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Top Attractions in Minnesota

The Minnesota Zoo, National Eagle Center and dozens of other attractions in Minnesota draw millions of visitors each year.

By Kevin Litwin on July 10, 2016

St. Paul, MN
St. Paul / Courtesy of Kent Kanouse under a CC 2.0 license.

Minnesota’s arts and culture scene offers residents diverse things to do and sites to see. Here’s a sampling of some top attractions:

Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

For more than 30 years, the zoo has worked to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife;, the zoo welcomes more than 1 million visitors a year, with an economic impact of more than $140 million to the state.

Canal Park, Duluth  

Shops, restaurants and benches flow through this park located on Lake Superior. It’s also home to the Aerial Lift Bridge, one of the most photographed spots in the state..

Extreme Sandbox, Hastings  

Adults who dream of riding a fire truck can check out this extreme adventure attraction. Professionals help visitors ride and operate heavy machinery including bulldozers.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Offering one of the most diverse art collections in the U.S., this free-admission museum welcomes more than 500,000 visitors annually and features more than 83,000 works of art.

Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul  

Visitors will enjoy watching animals or browsing the gardens at this top-rated attraction, which also hosts sporting events and concerts.

National Eagle Center, Wabasha

 Located on the Mississippi River, the center offers up-close experiences with the rescued eagles and the hundreds that flock to the area in the winter.

Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona

Home to European and American masterpieces, including works by Monet, Renoir and Van Gogh, the museum focuses on human relationships with water and has expanded twice since opening in 2006.

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