Borealis Blog Family Travel Guides

borealis family travel

We love traveling, we have kids, and we usually love traveling with kids. So we decided to pull together our trip reports for you to help inspire your trip planning. From Breanne’s first disastrous camping trip with a baby to her first family Boundary Waters trip with a 1.5 and 3 year old, and from Jen’s shore adventures in Bayfield to Anna Maria Island, we share what worked and what didn’t in these series of family travel guides.

We also launched a series of official family travel guides, where we don’t just tell you about a trip but give you a comprehensive guide on what to do, see, eat, and where to stay.

Lake Superior

Minnesota – Outstate

Ely — Family Travel Guide for kids of all ages

Tettegouche State Park — winter cabin camping — nearly 2 and 3.75

Boundary Waters — summer canoe camping — 18 months and 3

Lake Maria State Park — winter cabin camping — 12 months and 2.75 

Lake Maria State Park — winter cabin camping — 20 months and pregnant

Scenic State Park — summer tent camping — 16 months

Lake Maria State Park — winter cabin camping — 9 months

apple hunders

Minnesota — Minneapolis & St. Paul area day trips

Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden – Minneapolis

Union Depot – St. Paul

Afton Apple Orchard

Gibbs Farm Museum – St. Paul

Mill City Museum – Minneapolis

Krueger’s Christmas Tree Farm – Lake Elmo

Twin Cites Summer Camps and Activities for Kids

St. Paul Summer Fun for Kids

madison group

Bayfield, WI — summer trip — 4 and 10

Madison, WI — spring break — 16 months and 3

Family Beach Sunset

Florida & Bahamas

Anna Maria Island, FL — spring break — 3 and 9

Bahamas — spring break — 13 months


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  1. As a Minnesota mom, I appreciate this post. I recently compiled my own suggestions on free fun in MN. Bet I am missing a few that are on your list. Will have to compare notes – thanks!