My Minnesota Bucket List

I’ve lived in 4 other states in the past 3 years and I knew my time was limited so I tried to explore each area as much as possible. I grew up in Minnesota but there is so much I haven’t seen and done. Now that I’m back in my home state, I’ve educated myself on what the land of 10,000 lakes has to offer. While everyone else is complaining about the snow in May, I made myself a bucket list!Minnesota Bucket List1. Basilica Block Party

2. Attend a concert at First Ave

3. Attend a Twins game with dinner and drinks downtown before the game

4. Oake on the Water (now called Sun Soaker Thursday)

5. Eat at Stella’s on their rooftop

6. Brewery Tours at Schell’s, Surly, Summit, and Brau Bros Brewery

7. Visit the Split Rock Lighthouse

8. Hike at Pipestone National Park and eat at Lange’s Cafe while there

9. Take a solo weekend trip to Duluth

9a. Visit the Glensheen Castle, Fitger’s Brewery and the Great Lakes Aquarium while in Duluth

10. Eat an ice cream sundae at Minnesoda Fountain

11. Visit Minnesota’s Largest Candy Store, which is part of Jim’s Apple Farm, in Jordan, MN

12. Have a night out at Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy at the Mall of America

13. Visit Minnehaha Falls

14. Visit the Grand Portage State Park, which features a 120 ft. water fall

15. Visit the US Hockey Hall of Fame museum

16. Eat at Mickey’s Diner

17. Spend time at the St. Croix Vineyards

18. Spend a day at the Canterbury Race track

19. See the Northern Lights

20. Attend a Wild hockey game

21. Go to a Gopher football game

22. Go to a Timberwolves game

23. Go to a Gopher hockey game

24. Attend a Viking/Packer game with tailgating

23. Have a night out at the Gay 90’s


25. Get drinks at Sneaky Pete’s

26. See Paul Bunyan

27. Visit the mouth of the Mississippi

28. Camp in the Boundary Waters

29. Go ice fishing

30. Participate in Minneapolis Restaurant Week

31. Go to both the Minnesota Zoo and Como Zoo

32. Run the Medtronic TC 10 mile

33. Run the Twin Cities marathon

34. Eat at Chino Latino and Brit’s Pub

35. Go for a run around Lake Nakomis

36. Visit the Water Park of America

37. Spend a weekend up in Lutsen with a group of friends

38. Go to a show at the Guthrie theater

39. Volunteer at Grandma’s Marathon

40.Attend the St. Paul Winter Carnival

41. Bundle up for the Holidazzle parade

42. Visit Historic Fort Snelling

43. Go to a drive-in movie

44. Visit the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting

45. Attend a summer concert at the Lake Harriet bandstand

46. Pick a winner of Best Juicy Lucy between the 5*8 Club and Matt’s Bar

47. Eat at the MN restaurants on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

48. Spend a weekend at a cabin (and eat hot dish)

49. Shop at Woodbury Lakes and Albertville Outlet Malls

50. Go to a concert at the Varsity theater

What would you add to the list??

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29 Responses to My Minnesota Bucket List

  1. I really want to make a Vancouver bucket list! Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    Now… get on this! haha

  2. Sarah says:

    I’ve lived in Minnesota my entire life and I’ve only done 28 of them.

  3. morgan says:

    You forgot to hike the highest peak in Minnesota, Grand Marais eat at Sven and Ole’s Pizza, sunrise over Lake Superior, eat at Betty’s Pies, swim in Lake Superior, go to Sudan Underground mine and take a tour. Is Apple River in Minnesota or Wisconsin, if MN do that. Visit the Wolf Center in Ely, fishing opener at Mille Lacs, and try the Cardinal’s Jucy Lucy as well as Matts and 58 Club. Eat at Grumpy’ s and have a Peanut Butter Bacon burger with tots. Tour the Red Wing pottery place and visit the largest boot in the world at Red Wing boots. Eat sweet martha’s cookie bucket with unlimited milk at the state fair. Oh and the Paul Bunyan in the picture you have is Bemidji. 🙂
    I think that is all I have to add, but I may think of more! I live in Texas now so I am thinking of things for me to do with my fiance when we visit.
    Good luck on your list!

  4. Casey Kaup says:

    Spam museum! Also, shop at MOA (mall of america)

  5. Hi Katie, I run the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives fan site that you’re pointing to and I also live in Minnesota. I highly recommend you start your bucket list at the Blue Door Pub, Victors or Psycho Suzi’s. Have a great time and enjoy the great food. Jenn and I have been to over 100+ locations all over the country and Minnesota has some awesome eats.

  6. Pauline says:

    Go to Spam Museum in Austin! Home of Hormel.

  7. Heidi Mages says:

    Don’t forget about the wonderful art museums- Walker, MIA,& Weisman. Also, one should eat BBQ at Rudolf’s. Attend the Pride festivities at the end of July each year.
    And last of all, Visit the Giant Corn Cob in Olivia, Mn. the Corn Capital!

  8. Janelle says:

    If you go to Alexandria (Alec), you won’t find Paul Bunyan anywhere, but you will find Big Ole, the giant viking statue, along with the Kensington Runestone (in the museum near Ole). Paul Bunyan and Babe statues can be found in Bemidji and Brainerd. The biggest ball of twine can be found in Darwin. Gooseberry Falls and Palisade Head should be added to any North Shore trip!

  9. Hannah H. says:

    Finish a Lumberjack (5 scoops equaling a mountain of ice cream) at Nelson’s Ice cream shop in Stillwater, and go antiquing downtown Stillwater!

  10. Sandie says:

    If you are going to Duluth, you have to get ice cream at the PortLand Malt Shoppe and walk the lake walk while eating it. Also, be sure to see a Salty come in under the lift bridge. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can swim out to the ice house and jump off into Lake Superior 🙂

  11. TRESSIE says:

    Visit the Spam Museum in Austin,MN!

  12. Ivette Flores says:

    The Color Run & Uptown Art Fair

  13. Nedra henline says:

    You should take a gondola ride down the St. Croix in Stillwater. Visit the U of M arboretum. Go apple picking in the fall at the orchards. Go to Valleyfair- without children! Visit Canal Park and all the cute shops in Duluth.

  14. Kyle says:

    Renaissance Festival!!!

  15. cami says:

    Go see the big corn tower in Rochester! haha

  16. Lyndsey says:

    Climb to the top of Enger Tower at night to see the beautiful lights of Duluth and the Arial lift bridge all lit up!!

  17. Robyn Hammond says:

    I have a few suggestions ~ Visit the St. Cloud area and take a hike and a swim in a quarry at Quarry Park.
    Tour the beautiful Munsinger and Clemens flower gardens.
    Eat @ Val’s Burgers & Anton’s

  18. Margie Schmidt says:

    Add: go to a wen’s gopher Hockey game.
    Go to the Global Market in Chicago and Lake. You can eat anywhere there because they are all fab but especially Manny’s Tortas.

  19. Sandi says:

    Paul Bunyan is not In Alexandria. He is in Bemidji and a little in brained. Big Ole is in Alexandria and the Kensington runestone. Just so you know.

  20. Teri b says:

    White Bear Lake Marketfest!

  21. Cheryl Peterson says:

    Kirpatricks Sports Bar in Balaton MN. Best Chicken Wings in Minnesota. Also Little House on the Prairie pagent in Walnut Grove Minnesota. Both located in Southwestern Minnesota.

  22. Vanessa says:

    Go see the bears in Ore and the wolves in Ely.

  23. Deb says:

    Go camping at Taylor’s falls, Paul bunyan’s footprints in the parking lot of kohls in Baxter, Grandview lodge in Nisswa. Paul Bunyan land just outside of brainerd. Deep fried ice cream in Nisswa, bike the Paul Bunyan trail, sweetheart days in Hackensack (home of lucette, Paul bunyan’s sweetheart). Butts& buns BBQ only open in the summer in Hackensack, moondance jam or moondance Jammin country. The state fair or any little fair really. The frozen fore on full lake usually in February.

  24. Jennifer Torgrimson says:

    I’d say you should visit LARK toys, outside of Kellogg MN, one of the top ten toy stores in the world! Also, go to Chanhassen dinner theatre or the Guthrie, as MN has the best theater outside of NY. Visit the caves outside of Spring Valley and see the Amish by Harmony… camp in one of the state parks.. so much to do when the weather is good!

  25. amber says:

    Found you on pinterest 🙂 while you are at eating at slipperys, (from grumpy old men) you can stop by the national bald eagle center in Wabasha. And lark toys is just down the road in Kellogg; mini golf, toy museum and most beautiful wooden carousel you’ve ever seen.

  26. MML says:

    Don’t forget the Minnesota State Fair!

  27. Jane Peterson says:

    Here’s a few of my favorites:

    Blue Mound State Park, Luverne MN. There are bison, cacti, and miles of trails.

    James J Hill House.

    Lower Sioux Agency, Morton MN

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