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Here are some Minnesota fun facts that will be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. These facts about Minnesota are great for school projects, for planning a Minnesota vacation or just to amaze your friends.

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Did you know that:

  • The first Children's department in a Library is said to be that of the Minneapolis Public Library, which separated children's books from the rest of the collection in Dec. 1889.
  • Roller Blades were the first commercially successful in-line Roller Skates. Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented them in 1980, when they were looking for a way to practice Hockey during the off-season. Their design was an ice hockey boot with 3 inline wheels instead of a blade.

Made in Minnesota is a page that shares just a few of the hundreds of unique items invented by Minnesotans.

One of the joys of traveling with children is helping them learn something interesting about a state, region or country. Satisfy that curiosity with some facts about our state. Minnesota fun facts include getting to know about the people, events, and topics that make our state unique. Just a few of those include:

  • Minnesota Regions: Read about the "Seven States of Minnesota"
  • Minnesota History: Our history is preserved in our many landmark and historic places that vacationers love to visit. Many names of towns, lakes and other visitor attractions come from our early history.
  • Minnesota Geography: The seven unique regions of our state let you choose to travel to lakes, bluff country, prairies, and more.
  • Minnesota Native Americans: Learning about our first residents is fun for the entire family.

Read Reviews of Fun Things to Do in Minnesota: and discover the best places for the whole family to have fun learning about Minnesota.


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Fun facts about Minnesota include facts that answer questions like "what is the Minnesota state bird?" or state flower? or state tree? We have all of the answers to those questions and more. Read up on them and get an "A" on a quiz or be the star of a conversation about Minnesota.

Some of our state symbols are foods. The Minnesota State Fruit is the blueberry; the Minnesota State Grain is wild rice. We have lots of recipes based on these and more. Enjoy some of our Minnesota State Recipes. As well, you will find a place where you can share your own favorite Minnesota recipe.

What are we doing here? On any trip to the North Shore, we love to spend some time hunting for agates. Kids and adults alike can't get enough of comparing shiny rocks and asking "do you think this is an agate?" We have an entire page where you can learn about agates and how to identify them: Lake Superior Agates.

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Try the Roads Less Traveled

Little Known Minnesota: Get off the beaten path and discover some places most visitors to Minnesota miss.

Minnesota Wildlife can be seen in places other than zoos. Visit the Bear Center and the Wolf Center. Drive some backroads to look for moose, deer and all the wildlife that abounds in our state. Bring your camera and your binoculars. A great place for seeing animals and birds is in our many Minnesota State Parks.

Many Minnesota fun facts are about our Minnesota Lakes and Rivers. We call our state "The Land of 10,000 Lakes." That is actually an understatement... we have even more! Here are some facts about Minnesota's waters:

  • Minnesota has 90,000 miles of shoreline, more than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
  • The first practical water skis were invented in 1922 by Ralph W. Samuelson, who steam-bent 2 eight-foot-long pine boards into skis. He took his first ride behind a motorboat on a lake in Lake City.
  • Minnesota has one recreational boat per every six people, more than any other state.
  • There are 201 Mud Lakes, 154 Long Lakes, and 123 Rice Lakes in Minnesota.

Here are more fun facts about Minnesota; see how much you already know and what surprises you.

Minnesota fun facts for visitors and residents alike: Minnesota Vacation Ideas and Reviews. Fun in Minnesota is guaranteed!

Download some free and fun Minnesota State Symbols coloring pages for kids---of all ages: State Symbols Coloring Book

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