With a rich array of prairies, forests, lakes, and other natural landscapes, Minnesota is a great place for residents and visitors to get outdoors and take in the open air. The state is a real hotspot for many different outdoor activities, including camping, hiking, fishing, and ziplining. Various zip line tours exist all around Minnesota, offering bird's eye views of the state's lush vegetation and rich landscapes. If you're looking to sign up on a zip line tour in Minnesota, there are some of the best options available. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.

1.Kerfoot Canopy Tour

Kerfoot Canopy Tour
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The top rated zip line tour in all of Minnesota is the Kerfoot Canopy Tour. Offering two and a half hours of unbelievable adventure, this tour is set in the Minnesota River Valley, just a little ways southwest of Minneapolis. Participants travel over a mile along zip lines suspended up to 175 above the forest floor, zipping from tree to tree and getting up close and personal with nature like never before.

The full course includes a whopping total of 14 ziplines, including one line which measures up at 1,200 feet, as well as several spiral staircases and a suspension bridge. Each line has its own unique name like Red Tail, Gorgeous Gorge, and Wobbler's Way, and offers its own array of breathtaking views. In short, this is one of the very best zip line tours in the area.

30200 Scenic Byway Rd Henderson, MN 56044 (925 260-2663)

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2.Brainerd Zip Line Tour

Brainerd Zip Line Tour
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Brainerd Lakes is one of Minnesota's hidden gems and it's even better when viewed from the skies. The Brainerd Zip Line Tour takes guests along seven separate zip lines, offering panoramic views all around the surrounding area. This tour lasts for around two and a half hours in total, allowing visitors to take in the Brainerd Lakes and surrounding landmarks like Mount Ski Gull from dozens of feet in the air.

At the end of this spectacular zip line tour, guests will have a chance to test out 'The Drop' - a 50 foot free fall experience. It offers a real adrenaline jolt to those brave enough to try it out, but there is an easier way down for people who prefer not to drop.

9898 County Road 77 SW Nisswa, MN 56468 (218 316-6562)

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3.Gunflint Lodge

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Established way back in 1927, Gunflint Lodge offers all sorts of outdoor events and activities, including canoeing, fishing, biking, cross country skiing, dog sledding, snowmobiles, and a super zip line tour. The Towering Pines Canopy Tour has been consistently rated by visitors as one of the most fun outdoor activites in all of Minnesota. This is one of the more relaxing tours in the area and doesn't require much physical fitness or mobility, so is open to almost all ages and experience levels.

This tour features eight zip lines in total and lasts for around two hours, offering guests the chance to glide among the pines and take in the stunning views all around them while zipping along at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Each group is made up of 10 people plus two guides who will lead the way, ensuring everyone is safe and comfortable. The guides will also answer questions throughout the journey and share interesting information about the local history and wildlife.

143 S Gunflint Lake Grand Marais, MN 55604 (800 328-3325)

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4.Important Information for Zip Lines in Minnesota

Important Information for Zip Lines in Minnesota
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If you’ve taken a zip line tour before, you’ll be aware that all zip line operators have strict rules and regulations that need to be followed to ensure the safety and happiness of all guests. Most zip line tours, for example, have a minimum age requirement of 10 years old, but younger visitors are sometimes allowed along depending on the circumstances. Most tours will also have minimum weight restrictions of around 60-70 pounds and maximum limits of around 250 pounds. Height restrictions may also apply, and people with chronic health or mobility conditions are often discouraged from taking part.

In addition, most zip line tours also have rules about what to wear. Skirts and dresses are usually prohibited due to the nature of the harnesses used on the zip lines. Loose items like hats and glasses also need to be kept secure somehow, as well as valuables like keys, wallets, and more. As many zip line tours take place in forest environments, bug spray is often essential and sunscreen can also be a lifesaver on hot, sunny days.

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Attraction Spotlight: National Eagle Center in Wabasha

Located in Wabasha, Minnesota, the National Eagle Center is a facility dedicated to promoting information and the significance of bald and golden eagles. The National Eagle Center is home to a variety eagles that can be observed by visitors. Next read: Best Things to do in Minnesota

In 1989 a group of volunteers decided to create EagleWatch, Inc. as a place for visitors to explore bald eagles through a special outdoor observation. Since then, the National Eagle Center has grown monumentally. In 2000, the National Eagle Center opened their first official location in downtown Wabasha, Minnesota. That same year, the National Eagle Center obtained two eagles, Harriet and Angel, which were dubbed the National Eagle Center’s official Eagle Ambassadors.

Seven years later in 2007, the National Eagle Center changed their name from EagleWatch, Inc. to the current name, and opened their current location along the Mississippi River. This 15,000 square foot facility was made possible by the City of Wabasha’s contribution. Around the same time the National Eagle Center moved to their official location, they began the Golden Eagle Project, which is an initiative dedicated to preserving and cherishing gold eagles within the region.

By observing the National Eagle Center’s eagles, visitors can learn about one of the most significant animals of the United States.

Hoksida is the newest eagle of the National Eagle Center. Hoksida was born in 2015 and was discovered along the beaches of Port Orchard, Washington. He had a serious infection within his eyes that made it difficult for him to find food and survive. Since then, the National Eagle Center has taken care of Hoksida and nourished him so he can successfully grow up. An interesting aspect of Hoksida is that he will look completely different within four to five years.Currently, he has brown feathers and a black beak. But, when Hoksida transitions, he will have a white feathered head and a yellow beak, just like the traits an adult bald eagle has.

Angel is one of the two original eagles of the National Eagle Center. She was found in Grantsburg, Wisconsin after suffering from a broken wing and surviving on fish scraps that were from a heron nest. When Angel came to the National Eagle Center, she had the appearance of Hoksida. Today, she has all of the characteristics of a female bald eagle that is fully matured.

Columbia is a bald eagle that beat the odds that were put against her. In 2001, Columbia suffered from a vehicle collision that led to her having double of the lethal dosage of lead in her blood, as well as a fractured right shoulder. Despite the fact that a small amount of lead typically kills a bald eagle within four to five days, Columbia survived and is currently living happily at the National Eagle Center.

Donald came to the National Eagle Center in early 2008. He is the first golden eagle ambassador at the Center. Although the National Eagle Center is unsure of Donald’s age, they have estimated that he hatched around 2002.

Was’aka hatched in 2006 in Florida. He was found with an aggressive tumor that affected his left eye. Although the tumor was removed, the effects of the tumor has left Was’aka blind in his left eye. This has disabled him from hunting himself.

Harriet was the other original eagle ambassador of the National Eagle Center. She hatched in 1981, and was found in 1998 after she suffered from a dislocated left wing due to a vehicle collision. Harriet became one of the most beloved and popular eagle ambassadors, as she often appeared on national television. Unfortunately, Harriet passed away in May 2016. Her legacy is honored at the National Eagle Center, as well as being featured on the Minnesota Support Our Troops license plate.

The National Eagle Center has an array of educational opportunities that enable visitors to learn about the National Eagle Center’s eagle ambassadors, as well as general information about bald and golden eagles. One of the most popular educational opportunities at the National Eagle center is the Naturalist Live Eagle Program. During the Naturalist Live Eagle Program, one of the National Eagle Center’s specially trained naturalists leads a presentation with one of the Center’s eagles. Each naturalist is trained is trained with a certain skill and information set in mind. Thus, each naturalist presentation is different than the other.

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50 Pembroke Ave Wabasha, MN 55981, Phone: 651-565-4989

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Attraction Spotlight: Cedarhurst Mansion

For more than twenty years, the historic Cedarhurst Mansion has made dream weddings a reality. Whether couples are looking for a more intimate wedding ceremony in the venue’s serene English garden, a wedding reception in the open-air veranda, or an elegant sit-down dinner reception with dancing in the Cass Gilbert Ballroom, both them and their guests are sure to be enchanted.

The Cedarhurst Mansion wedding venue is situated on ten acres in the rolling countryside of Cottage Grove, Minnesota. The site features picturesque English gardens filled sculpted colorful flower beds and expansive landscaped lawns. Heirloom lilac bushes and cedar trees surround the main building, offering an idyllic setting for outdoor wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as other events.

The amazing Neoclassical Greek Revival mansion was constructed in the year 1868, featuring turn-of-the-century additions designed by Cass Gilbert, a world-renowned architect. The architectural achievements of Cass Gilbert also include the State Capitol building of Minnesota, as well as the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. The elegant symmetry of the historic Cedarhurst Mansion was created by Gilbert’s 1917 design of the north ballroom wing. The opulent 26-room mansion features marble columns that flank the graceful foyer, an expansive open-air veranda featuring stately columns, European-style rooms, three fireplaces, a grand ballroom boasting soaring windows within a curved bay and crystal chandeliers.

The Cedarhurst Mansion sits majestically on ten acres of quaint countryside, featuring expansive well-landscaped lawns bordered by the estate’s namesake cedar trees. The tranquil English gardens on the meticulously maintained grounds feature sculpted colorful flower beds, and create a magical setting at the venue for an outdoor wedding ceremony, an outdoor wedding reception, or really any outdoor gathering or event. Whether it’s an opulent dinner, a summer outdoor reception on the 100-foot open-air veranda, or an intimate and quaint wedding ceremony in the peaceful English gardens, guests are sure to be enchanted by the memorable experience, the excellent cuisine, and the historic splendor of Cedarhurst Mansion.

Amenities and Facilities

The Cedarhurst Mansion can accommodate up two hundred guests for a seated dinner reception, and more than two hundred guests for wedding receptions with the use of a tent. Weddings hosted at the wedding venue have full use of the site’s ground, from using the English gardens for wedding ceremonies to the luxurious Cass Gilbert Ballroom for opulent receptions.


The staff at Cedarhurst mansion work closing with couples during each stage of their wedding planning to ensure a dream wedding, from holding the wedding ceremony in the English gardens to sharing the first champagne toast to the first dance inside the Cass Gilbert Ballroom. The venue offers in-house catering, along with an option for a full-bar. All wedding rental packages at Cedarhurst include a wedding event coordinator to make sure things run smoothly the day of the wedding, setup and teardown services, tables, chairs, table linens, flatware, glassware, and china.

General Information

Cedarhurst Mansion is located at 6940 Keats Avenue South in Cottage Grove, is wheelchair accessible, and provides on-site parking.

6940 Keats Avenue South, Cottage Grove, MN 55101, Phone: 651-769-8918

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Attraction Spotlight: A’bulae

A’BULAE in Saint Paul is a SoHo-style wedding venue and event site that offers unmatched views of the city from its massive floor-to-ceiling windows. The site is a classic international building, featuring a distinctive euro-contemporary style. The dramatic, yet intimate modular event space is a combination of raw and rich design elements, offering contrast and reflect the SoHo environment of Manhattan.

The A’BULAE venue is the only event space in all of Minnesota that truly incorporates the style of SoHo. The loft-style building, which includes a rooftop deck for wedding ceremonies and an on-site parking garage, features wide views of the city of Saint Paul, the bluffs, and the river. A’BULAE is one of the most unique venues in the state of Minnesota, located in the urban setting of the historic Lowertown area of Saint Paul.

Amenities and Facilities

A’BULAE is a wedding venue that can accommodate up to 500 guests. The site features numerous rooms that couples and the rest of the wedding party can use during the day of the wedding event. The building includes a full on-site catering kitchen that can be used on the day of the event, as well as a gift room to safely store wedding gifts once the reception dinner begins and floral prep room among other useful spaces.

The Saints Ballroom features floor-to-ceiling windows that offer expansive views of the downtown Saint Paul, while the Capitol Lounge and Bar features a sleek atmosphere with modern and elegant crystal chandeliers. The Broadway Rooftop lets guests take in the views of the city’s downtown skyline and the Capitol. The event space is perfect for wedding ceremonies or cocktail hours. The Dance Floor and Lounge at A’BULAE features a spacious dance floor surrounded by lounge furniture.

A’BULAE also features a Bride’s Suite that provides spacious vanity seating, as well as a massive three-way, full-length mirror that can be very useful when getting ready for the wedding. There is a Groom’s Suite at the wedding venue as well, that features almost a 1940’s country club feel. A Game Room is available also for entertainment, and is connected to the suite for the groom.


A’BULAE stvies to provide all that’s needed for a dream wedding with its all-inclusive wedding package. This rental package includes an Event Site Coordinator, Event Greeters, a Digital Coordinator, iConcierge touch screens, Padzilla for presentations, an on-site catering kitchen and on-site parking. Interactive digital technology, surround sound, lighting, and much more are also included.

The wedding venue provides a team of event coordinators to help with wedding planning. Many different in-house services can also be reserved through A’BULAE, such as videography, flowers, photography, and DJ services. Tables, chairs, linens, glassware, china, barware, and flatware are also provided for wedding receptions. Other services provided include suite for both the bride and groom to use before the ceremony, as well as a photo booth for guests to enjoy during the reception.

General Information

A’BULAE is located at 255 6th Street East on the Sixth Floor in Saint Paul, is wheelchair accessible, and provides on-site parking.

255 6th Street East, Saint Paul, MN 55101, Phone: 651-788-9818

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