Photo courtesy of the National Parks Service The majestic waterfront of the Boundary Lakes Canoe Area Wilderness. Just one of many breathtaking views offered by the Minnesota countryside.

With its scenic countryside and gorgeous lake- and riverside vacation spots, Minnesota is the perfect place for families looking to relax and "get away from it all." At the same time, the land of 10,000 lakes also boasts bustling metropolises teeming with sights and sounds for the whole family to enjoy.

From the world-class shopping available at the Mall of America to a soothing canoe trip down the Boundary Waters, Minnesota has a wealth of options for a family vacation. Look below for information on some of Minnesota's many attractions.

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness offers a relaxing trip down majestic rivers on the northern tip of Minnesota. If paddling with your family along miles of scenic riverfront sounds like the perfect way to take a break, look no further than this gorgeous collection of lakes and rivers, which, combined with the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario, make up one of the largest areas of protected wilderness in North America.

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival in scenic Saint Paul is one of the country's oldest winter festivals. With a cornucopia of events ranging from ice sports (hockey, softball, fishing) to a parade, ice-carving contests and the hunt for the Winter Medallion this festival is two weeks of frozen fun for the whole family.

The Mall of America

The Mall of America in downtown Bloomington is aptly named. As the largest shopping center in the country, it is host to over 520 stores and America's largest indoor amusement park. With rides, games, gourmet food and a fully-stocked aquarium, it would be easy to spend the day at the MOA and not even set foot inside a store!

The Children's Theatre Company

The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis produces a huge range of stage plays designed for children. With a troupe of award-winning adult and child actors, this company brings to life age-old classics and showcases up and coming plays for the delight of children of all ages.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is home to a stunning display of free standing 20th-century art. In addition to the sculpture, the Garden provides free weekend events, featuring live music, performing arts acts, and hands-on activities.

Continue to the next page to learn about a relaxing vacation at Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Minnesota State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Minnesota, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.