50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota

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Are you having fun yet? The City Pages staff compiled a list of our favorite things to do around town. Whether you love the great outdoors or prefer indoor comfort, here are 50 Fun Things to Do in Minnesota. Feel free to add your favorites in the comments.

50 Head underground and explore the cavernous Soudan Underground Mine, the state's oldest iron ore mine.

The Mall of America boasts hundreds of stores, an indoor amusement park, and an aquatic life exhibit.

49. Get out of the elements with some retail therapy at the Mall of America and stop by Nickelodeon Universe for some indoor adrenaline thrills afterwards.

48. Catch the incredible views as the leaves change color up north in the fall.

47. Visit the Minnesota Zoo for a taste of local wildlife on the Minnesota Trail or their killer summer concert series.

46. Grab hold of those handlebars and bike your way through one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

45. Hit the slopes at one of Minnesota's many ski areas.

44. Glimpse into the past at the historic Glensheen Mansion in Duluth.

Even the grizzly bears have fun at the Minnesota Zoo.

43. Try your hand at graffiti. From the murals at Intermedia Arts to the graffiti graveyard in Duluth (where you can add your own touches), Minnesota's got great street art.

42. Road trip up the North Shore, stopping for roadside smokehouses, bakeries, and breweries (like Lake Superior Brewing Company or Fitger's Brewhouse), and end with a swim in the Greatest Lake.

41. Take a trip to Southern Minnesota to see Amish communities that still rely on horse-and-buggies for transportation, and pick up some jam while you're there!

40. Cool off in one of our lakes. Despite popular belief, there are well over 11,000.

39. Catch an indie flick or a midnight showing at the Uptown Theatre.

Franconia Sculpture Park has tons of larger-than-life works of art.

38. Tour Niagara Cave. Located in Harmony, Minnesota, the cave is 400 million years old, and contains a 60-foot waterfall, a wedding chapel, and plenty of strange fossils. Mystery Cave is just down the road, too.

37. Join the parade in St. Paul at Grand Old Day in summer or the Holidazzle in the winter.

36. Check out Franconia Sculpture Park.

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