Five Fun & Inexpensive Day Trips For Families In Brooklyn Park, MN

If you’re looking for a fun and inexpensive day trips for you and your family near Brooklyn Park, you’re in luck! There are so many options near our area that will only take one day and at the right price. Here are 5 suggestions:

Lake Pepin

Lake Pepin is known for stunning scenery and even great eats. In Red Wing, pick up some sandwiches and pastries at Rabbits Lake Bakery and then go to Barn Bluff for a picnic with a view. If you head to the north end of town, take a cruise on the Pearl of the Lake Paddlewheeler. The kids will love Nelson Cheese factory because they're ice-cream has become a must stop for families coming through the area. The experience at Lake Pepin assures natural beauty, good family bonding time, and a full stomach!


Minnesota Aquarium


See species never seen in Minnesota. The giant aquarium has 10,000 sea creatures and is located inside the Mall of America. Check out the 300-foot tunnel surrounded by sea turtles, sharks, jellyfish, seahorse, and the new Octopus Garden exhibit. The children are sure to be intrigued by the underwater Atlantis and the observation deck overlooking stingray pool.

Taylors Falls

Along the St. Croix River The last glacier on the st Croix River left jumbles of rocks, jutting up potholes, drilled by swirling bits of glacial debris that is fun for adults and kids to explore. It’s become nature’s playground! Perhaps enjoy a laid back cruise on the paddle wheelers where you’ll pass the well known Dalles of the St. Croix. If bicycling piques your interest you can find trails with remarkable views of the valley.



Northfield might seem quiet now but it has an interesting and quarrelsome post. Jesse James and his brothers attempted to rob First National Bank that ultimately got them kicked out of town. If you want to learn more about the bank raid, head to the Northfield Historical Society Museum. Consider going to St. Olaf College. They have a world renowned music program and you and your family can enjoy free public recitals and concerts. If exploring nature is on your radar, be sure to go Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. In the spring they have a magnificent display of spring flowers.

Visit Shakopee for Your Next Family Vacation

If you want to PLAY, consider driving to Shakopee. It’s home to the huge amusement park, Valleyfair. If you’re into horse racing? Check out Canterbury Park, which is also home to the unique Minnesota Renaissance Festival! Take advantage and enjoy the many hiking and biking trails. Perhaps “time traveling” piques your interest. At The Landing, you can step back in time and enjoy the living history museum which shows you what life was like by the Minnesota River in the 1800’s. If you want to end the day with some food and entertainment, go to Chanhassen Dinner Theatre that has been around since 1968.


The team at AutoPro Auto Service wants you and your family to take getaway trips in a car that is safe. To schedule an appointment for preventative maintenance to assure that your car is in tip-top shape, call us at (763) 703-6172. We are located at 7901 W. River Road in Brooklyn Park, MN.



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