Do you know your MN ABCs? While there are plenty of things to know about the Land of 10,000 Lakes, these 26 facts are the most important. They will give people all they need to start dreaming about visiting or living in our wonderful state, and might even surprise a few residents!
Minnesota has some of the best apples, thanks to the University of Minnesota and their invention, the honeycrisp apple. You can even pick them yourself, along with a wide variety of other fruits and vegetables at many local farms.
We have the highest rate of boats per capita in fact. There is one recreational boat for every six Minnesota residents.
We are also home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the most visited wilderness in the country, and the best place for canoe voyaging around.
Duck, Duck, Gray Duck
In MN, we play duck, duck, gray duck. Because gray ducks blend in way more than geese.
You can find beautiful eagles almost anywhere in Minnesota, but particularly at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha.
The Twin Cities' suburbs are packed with fortune 500s that have produced some of the nation's favorite technology and products.
Beautiful golf courses are just the start. Minneapolis also has the highest rate of golfers per capita in the nation.
We are the state of hockey and even host the National Pond Hockey Championship! Nobody loves the sport like we do.
MN's inventors have been some of the best turning out products like waterskiies, seatbelt, bundt cake, sandpaper, cake mix, grocery bags with handles, rollerblades, microwave popcorn, frozen pizza, post-its, staplers, malls, armored trucks, thermostats, pop-up toasters… We could go on and on.
Another brilliant Minnesotan invention, these delicious, cheese-filled burgers are works of art.
It's actually called Minnesota-nice. And while everyone has an opinion on that phrase, it's very true that people in Minnesota are much kinder than in most other states.
We have 13,136,357 acres of surface water area. more than the area of entire states of Hawaii and New Jersey combined.
Mall of America
We didn't just invent malls. We also have one large enough to hold 32 Boeing 747 airplanes.
Our gorgeous North Shore is a famous destination for outdoor recreation and is beautiful year-round.
Minnesota is one of the most recreation-loving, family-oriented states. We don't just have lakes in our backyards, we use them!
We drink pop in MN. So don't call it soda.
We have plenty of quarries for those who want to learn about MN's mining past. Some of them have even become epic swimming holes!
69,200 miles of rivers and streams can be found in MN. That would circle the equator 2 3/4 times.
Our state fair is one of the most epic summer events in the entire county with awesome food, animals, and entertainment. Plus, there are people sculpted out of butter.
Tater tots are never underestimated in Minnesota. They're particularly useful in the making of hotdish, another one of our favorite foods.
Up North, is where we go to get away for the weekend or the summer. It actually means any lake within the state with a cabin where we can relax and go fishing.
Our beloved Vikings. Not just a football team, but also many of our ancestors. Skol!
Wildlife is abundant in MN. We actually have 3 times more white-tailed deer than college students.
Minnesota is home to the world-famous Mayo Clinic where plenty of medical breakthroughs have happened.
MN is the perfect place for kids, in fact, we're Kids Count's number one pick for child well-being.
The Minnesota Zoo is amazing. Oh and, we also have a free one as well, The Como Zoo. You're welcome, parents.