Located in the Midwest amid spectacular scenery, Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes. This scenic state offers unforgettable cities and towns perfect for a babymoon. Take a stroll or hike around the pristine lakes and verdant forests. Near most Minnesota vacation rentals are numerous opportunities for sightseeing, outdoor recreation, spa visits, and fine dining. Here are the most popular babymoon vacation destinations in Minnesota.

1. Duluth

The city of Duluth lies on the shore of majestic Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota. Take a romantic stroll along a section of the seven-mile Duluth Lakewalk, which follows the shore past several beautiful parks. Stop in at the Duluth Rose Garden at Leif Erickson Park, where over 3,000 rose bushes and innumerable other blooms offer flamboyant color and aromatic fragrance. At Park Point Recreational Area is a sandy beach ideal for swimming and sunbathing. On Lake Superior beaches, search for precious agates that continually wash up onto the shores. Fascinating Great Lakes Aquarium at the Duluth Waterfront Park displays aquatic animals from freshwater ecosystems, and the Lake Superior Zoo houses exotic animals from around the world. Enjoy an exciting tour of Duluth city and the surrounding woodlands with the North Shore Scenic Railroad. Alternatively, catch a bird’s eye view of the city, forest, and lake area with Lake Superior Helicopters. Vista Fleet Sightseeing and Dining Cruises offers sunset dinner excursions aboard a luxurious cruise ship. When you need to relax, Eagles Nest Massage Therapy provides special pregnancy massages.

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2. Grand Rapids

The pleasant town of Grand Rapids sits alongside the Mississippi River in north-central Minnesota surrounded by beautiful lakes and forests. Cotton Beach on Trout Lake is a great place to swim, sunbathe, and have a picnic. Enjoy a fascinating guided tour of a recreated 1900s era living history logging camp at the Forest History Center. Among the town’s unique museums are the Bovey Prohibition Speakeasy and Underground Escape Tunnel, which recreates the excitement of the prohibition era, and the Judy Garland Museum, which celebrates the life of the famous actress in the house where she spent her childhood. Shop for antiques and collectibles at the vast Annabella’s Antique Mall and for fresh produce, maple syrup, baked goods, and other items at the Grand Rapids Farmers Market. Feast on prime rib, steak, or fresh fish in an elegant atmosphere with a lovely lakeside view at Forest Lake Restaurant.

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3. Thief River Falls

The lovely town of Thief River Falls is at the confluence of Thief River and Red Lake River in northwestern Michigan. The Thief River Falls River Walk offers several miles of scenic walking trails past numerous parks, including some that offer beaches for relaxation and swimming such as Oakland Park and LaFave Park. For an entertaining recreation of an entire pioneer village from the late 1900s, visit the Peder Engelstad Pioneer Village maintained by the Pennington County Historical Society. The site has 19 buildings and over 25,000 historical items on display. For excellent food and a hospitable atmosphere, check out Sundance Dining.

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4. Alexandria

Located in central Minnesota in an area dotted with dozens of lakes, the city of Alexandria offers numerous opportunities for recreation and relaxation on babymoon getaways. Alexandria City Park, on the shores of Lake Agnes and Lake Henry, has a beautiful public beach that is perfect for swimming and sunbathing. Bayside Charters and Rentals out of Alexandria delivers a pontoon boat to the lake of your choice so you can enjoy a romantic cruise on the lovely waters. Visit the interesting Legacy of the Lakes Museum to view handcrafted wood boats and learn about the history of boatbuilding, grand hotels, and fishing in the area. In historic downtown Alexandria, shop for antiques, jewelry, quilts, beadwork, and many other unique items. To enjoy fine dining and live entertainment on a patio by the lakeside, check out the Bugaboo Bay Restaurant and Nightclub.

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5. Mankato

The city of Mankato lies alongside Minnesota, Le Sueur, and Blue Earth Rivers in south-central Minnesota. The Minneopa State Park on the west side of town offers lovely trails for relaxing walks, a beautiful waterfall, and a resident bison herd. Visit the Blue Earth County Historical Society History Center and Museum to view fascinating displays on local history. To shop at over 100 stores in a relaxing atmosphere, head for River Hills Mall. The Number 4 American Bar and Kitchen serves up excellent traditional American cuisine in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere.

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6. Winona

The beautiful city of Winona is on the southeast edge of Minnesota on the shore of the Mississippi River. The city park that surrounds Lake Winona has pleasant walking trails, a lovely rose garden, and a beach that’s ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The unique Castle Rock Museum is devoted to medieval and renaissance times, and the Winona County History Center offers interesting displays on local history. Don’t miss a visit to the renowned Minnesota Marine Art Museum, which features paintings by Van Gogh, Picasso, Monet, and other international and local artists. Take a romantic cruise to view the scenery and wildlife along the Mississippi on the Winona Tour Boat. Shop for antiques, collectibles, and gifts at the eclectic A-Z Collectables. Enjoy fine dining at an unforgettable location on a bluff over the Mississippi River Valley at the Signatures Restaurant.

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