10 Must-Sees for Families at the Minnesota State Fair 2017

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It’s that time again! The Great Minnesota Get-Together runs August 24th – September 4th, 2017, and our families are ready for the food, entertainment, rides and excitement!

Every year we sit with our kids exploring a map to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair and trying to plan our visit. Truth is, we never see it all – there’s so much to see and do! But we all agree that these are 10 things we definitely want to see and do this year, in no particular order:


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A couple years ago we told you about this new exhibit at the fair. Math-on-a-stick teaches parents and kids how easy it is to explore math concepts wherever we go. This is a GREAT stop to make to help kids get their minds ready for back-to-school – Pick a Number Game card to look for sets of things (a corn dog has 1 stick, a cow has 4 legs) and play together at the activity tables!

Kemps Little Farm Hands

Photo credit: Minnesota State Fair
Photo credit: Minnesota State Fair

Ideal for kids ages 3 – 10, Kemps Little Farm Hands gives little ones the chance to become farm hands as they learn all about the process from farm to market. There are tons of hands-on activities in the five barns, tractor yard, apple orchard, farmers market and more.

Plus NEW this year – learn also about soil erosion, pollination, the work of honeybees, how water travels in a cycle, what rain barrels do and more…learn more here!

Great Big Wheel

Great Big Wheel
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One of the tallest traveling giant Ferris wheels in North America is coming to the 2017 Minnesota State Fair! On the Great Big Wheel, see breathtaking views of the State Fairgrounds and Twin Cities as you’re carried to a height of 156 feet!

Eco Experience Building

Eco Experience 2017 at the Minnesota State Fair

Parents, plan to spend at least an hour at the Eco Experience Building. Your kids will find so many fun, free things to do here! Here are a few:

  • Play with Nature: Kids learn and thrive in natural settings. Learn how to make your backyard the best playroom ever.
  • Pedal a GIANT bike: Pedal the “World’s Biggest Bike” hanging from the ceiling with 8 ft. wheels.
  • Visit Safety Town: Kids get to learn and practice walking and biking safely.

Also be sure to note – they have restrooms in the building including a family restroom with a changing station. You can also bring your reusable bottle to fill up at their free water station next to the restrooms. Save money by bringing your reusable bottle!

CHS Miracle of Birth Center

Photo credit: Minnesota State Fair
Photo credit: Minnesota State Fair

The most popular free exhibit on the fairgrounds, the CHS Miracle of Birth Center is the birthplace of nearly 200 calves, lambs, goats and piglets throughout the 12 days of the fair.

Plus, two flocks of hens take up residence in the Hen House exhibit showing modern housing designed for our egg-laying feathered friends!

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Alphabet Forest

Lots for kids to do here! At the Alphabet Forest, located at Baldwin Park, there are alphabet activities for all ages including:

  • Take pictures with Fair Letters
  • Create alphabet Ferris wheels
  • Add your fair words to the Fair Dictionary

Plus pick up a game card to play the Fabulous Fair Alphabet game! Bring your completed card to the Alphabet Forest at Baldwin Park and win a blue ribbon.


Photo: Minnesota State Fair
Photo credit: Minnesota State Fair

With 30 rides for kiddos like the Mini Swings and Safari Train, your kids will have a blast at Kidway.

Plus, check out Adventure Park where you can enjoy attractions like Krazy Maze and the Climbing Wall. And don’t forget other attractions like the Giant Slide!


Curious about horses? Located in the Horse Barn, EquiMania!, is an equine educational exhibit that includes display stations covering a variety of horse topics such as nutrition, horse behavior, horse careers, anatomy, horse and farm safety and more. Our kids love to see the horses and participate in activities here every year!

Giant Sing Along

We bet your kids will know the words to some of the songs that made the Giant Sing Along’s 2017 Playlist! This giant field of microphones is located near the intersection of Cooper Street and Murphy Avenue. Sing with the whole family!

Space Tower

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A classic at the Fair, the Space Tower is located on the east side of Cooper Street south of the Leinie Lodge Bandshell. It’s only $3 per rider, and rises 330 feet in the air.

What attractions are your favorites?

Of course there’s so much more Minnesota State Fair fun from FREE Entertainment to NEW Foods and more!

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