Minnesota: Notable Attractions

Ariel Grymala

The Land of Ten Thousand Lakes is known for so much, many of which are lakes. What is something other than lakes Minnesota is known for? What is something you could do with friends, family, or just by yourself? These attractions are just a few Minnesota is known for:


Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair is a giant get together of thousands of people. The average amount of people that attend the fair yearly is close to 2 million. Though it only lasts 12 days, you can expect live concerts (some paid in advance and some free), rides, carnival games, and many booths holding items and food you can buy. The fair is home to many food stands. The most notable is Sweet Martha’s Cookies (and I highly recommend getting the bucket). The Minnesota State Fair is a yearly event that starts before labor day and ends on labor day every year. 

Cathedral of St. Paul

This gorgeous building was built in the early 1900s and is currently an active place of worship. The building is almost always open and always holding tours. This building is also the National Shrine of the Apostle Paul.

International Wolf Center

The International Wolf Center is located in Ely, Minnesota and it promotes the health and safety of wolves. Experience some demonstrations of wolf tracking methods, hands-on exhibits, and get some more info on wolves themselves. Learn some history on wolves in Minnesota from their resident wolf pack. 

Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge

This bridge helps take you from the mainland onto the Minnesota Point. When a large barge or ship comes towards the bridge to enter the bay, the bridge rises to let it by. Many viewers come to see the bridge in action and to see the many large cargo ships arriving into the bay. This bridge is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a child, I loved to walk to the Duluth Pier from Bayfront Park. The boats were always my favorite part. If you ever decide to head across the lift bridge, the Minnesota Point, or “The Point” if you’re from there, a large beach stretches out on both sides. On one side is Lake Superior, the other is the St. Louis River. 


This yearly event is hosted every day on Bayfront in Duluth, MN. This Tour of Lights features over 5 million lights making tunnels, moving pictures, and the infamous tree that lights up and seems to dance to the music. Visit Mrs. Claus and kids get a free candy cane. Visit Santa’s reindeer around the park to say hello and ask Rudolph why his nose glows. Or, visit the man himself, Santa Claus to tell him what you want for Christmas. Kids 10 and under will receive a free knit hat after seeing Santa. This attraction also provides you with complimentary hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn, and roasted marshmallows. Dress warm if you choose to visit this winter wonderland of lights, or you might turn into part of the show.