As the birthplace of the Mississippi River, Minnesota has an endless supply of natural beauty. Water plays a major role in the state; there are over 12,000 lakes dotting the landscape of Minnesota. However, visitors and residents don't have to restrict themselves to outdoor attractions; Minnesota plays host to an abundance of festivals, museums, cultural attractions and exciting events throughout the year.
- Minneapolis, MN in Minneapolis, MN.
In the early Winter, from Thursday thru Sunday, animated storybook characters on floats enchant those both young and old during parades along the Nicolet Mall. Over a million lights dazzle onlookers as live music sets the tone for the arrival of the holiday season.
- Shakopee, MN in SHAKOPEE, MN.
Costumed tour guides and interpreters welcome visitors back in time at 19th century area homes. Horse-drawn trolley rides help further to re-create an old-time holiday feeling at The Landing, a living history museum. Santa arrives with live reindeer, no less, at the Village Christmas Pageant. Folk musicians and ethnic dancers further contribute to the magic of the season.
For 70 years, the Aquatennial has been a ten-day, mid-summer event celebrating the numerous lakes within the city limits of Minneapolis. Intrepid competitors race their boats fashioned from milk cartons. Others compete with their artistic sandcastle creations. Water ski shows and beach parties add to the revelry. Enjoy classic cars and fireworks too.
- 700 12th Street SW Austin, MN 55912-1670 in Austin, MN.
This six-day county fair is one of the best of its kind in Minnesota. The Mower County Agricultural Society accepts a key mission -- to both educate and entertain through shows, displays, and demos. Dozens of vendors and lots of entertainment contribute to a fair now celebrating over 130 years.
- Harriet Island Regional Park Saint Paul, MN 55102 in Saint Paul, MN.
No other Irish festival in the United States surpasses this magnificent celebration of Irish culture that began in 2001. Don't miss the "Best Legs In A Kilt" competition. Enjoy those vying for the title at "Irish Got Talent." Bands, beer, and boiled beef are standard fare at this three-day celebration. The Jameson Whiskey Experience tent is a "must see" for many.