The 9 Best Sightseeing Tours in Minnesota!

Minnesota is a vast, diverse state, with a whole lot of things to see from historic sites to stunning natural landscapes. A great way to maximize your sightseeing time, whether you’re interested in history or all the natural beauty the state has to offer, is to take a tour. These are a few of our favorite sightseeing tours in the North Star State! 

1. Stillwater Trolley, Stillwater, MN

The best way to see the North Star State’s first city is a Stillwater Trolley tour. From Victorian mansions and historic sites to some of the striking natural features that lured settlers to the area in the first place, riders will not be disappointed with a Stillwater Trolley tour. Younger visitors will definitely enjoy the on of the Storytime Trolley tours.

2. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours, Taylors Falls, MN

The Dalles of the St. Croix River are the basalt walls of the St. Croix River gorge, carved into vertical cliffs and formations by thousands of years of water erosion. Taylors Falls Scenic Boat Tours are an excellent way to see this stunning part of the St. Croix from the water.

3. Above the Falls Sports Kayaking Tours, Minneapolis, MN

An awesome way to explore Minneapolis is by kayaking the Mississippi River as it winds through the city. Above the Falls Sports offers a few different tours, including one through the gorge to Minnehaha Falls, one in the area above St. Anthony Falls, and a downstream run from Coon Rapids to downtown Minneapolis.

4. Saint Paul Gangster Tour, St. Paul, MN

Although not as well known as Al Capone’s Chicago or the New York of the Gambino family, organized crime had a firm hold on the Twin Cities in the first half of the 20th century. The Saint Paul Gangster Tour takes participants on a journey of the famous sites and personalities of the period when gangsters held sway in the state’s capitol city.

5. Duluth Experience Kayaking Tours, Duluth, MN

Duluth became the city that it is for one reason: Water. The iron ore deposits that were discovered in Northern Minnesota during the 1800s would have had little commercial value without a way to ship them to the factories that would put the metal to use. Thus, the Port of Duluth was born. So, clearly, one of the best ways to explore the city is by water. You can do just that with a Duluth Experience kayak tour.

6. Old Order Amish Country Tour, Rochester, MN

Southeastern Minnesota is home to several thriving Amish communities. While they maintain a rustic existence apart from the everyday modernity of the 21st century United States, many Amish families make a living by selling crafts and produce. The Old Amish Country Tour enables you to explore what it’s like to be Amish in modern America while supporting these communities in their way of life. 

7. Endurance Kennels Dogsled Tours, Duluth, MN

In the great North Woods, winter reveals a lot of the areas rugged beauty that summer conceals. A dogsled tour enables you to experience Minnesota’s wildest region using the same mode of transportation that fur traders used in the winters of yore. Endurance Kennels can you up so you can get your mush on.

8. Prince: The Tour, Waconia, MN

Perhaps the Twin Cities’ most beloved icon, Prince is definitely one of Minnesota’s best-known sons. On Prince: The Tour, participants visit all of the area’s sites and venues that are most-often associated with the late pop star, including First Ave. and Paisley Park. 

9. North Shore Scenic Railroad, Duluth, MN

Running between Duluth and Two Harbors, the North Shore Scenic Railroad offers regularly-scheduled tours, as well as thematic train rides geared around holidays and seasons. Riders will drink up views of Lake Superior and its North Shore, while informative narration fills them in on the region’s rich natural and human history.  

Minnesota Search
Best Things To Do Near You
Best Things To Do Near You
Dec
09

Performance - The Nutcracker Ballet

7:00 PM
Paramount Center for the Arts Saint Cloud, MN
Learn More
Dec
10

Performance - The Nutcracker Ballet

7:00 PM
Paramount Center for the Arts Saint Cloud, MN
Learn More
Dec
10

Hitchville's Christmas Show

7:30 PM
Pioneer Place on Fifth Saint Cloud, MN
Learn More
Dec
11

Craft Fair and Bake Sale

9:00 AM
Athlos Academy of St. Cloud Saint Cloud, MN
Learn More
Dec
11

Performance - The Nutcracker Ballet

2:00 PM
Paramount Center for the Arts Saint Cloud, MN
Learn More
Show More
Best Places To Go Near You
Best Places To Go Near You
5904 Lee Valley Road, Edina, MN
The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the far northeast corner of... Read More
314 Beltrami Avenue, Bemidji, MN
History:Step over the threshold of this landmark art deco building, the last of its kind in Bemidji and into a bygone era of entertainment. In 1933... Read More
100 First Street, Hanley Falls, MN
Minnesota's Machinery Museum opened in 1980 for the purpose of sharing the agricultural heritage of Yellow Medicine County. It currently houses the... Read More
501 West 78th Street, Chanhassen, MN
History Chanhassen Dinner Theatres' founders, Herb and Carol Bloomberg, designed and constructed their 90,000 square foot entertainment complex wh... Read More
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Mission & HistoryThe Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on... Read More
333 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN
Our Mission The Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota creates art experiences that spark discovery, critical thinking, and transformat... Read More
345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN
Mission: Ordway Center is a catalyst for the artistic vitality of our community by hosting, presenting, and creating performing arts and education... Read More
75 West Fifth Street, Saint Paul, MN
History: St. Paul’s historic Landmark Center began in 1892 was completed in 1902, originally served as the Federal Court House and Post Offi... Read More
55 Victoria Street North, Saint Paul, MN
About Us: SteppingStone Theatre focuses on developing the whole child through educational theater programs and fully staged productions. Our suppo... Read More
20950 Rogers Drive, Rogers, MN
About Us: A stroll through the museum will take you on a nostalgic trip through the automotive past. Enjoy seeing 100 vehicles, including cars, tru... Read More
120 West Kellogg Boulevard, Saint Paul, MN
Mission: To invite learners of all ages to experience their changing world through science. About The Museum: The Science Museum of Minnesota, ... Read More
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
Mission: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from t... Read More
15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN
In 1849, Minnesota Territory was established with a population of fewer than 6,000 settlers. With few towns and a widely scattered population, farm... Read More
109th Avenue Northeast and County Road 52, Minneapolis, MN
304 West Broadway, Little Falls, MN
Our Mission : To collect, preserve and display artifacts of freshwater fishing of Minnesota. To provide classrooms and educational curriculum fo... Read More
Show More
Select a Minnesota town to find
the Best Things-To-Do and Places To Go around you
Kanabec County