Minnesota State Fair Attractions
In between bites, fairgoers can be found enjoying a variety of attractions. By no means a full listing, here are some of the things we recommend you don’t miss.
9 Must-See Attractions at The Minnesota State Fair
- Giant Slide: You’d be hard-pressed to find a Minnesotan who doesn’t know the feeling of gliding down the yellow and green waves of the Giant Slide atop a burlap sack. Not just for the kiddos, folks of all ages can enjoy this State Fair tradition.
- Skyride & Skyglider: Another fair tradition is surveying the crowds as you short-cut from one side of the fair to another on the Skyride (enclosed gondolas) or the Skyglider (open-air chairlifts).
- Space Tower: If you seek a higher vantage point than those provided by the Skyride and Skyglider, the 340-foot Space Tower will take you up into the clouds for amazing views of the fairgrounds and beyond.
- Grandstand Concerts: Some of music’s biggest names have been known to rock the open-air Grandstand stage each summer. 2018’s headliners include Niall Horan, Sugarland, The Beach Boys and Old Dominion. Check out the full list of Grandstand performances.
- Free Music: You can also catch over 100 local and national acts for free at various stages throughout the fairgrounds.
- CHS Miracle of Birth Center: In addition to the full-grown animals who temporarily reside at the fairgrounds, over 200 babies enter the world each summer at the CHS Miracle of Birth Center. The newborn calves, lambs, piglets and more are a hit with kids and adults alike.
- Midway & Kidway: What’s a fair without rides and games? Get your adrenaline going, weave through fun-houses and win your sweetie a giant stuffed animal in the Mighty Midway. If you’ve got little ones, plan some time at the more tame Kidway.
- Ye Old Mill: This over 100-year-old “Tunnel of Love” is the oldest (and weirdest) attraction at the fair, with an experience that is essentially the same as it when it first opened. The two-minute boat ride through a darkened tunnel of various kitschy (and bizarre) vignettes is quite the tradition.
- Butter Sculptures: Butter sculptures? You butter believe it. The Dairy Building’s butter sculptures of Princess Kay of the Milky Way and the other 11 finalists are one of the fair’s most popular yet strange traditions.
New Attractions in 2019. What's New at the Fair This Year?
Add to your list of favorite exhibits this year with loads of new attractions. Notable adds include seven new rides, interactive experiences and a variety of popular food, clothing and hobby vendors.