Attractions

Burnsville, MN is a dynamic Twin Cities community that is home to fantastic attractions, recreation and shopping. Hit the slopes at Buck Hill, catch a performance at the Ames Center or do some serious shopping at Burnsville Center Mall, but make time for some of the area's biggest attractions like Mall of America, Valleyfair, and the Minnesota Zoo - just minutes away!

Minnesota State Fair

Website 651.632.2688

1265 Snelling Ave N
Saint Paul, MN

The "Great Minnesota Get-Together"! The Minnesota State Fair is the largest 12-day event in North America, attracting nearly 1.8 million visitors annually with many exhibits, live animals, live entertainment stages, food concessions, midway rides and games, and much more!

Ames Center

Website

952.895.4680 (Box Office) 952.895.4685 (Main) 12600 Nicollet Ave S

Burnsville, MN 55337 The center has two theatres, a 1,014 seat proscenium stage and an intimate 150 seat Black Box Theatre. The Lobby is two stories tall, all glass, with a sweeping view of Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley, and the Minneapolis Skyline.

In addition to the Theatres, the center has a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, meeting rooms and a large rehearsal room. There is additional space for banquets, special events and receptions. Presentations at the Ames Center include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.

Brunswick Zone XL

Website

952-435-2695 11129 162nd St W Lakeville, MN

Brunswick Zone XL is extra large fun. Endless lanes for bowling, a giant game room, laser tag, billiards, and a super-size lounge to relax with friends or catch the big game. If you want extra fun bowling, come enjoy good times at Brunswick Zone XL.

Valleyfair Amusement Park

Website 952.445.7600

One Valleyfair Dr
Shakopee, MN

Valleyfair, the Upper Midwest's largest family amusement park, features over 75 rides and attractions including eight roller coasters, entertainment, Dinosaurs Alive, Planet Snoopy and a newly expanded Soak City Waterpark. The expansion includes six new waterslides and an interactive splash pad. Soak City Waterpark is included with admission to Valleyfair.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

Website

651.487.8200 1225 Estabrook Dr
Saint Paul, MN

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory offers family fun and education in conservation. The Zoo features indoor and outdoor exhibits, including large cats, primates, polar bears & aquatic animals, while the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory has permanent tropical and changing seasonal plants and flowers.

Como Town Amusement Park

Website

651.487.2121 1415 Mendota Heights Rd
Saint Paul, MN

Located adjacent to Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, Como Town Amusement Park is a family-fun amusement park for kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 18 rides and attractions including all-time favorites and new, interactive rides that can't be found anywhere else in the upper Midwest.

Mall of America

Website

952.883.8800 60 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN

Enjoy the nation's best shopping, great dining and action packed attractions at Mall of America. The Mall features fabulous fashion and more at over 520 stores - and with no sales tax on clothing or shoes, you're sure to find something you love. Hours of fun await you from the largest U.S. indoor theme park, Nickelodeon Universe, to countless other attractions like Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium, NASCAR Silicon Motor Speedway, A.C.E.S. Flight Simulation, LEGO®, Moose Mountain Adventure Golf and AMC Theatres, plus over 50 restaurants and much more!

IMAX THEATRE at the Minnesota Zoo

Website

952.431.4629 877.660.4629 12000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN

The IMAX Experience is as unique and powerful as the 3D technology behind it. Images of immense size and striking clarity. Sound so clear and deep you can feel it. Giant screens that immerse you in new worlds. Conveniently located at the Minnesota Zoo, The IMAX Theatre at the MN Zoo is always playing the latest IMAX Hollywood features and documentaries. Enjoy the biggest movies on the largest screen in Minnesota with our new oversized rocker seats, reserved seating and state-of the-art IMAX digital projection system.

Minnesota Children's Museum

Website

651.225.6000 10 W Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN

For more than 30 years, Minnesota Children's Museum has embedded the research on play, creativity and child development into its interactive learning environments and programs. Open-ended experiences are designed for children to explore, discover, immerse, imagine and connect.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Website

952.445.7361 3525 145th St W
Shakopee, MN

Immerse yourself into the sounds, smells and sights of an authentic 16th century village as you celebrate Renaissance Festival's 45th season this year in Shakopee. With more than 300 street characters roaming the village, you could come face-to-face with the town beggar, the common peasant, the royal court and even the King and Queen.

Minnesota Zoo

Website

952.431.9500 / 800.366.7811

13000 Zoo Blvd
Apple Valley, MN

The Minnesota Zoo offers cutting-edge exhibits that provide unique experiences with animals and their habitats. You'll discover more than 4,200 animals representing over 500 species from five continents in naturalistic settings including Amur tigers, Chinese takins, South African penguins, wolverines and many other rare and endangered species. Popular exhibits include Discovery Bay, Russia's Grizzly Coast, Tropics Trail, Wells Fargo Family Farm, 3M Penguins of the African Coast, Medtronic Minnesota Trail, and more!

Nickelodeon Universe® at Mall of America®

Website

952.883.8800 5000 Center Ct
Bloomington, MN

Experience Nickelodeon Universe - the nation's first all-nick theme park featuring seven-acres of unique attractions and entertainment. Soar through the air on 27 rides for guests of all ages and courage levels. Check out the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shell Shock that will have you flipping, flying and twisting through the air at dizzying speeds.

Paragon Odyssey 15 IMAX

Website

952.892.3456

14401 Burnhaven Dr Burnsville, MN

This state-of-the-art theater features an IMAX with a Club Level (VIP Reserved Seats and 21 and older after 3 pm) and electric recliners with footrests in all other auditoriums. Become a loyalty member and receive a free ticket on your birthday. Purchase gift cards, plan an event, or reserve your seats at paragontheaters.com.

Rick Bronson's House of Comedy

Website

952.858.8558 408

East Broadway
Bloomington, MN

Located on Level 4 in Mall of America®, Rick Bronson's House of Comedy showcases the absolute best in live stand-up comedy. Performers have been featured on Leno, Letterman, Kimmel, Conan, Comedy Central, Last Comic Standing, and more. Photo Courtesy of Rick Bronson's House of Comedy.

Science Museum of Minnesota

Website

651.221.9444 / 800.221.9444

120 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN

Open to the general public, the Science Museum of Minnesota is well-known for its unique combination of cutting-edge technology and hands-on entertainment, including innovative exhibits, a 9-story Domed Omnitheater, and a world-class collection of fossils and artifacts.

SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium

Website 952.883.0202 / 888.348.3846

120 E Broadway
Bloomington, MN

Explore SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, a premier family-friendly attraction with a focus on interactive fun! Come closer than you think to sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, and many other underwater creatures.

Water Park of America

Website

952.698.8888

1700 E American Blvd
Bloomington, MN

Water Park of America is America's biggest indoor water park hotel, and features Minnesota's only flow rider surf simulator, the Lake Superior wave pool and America's longest indoor family raft ride- at ten stories tall and over a mile long! New Dairy Queen Grill & Chill®. Enjoy fan favorites like chicken strip baskets, Blizzards and DQ soft serve cakes. Plan your adventure: www.waterparkofamerica.com

Arts and Culture

American Swedish Institute

Website

612.871.4907

2600 Park Ave
Minneapolis, MN

Today, ASI links Minneapolis history with the best of contemporary Swedish and Nordic culture. Tour the Turnblad Mansion, enjoy exhibits and the performing arts in the mansion and Osher Gallery, find unique Nordic designed products in the ASI Museum Shop, savor new Nordic cuisine at ASI's award-winning cafe, FIKA, and explore stories from the past in Wallenberg Library and Archives. Welcome to the American Swedish Institute!

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres

Website

952.934.1525 / 800.362.3515

501 W 78th St
Chanhassen, MN

Visit the nation's largest professional dinner theatre with multiple theatres under one roof recognized for over 40 years of fine dining and outstanding professional musical theatre produced year-round. AAA approved, “Any Twin Cities visit should include an evening at Chanhassen!”

Cheers Pablo

Website

952.898.1901

13915 Aldrich Ave S
Burnsville, MN

Cheers Pablo is an arts and entertainment business that creates a highly social environment where individuals of all artistic levels can participate in group painting classes. No experience needed, just come ready to have lots of fun. We provide the canvas, easel, brushes, paints, apron and fun. At the end of the each class (2 hours or 3 hours, depending on selection) each participant has a professional-quality piece of art take home.

Cheers Pablo is all about creating exceptional, tailored experiences. For those who care to raise a glass while they paint, they offer wine, beer and non alcoholic beverages for purchase.

Dakota City Heritage Village

Website

651.460.8050

4008 220th St W
Farmington, MN

Where the past is present...Dakota City Heritage Village offers visitors the chance to experience rural life in 1900-era Dakota County. A recreated historic village and museum, Dakota City is located on the Dakota County Fairgrounds on the south edge of Farmington. Check our website for upcoming events!

Dakota Valley Symphony and Chorus

Website 612.840.8681

12600 Nicollet Ave
Ames Center
Burnsville, MN

A non-profit, volunteer community arts organization, the Dakota Valley Symphony has served Minnesota's Dakota County since 1986. The symphony is comprised of a 60-member symphony orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus, and a 90-member Summer Pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey. All concerts are performed at the Ames Center.

Ames Center

Website 952.895.4680 (Box Office) 952.895.4685 (Main)

12600 Nicollet Ave S
Burnsville, MN

The center has two theatres, a 1,014 seat proscenium stage and an intimate 150 seat Black Box Theatre. The Lobby is two stories tall, all glass, with a sweeping view of Nicollet Commons Park, the Minnesota River Valley, and the Minneapolis Skyline.

In addition to the Theatres, the center has a 2,000-square-foot art gallery, meeting rooms and a large rehearsal room. There is additional space for banquets, special events and receptions. Presentations at the Ames Center include cultural events, dramas, comedies, dance and musical acts from local arts organizations and national touring artists.

Guthrie Theater

Website 612.377.2224

818 S 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN

The Guthrie presents both classical literature and new work from diverse cultures, and since the opening of the new theater in June 2006, the building has become a landmark site on the banks of the Mississippi.

Historic Fort Snelling

Website 612.726.1171

200 Tower Ave
Saint Paul, MN

Historic Fort Snelling is a National Historic Landmark. Built in the early 1820s, Historic Fort Snelling is a great place to learn about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,and much more! Its location – at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers – has been significant for centuries to many American Indian communities.

Mill City Museum

Website 612.341.7555

704 2nd St
Minneapolis, MN

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.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Website 612.870.3174

2400 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The MIA inspires wonder with extraordinary exhibitions and one of the finest wide-ranging art collections in the country. From Monet to Matisse, Asian to African, 40,000-year-old artifacts to world-famous masterpieces, the MIA links the past to the present and enables global conversations. The MIA is free. Every day.

Minnesota Children's Museum

| Website 651.225.6000

10 W Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN

For more than 30 years, Minnesota Children's Museum has embedded the research on play, creativity and child development into its interactive learning environments and programs. Open-ended experiences are designed for children to explore, discover, immerse, imagine and connect.

Minnesota Historical Society & History Center

Website 651.259.3000 / 800.657.3773

345 Kellogg Blvd W
Saint Paul, MN

The Minnesota Historical Society is chief caretaker of Minnesota's story—and the History Center is home to the Society's vast collections. Through its 26 historic sites and museums, the Society offers opportunities for thought-provoking entertainment, learning and fun.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

Website 651.224.4222

345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents the finest in musical theater, music, dance, international and well-known local performances. Recent and upcoming performances include "Cabaret", "STOMP", "RENT", "Chicago", "The Sound of Music" and "The Color Purple."

Science Museum of Minnesota

Website 651.221.9444 / 800.221.9444

120 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN

Open to the general public, the Science Museum of Minnesota is well-known for its unique combination of cutting-edge technology and hands-on entertainment, including innovative exhibits, a 9-story Domed Omnitheater, and a world-class collection of fossils and artifacts.

Walker Art Center & Sculpture Garden

Website 612.375.7600

1750 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is one of the crown jewels of the city's park system, uniting two of Minnesota's most cherished resources—its greenspace and its cultural life. The 11-acre site, home to the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry, showcases more than 40 works from the Walker Art Center's renowned collection.

 

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