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Weekend Getaways Near Bloomington

Leslie Dahlen

Leslie lives and works in Bloomington and serves many communities throughout the Twin Cities...

Leslie lives and works in Bloomington and serves many communities throughout the Twin Cities...

Jan 27 2 minutes read

Grab your snacks and get your playlists ready, we’re going on a road trip!

Whether you've got a three-day weekend coming up that you want to take advantage of or you're looking for a getaway from Bloomington, we have some suggestions to make the most of your weekend trip.

1. Saint Cloud

For an unconventional take on an outdoorsy vacation, try St. Cloud. It’s the perfect base for exploring the unexpected in central Minnesota, a place where you can scale quarry walls, plunge into swimming holes and paddle to islands in the Mississippi River all in one day.

2. Minneapolis

Hit the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on your way into town. The garden features over 40 sculptures, including the whimsical Spoonbridge and Cherry, a symbol of the city and point of reference.

3. Red Wing

Have a leisurely lunch with Mississippi views on the rooftop Veranda at the St. James Hotel, then explore the shops in the cozy downtown district.

4. Mankato

To do Mankato right, you’ve got to get outside. The county with the most river shoreline in the state lures paddlers and anglers to the Minnesota River and the Blue Earth River’s rapids. More than 50 miles of paved trails tempt cyclists and runners. There are mountain biking trails to conquer and indoor and outdoor rock walls to climb. So maybe wait to visit here in the summer.

5. St. Paul

 Minnesota’s capital city is a blast for families. The historic city center is easy to navigate on foot (even little ones) and most family-friendly sites are close together, with parks and green spaces in between.

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