The Top 3 Places in Minnesota for Family Fun

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There’s no better time of year than summer in Minnesota, and you won’t have to travel far to reach some of the state’s most exciting sites. These three destinations are some of the best in the state for enjoying family fun this summer.

The Mall of America

Taking your kids to the mall may not sound like a family-friendly activity, but the Mall of America is unlike any other mall in the world. You can take this year’s back-to-school shopping to the next level this august while taking breaks to ride the rides at Nickelodeon Universe, explore the Sea Life aquarium, enjoy the Barbie “The Dream House experience,” and take part in a number of other family-friendly activities. Even better, the Mall of America and all of its included activities can be enjoyed rain or shine.

The Minnesota Zoo

The Minnesota Zoo is located just a few minutes south of the Mall of America, and it offers even more fun for kids and adults. It’s home to more than 4,300 animals in a variety of environments ranging from the tundra and lush tropical forests to the boreal forest, marine center and so much more. The Minnesota Zoo is also the perfect place to enjoy a birthday party or other celebration.

Spirit Mountain

Spirit Mountain isn’t just a winter destination anymore. This skiing and snowboarding hotspot near Duluth is just as much fun in summer as it is in winter. Spirit Mountain’s adventure park features a zip line, scenic lift rides, a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, mini golf and even day camps for kids. The park’s signature Timber Twister alpine roller coaster features a 3,200 foot track that’s exhilarating for adults and kids alike.

Start Your Adventure at PleasureLand

The best way to travel to Minnesota’s best family-friendly attractions is in the comfort and convenience of a new or used RV from PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie to find the perfect RV for your family adventures.

Upcoming Events in Minnesota

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The temperatures are finally starting to feel a bit more like spring here in Minnesota, and that means the spring and summer RV seasons are just around the corner. Keep an eye out for some of these awesome events happening throughout the Land of 10,000 Lakes this spring, and you may just enjoy the most rewarding RV season yet.

The Spring Carnival and Slush Cup

Spring offers some of the best days of skiing and snowboarding. It’s not necessarily the snow conditions that attract visitors, but it’s all of the fun happening on the hill. Head to Giants Ridge in Biwabik on March 14, for the annual Spring Carnival and Slush Cup. Take advantage of the ski area’s 35 runs, two terrain parks and tubing park while you enjoy all of the fun activities the Spring Carnival has to offer.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Clan Banquet

New Ulm is one of the best places to be in Minnesota for St. Patrick’s Day. Join everyone in New Ulm as the town turns Irish for a full day on March 17. Watch the famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 5 p.m., in the heart of downtown, then head to Don’s Pub for the after party and Clan Banquet.

Lino Lakes Maple Syrup Festival

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes with a day of family fun and plenty of maple syrup. The staff at the Wargo Nature Center will teach visitors about gathering maple sap, cooking it down and making maple syrup. Visitors will also enjoy crafts, a scavenger hunt and tasting delicious maple treats. The Maple Syrup Festival will take place on March 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and admission costs just $4 per person.

Start Your Spring at PleasureLand

Make this spring RV season the best one yet with a new or used RV from PleasureLand RV Center. We’re your one-stop shop for all of your RV needs right here in Minnesota, so come see us in St. Cloud, Ramsey, Brainerd or Long Prairie today.

Don’t Miss Lakes Jam 2015

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Make 2015 your best camping season yet by taking your RV to Lakes Jam 2015 in Brainerd, Minn. Lakes Jam is the premier rock and country  music festival in Minnesota, featuring top names like Don Felder, Lee Brice, Chase Rice, Jerrod Niemann and even more world-renowned acts to be announced. The festival takes place in the gorgeous Brainerd Lakes area, allowing you an unforgettable camping experience and so much fun you’ll make plans to come back next year.

The Lakes Jam Festival

The Lakes Jam Festival is unlike any other festival in the country for a number of reasons. Not only does the festival deliver some of the best acts in the country and rock music genres, but visitors enjoy an incredible outdoor experience as well. Golf carts and ATVs are authorized for use at the event, and the Steering Wheel Pass to use them is just $20, so you can enjoy easy access to the shows.

Camping at the Festival

Camping is a big part of the Lakes Jam Festival and RVs are more than welcome on site. The festival offers full-service and general campsites, and campfires are permitted as long as they are kept inside a 3-foot ring and monitored. All vehicles in the campground area must have a Steering Wheel or Campsite Pass and every person at the campsite needs a Weekend Concert Pass or VIP Weekend Concert Package.

Festival Details

The Lakes Jam Festival will take place from June 25 to June 27, this year and the live concerts will kick off on Thursday evening. Camping opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, so you can set up camp early and start enjoying the fun. Tickets and camping passes are available for sale right now, so lock yourself into the experience of a lifetime today.

Find the Best Camping Gear at PleasureLand

Find all of the top RV parts and camping supplies for Lakes Jam 2015 right here at PleasureLand RV Center in Minnesota. With numerous locations throughout the state, and one right here in Brainerd, we make it easy for you to pick up supplies or have your RV repaired in a pinch.

Thanksgiving Events in Minnesota

If you’re looking for something to during the Thanksgiving week or weekend in Minnesota just so you can have an excuse to travel in your RV, consider doing some multi-holiday events or a Turkey Trot. Stop by PleasureLand RV – on your way out to pick up accessories or on your way back for service – when you plan your trip.

Make Your Own Snowshoes

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If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make your own snowshoes, take advantage of these classes at the Wood Lake Nature Center, 6710 Lake Shore Drive, Richfield, Minnesota, 55423. Depending on the style of snowshoes you are making, admission is $140 or $110 per person. You’ll learn to make aluminum urban-style snowshoes or Ojibwa-style wood snowshoes. Classes will run on November 19, 2014 and November 26, 2014. Call (612) 861-9365 for times and pre-registration.

Minnesota History Center’s Black Friday

The Minnesota History Center’s doors open at 6:00 a.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving, giving you the opportunity to pick up some unique gifts relating to the history of Minnesota. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to pick up free memberships, free gift bags, free knit caps for kids and grab a donut and coffee.

University of Minnesota – Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Learning Center at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is featuring two events. The first event is 4×4: Northern Heartland Harvest Dinner and Minnesota Wines on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This is a watch-learn-dine experience with Beth Dooley, a restaurant critic and food columnist. You’ll also be able to taste some Minnesota wine and have her books signed.

The second event is Make a Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece; and this event takes place on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until noon at the Learning Center. You’ll create a long-lasting arrangement with pears, artichokes, trailing vines and fresh-cut flowers in a footed, dark container. Ashley Fox, an acclaimed floral designer and former Arboretum horticulture educator, will be hosting/instructing.

Visit PleasureLand RV

Stop by PleasureLand RV, whether you need service, need to pick up accessories or parts, or just want to share pictures of your latest RV adventures with us. If you are thinking of buying your first RV or upgrading to a larger RV, now is the time – ask one of our salespersons to show you several floor plans.

Minnesota Events in September

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Summer may be coming to an end, but September is one of the most gorgeous months in Minnesota. Let the Land of 10,000 Lakes entertain you this fall with these unforgettable outdoor fairs and festivals.

Country Corn Maze

Nothing says fall like getting lost in the Country Corn Maze in Warroad. But the corn maze isn’t the only thing for visitors to enjoy. Learn about the wild west, play games, take a hayride, visit the farm animals or enjoy a meal by the campfire. There are tons of family-friendly games and events at the Country Corn Maze each weekend throughout September, so don’t forget to visit while the weather’s warm.

Lanesboro Area Art Trail

Lanesboro, Minn., is known for its cozy bed and breakfasts, gorgeous bike trail and unique artisans. The town is offering studio open house dates so visitors can get first-hand visits with the artists and see how they produce their works. The Art Trail will take place from Sept. 19 to 21 this month, so park your RV and combine art with the outdoors for the perfect getaway.

Rock River Beer Fest

Luverne, Minn., will come alive this year for the first annual Rock River Beer Fest. It’s the first large beer festival in the tri-state region and will be offering hundreds of the best craft brews in the entire Midwest. Taste the beers, dance to the free music, enjoy some delicious eats or take part in the festival games. The first Rock River Beer Fest will take place on Sept. 20, so start making your Minnesota camping reservations today.

Bark and Rec Day

Bring your pup to St. Paul on Sept. 21, for the Bark and Rec Day Midwest Animal Rescue & Service’s Wiggle Butt 5K Run. The rest of the day is followed by tons of dog-friendly events including a dog fashion show, demonstrations, contest, reading to dogs, paw stamping and tons of other pet-friendly events.

Stop and See Us at PleasureLand

With numerous locations throughout Minnesota, you can always have access to the top-end RV service, parts and accessories at PleasureLand RV Center. Stop in and see us before, during or after your fall RV adventure for all of your Minnesota RV needs.

Summer Events in Minnesota

Sometimes you want to take the RV out, but you just don’t have the time off from work. You can still use the RV to attend events right in your Minnesota backyard – you just have to find an event that you would enjoy. RVs are great for going to the race track or airshows – you can watch the excitement right from the top of the RV and not have to worry about someone taller than you blocking your view.

If you haven’t brought your RV into PleasureLand RV for service yet, now is the time to do it as there are many upcoming summer events. If you don’t have an RV yet, we have plenty of models and floor plans to choose from.

The Scott-Carver Threshers Harvest Festival will be held from August 1, 2014 through August 3, 2014 at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 19375 Fairview Lane, Jordan, Minn. 55352. This year makes the 51st year for this three-day festival that features machinery, gas and steam engines, and tractors. A pancake breakfast will be held at 7:00 a.m., plus there will be craft vendors, a parade, live music, a food stand, potato digging, a blacksmith, print shop, and a lathe and shingle mill. Plus you’ll get to enjoy a vintage baseball game played by rules from 1860. You’ll also get to see an 1876 Altman-Taylor steam engine. For more information, call (952) 686-3191 or (952) 492-2062.

Farmfest 2014 will be held from August 5, 2014 through August 7, 2014 at the Gilfillan Estates, 28269 State Highweay 67, Morgan, Minn. 56266. Admission is $7 for those over 18 years of age. This national trade show is quite popular and attracts up to 40,000 people each year. If you are interested in activities dedicated to the improvement and advancement of agriculture, then this is a show you shouldn’t miss. For more information, call (507) 637-2828.

Live at the Levee will be held on August 2, 2014 at 1 Main Street, Winona, Minn. 55987. This festival is the fourth in a series of free music and arts events. There will be events for all ages starting at noon and running until 10:00 p.m., including food and drinks, activities, recreational opportunities and arts and crafts vendors. For more information call (507) 452-0735.

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