Spring break is just around the corner and many of us are starting to plan some family fun to enjoy the time off. If you are looking for an affordable vacation with tons of things to do, consider Roseville, MN as your destination.
The city is located just outside of St. Paul and just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and offers a variety of activities and attractions for all ages. Whether you are traveling with family, friends or solo, Roseville has something for everyone.
Planning Your Spring Break in Roseville, MN
Book Your Stay
First and foremost let’s talk about accommodations. There are many options to choose from in Roseville, including amazing hotel options with unbeatable locations, free parking, and low tax rates. Oh and did we mention many of the Roseville hotels offer indoor pools for the kiddos to enjoy and a free breakfast?
Check out our full listing of hotels here.
Exploring the City
Once you have a place to stay, it’s time to start exploring the city. Roseville has many parks and nature areas that are perfect for outdoor activities. One of the most popular parks in the area is Central Park, which features a lake, walking trails, and picnic areas. If you love hiking, consider taking a trip to the nearby Battle Creek Regional Park. This park has over 25 miles of trails and is a great place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Minnesota.
Not only will you find miles of paved trails to enjoy the outdoors, but you will find a large number of parks perfect for your kids to get outside and play.
If you are looking for indoor activities, Roseville has many shopping centers and malls. The Rosedale Center is one of the largest malls in the area and features over 100 stores and restaurants. This mall is perfect for a day of shopping, or you can catch a movie at the AMC Rosedale 14 theater.
History, Science, Culture and Art
For those interested in history, science, culture and art, Roseville has several museums nearby. The first must see is the Bell Museum. This museum is located at the U of M campus in St. Paul and offers a planetarium and a natural history museum. You can opt to visit just one of these attractions or purchase a pass for both.
Next on the list is the Raptor Center. Here you can see raptors up and close. Take a tour to learn all about the incredible work of owls, hawks, falcons, and eagles. Not only is this a must see, but this center is also responsible for the preservation and the rescue of injured raptors. If you are in search of more animals consider a trip to the Como Zoo. Other museums nearby that are great for the whole family include the Children’s Museum and the Science Museum.
If your kid’s more into shows than science, there is plenty of that to go around as well! At Children’s Theatre Company, Corduroy (best for ages 4+) will be searching for his lost button through April 2. Once on this Island, Jr., which tells the story of a young girl with a big heart (best for ages 7+), will be playing at Stages Theatre March 3-17.
If you are still in search of some fun activities for the whole family consider a visit to SeaQuest. Located in Roseville, you will find that SeaQuest offers an amazing interactive experience. On your visit you can plan to meet Quilliam, a porcupine at SeaQuest, and learn all about his unique species while hand feeding him his favorite snacks!
Additionally, you can meet the adorable sloth, Luca! You’ll get to feed, pet, and touch Luca in this once-in-a-lifetime experience all while learning about the sloth species and their natural habitats. Oh and did we mention you can also snorkel with stingrays?!
If you have small children or grandchildren you may want to consider a stop at Build-A-Bear where your little one can create their very own stuffed best friend. For one-of-a-kind drinks, jaw dropping entertainment, mini golf, arcade games and more you should head over to Can Can Wonderland.
When it comes to dining, Roseville has a diverse range of options. Whether you are looking for a casual lunch or a fancy dinner, there is something for everyone. Some of our family-friendly favorites include:
- Parkway Pizza– Where you can grab a slice, a hoagie or dig into a big dish of pasta.
- Original Pancake House – They are so much more than just a pancake house with a full menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, we highly recommend grabbing a stack of cakes, you will not regret it!
- Good Earth Restaurant – Fresh and locally sourced (as much as possible) you will find a true farm to table dining experience.
- Keys Cafe & Restaurant – Stop in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but stay for the amazing baked goods.
- Original Malt Shop – What goes better than a burger, fries, and a thick tasty malt? yum!
Roseville, MN is a great destination for your spring break vacation. With its parks, museums, shopping centers, and dining options, there is something for everyone. Book your accommodations early and start planning your trip today!