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Best Family Activities Near Target Field

November 29, 2010 12:13 PM

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Target Field is truly a gem for downtown Minneapolis, especially for families looking for a great day of family fun. While the ballpark may be what lures families to the area, it also makes for a good excuse to check out other all-age activities while you’re in the area.

Here’s a list of a few of our favorites — boasting plenty of options for full days spent downtown.

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Children’s Theatre Company
2400 Third Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612) 874-0400
Website

While it’s called The Children’s Theatre Company, it’s an experience for all ages. The shows are constantly changing with a great selection of your favorite Disney stories, like “Mulan” to classic theater productions, such as “Annie.”

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Nickelodeon Universe
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952)883-8810
Website

Nickelodeon Universe is the nation’s largest family indoor theme park. There are more than 25 rides and attractions that shape the seven-acre park, which also features nine places to eat, entertainment and shopping. Best of all, Nickelodeon Universe is just a light rail trip away.

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The Depot
225 Third Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 339-2253
Website

Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, you’ll enjoy all The Depot has to offer. From a three-story, indoor/outdoor water slide to the video arcade to the secluded Northwoods whirlpool area, not to mention the gorgeous wintertime ice arena, this urban venue is perfect for your little ones and will keep them entertained for hours.

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Mill City Museum
704 South Second St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 341-7555
Website

Built within the ruins of a National Historic Landmark — the Washburn A. Mill — the museum provides a multi-sensory, interactive journey. The story of flour milling, and its impact on Minneapolis, the nation and the world, comes to life through the eight-story Flour Tower and other hands-on exhibits.

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Magical History Tour
St. Anthony Main
125 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 331-7171
Website

Travel back in time on a Magical History Tour. Ride a Segway as you enjoy the history of the Minneapolis Riverfront area from 10,000 BC to present without breaking a sweat. Let the Segway do the work as you cover several miles accompanied by a professional guide.

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Historic Fort Snelling
200 Tower Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55111
(612) 726-1171
Website

Find out what life was like in a 1820s military fort. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Fort Snelling has been restored to a living history museum. Costumed guides lead you through exhibits that offer a glimpse of what it was like to be an American soldier living in a fort that was once smack-dab in the middle of the wilderness.

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Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 253-0255
Website

Check out the events, read a good book or sit in on story time before or after a game. It might be a great way to relax after a fun-filled game or to look up the history of your favorite team.

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Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
725 Vineyard Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Website

Featuring one of Minneapolis’ iconic scenes, “Spoonbridge and Cherry,” the Minnesota Sculpture Garden is a great place to go and chill before a Twins game. The garden is basically a free museum in a park so it’s a great place to go and experience for free.

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Underwater Adventures Aquarium
Mall of America
60 East Broadway
Bloomington, MN 55425
(952) 883-0202
Website

Unlike some aquariums where the smallest tots sometimes have to fight for prime viewing space, Underwater Adventures puts viewers right in the middle of marine life.You’ll ride a “people mover” through a glass tunnel that’s right inside the action. The conveyor belt makes it easy to pace yourself as your kids go nose-to-nose with sharks, stingrays, giant sea turtles and other marine life. They’ll also get an up-close-and-personal look at their underbellies.

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