The State Fair is over, the streets are full of big yellow school buses, and there’s an autumnal chill in the air: summer has come to an end, and with it the long lazy days of exploring the Twin Cities without homework and early bed times to get in the way of the fun.
That doesn’t mean, though, that the adventures have to come to an end! It may take a little more planning to squeeze in the excursions, but a Minnesota fall is full of fun, both indoors and out. Dad’s Eye View is organized by season (though many of the adventures are great for any season!); here are a few places to try as the weather cools:
- Highland Park Water Tower: Mark your calendars! On October 9 and 10, the Highland Park Water Tower will be open for fall-color viewing from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. From the top of the tower, you can see the urban forest of the Twin Cities in all its autumn glory.
- Mississippi River Gorge: Cooler weather is ideal for hiking, and the dryer weather we usually get in the fall means that the trails along the Mississippi River are a lot less muddy. Some of our favorite Twin Cities hikes include Shadow Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the confluence of Minnehaha Creek and the Mississippi River.
- Jackson Street Roundhouse: it’s OK to head indoors when there’s a little bit of a chill in the air, and the Jackson Street Roundhouse is a great museum to check out. There are exhibits outside too: be sure not to miss the roundtable!
The start of school is also a great time to reinforce the things kids are learning with some fun activities, like the interactive displays at the Science Museum of Minnesota and Minnesota History Center. We get great inspiration for our shoebox dioramas and science fair projects at our favorite museums. (And if you haven’t checked out the Big Back Yard at the Science Museum yet, this is your chance! It’s only open through September 18, and the museum is closed for a tune-up from September 12 to 15!)