Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and that means that love is in the air! On that note, here are 10 things that will have you falling in love with Minnesota all year round!

1. The Minneapolis Museum of Art

If you’re an art lover or just want to soak up some culture while in Minneapolis, why not visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art. This museum is home to over 80,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. With something for everyone, the Minneapolis Museum of Art is sure to be a win whether your visiting by yourself, with friends, or with your family.

2. Take a Cruise on Lake Minnetonka

Lake Minnetonka is another one of Minnesota’s places of great natural beauty, and what better way to enjoy it than to take a cruise on a luxury yacht! Paradise Charter Cruises offers guests a wide array of cruise options, including the Group Sightseeing Cruise Luncheon Special, and the Margarita Monday Cruise! With so many fantastic ways to experience Lake Minnetonka on a cruise, you won’t have a problem finding the right option for yourself and your family.

3. Take a Brews Cruise

If you love beer and want to dive in to the craft brewery scene in places like Minneapolis, consider starting off with Paradise Charter Cruises’ Minnesota Brews Cruise! Cruise over Lake Minnetonka or the Mississippi River on a luxury yacht while enjoying some brews along the way! It’s a fantastic way to get a jump start on Minnesota’s robust craft brewery scene once you’re back onshore. Keep an eye on the calendar at and watch out for this special event cruise!

4. Drive Along the North Shore

Minnesota is home to many natural sites of beauty, including its North Shore on Lake Superior. This area is perfect for cruising along in your vehicle on Highway 61, a route with amazing views of the lake, and it also features plenty of fun places to stop along the way. 

5. Visit the Mall of America

Are you a shopaholic? Check out the Mall of America, which is home to a plethora of restaurants, stores, and even boasts the nation’s biggest indoor themepark.

6. Cruise Down the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River holds the title for being the biggest river system on the North American continent, so why not enjoy this masterpiece of nature on a cruise? You can book a spot on a luxury yacht through Paradise Charter Cruises. All cruises feature narration, and with cruise options including the Happy Hour & Pizza Cruise, as well as the Sunday Brunch Cruise, you can always find an option for everyone! Sights you’ll enjoy along the way include St. Anthony Falls, the University of Minnesota Campus riverfront, and the Grand Rounds Scenic Byway. 

7. Check Out the Aerial Lift Bridge at Duluth Harbor

Duluth Harbor has what’s known as an aerial bridge, one of only two in the entire country. Go and see this unique piece of bridge history!

8. Walk Along the Chain of Lakes

Minneapolis is home to many lakes, including Lake of the Isles, Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet. You can enjoy these lakes by walking along some of the pedestrian paths that surround these bodies of water.

9. Go Bananas at the Zoo

For the animal lover (And really, who isn’t?), take a trip to the Minnesota Zoo, which is host to a large assortment of animals. In addition, there are tours, overnight stays, and evening events for adults that make the zoo a place for people of all ages.

10. Take A Trip Through History With the Minneapolis Queen

Take a cruise on the historic paddle-wheeler the Minneapolis Queen, which harkens back to the era of Mark Twain. Enjoy downtown Minneapolis aboard this stunning vessel, which is also available for private events, including weddings and group tours.