8 days in Minnesota & South Padre Island Itinerary

8 days in Minnesota & South Padre Island Itinerary

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8 days in Minnesota & South Padre Island Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h
1
Duluth
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Bloomington
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + foot + shuttle:  6​h 15​min
3
South Padre Island
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
night
Duluth

Situated on the westernmost point of the Lake Superior, Duluth represents a booming port city.
On the 22nd (Fri), test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Duluth day trip planner.

New York City to Duluth is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Duluth, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from New York City in February; daily highs in Duluth reach 24°F and lows reach 8°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Bloomington.

Things to do in Duluth

Scenic Drive Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Room Escape Games
Minnesota's North Shore Scenic Drive ©
Aerial Lift Bridge ©
Aerial Lift Bridge

3
nights
Bloomington

Bloomington ©
The city of Bloomington, part of the Minneapolis-St.
Bloomington is known for shopping, theme parks, zoos & aquariums, fun & games, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Minneapolis Institute of Art, admire nature's wide array of creatures at SEA LIFE Minnesota, browse the different shops at Mall of America, and have fun at Target Field.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Bloomington trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Duluth to Bloomington in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and tram; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Bloomington can reach 27°F, while at night they dip to 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to South Padre Island.

Things to do in Bloomington

Parks Fun & Games Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trips

Minneapolis, Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Highlights from your plan
Minneapolis Institute of Art ©
Minneapolis Institute of Art
Room Escape Games
Target Field ©
Target Field

2
nights
South Padre Island

South Padre Island ©
A vibrant resort town, South Padre Island sits on a barrier island of the same name, located just off the Texas Gulf Coast.
On the 27th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle, Inc., then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally meet the residents at South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the South Padre Island day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of tram, flight, and shuttle from Bloomington to South Padre Island takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, South Padre Island is much hotter than Bloomington - with highs of 67°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in South Padre Island

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle, Inc. ©
Sea Turtle, Inc.
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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