Category - Travel

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Family Fun: Pizza on the Farm
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6 Twin Cities Metro-Area Minnesota State Parks
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FFTC Guide to Summer Water Sports
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Family Day Trip: National Eagle Center, Wabasha
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Family Day Trip: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota
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FFTC Family Camping Guide: Minnesota State Park Campgrounds
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Indoor Delights: Union Depot Family Fun!
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Fly With the Birds–Kerfoot Canopy Tours
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11 Tours of Fall Color. And A Couple of Bonus Ideas
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Back Into the Beautiful Minnesota Winter

Family Fun: Pizza on the Farm

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Have you heard of a pizza farm?
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6 Twin Cities Metro-Area Minnesota State Parks

Minnesota State Parks

In 2003, mere weeks from our wedding date, my future husband and I picked up a Minnesota State Parks Passport Club kit from one of the park nature shops. What a wonderful way to step off on our life together, I recall thinking, by flitting around Minnesota exploring all 70+ state parks and recreation areas. Get your passport stamped at each one and receive — along with bragging rights, of course — a personalized commemorative plaque. Oh, I could see that plaque right then, hanging on some future living room wall. Read More

FFTC Guide to Summer Water Sports

As the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesotans take pride in our summer water sports.  We’ve collected water ski shows, boat rentals, kayaks and canoes, sailing experiences and other water fun.  Most are located in the metro while some of them are just a short drive away.

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Boat Rentals

 

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Family Day Trip: National Eagle Center, Wabasha

We were blessed with gorgeous weather for a long weekend camping trip along scenic Highway 61. The first thing we did upon tumbling out of the camper in Wabasha, Minnesota, was spend a good fifteen minutes soaking up the sun along the Mississippi. It’s along these banks that majestic bald eagles winter and build nests to raise their young. You can learn all about these raptors – and get just about nose-to-beak with them – at the adjacent National Eagle Center. Read More

Family Day Trip: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota

Family Day Trip: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota

When polling readers on their favorite day-trip destinations from the Twin Cities, one of them suggested the lovely St. Croix River Valley town of Taylors Falls, an easy hour-long drive from the Metro. And how fortuitous that I had just returned from a jaunt there with two of my four children, fresh and already inspired to highlight some of the fun family activities we’ve enjoyed in the area over the past several years. Here are six of our favorite spots around Taylors Falls — and most won’t cost much more than the gas it takes to get there:

Family Day Trip: 6 Things to Do Near Taylors Falls, Minnesota

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FFTC Family Camping Guide: Minnesota State Park Campgrounds

First, a quick confession: I may not be the most qualified to write this article. The truth is that I don’t tent camp with my children, in Minnesota State Park campgrounds or otherwise. There’s a good chance that I will again someday, but until all my kids are of the age where I’m guaranteed a decent night’s sleep, we plan to stick to an old, class-C motorhome we bought off Craigslist six years ago. It was purchased in a bit of a panic – we’d just found out we were expecting our third child – and I feared that if our family kept expanding, it would be years before my husband and I could enjoy one of our favorite hobbies again. The one weekend we had spent camping when our firstborn was 13 months old was so miserable I vowed never again to sleep on the ground with a nursing child. (We did take him tenting again at age three and it was wonderful, so I did realize there was hope for traditional camping in the future.)

So that’s my admission. I am absolutely not an authority on tent camping with kids. My redemption, however, might lie in that at least I’ve spent many nights in Minnesota State Park campgrounds, and also a decent amount of time exploring many of the parks themselves. I’m confident in recommending them as fantastic places to spend time as a family and connect with nature. Read More

Indoor Delights: Union Depot Family Fun!

Union Depot Family Fun? 15 years ago, I would walk my daycare kids through the streets of St. Paul to Lowertown to play in the playground by tpt. At times, we would bring our gaggle of preschoolers into the Union Depot to get out of the heat. But we didn’t get much farther than the front door. 

Ping Pong at Union Depot

Union Depot Son takes on Mother

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Fly With the Birds–Kerfoot Canopy Tours

In February–when my husband and I were in Thailand–we wanted to go on a jungle canopy tour. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out for us, and even though I was extremely relieved, I thought, Shoot! There goes our chance for ziplining.

Little did I know that Minnesota itself offers its own real live canopy tour. Two to be exact–Towering Pines Canopy Tours at the Gunflint Lodge up by the Boundary Waters and Kerfoot Canopy Tours in the Minnesota River Valley down Highway 169 near Henderson/Belle Plaine. Read More

11 Tours of Fall Color. And A Couple of Bonus Ideas

There is something you should know about me: I am a Clutz–with a capital C. When I go for a walk or a run, I don’t look up and enjoy the scenery. I look down at my feet because I have a tendency to trip over things, and if I am not concentrating on my footing, I will catch my toe and hit the pavement face first.

Another thing that is important to know about me.  Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the fun days of summer and the hopeful days of spring and the quietness of winter (until it starts to go on eight months and more, then it’s just being passive aggressive), but my absolute without a doubt favorite time of the year is the fall.  When the air turns crisp in the evenings and I can smell the earthy scent of the maturing plants, I shiver in delight.  When I can pull out my favorite sweater or jeans and lace up my cute leather boots while packing mychildren’s school supplies into their backpacks, I grin.  When I can make a cup of coffee and wrap myself in my favorite afghan to sit on my front step, I sigh.

Fall is so perfect.

However, putting these two facts about me together can cause disaster.  While I enjoy walking outside in the fall and breathing in the fresh air, I do not have the ability to look around and enjoy the color of the trees and the sky.  I think this year it’s time to be intentional about getting off my street to see some of the gorgeous color of the season.

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Back Into the Beautiful Minnesota Winter

It is extremely beautiful.  I have never been so happy for the piles and piles of snow.  I know it’s been a long winter and the entire state is weary of snow removal, but honestly, I feel a little like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.  There is no place like home even if it’s all white and there is no color. Read More

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