Burnsville is only a hop, skip and jump away from some of Minnesota’s hottest attractions.

This Spring and Summer will bring lots of exciting opportunities for family fun. Read on to learn more about what’s happening at some of our favorite amusement-filled attractions. Be assured that it really will warm up enough for waterslides and outdoor festivals. We promise.


Minnesota ZooA Recent Renovation & A New Addition

The Minnesota Zoo’s newly renovated exhibit required over 1.1 million gallons of water to create an environment for sharks, rays and other marine life to thrive. Discovery Bay is a unique and thrilling experience for the entire family. Guests can actually touch sharks, sea stars, and sea anemones in an interactive estuary and tide pool.

If that wasn’t cool enough, the brand new Hawaiian Monk Seal exhibit is set to open this May. Monk Seals are currently on the endangered species list with their population continuing to drop every year. This interesting creature gets its name from both its solitary nature and the few hairs they have on their head. Don’t miss the chance to see this very rare member of the seal family.


Valleyfair Announces Expansion of Soak City Waterpark

Barefoot Beach  Breakers PlungeBreakers Pipeline

Grab a towel and slap on the sunblock, it’s time to get soaked! Thrill seekers will soon be submerging themselves in even more wet and wild fun at Valleyfair’s Soak City Waterpark.


Barefoot Beach is nearly an acre of splashy family fun! The variety of interactive water-play elements, slides and geysers ensures non-stop entertainment.

Breakers Plunge is two new speed slides, dropping riders 90 feet virtually straight down! Not for the faint of heart.

Breakers Pipeline puts riders Riders stand within a capsule where the floor drops from underneath, sending them on a series of twists and turns!


UnicornThe Minnesota Renaissance Festival

Celebrates 45 Year Anniversary

Since 1971, the Minnesota Renaissance Festival has created medieval merriment and magic on a 22-acre field in Shakopee. Join them this year as they celebrate 45 years of fun by highlighting their deep roots and promoting their amazing Made in Minnesota products.

The festival is home to 100 artisans that live and make their products in Minnesota. Let your visit to the Festival help you get ahead on your holiday shopping with the Christmas in September Artisan Promotion. Select from gifts under $25 and $50 or by categories including gifts for him, for her, for kids and even for pets!




Introducing the Team Nick Splash Mob

Where will the Team Nick Splash Mob appear next? Beginning this March, keep your eyes peeled at Nickelodeon Universe because our Splash Mob is looking for you. They put you in the center of the action, where you’ll compete in outrageous Nickelodeon challenges and maybe even get pie in the face!