Travel with Children

Note that there are many other top sights for little ones in St Paul, at the Mall of America and Fort Snelling.

Minnesota Zoo You'll have to travel a way to get to the respected zoo in suburban Apple Valley, which is 20 miles south of town. It has naturalistic habitats for its 400-plus species, with an emphasis on cold-climate creatures. Parking is $7.

Valleyfair If the rides at the Mall of America aren't enough, drive out to this full-scale amusement park 22 miles southwest in Shakopee. The animatronic dinosaur park ($5 extra) is a big hit. Save money by booking tickets online. Parking costs $12.

Children's Theatre Company This local troupe is so good it won a Tony award for 'outstanding regional theater.'