art and architecture of the building, as well as exhibits that teach about the history of Minnesota and the state government. Or, go for a day of fun at the Minnesota Children's Museum. Kids can enjoy exhibits like "Earth World," an interactive exhibit with prairies, forests and wetlands or "World Works," with hands-on experimenting, investigating and problem solving. Smaller children can play at the Habitot exhibits, where they can crawl, cruise, touch and investigate their way through four areas: a pond, cave, prairie and forest.

Nature Activities

If you're looking for an activity to get your kids outdoors, head over to Minnehaha Park, overlooking the Mississippi River. Covering 193 acres, this park features river overlooks, a 53-foot waterfall, hiking and biking trails and a visitor center housed inside a 1906 historical home. You can also go to the Tamarack Nature Center for a day of nature fun. This nature preserve sits on 320 acres and has miles of wood-chipped paths, boardwalks and trails for your family to enjoy. While you're there, let your children play in the Discovery Hollow and Garden, a kids play area with an assortment of activities.

Waterparks

If your kids enjoy water activities, you could take them to the Water Park of America for some water play. Inside this park, your kids can splash in the wave pool, zip down the slides, float down a lazy river or play at the Fort Snelling Activity Pool. This area of the park has children's slides, water spray features and a huge dumping bucket. Alternatively, you can visit the Great River Water Park, an indoor water park with children's activity pool, water slides, rope climb area and interactive spray features.

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