Day & Road Trips

Road Trips & Day Trips for Families from the Twin Cities, Minnesota

While we specialize in knowing about local family fun in the Twin Cities, sometimes we break the mold and branch out beyond Minneapolis and Saint Paul with our kids to find family fun on day & road trips! Here are some of the best day trips and road trip destinations from the Twin Cities, fun and fresh ideas tested by our own FFTC Team!

Kid-Friendly Getaways Near the Twin Cities

Albert Lea Minnesota
10 THINGS TO DO IN ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA
Buffalo Minnesota
6 THINGS TO DO IN BUFFALO, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS
Duluth Minnesota
VISITING DULUTH, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS
Kellogg Wabasha
FAMILY DAY TRIP TO KELLOGG & WABASHA, MINNESOTA
Mankato MN
10 THINGS TO DO IN MANKATO, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS
New Ulm, Minnesota
10 THINGS TO DO IN NEW ULM, MINNESOTA
Visit Red Wing Minnesota with Kids
VISIT RED WING, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS
BEST THINGS TO DO IN STILLWATER, MINNESOTA
BEST THINGS TO DO IN STILLWATER, MINNESOTA
Top 10 Things to Do in Taylors Falls, MN with Kids
TOP THINGS TO DO IN TAYLORS FALLS, MINNESOTA, WITH KIDS
10 Things to Do in Zimmerman, Minnesota
THINGS TO DO IN ZIMMERMAN, MINNESOTA
Minnesota State Parks Near the Twin Cities Metro
MINNESOTA STATE PARKS NEAR THE TWIN CITIES
Minnesota National Parks
6 NATIONAL PARKS OF MINNESOTA
Traveling with Kids Hot Rod
TRAVELING WITH KIDS: 10 TIPS FOR ANY ROAD TRIP

Got a vacation, day or road trip destination you recommend or want to hear about? Looking for particular tips on traveling with kids? Have a suggestion for great road trip games? We really want to hear about that! Leave us a comment and let us know what destination you would like to see us cover next. We would love to help you create your next road trip plans.

FAMILY VACATIONS

Kid-Friendly Door County, Wisconsin
KID-FRIENDLY DOOR COUNTY, WISCONSIN

Fish Boil in Door County:

31 Ideas for Family Fun Within a Day's Drive of the Twin Cities

Some of these tourist attractions are even right in the Twin Cities but attract visitors from all over the world. Others will require an overnight stay, but all will pack in the family fun:

  1. 8 Twin Cities Waterfalls to Visit With Kids
  2. Camp on Lake Pepin at Frontenac State Park
  3. Celebrate Paul Bunyon Day in Bemidji and get photos with Paul and Babe the Blue Ox
  4. Choose among 150 kinds of root beer at Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store in Jordan!
  5. Climb Barn Bluff (He Mni Can) in Red Wing, Minnesota
  6. Do the Mall of America Family Guide, Floor By Floor
  7. Drive to Wisconsin Dells for a Drive-In Movie
  8. Drop By Teddy Bear Park During a Day in Stillwater, Minnesota
  9. Explore the Mississippi River in Downtown Minneapolis
  10. Feel the Hometown Christmas Atmosphere in these Minnesota Small Towns
  11. Fossil Hunt at Hill Annex Mine State Park
  12. Go on a Split Rock Lighthouse Tour on Lake Superior in Two Harbors During the Summer Months
  13. Have an outdoor adventure at St. Croix Bluffs Regional Park, Hastings
  14. Hike Big Marine Park Reserve, Marine on St Croix
  15. Investigate Sculptures and Outdoor Art: 12 Minnesota Sculpture Parks to Visit with Kids – Including the World-Famous Franconia Sculpture Park
  16. Minnesota State Park Campgrounds
  17. Pizza Farm Day Trips for Summer Evenings
  18. “Purify yourself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka” or just take advantage of the filtered, chlorinated swim pond at Lake Minnetonka Regional Park
  19. Rent Kayaks for a Fall Colors in Minnesota Plus 10 More Autumn Tours for Families
  20. Ride the Pizza Train on the North Shore Scenic Railroad
  21. Shop for Red Wing Shoes and Red Wing Pottery in Red Wing
  22. Ski Afton Alps Ski Resort and Trails
  23. Splurge on a Visit to the Great Lakes Aquarium
  24. Take a paddle wheeler out on the St Croix at Interstate State Park
  25. Take an Indoor Waterpark Vacation at Arrowwood Resort in Alexandria, MN
  26. Travel by Streetcar While Exploring Excelsior, MN
  27. Tour Glensheen Mansion When It’s Decorated for the Holidays
  28. Twin Cities to Duluth & 10 Fun Stops for Families
  29. Visit the Apostle Islands with Wilderness Inquiry
  30. Lake Minnetonka Regional Park, Minnestrista
  31. Zip Line at Kerfoot Adventure Park or in the Brainerd Lakes Area.

More Related Travel Articles:

Follow our Family Travel Board for More Ideas for Road Trips

We love gathering ideas on Pinterest for day trips, road trips, family travel and family fun in general. If you are a visual learner, come follow us on Pinterest for visual ideas for life with kids in the Twin Cities.


Where should we explore next? The Spam Museum in Austin? The Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Medford? The Minnesota Music Hall of Fame? Vote in the comments and let us know your favorite ideas for touring in and around Minnesota.

Scroll to Top