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Cultural Guide

Minnesota (MN) – "North Star State "

Time Zone:

Central Standard Time (CST)



  • Avg High 29C/84F
  • Avg Low 15C/59F


  • Avg High -2C/29F
  • Avg Low -14C/7F
Famous For:

Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water". Those waters, together with forests, parks, and wilderness areas, offer residents and tourists a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities. The state is also known as a center of Scandinavian American culture.

Major Cities:

Minneapolis, Saint Paul

National Parks:
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Grand Portage National Monument
Must do while there:

The Science Museum of Minnesota is one of the Midwest's most popular museum attractions, offering visitors the chance to enjoy breathtaking large-format films, wonder at one of the world's only complete mounted Triceratops and examine an authentic Egyptian mummy. Como Zoo & Conservatory - a free zoo located in Como Park in St. Paul. Visitors can see Siberian tigers, eastern Timber wolves, a wide variety of native waterfowl, Kodiak, and polar bears and lots more. Enjoy lively exhibits in Minnesota History Center that feature such varied objects as an authentic birch bark canoe, a printing press from the early 1800s, Minnesota Twins' World Series memorabilia, Burma Shave signs, a recreated barbershop and a windmill straight off the farm or explore Minnesota Landscape Arboretum that features 1,000 acres of unique public gardens: spectacular annual and perennial display gardens, collections of plants developed for northern climates, natural and native areas and demonstration gardens.

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