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8 Great Ideas for Spring Break in Minnesota

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Spring Break is nearly here and if you’re staying local, you’re in luck that Minnesota has so many great places to visit!  As we emerge from winter, outdoor time in warmer temps is high up on many lists.  Below are 8 great adventures to plan for Spring Break in Minnesota:

1. Duluth MN

Duluth is the perfect day trip from the Twin Cities, but even better if you can stay a few days! From walking around Canal Park, to trying one of the many great restaurants, cideries, breweries and distilleries to hikes along Lake Superior – there is so much to do!  Here are some places to keep on your radar:

2. Faribault

At just under an hour from the Twin Cities, Faribault makes for a great day trip! However, there is a lot to do so you could easily stay overnight! The Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is highly reviewed and many call out their amazing homemade peanut butter. Note – this is an affiliate link, I appreciate your support!

Read more here on what to do in Faribault!

3. Lanesboro

With some great temps in the forecast, many of us will be hitting the bike trails for the first time this year and Lanesboro is one of the best places in the state for bikers! The Root River Trail system is so scenic.  

Read more about Lanesboro and other day trips you can take from Rochester here!

4. Rochester

There really is so much to do in Rochester and we had a great weekend trip there last fall. Spring would also be a beautiful time to visit and do everything listed on this itinerary!

5. Crosby / Cuyuna Lakes State Recreation Area

Cuyuna will be on every list I write about Minnesota because it’s truly a hidden gem to visit.  We visited last summer for the first time and loved the turquoise lakes, the options for food and drinks on the main street of Crosby and the beautiful boutique cabins at Cuyuna Cove.  While the mountain bike trails are closed for spring, there are other bike trails and hiking spots to enjoy. Plus the main street has so much to offer!  Victual in definitely on our list for the next visit. 

6. Waconia

Waconia is a region with beautiful lakes, bike paths and popular wineries and breweries.  Consider checking out:  Schram Vineyards Winery & Brewery, The Winery at Sovereign Estate, Schram Haus Brewery and Waconia Brewing.  For food, enjoy Lola’s Lakehouse (check to see if the patio will be open for views over Lake Waconia!).

7. St. Cloud

St. Cloud has some great options to enjoy the outdoors from Quarry Park and Nature Reserve to the bike trails along the river.  You can also stroll the Munsinger Gardens to see the earliest blooms.  To toast the day, enjoy a cider from Milk & Honey in their beautiful orchard.  For ideas of to eat and other stops along the way, read how to make the most of a day trip here!

8. Mall of America

Mall of America has some great options to make you feel like you’re traveling abroad! From Belgian Wafels at Wafels & Dinges to exploring the Sistine Chapel exhibition (on through Easter), you can enjoy a whole day “abroad”. Read my article here on other global experience both at MOA and elsewhere in the Twin Cities!

For more spring break ideas, check out my article on the Top 7 Bike Paths around the Twin Cities and Top Cideries to visit in Minnesota!

Happy Planning!

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