There are so many awesome towns and fun attractions to visit here in Minnesota. If you need some ideas for a quick getaway, check out the Minnesota bucket list at the bottom of this story, featuring 50 things every Minnesotan should do at least once. There are a lot of great things on that list but one must-see attraction is missing because it’s a secret.

Reader’s Digest just published an article that highlights the coolest secret place in each state. Now, I’ve been all around our state, but I had never heard about Minnesota’s number one secret attraction which is apparently 9,000 years old.

Where is the Coolest Secret Location in Minnesota?

The coolest secret place in Minnesota, known as Jeffers Petroglyphs, is located an hour west of Mankato.

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What Is Jeffers Petroglyphs?

Reader’s Digest explains, “There are more than 5,000 images of people, animals, and tools carved into the rock, some of which date back 9,000 years.”


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The Minnesota Historical Society says, “Jeffers Petroglyphs features more than 5,000 ancient rock carvings, or petroglyphs, set amid the prairie grasses. The carvings of buffalo, turtles, thunderbirds, and humans tell the stories of Native American ancestors."


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Jeffers Petroglyphs is only open June-October so unfortunately it is closed for the season now. If you want to check it out you'll have to wait until next spring, but there are a lot of other cool things to do and see in the meantime. Check out the Minnesota bucket list below.

It's a Minnesota Bucket List! 50 Things You Must Do and See in Minnesota

The land of 10,000 lakes has so many amazing places to visit and explore! Scroll through this Minnesota Bucket List of 50 places and things to do and see how many you've crossed off the list.