Twin Cities Road Trippin’ to Albert Lea.

There are so many cute little towns to explore in and around the Twin Cities that I’ve decided to start a new series of adventures, Twin Cities Road Trippin’. I’d love to hear from you about your favorite little towns, what there is to do and eat and see. And is it fun for kids? Because a lot of us like to adventure with kids.

First up, this past week, two of my girls and I adventured to Albert Lea.

It’s nearly a two hour trip from our northwest suburban home and we passed a lot, A LOT, of farmland but it was a fun little day trip.


We’d been invited by a southern Minnesota blogger, Robin Russell, along with several other bloggers from around the area to check it out. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t even sure where Albert Lea was in relation to the Twin Cities but it’s on your way to Iowa, so if you too are directionally challenged, now you know.


First up, we enjoyed a fun pontoon ride compliments of Pelican Breeze. Captain Joe and his wife were the sweetest.


Captain Joe even gave each of the kids on board a chance to drive the boat.

Miss F was not messing around on that one.


The boat ride was a little over two hours long all throughout the peaceful Albert Lea Lake. I’m not sure if it was quiet because it was a weekday or if it was quiet because it’s just a quiet lake but I didn’t see any other boats out that day.

We did see quite a few birds though. Including some pelicans looking for some lunch.


Pelican Breeze offers a variety of different boat cruises on Albert Lea Lake including a Friday night pizza cruise and also is available to rent for parties such as bridal showers and the like.

After our boat cruise, we trekked a few miles down the road to downtown Albert Lea for Wind Down Wednesdays.

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Three times each summer the downtown area of Albert Lea turns into a fun {and FREE} family festival. From food vendors {which does cost money} to bounce houses, to a pop up splash pad and lots of deals at the local shops. It’s clear the whole town comes down to participate. Wind Down Wednesdays take place from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. There are two remaining this summer: July 20 and August 17.


We really enjoyed our walk through town and had to grab a few cupcakes before we headed home.


Because look at these sweet treats:


A few things we noticed but didn’t get to check out:

The Albert Lea Aquatic Center:

Includes a zero depth splash pool with interactive play features for children including tumble buckets, deck sprays, a mushroom waterfall, bubblers, and a five arm water fountain. Also includes a GIANT waterslide and two diving boards.

The best part: Admission for 3 and up is just $3.50. Now THAT is a deal for a pool day.

Albert Lea Parks:

So MANY parks and playgrounds and things to explore. Full list right here.

Have you been to Albert Lea? What’s your favorite treasure in town?




  1. Thank you for coming to visit Albert Lea. We had a wonderful time with you and your sweet girls!


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