Mid-August is the time to start preparing for our favorite annual end-of-summer bash. Use our Minnesota State Fair Guide to help plan your best visit ever in 2019.
Have you purchased your discount gate tickets? Mapped out the most efficient route to find the two dozen or so brand new Fair foods? Polled the family and made a checklist of the must-sees: the barns, the freebies, the climb-on tractors, the awesome shows at the Family Fair stage? Are you ready for the relentless heat and the shoulder-to-shoulder streets and the children begging you to buy souvenirs at every corner?
Just in case you’re not a rabid fan of the Minnesota State Fair (like certain members of the FFTC Team…) and haven’t been planning this great fete since Memorial Day, we’ve put together some tips and ideas garnered from years of towing our young families along to the Fair. Hope we can be of some help and inspiration!
BEFORE YOU GO TO THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
Minnesota State Fair 2019: Scoring Free & Discounted Tickets – There’s plenty of time to purchase discounted State Fair tickets ($12 each) and Midway/Kidway tickets before the Fair opens Aug 22. Consider purchasing a Blue Ribbon Bargain Book ($5) that contains 150 coupons to be used on all that Fair food and merchandise you’re craving. Finally, if you’re willing to volunteer a few hours of your time, there are ways to score FREE admission into the State Fair!
Tips for Family Safety at the Minnesota State Fair – the idea of bringing little ones to a place as densely packed as the Fair can be overwhelming. We’ve put together some of our best tips for keeping kids safe among the crowds.
Need a Break With the Baby? – Add TPT to your map! They offer a private and easily accessible Mother’s room and a phone charging station. They are on the corner of Underwood & Lee. There are a few other places designated for breastfeeding mothers. You can find those here. Of course, in Minnesota, you can legally nurse your baby anywhere, but it is nice to know you can find quiet privacy if you want it. Baby changing stations are available at most restroom locations.
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR GUIDE – WHEN YOU’RE THERE
50 Things To Do For Families at the Minnesota State Fair – Freshly updated for 2019! And most of the items on this list are FREE.
From a giant karaoke fest and quirky history lessons to death-defying dog stunts and BMX bike tricks, the Minnesota State Fair is loaded with FREE live family entertainment.
FREE is one of the FFTC Team’s favorite words. We’re betting you’re interested in ways to get as much bang for your admission buck as possible, too. All of the activities on the list are kid-friendly!