Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Museum for Children

1.National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires by creating experiences where history and rivers come alive!

2.Children’s Museum of La Crosse (La Crosse, WI)

The Children’s Museum of La Crosse offers hands-on learning and play via three floors of interactive exhibits and related programming for ages 0-10 with adult. 

3.The Science Musum of Minnesota (St. Paul, MN

The musem’s location on the banks of the Mississippi River offers 370,000 square feet of space including exhibit galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Omnitheater.

4.National Great Rivers Museum (Alton, IL)

The museum features kid-friendly, interactive and computer animated exhibits. Steer a towboat, measure your water consumption, or come face-to-face with river fish.

5.LARK Toys (Wabasha County, MN)

The carousel at LARK Toys is unlike any other carousel in the world. Hand-carved from Minnesota basswood and with exquisite detail, each animal is a rideable work of art.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.