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Explore Minnesota Tourism: Elm Creek Park Reserve Makes Top 40 Minnesota Attractions

Elm Creek Park Reserve was named number 15 in Explore Minnesota Tourism's list of Top 40 Minnesota Attractions with more than 1.3 million visitors in 2017!

Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, announced 2017 attendance figures today for major attractions and events statewide. From the nation's largest mall to stadiums, museums, zoos, parks, big events and more, the top 40 most-visited tourist attractions in the state can be viewed in this infographic.

The top 15 attractions by attendance are:

1. Mall of America, Bloomington (40,000,000)

2. Chain of Lakes Regional Park, Minneapolis (7,063,500)

3. Como Park, St. Paul (5,367,400)

4. National Sports Center, Blaine (4,100,000)

5. Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, Minneapolis (2,782,800)

6. Mississippi Gorge Regional Park, Minneapolis/St. Paul (2,734,300)

7. Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center & Park, Duluth (2,526,322)

8. Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul (2,200,000)

9. Target Field, Minneapolis (2,131,787)

10. Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis (2,051,000)

11. Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul (1,997,320)

12. Grand Casino Hinckley, Hinckley (1,810,550)

13. Nokomis-Hiawatha Regional Park, Minneapolis (1,800,400)

14. Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia (1,406,904)

15. Elm Creek Park Reserve, Maple Grove (1,385,800)

Due to the large concentration of attractions in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, it's no surprise that the majority of the top 40 are located in this part of the state. In addition to major tourism draws like Mall of America and professional sports/concert venues, the top 40 include numerous museums and theaters, casinos and plentiful parks, ranging from regional parks like Elm Creek Park Reserve in Maple Grove to state and national parks, including Jay Cooke State Park in Carlton and the Mississippi National River & Recreation Area in the Twin Cities.

"These attendance figures are impressive. They contribute to Minnesota's $15.0 billion tourism economy in a big way, and support jobs all over the state," said John Edman, director of Explore Minnesota. "Minnesota offers an endless array of things to see and do, and this list goes to show that people are exploring our state's great indoor and outdoor attractions."

Survey Methodology
This list includes only those attractions for which attendance was monitored and reported to Explore Minnesota. Attractions on this list feature things to see or do that are entertaining, recreational or educational in nature or cater to tourists. Other requirements include: permanent places in Minnesota or are events that are always held in the same place; located in a single area; have a regular schedule that is available to the public; and have a systematic method of tracking or estimating attendance.

In most cases, attendance reported was for calendar year 2017. If that time period was not available, fiscal year attendance, 2016 attendance or average annual attendance was used. To date, 140 attractions provided their attendance figures for this survey. This list is subject to revision.

For more information, view the full news release here.

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