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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Bunker Beach Water Park
Bunker Beach Water Park

(763) 324-3310

701 County Parkway A
Coon Rapids, MN 55433   Directions Website

Are you looking for the perfect family destination this summer? Look no further than Bunker Beach Water Park. With six towering waterslides, a 900-foot lazy river tubing experience, a leisure pool with a climbing wall, a zero-entry pool with a water play structure, a creative sand play area, and Minnesota's largest outdoor wave pool, there's something for everyone. Plus, with changing rooms and a convenient location in the metro area, Bunker Beach is ideal for a day of fun in the sun.

Bunker Beach has more to offer than just aquatic adventures. You can take a break and enjoy some delicious snacks from the concessions. You can create unforgettable memories with your loved ones by experiencing exciting attractions such as the wave pool, splash cove, adventure pool, plunge pool, Rocky Bay, Sandbox, and volleyball court.

Cascade Bay Waterpark
Cascade Bay Waterpark

(651) 675-5577

1360 Civic Center Dr
Eagan, MN 55121   Directions Website

Enjoy the ultimate summer fun at Cascade Bay, the award-winning outdoor water park in Eagan. With unique activities suitable for all ages, Cascade Bay is the perfect place to unwind and create lasting memories with your loved ones. The park features leisure pools, seven exciting water slides, a lazy river, mini-golf, and much more.

You can cool off and enjoy the summer sun on the sandy beach, dip in the large activity pool, and enjoy two open swim sessions daily. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for a thrilling and refreshing day out. Plan your visit to Cascade Bay today and experience the ultimate summer fun that will leave you returning for more.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

(651) 487-8201

1225 Estabrook Dr
St Paul, MN 55103   Directions Website

Escape the mundane atmosphere of the office and host your next corporate event at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. The Visitor Center and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory provide a unique and exotic retreat for business functions, executive meetings, and corporate retreats. Step away from the ordinary and immerse yourself in the lush tropical rainforest while experiencing the wonder of exotic animals.

As one of the last free zoos in the United States, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is a unique and awe-inspiring venue that will impress your guests. The zoo's vast collection of animals, including big cats, gorillas, and giraffes, will keep your guests engaged and entertained. Admission to the zoo is free, but donations are appreciated so you can positively impact the preservation of the environment.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour
Kerfoot Canopy Tour

(952) 873-3900

30200 Scenic Byway
Henderson, MN 56044   Directions Website

Are you ready for an exciting adventure suitable for people of all ages? If so, look no further than the Kerfoot Canopy Tour. Their Adventure Park offers the best Zipline tour and High Ropes Course around. The canopy tour is a mile long, with 14 lines, a suspension bridge, and a challenging High Ropes Course; there's something for everyone here.

Kerfoot Canopy Tour is the perfect destination for families, friends, or even a romantic date. They also take reservations for groups of ten or more to ensure a great time for everyone. They are proud to have been voted #2 aerial adventure in the US by USA Today's Ten Best. So, what are you waiting for? Book your adventure today and experience the thrill of a lifetime at Kerfoot Canopy Tour, perfect for kids and families.

Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service
Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service

(612) 860-3052

Minneapolis, MN

Are you planning your next fishing trip? Then, look no further than the Lake Minnetonka Fishing Guide Service. Their experienced fishing guides will take you to the best spots to catch various fish, including walleye, bass, northern pike, and panfish. Whether you're planning a day trip or a corporate outing, they have everything you need for an enjoyable day of fishing.

Their boats are fully equipped with top-quality rods, reels, and tackle, and life jackets are provided for your safety. All you need to bring is your Minnesota fishing license and any personal gear you prefer. If you have a favorite rod or tackle, feel free to bring it along. So, book your trip today and prepare for an exciting Lake Minnetonka fishing day.

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge

(952) 854-5900

3815 American Blvd E
Bloomington, MN 55425   Directions Website

Visit the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, the most prominent American national wildlife refuge near an urban area, to explore the stunning beauty of the Minnesota River Valley. The sanctuary offers eight units and a wide range of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, skiing, fishing, birdwatching, and hunting.

In addition to being a perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, the refuge also serves as a thriving urban refuge that welcomes diverse communities with meaningful connections, educational opportunities, and recreational experiences. Its primary goal is to bring people, communities, and wildlife together while preserving the wildlife habitat in the Minnesota River Valley.

Sand Creek Adventures
Sand Creek Adventures

(952) 492-5333

3101 W 220th St
Jordan, MN 55352   Directions Website

Have you heard about the Zipline Adventure course at Sand Creek Adventures? It's an unforgettable experience featuring three zip lines totaling over 1,600 feet. The highest point is an incredible 100 feet above Minnesota's Sand Creek. You can choose from a zip line tour with three or six lines. Regardless of which one you choose, you're guaranteed to have an exhilarating experience.

If you're up for an additional challenge, Sand Creek Adventures offers high-adventure challenges that will test your limits. For example, the Leap of Faith Challenge involves grabbing a trapeze, while the Giant Ladder requires teamwork and determination to climb. However, if you prefer a more relaxed experience, the Giant Swing can have you swinging through the trees quickly.

Stillwater Balloons
Stillwater Balloons

(651) 439-1800

135 Saint Croix Trl N
Lakeland Shores, MN 55043   Directions Website

Stillwater Balloons offers hot air balloon rides in Minnesota. They provide private, standard, and custom flights that offer intimacy, excitement, beauty, and joy as you float along at treetop level, soaring aloft, touching the clouds, and watching the earth below from a different point of view.

Their fleet includes some of Minnesota's most extensive and newest Cameron Balloons, known for their safety and innovation. Book your flight online today and experience the breathtaking views of the St. Croix River Valley from high above on a standard hot air balloon ride that lasts an hour. If you want a more unique and private experience, book a private hot air balloon ride and enjoy the peaceful, romantic journey with breathtaking views above the treetops.

Sustainable Safari
Sustainable Safari

(651) 773-2061

3001 White Bear Ave #2001
Maplewood, MN 55109   Directions Website

If you're interested in a unique and ethical wildlife park, Sustainable Safari is worth checking out. This park is home to a diverse range of animals; all well-cared for and living in spacious enclosures that replicate their natural habitats. Along with its animal exhibits, Sustainable Safari provides various educational programs and activities that enable visitors to learn about the animals and the importance of conservation efforts.

One of the park's major attractions is its petting zoo, where visitors of all ages can interact with friendly and gentle animals such as goats, sheep, rabbits, and chickens. They can pet and feed the animals while learning about animal care and responsibility from the zookeepers. This is an excellent way to connect with nature and better understand the significance of preserving the planet's wildlife.

Waldoch Farm
Waldoch Farm

(651) 780-1207

8174 Lake Dr
Lino Lakes, MN 55014   Directions Website

Waldoch Farm is your one-stop destination for all things fresh and fun. As a family-owned business with over 100 years of experience, it takes pride in offering the freshest produce and an array of activities that cater to visitors of all ages. From beautiful hanging baskets, bedding plants, and delicious tomatoes in the spring to fresh produce available daily in the summer, it has everything you need to satisfy your cravings.

Come fall, they have a Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze, Sunflower Fields, U-Pick Fresh Vegetables, and many activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Garden Center retail area spans over two acres and boasts eight greenhouses, while the Roadside stand and 'Pick-Your-Own' Vegetable Garden cover about 30 acres. At Joyers Barnyard and Adventure Farm, visitors can see farm animals and play in many outdoor activities. So visit Waldoch Farm and experience a day filled with fresh produce and fun.

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