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Walker Arts Center - A catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art.

Chanhassen Dinner Theatres - The nation's largest professional dinner theatre, the largest restaurant in the state of Minnesota, and 13th largest in the nation. Critics from across the U.S. have hailed Chanhassen as 'one of the best dinner theatres in the country!'

Landmark Center - Built in 1902 and originally served as the Federal Court House and Post Office for the Upper Midwest. Today, Landmark Center serves as a cultural center for music, dance, theater, exhibitions, public forums, and special events.

Mall of America - The nation's largest retail and entertainment complex, located in Bloomington. Mall of America is the country's most visited destination, attracting more than 42.5 million people each year.

Wild Mountain & Taylors Falls Recreation - Includes a Water Park, Alpine Slides, Go-Karts, a Ski and snowboard arena, snow tubing, boat tours, campgrounds, and more! Located just 7 miles north of Taylors Falls. A great park for the whole family! There are activities that will get you wet, and some that will allow you to stay dry!

Minnesota State Capitol - See the legislature in action in the historic House and Senate chambers. Original furnishings and vivid colors of the restored Senate, House, Supreme Court and Rathskeller cafe add to your experience of this working masterpiece by acclaimed architect Cass Gilbert.

The Bakken Museum - Here, the science of electricity and magnetism comes to life through history, the arts and exploration. The museum offers a variety of exhibits and education programs designed to spark the interest of children, youth, families and teachers. The Bakken is located on the west shore of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

Minnesota Transportation Museum - The Museum operates steam and diesel trains. Visitors can ride one of three streetcars, plus visit the depot museum and car barn.

American Swedish Institute - Founded in 1929 by Swan J. Turnblad, is a historic house/museum offering a variety of programs designed to celebrate Swedish culture. The Turnblad mansion, which houses the Institute, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the only castle in the Twin Cities.

Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum - Located on the Minneapolis campus of the University of Minnesota, on the east bank of the Mississippi River. Founded in 1934, the museum currently holds a permanent collection of over 13,000 objects; its programs serve the University community and the general public.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts - Houses more than 100,000 objects from diverse cultural traditions spanning 5,000 years of world history. The Institute is a comprehensive and encyclopedic fine arts museum serving the Twin Cities and the Upper Midwest and is recognized internationally as one of the great museums in America.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory - A free zoo located in Como Park in St. Paul. Visitors can see Siberian tigers, eastern Timber wolves, a wide variety of native waterfowl, Kodiak, and polar bears and lots more.

Minnesota Zoo - Situated on 500 acres in Dakota County. The zoo features about 2,300 animals, with 105 animals representing 15 species on the United States Endangered Species list.

Minnesota Orchestra - The 95-member Minnesota Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year. The Orchestra reaches annual audiences of over 400,000, as well as a vast broadcast public in well over 100 cities, and more than 50,000 students through its Young People's Concerts and school projects. With numerous commissions in its history, the Orchestra nourishes a strong commitment to contemporary music.

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts - A world class performing arts center, the Ordway produces new musicals, presents classical music, operas, Broadway musicals, educational programs, and worldwide theatre, dance, and music.

Valleyfair Amusement Park - Splash into fun on refreshing water rides. Enjoy the scenery from a chugging steam-powered train. Catch the view from the Ferris Wheel. Explore family fun in Berenstain Bear Country, and many other activities for the whole family.

Nickelodeon Universe - The nation's largest indoor family theme park, invites guests to take a ride with all their favorite Nickelodeon characters. The theme park is home to seven acres of fun with more than 30 remarkable rides and attractions, plenty of entertainment, and, of course, shopping.

The Landing - Step back in time see what life was like for people who lived in the Minnesota River Valley 150 years ago. It's history happening right before your eyes. Costumed interpreters and authentic buildings help recreate late 19th-century life in Minnesota.

Sibley House Historic Site - Tour the 1836 Sibley house, home to Henry Hastings Sibley, a man whose life and career were at the center of Minnesota’s territorial and early statehood era. Unravel stories of the fur trade, uncover memories of changes to the structures, and browse through furnished mid-19th century interiors and exhibits.

Museum of Questionable Medical Devices - Dubbed "The Quackery Hall of Fame" by the Copley Wire Service, the museum is the world's largest display of what the human mind has devised to cure itself without the benefit of either scientific method or common sense.

Minnesota History Center - Enjoy lively exhibits that feature such varied objects as an authentic birch bark canoe, a printing press from the early 1800s, Minnesota Twins’ World Series memorabilia, Burma Shave signs, a recreated barbershop and a windmill straight off the farm.

Minnesota Children's Museum - Where kids can touch, climb, splash, crawl, push, pull, and press it all! Children ages 6 months through 10 years and their adult guests can explore six galleries packed with extraordinary hands-on adventures.

Minnesota Museum of American Art - The Museum's permanent collection represents over 40 years of collecting and over 130 years of making art in America.

Bell Museum of Natural History - Exhibits encourage exploration and convey the wonder of nature, the excitement of science, and the importance of research and conservation of the natural world.

SEA LIFE Minnesota - Bursting with 1.2 million gallons of water, features over 3,000 living sea creatures in seven amazing displays. Located at the Mall of America.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum - The Arboretum features 1,000 acres of unique public gardens: spectacular annual and perennial display gardens, collections of plants developed for northern climates, natural and native areas and demonstration gardens.

Theatre in the Round - The year-round schedule of mainstage productions is produced by professional artistic directors and more than 300 volunteer artists, designers, and technicians, supported by 80+ volunteers behind the scenes.

Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center - The center offers over 10 miles of grass or wood-chipped trails as well as an Interpretive Center which offers hands-on exhibits and live animals on display.

Science Museum of Minnesota - One of the Midwest's most popular museum attractions, offering visitors the chance to enjoy breathtaking large-format films, wonder at one of the world's only complete mounted Triceratops, create and destroy a tornado, and examine an authentic Egyptian mummy.