Attractions (listed alphabetically)

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Alexander Ramsey House

The Ramsey House is one of the nation's best preserved Victorian-era homes with its original furnishings. It was completed in 1872 by Minnesota's first Territorial Governor, Second Governor, U.S. Senator and Secretary of War, Alexander Ramsey. One-hour guided tour Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the hour. Call for reservations. 651-296-0100

American Swedish Institute

The American Swedish Institute is a 33-room historic museum that features hand-carved woodwork, ornate porcelain tile stoves, sculpted ceilings, Swedish glass, textiles, immigrant artifacts and more! It also has a shop and bookstore. Open Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday, noon to 4 p.m.; Wednesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Holidays. 612-871-4907

Bass Lake Cheese Factory

The Bass Lake Cheese Factory has been family owned and operated in Somerset, WI, since 1918. It is only 15 minutes east of Stillwater. Enjoy the viewing window, antique display, country store and, of course, over 80 types of cheese.

Canterbury Park

Enjoy the excitement of thoroughbred horse racing at Canterbury Park, one of America's finest racing facilities.

Cathedral of St. Paul

The Cathedral is one of the three largest cathedrals in the country, modeled after St. Peter's in Rome. It was dedicated in 1915 by Archbishop John Ireland as a monument to the people of St. Paul. No admission fee. Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday except holidays at 1 p.m. Weekend Mass: Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m. 651-228-1766

Como Park, Zoo and Conservatory

Up close view of over 360 finned, feathered and furry creatures. Open year round. Free admission. The grounds are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., April through September, and the buildings are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 651-487-8200 Visit the Como Zoo online.

Ellingson Car Museum

During your stroll through the Ellingson Car Museum you will see 100 vehicles, including cars, trucks and motorcycles, from early 1920's through the muscle cars of the 60's and 70's. Historical videos, pictures, memorabilia and a doll collection are also on display. Find that “just right” gift for your car buff at our gift shop or enjoy a refreshing treat at our Clarabell's Ice Cream Parlor. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fort Snelling

Fort Snelling is a stone fortress on a bluff above the Mississippi River that depicts the outpost life of early Minnesota. A reconstructed U.S. Army Military Post is restored to its 1827 appearance. Costumed guides demonstrate crafts and military drills. Open May through October, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 612-726-1171

Fort Snelling Cemetery

Fort Snelling Cemetery is the second largest national cemetery in the nation.

Great Waters Brewing Company

The Great Waters Brewing Company is located in the historic Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul. Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday noon to midnight. Enjoy great food and beer. Tours available upon request. 651-224-2739

Guthrie, Orpheum, State, and Fitzgerald Theaters

Enjoy dynamic productions of classics in a unique setting at the Guthrie or Broadway, pop, jazz and rock events at Orpheum or a variety of theater at Historic State Theater which is a fully restored 2,200 seat facility located in the La Salle Plaza complex, connected by skyway to downtown. Fitzgerald Theater is home to Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion. 651-290-1221, 612-339-7007 Visit www.hennepintheatredistrict.org online.

James J. Hill House

The James J. Hill House was built by railroad baron James Hill in 1891. It was the largest mansion in the Midwest. See the intricate details of this impressive structure including stained glass windows, tile fireplaces, richly carved woodwork and cutglass chandeliers. Open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations preferred. 651-297-2555

The Landing--Minnesota River Heritage Park

At The Landing--Minnesota River Heritage Park, formerly Historic Murphy's Landing, you will meet the past face to face on your journey through time as you meet costumed guides and crafts people. Beginning with an 1840's fur trading post, you will visit farmsteads, homes, community buildings and shops of the 19th century. Your journey will end in an 1890's village complete with a village green, which overlooks historic Murphy's Landing. Special events and entertainment scheduled throughout the season. Open weekends Memorial Day through October, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Landmark Center

The Landmark Center was dedicated in 1902 as the Federal Court House and the site of many infamous gangster trials. The building now houses programs for performing and visual arts and civic activities. Self tours available daily. 651-292-3225

Lowertown

Artist studios, galleries, restaurants, shops, theaters, coffee shops, a Farmer's Market, beautiful Mears Park, and the new Lower Landing Park on the Mississippi River are all part of this interesting and historic district. 651-227-9131 Visit Lowertown online.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is one of North America's finest and largest public art museums. Open Tuesday through Sunday.

Minnehaha Falls

Minnehaha Falls is located at 4801 Minnehaha Avenue South in Minneapolis. Enjoy the beauty of this popular cascade as it plummets 53 feet. These falls were named after a Native American maiden and immortalized by Longfellow in his poem, "Song of Hiawatha." 612-230-6400

Minnesota Brewing Company

The Minnesota Brewing Company is the home of the Grain Belt, Pig's Eye and Yellow Belly families of beer. Free one-hour brewery tours every Tuesday and Friday at 1 p.m.

Minnesota Children's Museum

The Children's Museum is the place where children ages six months to 10 years and families come together for learning and fun with amazing hands-on exhibits and programs. Crawl through a giant anthill, clamber up a musical sculpture, operate a crane, create a thunderstorm and visit our traveling exhibits and more! Open Tuesday through Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday until 8 p.m., and Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the summer. 651-225-6000

Minnesota History Center

Immerse yourself in Minnesota culture, gifts and cuisine. Come and enjoy the Minnesota History Center, home to an innovative museum, a modern research center and a great place for a family outing. Admission is free. Tuesday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 651-296-6126

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Arboretum invites you to enjoy 935 acres of rolling hills, native woodlands and prairies, display gardens and a variety of plant collections. The grounds are accessible by paved paths, over 6 miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails, and a 3-mile drive. Grounds are open from 8 a.m. to sunset, May through September, and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., October through April. Building hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 952-443-1400

Minnesota State Capitol

No admission fee. 45-minute guided tours of this Cass Gilbert masterpiece are available. Open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are given on the hour, with the last tour beginning one hour before closing. 651-296-2881. Visit the State Capitol online.

Minnesota Vikings Stadium

Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is a zoo like you've never seen before. It houses over 3,000 animals in natural surroundings and has a new IMAX 3D Theater. 952-431-4629 www.imax.com/minnesota. Open year round at 9 a.m. except Christmas Day. 952-431-9500

Mississippi Mile

The Mississippi Mile is located in the heart of downtown. It offers parks, entertainment, shops, restaurants, hotels and history. The Falls of Saint Anthony, called "curling waters" by Dakota Indians, offer a perfect backdrop for a picnic or stroll by the river.

Nickelodeon Universe

Nickelodeon Universe, located in the Mall of America, is the largest indoor theme park in America featuring 50 ride attractions, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. The park is beautifully landscaped with streams, fountains, ponds, trees and plants. Admission is free, but guests pay for rides or attractions. 952-883-8600

Ordway Music Theater

The Ordway Music Theater is one of the world's finest performing arts centers. Performances include: the Minnesota Opera Company, the Schubert Club, the internationally recognized Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. Other performances include: Broadway musicals, popular music, jazz and dance. 651-224-4222

Planes of Fame Air Museum at Flying Cloud Field

The Planes of Fame Air Museum boasts over 50,000 square feet of heated indoor display and is home to one of the country's largest collections of flight worthy WWII Aircraft. Its unique collection includes over 20 aircraft, which represent an awesome array of rare propeller driven fighter and bomber aircraft. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fee charged.

River Centre

More than just a site for conventions and meetings, the River Centre blends a multitude of private and public events under one roof. 651-726-8240

St. Anthony Falls

Self-guided walking tours explore the only falls on the Mississippi River and the industrial ruins of the flour-milling district, once the largest in the world. View the falls from the restored Stone Arch bridge and stop by the visitor center across the river from downtown Minneapolis. The St. Anthony Falls Heritage Trail is a two-mile loop along the Minneapolis riverfront within the St. Anthony Falls National Register Historic District.

St. Anthony Lock and Dam

The St. Anthony Lock and Dam is the first of a series of 29 locks which connect Minneapolis with the Gulf of Mexico. A visitor center provides an observation deck where barges and other watercraft may be seen going through the locks. Open April 1 to December 1.

Science Museum of Minnesota and 3M Omnitheater

At the Science Museum visitors can get their hands on science through fun, exciting exhibits. Attractions include exhibits found in Dinosaurs and Fossils Hall, Experiment Gallery, Our Minnesota Hall, Anthropology Hall, Omnitheater and much, much more! Open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Labor Day. Admission fee charged. 651-221-9444

Sea Life - Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America

Sea Life - Minnesota Aquarium at Mall of America is an all-new aquarium that features hands-on activities for kids and over 10,000 sea creatures!

Sibley House Historic Site

The Sibley House Historic Site offers guided tours of an 1830's American Fur Companies post in Mendota. It includes the 1836 Henry Sibley house and the 1839 Jean Baptiste Faribault house, and features period rooms and changing exhibits. One-hour guided tour. Open May 1 through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission fee charged.

Stillwater

A journey to Stillwater is an experience in turn-of-the-century charm. It is the oldest town in Minnesota, with historic small town shopping at its finest. It is nestled in the wooded hills and bluffs of the beautiful St. Croix River. History and natural beauty are intertwined and all can be enjoyed by foot, boat or trolley. Just 12 miles away! www.ilovestillwater.com, www.midtownantiques.com

Summit Brewing Company

651-265-7800 Visit the Summit Brewing Company online.

Target Center

The Target Center is host to over 250 events annually including MN Timberwolves, concerts, family shows and special events. 612-673-0900

Target Field

Spectacular and intimate ... breathtaking views ... dazzling amenities ... and a staggering array of special features! Those are just a few things you can find in your experience at Target Field, the new world class home of Twins Territory.

Trains at Bandana/Twin City Model RR Club

Located at Bandana Square. Operating 3,400 square feet of O-scale trains and panorama of railroading in Minnesota from 1930's to 1950's. The Twin City scenes are carefully reproduced in miniature. Hours are Tuesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. 651-647-9628 Visit www.tcmrm.org online.

Valley Fair Amusement and Water Park

Valley Fair is a 90-acre family amusement park that features more than 75 rides and attractions. Families love Valley Fair where they find rides, attractions, music and food to please all ages. Tour the park on our turn-of-the-century passenger train or enjoy the charm of our antique carousel. For those children under 54" tall we offer Berenstain Bear Country, Tot Town and Half Pint Park, all especially designed for our younger guests. Gates open every day at 10 a.m. with closing time varying. 800-386-7433

Wabasha Street Caves

Once the site of the famous nightclub "The Castle Royal", a popular haunt of infamous gangsters in the '30's and where many of the big bands played. Public activities include historic tours, kids cabaret workshops, cigar smoking events and evenings of big band music. Call for reservations. 651-224-1191 Visit the Wabasha Street Caves online.

Xcel Energy Center

The cornerstone of a revitalized Saint Paul, the Xcel Energy Center is a stunning technologically sophisticated 18,000-seat arena. It has quickly earned the reputation of being not only a superb hockey arena but also an outstanding concert venue. 651-726-8240