3 Unique Attractions Shakopee, MN, Has for Your Family Vacation

If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly vacation destination, look no further than Shakopee, Minnesota! Shakopee is a beautiful city located southwest of downtown Minneapolis. The city excitement is nearby, but Shakopee offers many wonderful features all on its own.

Shakopee was named after Chief Shakopee of the Mdewakanton sub-tribe of the Dakota or Sioux Native Americans. Chief Shakopee set up his village on the banks of the Minnesota River. The city was officially established in the 19th century as it boomed as a trading site between river and rail at the famous Murphy’s landing. In the backdrop of this city’s rich history are many unique attractions that make family vacations in MN amazing. Learn more about 3 of our favorite attractions below.

Valley Fair Amusement Park

Valley Fair Amusement Park is the perfect first stop on a family vacation. Boasting 90 acres of fun, Valley Fair is the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest. You’ll find 75 different rides and attractions that are sure to please everyone from the littlest tykes to the biggest thrill seekers. The park has eight roller coasters to make your stomach drop! At the park, you’ll also find Dinosaurs Alive!, a multi-sensory and interactive dinosaur park featuring 30 life-sized animated dinosaurs. You can also hang out with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and all the Peanuts gang at Planet Snoopy. To cool you off in the hot summer months, you can also splash away the day at Soak City Waterpark. Soak City features a 34,000 square foot wave pool and numerous tube and body slides. The splash pad spans nearly an acre all by itself and features water shooters, jets, small slides, and more. This is a perfect water playground for kids of any age. You won’t regret a visit to Valley Fair.

Minnesota Renaissance Festival 

The country’s largest Renaissance festival is right here in Shakopee! You and your family can be transported back to a 16th century village and enjoy watching musicians, jesters, jugglers, mimes, and magicians. The jousting knights are always a highlight and you are encouraged to dress the part! You can also check out the marketplace with over 250 artisans with handcrafted items for you to purchase, not to mention the delicious food!

The Landing

The Landing-Minnesota River Heritage Park is an 88-acre living history museum on historic Murphy’s Landing. You’ll be transported back to life in the 1800’s as you wander through authentic buildings and meet costumed guides that will teach you all about life in the 19th century. The whole family will love this learning experience in Shakopee.

Whether you decide to stay in campgrounds around Shakopee or a hotel, your family will have a great time experiencing these and the many other attractions this area has to offer.